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Peek Inside Seducing the Playboy

Pastry chef Jenna Cooper has crushed hard on playboy chef Roman Gallagher since her older brother brought him home six years ago. Now she’s old enough to do something about it, but Roman has one rule—don’t sleep where you eat. Jenna figures if she keeps him satisfied in and out of the kitchen, he won’t regret a thing. But Roman has his own ideas. He wants more than a few hot nights, and he's going to teach Jenna a lesson about playing with fire.

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The best desserts are worth the wait…

Pastry chef Jenna Cooper crushed hard on playboy chef Roman Gallagher when her older brother brought him home to share their family Christmas six years ago. Now she’s old enough to do something about it, and she won’t take no for an answer—for anything.

Out of the frying pan into the fire…

Roman has one hard and fast rule—don’t sleep where you eat. But he can’t say no to Jenna’s plea for him to help her save her family business. Soon she’s working for him, and their scorching chemistry melts Roman’s resistance.

If you can’t stand the heat…

Jenna knows Roman has reservations about enjoying the heat between them, but she’s got a plan. She’s going to keep this sexy man so satisfied in—and out—of the kitchen, he won’t regret a thing. But Roman has his own ideas. He wants more than a few hot nights, and he’s going to teach Jenna a lesson about playing with fire.


"Another great series to add to your TBR...The biggest plus point for me, sexy-hot chefs! I could read about a guy that can cook as well as he ‘eat's out’ all day every day!" --Claire Robinson, Goodreads

"If sugar and spice and all things nice is what you seek, then Seducing the Playboy will satisfy your craving. With loveable characters, a light storyline and mouthwatering descriptions of all the culinary delights, it's fairly predictable but sexy and seductive. " --Nicola, Goodreads

"Grab a comfy seat and dive in. If I loved the whole book, I really, really loved the ending. I had a big smile from ear to ear and may have read it twice because I enjoyed it so much." --Rachel, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663262
Series: Hot Nights, Book 2
Release Date: May 26, 2014
Page Count: 214
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: boss and employee, older brother's best friend

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By Claire January 21, 2015

3.5 - Short-term only. No strings sex. Quick and dirty. Stars.

Jenna Cooper has had a crush on her brother's best friend Roman Gallagher for six years, ever since an ill timed sledging spill caused an ‘almost-kiss’ moment.

Seducing the Playboy is a modern day tale of courtship; the first 50% of the b ...more

By Nicola May 21, 2014

If sugar and spice and all things nice is what you seek, then Seducing the Playboy will satisfy your craving. With loveable characters, a light storyline and mouthwatering descriptions of all the culinary delights, it's fairly predictable but sexy and seductive. And be warned, don't make the same mi ...more

By Malinda January 05, 2015

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. Both Jenna and Roman are likable characters and the story was good with a surprisingly low amount of angst through most of the story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I like it well enough that I'm likely to try more of her work in the fut ...more

By Rachel May 25, 2014

Where to start with this book other than I loved it. Yes I'm a sucker for the falling for the best friends sister/brother trope, so this was a no brainier for me. Guess what ? It was fantastic.

The author does a fantastic job of getting the reader involved in the story and keeping us there till we a ...more

By Jackie May 26, 2014

ARC Courtesy of Entangled Publishing

This is the second book in this wonderful little series about chefs. pastry gods and all round geniuses in the kitchen.

Jenna is a pastry goddess extraordinaire who wants to save her families ailing restaurant. Jenna loves their restaurant Coopers in her little h ...more

By Dar January 18, 2016

There were so many times this story could have crashed and burned but it didn't. There was lots of fun, lots of heat and perfectly placed sweetness until it was no shock that both characters realized they were meant to be! ...more

By Sarah May 25, 2014

Jenna is desperate to save her family's restaurant and the only person she can think of to ask for help is her brother's best friend Roman. Roman is a top chef and an expert at building up new restaurants but he is also the man she's had a crush on since she was a teenager and now she has an excuse ...more

By BethyMac August 09, 2016

4 Sexy Sizzling hot stars

**Complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review**

Seducing the playboy is another great enjoyable read in the Hot Night Series by Amanda Usen. Although this book is the second book in the series, and I have read and enjoyed the first one, I fell that this book co ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

4.5 Stars!!

Seducing the Playboy by Amanda Usen is another wonderful book from the Brazen imprint. I always look forward to reading Ms. Usen’s stories because they are filled with well-defined characters, an original plot and a trope that I truly enjoy. This book does not disappoint on any level and ...more

By Cheryl June 03, 2014

Jenna Cooper is a pastry chef. She is in desperate need of a job and help. Her family's restaurant business is on the edge of closing for good. Jenna turns to her big brother's friend and chef, Roman Gallagher. It was an easy choice for Jenna to go to Roman because she also has interior motives. She ...more

By Pat May 23, 2014

Two chef's in a small gets steamy!

