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Peek Inside Grounds for Seduction

Madison Phillips is focused on making her new coffee shop a success. She also wouldn’t mind if the sexiest cop in Seattle, Gabriel Martinez, would start seeing her as more than just his best friend’s little sister...

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Madison Phillips is focused on making her new coffee shop a success. She also wouldn’t mind if the sexiest cop in Seattle, Gabriel Martinez, would start seeing her as more than just his best friend’s little sister. When her shop gets robbed and she’s the only one who can identify the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, Gabe’s there to keep her safe. Having Gabe act as her personal bodyguard is certainly no hardship, and Maddy’s ready to try anything to tempt him into providing some hands-on protection.

This title was previously published. It’s been significantly revised with new scenes added.


“I absolutely loved this book!” –Cheryl Shumacher, Goodreads

 “I adored this book, I couldn't put it down till I finished it, absolutely terrific!” –Lu Dex, NetGalley

 “Grounds for Seduction was a sweet and sexy love story. I really enjoyed it!” –Wendy Johnson, Goodreads

 “I really enjoyed this book- it was a great read just loved the banter between the characters that had me chuckling my head off.” –Sarah Clay, NetGalley

 “This book was smart, sexy, and swoon worthy!” Danielle, B., Goodreads

 “Are you in the mood for a hot and steamy read? Then pick up a copy of Grounds for Seduction by Shelli Stevens!” –LJT, Romance Junkies

 “A nice mix of sexual tension, taboo attraction and strong characters, made Grounds for Seduction a fascinating read and one that I easily read in one sitting.” –Karen Roma, Goodreads

 “Definitely will be adding Ms. Stevens to my go-to author list!” –Katrina B., Goodreads

 “This book was steamy, sexy, yet naughty!” –Parul Leslie, NetGalley

 “Shelli Stevens’ new book is scorching hot!” –Leah Storz, NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758636
Series: Seattle Steam, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 27, 2017
Page Count: 255
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen, military/men in uniform
Tropes: best friend's little sister, bodyguard/protector, friends to lovers

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By Auntee November 17, 2008

Well, this book was well on it's way to a five star rating from me, but it just fell short of the mark because the ending was a little off for me. But for sheer sexuality and eroticism, it rates a 5+!

Madison Phillips is a beautiful, 25 yr. old rich girl, but determined to make it on her own. After g ...more

By Kathrynn June 14, 2015

What a neat modern-day, erotic book! Nicely written with style. I will look for more by this author. The book wasn't just about SEX. In the beginning, it was more a hot book than erotica, but things did pick up to earn it the bump up to erotica. It does not go into detail every time the couple has s ...more

By Nikki April 01, 2017

Review soon ...more

By Raine July 31, 2017

This book was recommended to me in a pick it for me challenge and is a new author for me. I loved the book so much and can't wait to read the 2nd book in the series. ...more

By Deborah March 25, 2017

Madison, Maddie, is a twenty-five year old determined to make her way in the world after being raised with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth.  She spent a year in Italy, gets her MBA, and decides to open a coffee shop. After being recently dumped, she decides it's time to date again-maybe a r ...more

By Denise March 27, 2017

Since I have not read this author before I was drawn to it by what lay inside according to the blurb. It centered around Madison and Gabriel with their story being sweet and hot. Hot as the coffee served but with some spice that seemed to follow along. She also had my man in a uniform in here with t ...more

By Heather February 01, 2017

When it comes to Maddie, Gabe is easily made into a jealous man, “****, Maddie. Enough,” Gabe snapped. He didn’t want to know another d*** thing about Franco or Sam. Especially Franco." Maddie sometimes has really great ideas, “you’re right. Let’s stay in here and keep doing the sex thing.” I really ...more

By Aimie March 31, 2017

Review Coming Soon. ...more

By Katrina March 27, 2017

Grounds for Seduction by Shelli Stevens is a good read with plenty of heat. Maddie and Gabe have such great chemistry and the banter between the two...I abso~love it! Maddie definitely likes to try and get Gabe all riled up...and who of us wouldn’t? I want a Gabe :p This story is based on the brothe ...more

By Julie February 18, 2017

Sexy cop Gabriel Martinez's new mission is catching the Espresso Bandit, a violent guy who is breaking into coffee shops. His latest heist was Madison Phillips new shop and she was hurt in the attack and he has become her personal bodyguard. Which is no hardship for Gabe, except she's throwing herse ...more

By Heather in FL February 22, 2011

I enjoyed this story. It's probably a cliched story line, but I still enjoyed it. I like it when love sneaks up on people, which is what happened here on both sides. Both people thought it was just a fling when it started, but quickly realized they didn't want it to end. I think near the end was a b ...more

