Stratton English is in love with his neighbor Amy, but in the two years he has known her he has been stuck in the dreaded “friend zone”. Amy is dating his former neighbor, a loathsome man who took advantage of Stratton’s cousin when she was young. He feels a need to protect her and take her away from the man who will surely break her heart. Valeria Campanile is a smart and beautiful woman Stratton met through his family. She is not just a pretty face; she is smart as well, and Stratton finds himself very attracted to her. Now Stratton is torn between the woman he has pined for in secret and the one that is slowly breaking his resolve.
Since I began reading about the English brothers, the elusive Stratton English was the one that fascinated me the most. The difference between him and his brothers is like night and day. While they are outgoing and suave Stratton is socially awkward and introverted. Women make him nervous, and he is constantly sticking his foot in his mouth. Valeria is a romantic through and through. She is beautiful, vibrant, and playful. What I like most about her is that she marches to the beat of her own drum.
I will just say it. I love Stratton English. How a man can be sexy and just downright adorable at the same time? I don’t know, but he really pulls it off. I adored this contemporary romance by Regnery; she did a wonderful job with it. Her writing is witty and enchanting. I mean what woman doesn’t want to have the fairytale romance if only for a short time? Her characters are charming and relatable on many levels. The books are not hard core erotica, but they do have some steamy moments. What I like about them and this book in particular, is that they are just really nice love stories. When I started Stratton’s book I was so sucked into the storyline I didn’t even think about sleep until the last page was read! Of the five English brothers, four have been struck down by cupid’s arrow. I can’t wait to see what Regnery has in store for Weston English!
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Seduced by Stratton is the fourth of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.
(Except for Barrett, Fitz and Alex, because they’re taken. And Weston, who is still riding the ugly-love roller coaster with one of the Atwell sisters….)
Stratton English, the hottest, youngest, most devastatingly handsome CFO in Philadelphia, has a problem: women make him nervous. Really nervous. Catastrophically nervous. Socially awkward to an extreme, he’s apt to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, and it’s rarely something a woman wants to hear. Quietly in love with his neighbor, Amy, he has no idea how to make his move, but he is committed to figuring out a way to seduce her.
Valeria Campanile, who Stratton knows through one of his four brothers, is a PhD candidate who moonlights as a dance instructor on the side. Ironically, even though Val studies Courtship Rituals, she can’t seem to find herself courted. Pursued by boys from the “old neighborhood” who promise to overlook the fact that she’s so smart, she longs to meet someone who romances her mind as well as her heart.
When Stratton helps Valeria with a financial problem, she is anxious to return the favor. But will Stratton, who needs Val’s expertise to win Amy, find himself seducing Val instead?