Full review to follow on. May 31st ...more

By Becky September 06, 2016

Older-brother's-best-friend. I love this troupe. Amanda Usen has a lot of fun with it here, and 97% of the book is done really well. All of the cooking and restaurant talk made me want to either cook something yummy or eat something delicious--being in a hotel with no food on hand for most of that t ...more

By Stephanie May 28, 2014



E-Galley provided by the publisher for a review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

I enjoy culinary based romances because, hello, baked goods and sex. ...more

By Sue September 09, 2016

I have never read anything by Amanda Usen before and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I could not put this book down.

This story is one of my favorite tropes...the older brother's best friend. Our heroine, Jenna Cooper grew up wanting to run the family restaurant so she went to culinary school. ...more

By Victoria August 06, 2014

Night Owl Review

****4 1/2 stars****

Original Review Published here:

This book is very well written with a very realistic plot. The main and secondary characters were fascinating and exciting. The ending of the story was a bit predictable but this book is more f ...more

By Jennifer May 27, 2014

I received an e-galley of Seducing the Playboy from the publisher for an honest review.

From the beginning I was hooked. Both Jenna and Roman and explosive characters from page one. It's hard to resist these two. As usual, with Amanda's books there is a lot of laughter and some food that sounds so mo ...more

By Miriam May 29, 2014

It was hard not to like Roman or Jenna. Every moment they spent together proved two things: they were perfect for each other, and they could work together.

In the kitchen, they functioned like a well-oiled machine. They gave and took without demanding too much from the other. In the bedroom, they wer ...more

By Patty October 19, 2014

Well... Jenna and Roman are born for each other...
He respected her because she is the brother of his BFF... but now she needs her help and appears in his restaurant just in the best time... when he needs help in the dessert section.
Jenna is the youngest of the family, and she is fighting to earn the ...more

By Amanda September 09, 2016

Anyone that knows me knows I'm a sucker for a foodie type book. This one hit the spot. Jenna needs to save her family restaurant and she knows that her older brothers best friend, Roman knows how to do that. So she goes to him for advice and ends up trying to seduce him. That's no hardship since she ...more

By Jeannie July 28, 2016

What do you get when you add, beach side restaurant, yummy deserts, a hot chef and a determined pastry chef? You get a sexy and engaging story that will keep you reading and hoping that Jenna and Roman finally hit the sheets and get a happy ever after.

Jenna is stubborn, impulsive, and won't take no ...more

By Stacey May 26, 2014

I have to admit, I bought this book without actually reading the description. I mean, the title is SEDUCING THE PLAYBOY. How could I not, right? :-)

I loved, loved, loved this book! Pastry chef Jenna Cooper is such a fun heroine. She's trying to save her family business and the one person who she thi ...more

By Amber September 10, 2014


Amanda Usen whips up a tantalizingly sweet story with just enough spice to keep things interesting!

Jenna Cooper is finally ready to do something about her long time crush on Roman Gallagher, but first she has to convince him to let go of his number one rule: Don't sleep where you eat. O ...more

By Heather May 27, 2014

Oh my gosh!! another good one, I couldn't put it down!!!!
I loved Roman, and I love Jenna!!! They were so cute together.
If you read the first book, you remember Jenna was one of Lila's friends. It was great getting to know Jenna and reading her story. I hope the next one is about Becka their other fr ...more

By She June 05, 2014

Jenna has been in love with Roman for so long. Now she is going to him for help - asking and offering. Her family restaurant is in trouble and she wants his help to save it. His restaurant needs a face lift and she offers suggestions. Along with all of that she offers him more - a time of friends wi ...more

By Lynn May 29, 2014

Rating: 4 1/2 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

I feel that this book should come with a warning – it’s going to make you hungry. Our author shows her readers that there are all different types of ...more

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Amanda Usen

About the author

Amanda Usen

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one crawfish, two guinea pigs, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn't baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.

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