By Sassafrass December 09, 2011

This was adorable. I just loved Gabe and Maddie together. All the false starts and all the misunderstandings didn't do anything to detract from the feelings they obviously had for each other. I was so happy for the HEA but was sad that things ended so soon. :P

This is my first Shellii Stevens book, a ...more

By Melanie January 21, 2018

Maddie is a young twenty-five year old girl that has come from a rich family. Maddie has always eaten out, drives a Lexus as her first car, many other things that spoiled rich kids do. Maddie has just finished her MBA and has lived in Italy for a year when she returns to Seattle. Maddie has decided ...more

By April March 27, 2017

Thanks to for the ARC of this book.
What a captivating story. The characters have some tension between them and it adds to the story line. Interesting characters coming from two different worlds but how they came together was just a perfect fit. The jealously that was created by the ma ...more

By Lady Heather February 06, 2017


"A copy of this book has been provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review " ...more

By Lori March 27, 2017

The chemistry between Gabe and Madison was off the charts. There was a vulnerability in both of them and both hesitated on a relationship. But when they relaxed, they were a lot of fun. I loved the way Gabe took care of Madison and also the way she pursued him. She was definitely persistent and dete ...more

By P Leslie March 27, 2017

*I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinion stated are solely my own and no one else's*

I enjoyed this book; it was steamy, sexy yet naughty.

I liked Gabe and Maddie; their intersections were fun and entertaining. Maddie was a sexual temptress on a mission - she wanted Gabe from the m ...more

By Denise February 20, 2017

Madison is focused on opening her new espresso shop and making it a success. She gets somewhat distracted by sexy Gabe, her brother's best friend and a cop. Even though he's attracted to her, he won't do that to his best friend's little sister. Then Madison's shop is robbed and she's the only one wh ...more

By Carolyn's February 02, 2017

I love romances involving the brother's best friend and Grounds for Seduction doesn't fail to provide the heat and steam to make for an Ooo La Latte romance.

Madison Phillips is turning over a new leaf. She is no longer wanting to be seen as the spoiled princess "Maddie" and now focusing on making a ...more

By The Sweet Bookshelf October 23, 2012

.I've read this book 3 times and never reviewed it. Why? Because I'm embarrassed to say I liked it. It's pretty steamy. It's Erotica OK. I don't like that word though. Makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong. Maybe I am? Well, it was free on Kindle one week and I grabbed it. Once I finished it ...more

By S.J. December 23, 2011

I liked this book overall. The heat was wonderful. The plot paced well, only a few pieces felt forced. My real problems arose with the heroine. At one point she showers and gets herself ready in a very short amount of time and leaves with her hair still wet. I was left thinking she was low maintence ...more

By Krista December 28, 2011

I really enjoyed this book finished it in just a few hours, it was very fast paced I just couldnt put it down!
I loved both characters Gabe is a very sexy cop (who doesnt love a man in uniform), he is a laid back down to earth sexy type of guy! At first I wasnt sure if id like Maddie because she see ...more

By Farmers July 03, 2012

OMG. This was one of the best 'smut-love' books I've read in awhile. Loved, loved, loved the chemistry, the story line, the main characters and of course the STEAMY S-E-X!! Love love luuuuved it!

And, this was a story about a guy (a hawt cop guy with intimate talents) and a sassy gal and how their re ...more

By Heather August 05, 2014

I loved Gabe and his reactions to Maddie, "Gabe watched as Madison stepped inside the house, her hips swinging provocatively. He fisted his hands, determined to not act out his primal desire to reach out and smack her a**." Although sometimes the boy tends to put his foot in his mouth, "it comes out ...more

By Martha November 07, 2013

This is my first story by this author and I must say, I am very impressed. She told a strong story with humor and emotion.

I am a fan of the best friend of the older brother getting together with the younger sister storyline and this book does it justice (and then some). I also appreciated that the s ...more

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Shelli Stevens

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Shelli Stevens

Shelli is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author who read her first romance novel when she snatched it off her mother’s bookshelf at the age of eleven. One taste and she was forever hooked. It wasn’t until many years later that she decided to pursue writing stories of her own. By then she acknowledged the voices in her head didn’t make her crazy, they made her a writer. Shelli is a true pluviophile (lover of rain) and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. She writes various genres of romance, but is most known for her contemporary series such as Holding Out for a Hero, The McLaughlins, and A is for Alpha. She’s a compulsive volunteer and has been known to spontaneously burst into song.

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