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A Calculated Seduction

A Calculated Seduction [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Schroeder
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Product Description

Dulcy Menendez has enough problems dealing with her stepmother and two stepsisters. She doesn’t need her sexy new boss, Ethan MacMillan, watching her every move. Especially since every time she catches his gray eyes studying her, her pulse races and her mind conjures up images of the two of them naked.

Security expert Ethan has taken over his uncle’s company to ferret out an embezzler, and he’s sure Dulcy has something to do with it. He decides, against his better judgment, to seduce the secrets out of her, planning on stopping short of taking her to bed. One limo ride later, and a very determined Dulcy, causes Ethan to decide between work and love.

When the sun rises, the truth is revealed, leaving them with one question: What do both of them do when they find themselves in love with a person they can’t trust?

This book is a reissue and has been edited for content.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harmless Publishing (21 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZFQ710
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born to an Air Force family at an Army hospital, Melissa has always been a little bit screwy. She was further warped by her years of watching Monty Python and her strange family. Her love of romance novels developed after accidentally picking up a Linda Howard book. From then on, she was hooked. She read close to 300 novels in one year and decided romance was her true calling instead of the literary short stories and suspense stories she had been writing. After many attempts, she realized that romantic comedy, or at least romance with a comedic edge, was where she was destined to be.

Influences in her writing come from Nora Roberts, Jenny Crusie, Susan Andersen, Amanda Quick, Jayne Anne Krentz, Julia Quinn, Christina Dodd, and Lori Foster. Since her first release in 2004, Melissa has written close to thirty short stories, novellas and novels released with seven different publishers in a variety of genres and time periods. Those releases included a 2005 Eppie Finalist, Two Capa finalists, and an International ebook best seller in June of 2005.

Since she was a military brat, she vowed never to marry military. Alas, fate always has her way with mortals. Her husband is an Air Force major, and together they have their own military brats, two girls, and an adopted dog-daughter. They live wherever the military sticks them, which, she is sure, will always involve heat and bugs only seen on the Animal Discovery Channel. In her spare time, she reads, complains about bugs, travels, cooks, reads some more, watches her DVD collections of Arrested Development and Seinfeld, and tries to convince her family that she truly is a delicate genius. She has yet to achieve her last goal.

She has always believed that romance and humor go hand in hand. Love can conquer all and as Mark Twain said, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." Combining the two, she hopes she gives her readers a thrilling love story, filled with chuckles along the way, and a happily ever after.

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By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition
It's an average read with too much sexual tension and only one major sex scene. This reminded me of Christina Dodd's "Thigh High", they almost have the same storyline, but this one has a different plot. The author left clues here and there about who the culprit is, but I didn't like the way the characters were manipulated and things turned in the wrong direction.
The characters were just ok, the story pace was slow to moderate, and the ending felt rushed. It's a light read though, loose ends were tied and there's also humor which I really liked. Since this is a short story, there wasn't much groveling on Ethan's part that the author didn't write.
Ms Schroeder's excellent writing kept me turning the pages. I've only read her contemporaries, I have yet to read her historicals which I hope are good. Not most authors could accomplish being great at both genres. I still want to read her other works
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Calculated Seduction by Melissa Schroeder 20 Mar 2009
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"A Calculated Seduction" is one of Melissa Schroeder's stories that's hard to categorize. It's certainly spicier than most romance novels, but doesn't quite tip the scales on the erotica side for me. It does, however, resonate with Schroeder's humorous voice and a sweet, simple, yet still sensual plot.

Dulcy has less than a year left until she'll receive her inheritance and can finally set up her charitable foundation. Until then, she'll keep working at her job at the boot maker even if her sweet old boss did bring in his hunky, but dour nephew to run the place.

Ethan can't figure out exactly what it is about Dulcy that keeps him up, in every way, all the time. Especially since she's his prime suspect for the embezzlement going on at his uncle's company! Now if he can just think with his BIG head long enough, he's sure he can find the real culprit because Dulcy is just too sweet for it to be her.

Even with a well-used plot, Schroeder brings enough heat and humor to keep me reading. This is one of her older releases (2004) and is pretty short (160 pages, trade paperback size) but still one I'll put on my keeper shelf for a hot, quick pick-me-up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This quick read has a sensual spice to it along with sass and humor 26 Mar 2013
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A spicy sweet contemporary romance. Security expert Ethan has taken over his uncles business in an attempt to find the embezzler. Unfortunately his best suspect is mousy Dulcy his executive secretary and the woman who is driving him to distraction. Their attraction to one another is intense but building a relationship without trust is impossible.
This quick read has a sensual spice to it along with sass and humor. I got a kick out of it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Calculated Seduction by Melissa Schroeder 1 April 2013
By D. McDowell - Published on
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A true love story where you root for Ducky and Ethan to find their way to each other. A must read
5.0 out of 5 stars A bright, well crafted read! 18 Dec 2014
By LVgal - Published on
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Melissa Schroeder has given her readers a refreshing read in "A Calculated Seduction." Her characters are engaging, the plot original, and the romance is seductive. I have found a new author!
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