Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up… and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.
Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman… one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.
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by Jennifer L. Armentrout
(deVincent novel #2)
Moonlight Seduction is the second installment of the de Vincent brothers series, and let me tell you…it was just as amazing as Moonlight Sins!! Even though it is part of series I think this can be read as a standalone because JLA covers everything that happened in book one. She did a thorough job of making this book into a series, but having it to where you don’t feel left out if you haven’t gotten around to reading Moonlight Sins. You’ll definitely want to read them in order to get the full affect of this series. JLA’s capability of pulling readers into her worlds is bar none.
This story is all about Gabe and Nikki. When we left them in Moonlight Sins Gabe had some demons of his own that he was fighting on top of receiving some shocking news. This story picks up with Nikki returning home from college to help her parents who work for the de Vincents while figuring out what to do with her life next. Nikki’s personality was nothing short of amazing. She’s sassy and hopeful and so very much heart-centered. She loves and feels deeply and at times it’s her biggest downfall. I connected easily with her, but that’s no shocker since I love most of JLA’s heroines.
Gabe has always been close with Nikki. Even as a child she fascinated him and he was always there to help her, no matter the situation. Given that Nikki is 10-years is junior, he always looked at her as just part of the family. That is, until a summer changed his views and Nikki’s heart forever.
When Nikki returns to the de Vincent compound she doesn’t feel the safety that she once felt. Weird and random things have started to happen and some even at the expense of almost severely injuring her. She’s spooked, but she pushes on because she knows how badly her parents need her right now. This is where JLA seriously gets me. I love suspense and believe me..it’s not lacking at all. Readers are left thinking and reasoning with each new chapter on what the heck is going on. Each new revelation was like an eye opener and an “aha” moment.
Gabe and Nikki’s relationship is rocky and overflowing with a history that is murky at best. We get to hear about bits and pieces of how Nikki grew up smitten with Gabe and how one night can change their whole relationship dynamic. It was a slow build for me but it went with the pace of the rest of the story. When things did heat up between them, it was steamy and yet genuine. It is a solid relationship even with all the bumps and bruises a long the way.
Overall, I loved this book. The plot was perfectly paced for me and the characters were easy to connect with and understand. I’m honestly going out of mind on what could possibly happen in the next book, Devlin’s story. Even though he isn’t a hugely likable character, I’m drawn to him for some odd reason, and I really want the perfect girl to knock him on his butt. It’ll be good to see Devlin be brought to his knees.