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Romance Crack: The Seduction of His Wife

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seductionbookcover“The Seduction of His Wife” by Janet Chapman (contemporary, Pocket, June 2006, $7.99, 368pp)


Series: The Loggers, book 1


He set out to seduce her for all the wrong reasons -- but found himself falling in love with her for all the right ones.


Alex Knight is dead -- or so everyone thinks. A widowed logger baron with a risk-taking streak, he took on a South American engineering project and was reported dead after a rebel attack. So when he turns up back in Maine very much alive, his grieving family is shocked. But the biggest shock is Alex's, when he discovers he's now married -- to a woman he's never met.




Sarah Banks is ready for a change from running a quiet Bed & Breakfast, and working for the Knight family offers not only a bigger opportunity, but also the family life she yearns for. So she's glad to help secure custody of Alex's orphaned children, whom she's come to love, by marrying their father by proxy before he's legally declared dead. But when Alex returns, the sexy, determined woodsman upends all of Sarah's plans. Because suddenly she's married to a passionate stranger with an easy smile...and tumbling headlong into a fiery dance of seduction.


Why is This Book Crack?:
Author Maya Banks convinced me that as a fan of romance crack, I had to read this one. I was only about 2 minutes into the book before I knew she was right. Alex Knight was believed to have died while working in South America. However, he survived and made his way home to Maine. He is surprised to find himself married to Sarah Banks, a woman he does not know, when he arrives.


So, Alex returns home to find that his father Grady decided to keep the news of Alex’s death quiet while he married Sarah to his dead son by proxy. Admittedly, this was for a good reason as Alex had two children, and Grady was concerned about Alex’s ex-inlaws. Alex, however, was deeply scarred by his conniving wife – who died before Alex could divorce her. As a result, he isn’t keen on finding himself married.


Now, Sarah is a widow, having been married to a gay man and used as slave labor by her mother in law. Grady rescued her while on vacation and brought her home to be a housekeeper – and business partner. She is also an avid reader of romance novels and treats the hero and heroine in one particular novel as good friends. She attempts to use the novel to get relationship advice. The romance novel is almost its own character in this book, by the way (which is very odd at times).


The first night that Alex is home, she reads a love scene right before bed. She and Alex have to share a bed because she has stripped all of the others in the house. Sarah dreams about a hot love scene in the book, only to wake up to realize that Alex is actually making love to her! As Sarah is a virgin, her experience is less than satisfactory. But then, Alex accuses her of trying to trap him – and makes her leave his house. In the middle of the night. The day before Thanksgiving. He tells her to take one of his cars, but she can’t drive – so she has to walk the many miles to town. Meanwhile, he never gets out of bed.


I was not feeling too kindly to our hero at this point in the story. He certainly is a very grumbly and cranky sort of guy with a quick temper. I was a bit worried about his ability to redeem himself.


Grady arrives home a bit later and makes Alex go after Sarah. He reveals that Sarah would’ve walked because of her driving issues. Alex finds her hiding in the woods, but does manage to get her back to the house. Thus begins a crazy courtship.


So beyond the basic story, there is so much more. In one of my favorite scenes, Alex talks about his harrowing trip out of South America where he had to battle an anaconda. The heroine isn’t just a bad driver, she’s awful. Yet, everyone keeps letting her drive never once thinking about the fact that she doesn’t have a license. She actually crashes into the Game Warden who can’t bring himself to cite her for driving without a license because of her sweet nature. She gets pregnant, but has no clue until a doctor tell her. She gets welder’s flash from changing a UV bulb in a hot tub and has to wear bandages over her eyes for several days.


There is also a bizarre suspense plot dealing with smuggling and using the Kent’s logging operation as cover. It felt a bit out of left field to me, but does help to bring our hero and heroine together in the end.


But nothing beats this exchange:

Hero: “You were a fucking virgin!”
Heroine responds: “I think that’s an oxymoron.”


Even with all of the crazy cracktastic goodness of “The Seduction of His Wife,” there is some great groveling by our very cranky hero. Their relationship (after he kicks her out of his house) is sweet and funny with so many laughs. If you are a fan of romance crack, this one is a great example, and it ranks fairly highly on the romance crack scale.


So Why Is This Book Crack?
Advice from romance novels (because they are fiction); sleep sex where heroine is left hanging; a virgin widow heroine once married to a gay man; a cranky & grumpy hero who kicks his recently devirginized wife out of bed and out of his house in the middle of the night in the wilds of Maine; heroine who doesn't know she's pregnant; hero who is married to wife by proxy because he's dead, but he really isn't; hero who battles and kills an anaconda single-handedly; Isn't that enough? But ultimately, this book is crack because with all of this happening, I couldn't help but love the wild ride.


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