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Peek Inside Seducing the Girl Next Door

When Jenna Kellington was fourteen, her first high school boyfriend—her first love—moved away. Now a divorced mom, she never expected to see Simon Hastings again...until a business trip to China brings them face-to-face, and their connection explodes beyond her wildest fantasies.

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After a lifetime of leaving, can he learn to stay…

When Jenna Kellington was fourteen, her first high school boyfriend—her first love—moved away. Now a divorced mom, she never expected to see Simon Hastings again…until a business trip to China brings them face-to-face, and their connection explodes beyond her wildest fantasies.

When he was young, Simon swore he would never be like his father, moving from place to place and never settling down. As a billionaire venture capitalist, however, he’s every bit the wanderer, never tying himself down. Seeing Jenna again reminds him of who he once was, even as their old spark intensifies into very adult desire. With every touch, every caress, Simon teaches Jenna how to let go. To own her own pleasure. He wasn’t supposed to fall in love. Neither was she…

Bencher Family Books by author Inara Scott:

Book one: Rules of Negotiation

Book two: The Boss’s Fake Fiance

Book three: Falling For Mr. Wrong

Book four: Seducing the Girl Next Door


"One thing is certain when you pick up an Inara Scott book - it'll be sexy, romantic and leaves you with a happy heart. And believe me, my heart is in its happy place from all the sexy between this couple and sigh inducing moments from Simon. Their chemistry lights up the pages..." --Nicola, Goodreads

"A wonderful read, with believable characters experiencing life's ups and downs and a very sweet epilogue. 5 stars!" --Maria Rose, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751392
Series: Bencher Family, Book 3.5
Release Date: Nov 24, 2014
Page Count: 96
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: girl next door, reunited lovers, road romance, second chance

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By Nicola November 21, 2014

The Bencher Family series is one of my favourites from the Indulgence imprint. Jenna Kellington isn't strictly a Bencher anymore but she'll forever have ties to the family as Mum to Ross Bencher's kids, who we met in Falling for Mr. Wrong. And whilst Seducing the Girl Next Door could be read as a st ...more

By Les Romantiques November 09, 2014

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Reviewed by Fabiola
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Seducing the girl next door is a novella written by Inara Scott. I have never read another book from the author. And she has already been published in French with her book Rules of negociation.

I loved her f ...more

By Gigi November 24, 2014

When Jenna Kellington was fourteen, her first high school boyfriend—her first love—moved away. Now the years have passed. Jenna has been married, a mother of three, and divorced. But it took a business trip to Beijing, China where Jenna finally reunites with Simon Hastings...finding a pleasure she n ...more

By Maria Rose March 31, 2015

This sweet and sexy novella is the story of Jenna and Simon. High school sweethearts, their relationship ended when his family moved away and he stopped writing to Jenna, the long distance relationship being too painful to accept. Now years later, they encounter each other while on business in China ...more

By Chelsea November 25, 2014

I reviewed an Inara Scott book back in January of this year with mixed feelings, so I was curious about this novella.

Seducing the Girl Next Door was a well-written 'second chance at love' romance. I liked that these two were close friends during an intense period of their childhoods - those early te ...more

By tyrianpurple November 26, 2014

Inara Scott - Seducing The Girl Next Door

ARC given by the author/publisher via Netgalley, in exchange of an honest review.

Enjoyment quantity :: 4 stars
Literature quality :: 3 stars

"I've been waiting for you for sixteen years. A few more hours here and there won’t kill me."

Hero :: Simon Hastings
Thick ...more

By Romance Readers Retreat November 13, 2014

I usually don’t go for novellas because they all seemed kind of half baked to me. In the best of cases they give you some of the good stuff but then it ends suddenly leaving you feeling unsatisfied. I hate being teased! But I’m happy to that that this is NOT the case with this novella. The author ha ...more

By Penny July 18, 2019

*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
3.5 Stars

This book was a very short, hot guilty pleasure.

Jenna works for a company that sends her on a business trip to China. There she meets one of the new owners of the company who turns out to be Simon, Jenna’s ...more

By Judyrudy November 24, 2014

Seducing the Girl Next Door is classic Inara Scott. I absolutely loved this novella. Jenna Kellington and Simon Hastings were neighbors who were high school sweethearts. Simon Hasting’s father was a wanderer and constantly changed jobs; thus uprooting him from his life with Jenna. Fast forward fourt ...more

By Gloria November 24, 2014

What a delightful story! It is not too long and and is a just sexy and thrilling gem.

Jenna and Simon were friends when they were just starting their teenage years. Simon was very protective of Jenna and bonded with her even though his parents moved around a lot every few years. They shared their fi ...more

By Irene November 22, 2014

3.5 stars

Seducing the Girl Next Door was a sweet and enjoyable read.

Jenna and Simon used to be best friend and childhood sweethearts, which ended when Simon had to move away.
Now after all these years they have a chance to reconnect with their one true love.

Both Jenna and Simon are very likeable char ...more

By Lori November 28, 2014

Although this novella can be read as a stand alone, I think it helps to have read the other books in the series. At least the third one, where you get to know Jenna more.

I love the second chance at love stories, especially when they are first love stories. Jenna and Simon were golden together. Their ...more

By Traci November 17, 2014

Not give away any plot spoilers, but this novella conveys a lot of in its short 96 pages. It uses the reunited/old friends to lovers/second chance romance tropes to good effect and builds on the past relationship of the main H/H to keep the pace tight. The characters are fun and the chemistry betwee ...more

By Bette November 19, 2014

A very enjoyable read! Imagine what he would be like to have your teenage flame walk into the room when you are half way around the world. Great storyline, great writing. This one is short so everything moves fast but I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. I recommend this one. ...more

By Melissa November 25, 2014

Inara Scott is probably my favorite romance author ever. I love her stories, no matter how long or short. The characters are real, deep, fleshed out and flawed but always sexy as hell. I start a book by her and I can't put it down. I read this gem in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. Loved it! ...more

By Zarith January 13, 2015

Love the continuation of the story for the Bencher family. a good book but a short one.
ARC given by netgalley for an honest review ...more

By Darcie November 24, 2014

This was a quick fun read of a second chance at love. It may have been quick but it was sweet. ...more

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Inara Scott

About the author

Inara Scott

Inara wrote her first book when she was fifteen--a romance called "A Wild and Stormy Passion" that featured swordplay, a pirate heroine, and plenty of naughty bits (all of which came entirely from her imagination). Since then, she's written romances of the category, contemporary, and fantasy varieties. Her books are sinfully sensual and deeply emotional. Inara reserve the right to enjoy country music, puppies, and love-at-first sight. When she's not writing, she enjoys to spending time wandering around in the woods and has been known to occasionally dress up her little white dog in princess costumes.

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