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If you can’t beat ’em…seduce ’em.
Amanda Jackman’s love life is the stuff dreams are made of…which is fitting, because it’s all in her head. Thanks to six oversized, overbearing brothers who treat her like the family jewel, she’s lived in a padded little box.
Determined to get a life before she needs a padded little cell, she sets out to throw off the yoke and live on her own terms. Except she seriously underestimates the lengths to which her brothers will go to keep her safe and sound.
Cole Engstrom’s life might just be at an end. Cornered by all six of the massive Jackmans—men he normally considers his friends—he learns he’s their choice to marry their sister…or else. Make that first choice, but not the last.
Rather than watch Amanda’s brothers club their way through potential mates, Cole figures it’s best to just play along for a while and buy her some time to find a man of her own. It’s a good plan. Until Amanda figures it out—and decides he’s the one to relieve her of her “sheltered little virgin” status. One seduction at a time…
This sexy romp of a book contains a virgin, a man and a plan. Game. On.
I’ll admit I’m a series slut…whew, admitting it is half the battle! I’ve enjoyed the Rancho Del Cielo series from the start. I love Dee’s writing, but the title of this book had me cringing and wondering if I wanted to read it. I really hate, hate when books are titled “The Virgin’s…..” whatever. I mean, is this something we really have to know before we read the book. Does it truly matter? I’m glad I made myself get past the title because this is really a great book.
Amanda Jackman has six brothers; six brothers who have loved, protected, and driven her crazy most of her life. They’ve made sure to take care of everything and in return have left her feeling like she can’t do anything for herself. She loves them but feels the need to spread her wings.
Cole Engstrom has been friends with the Jackman’s for many years. He likes the family, some more than others and has always had a special friendship with Amanda. They both enjoy tormenting her brothers, speaking in foreign languages (even when two of them are made up languages), and both have a wicked sense of humor.
Cole is put in a horrible position when Amanda’s oldest brother (and head of the family) tells him he wants him to date and eventually marry Amanda. That sets this book in motion and boy what a motion!
I love Cole, he’s so smart, and funny, and truly has Amanda’s best interests at heart even though he doesn’t always go about things the right way. If I had to classify him, I’d say he’s more of a Beta hero with some latent Alpha tendencies. He’s a computer nerd at heart, but he can go around or two if he needs to. It’s just not something he aspires to. Amanda is sweet, funny, and a little selfish at times. I don’t blame her; it’s the way she’s been raised.
Amanda discovers her brothers’ plan and sets out to teach all involved a lesson. She feels betrayed and doesn’t think she can trust anyone, especially Cole. In the meantime, Cole realizes that Amanda is the one for him and even though he tries to convince her he’s serious about her, she has this niggling feeling he’s just doing and saying things because he’s afraid of her brothers. These two eventually figure things out and their relationship is beautiful and special.
What I loved about this book is Cole guiding Amanda help herself. He lets her figure out what she needs to do and while he might help, it’s her decision and that makes all the world of difference in Amanda’s life. Between Cole and Amanda’s boss (and friend), Susie, we really see Amanda blossom during this story.
This is a great addition to the Rancho Del Cielo series, but it can honestly be read as a stand alone. Dee did such a great job with the characters. They have so much depth, they are fun to be around, and they have devious minds which I appreciate. This is a true romance; they’ve known each other as friends, learned more about each other as they date, and finally discover each other as lovers. This is a sweet, fun, and lovely romance. One I hope you take the time to read, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
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