Review: The CEO’s Seduction by Diane Alberts

The CEO’s Seduction by Diane Alberts
Series: Hamilton Family (# 1)
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Pages: 222
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

The last thing Brett Ross wants is to be back in the same old damn small town he grew up in, but his best friend is getting married, so there’s no way he’s skipping yet another visit back home. He knows what he’s getting into, coming back here, but the one thing he didn’t count on was the way Anna Hamilton made him feel the first time he sets eyes on her…and she’s all grown up.

Anna’s always been in love with Brett, even if she’s always been his best friend’s annoying little sister to him. But when he looks at her, she doesn’t see annoyance in his eyes anymore. If anything, she sees a silent calling for her to save him from himself…and she’s just the girl to do it. All she needs is to find a way to escape her pesky, protective older brothers.

And then the game is on.

 

Review:  Alberts is a new to me author and I was drawn in immediately to the story, The CEO’s Seduction.  I was happy to see this is only the first book in the Hamilton Family Series.  I will definitely be back for more!

Brett is returning to his hometown after leaving for college and going to work in his father’s company in Atlanta and never looking back.  His parents had died and he was raised by his aunt and uncle who lived next door to the Hamilton family.  Apparently his aunt and uncle liked the money they received for “raising” him but didn’t like him or the responsibility. It doesn’t stop them from demanding money from him all the time even now as if he owes them for taking him in.  As we find out more about his home life it was heartwrenching to say the least.  If it wasn’t for the Hamilton family who knows how he would have ended up since they were the ones that gave him some stability.

The Hamilton family was a normal one – mom, dad, four brothers and a sister.  His best friend is Chris and Brett comes back to town for his wedding.  Their sister, Anna, always had a crush on Brett and apparently was the only one that could see the real him.  A smile wasn’t a smile in her eyes.  She could actually see the difference between a real one and a fake one when no one else could.  Her brothers swore a blood oath with him that he would never touch their sister or make advances towards her because he wasn’t good enough for her.  That hurts! She does everything in her power to make her presence known to Brett since he’s currently back in town.  She’s also reminding him she’s a woman now and no longer a kid.  There are many subtexts going on but everyone wasn’t privy to everyone else’s thoughts, actions or feelings.  Both Brett and Anna have high points and low points throughout the story but they never seem to be on the same page at the same time or if they are it’s very fleeting.  There are definitely in your face moments by the guys but Anna gets her say sometimes, too.  I wondered at times how he could be best friends with Chris given some of the things he and his brothers said and did.  It was painful the way Brett was verbally and physically hurt by the Hamilton brothers and they didn’t seem to think much about it most of the time. It was just the way it is! I was happy to see that Brett eventually got a backbone and stood up for not only himself but Anna too.

There were family and friends, sad and happy memories, reminisces, secrets, anger, tears, fighting, fear, hurt, troubles, doubts, family activities, happiness, laughter, a wedding or two, wise words, kindness, lots of loving and love.  There were some burn up the sheet moments that sometimes got a little out of hand considering everyone was staying at the Hamilton home in preparation for the wedding.   I loved Brett’s nickname for Anna – Twinkletoes, and it was nice that we were filled in on how the name came about.  Mr. Hamilton’s interaction with Brett was heartwarming and made Brett think.  There was nice closure and a happily ever after.  The epilogue, which takes place two years later, was the icing on the cake and blew me away!  I so wanted more.  I’m happy to know that we’ll be reunited with the Hamilton family and their extended family again and again.

Favorite Quote:  Christopher shook his head.  “You don’t get it.  Men are —”

“Assholes?  Pigs?  Chauvinistic maniacs?”  She looked mesmerizing in the moonlight, her eyes shining with fury.  “Yeah, I agree.  You two are the worst of them.”

joanne