Published by Harlequin on March 1st 2016
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Fiction, Multicultural & Interracial, Romance
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When business becomes pleasure Winning is a way of life for Dante Morretti, and he's got the real estate empire to prove it. With custody of his four-year-old son, Matteo, at stake, Dante intends to win that, too. Marrying his best friend, Jordana Sharpe, is a vital step in his plan. But when the alluring actress takes Matteo and Dante sightseeing around Los Angeles, he's waking up to a world beyond boardrooms and billion-dollar deals. Jordana is as committed to her acting as Dante is to his business. She doesn't envision feeling that passion for anything else, until her no-strings arrangement with the gorgeous Italian magnate takes a detour…right into Dante's bed. Suddenly everything is at stake—her career, his custody fight and a fake marriage that could very well lead to the real family they both secretly crave…
Dante Moretti is fighting for full custody of his four-year-old son and needs to get married to look better in court. His good friend, and budding actress, Jordana is the perfect person to help him.
Dante is a real estate magnate with not one, but two high-powered jobs that keep him busy and wealthy. He adores his son but doesn’t get to see him that much with his very busy schedule. After one too many hiccups with ex-wife, however, Dante must step in to protect his son, Matteo and that means getting full custody. With advice from his cousin, he comes to the conclusion that getting married will significantly improve his chances.
He’s been attracted to Jordana for many years but since she dated his friend a while back, he considers her off limits and still believes she may have feelings for her ex. Jordana has been attracted to Dante for quite some time as well but like Dante has tried to bury those feelings.
As we expect, this marriage of convenience turns into something more pretty quickly once the feelings can no longer be denied. However, bad news is right around the corner. Old pasts, a secret or two, and miscommunication puts everything at stake; his custody fight, her premature career, and an all-consuming love.
Marriages of convenience have been used as a plot point quite a bit in both romance novels and soap operas for many years. I’ve always been interested in finding out the percentages of these partnerships in real life. Is there any way to find that out? What’s the success rate of these unions? What are the conversations like leading up to the pre-nup? I assume there’s a pre-nup even if the couples aren’t filthy rich. At the end of the day, it’s a still a marriage of convenience. These are questions I need to know. Someone, anyone, please help!
Sorry, back to regularly scheduled programming.
This book was a part of my February Harlequin subscription and is actually the first book I’ve read by Pamela Yaye. This is a part of The Morretti Millionaires series. There seems to be a few prior to this one, however, there’s only brief mention of those characters so it’s not a necessity to read those before diving into Seduced by the Mogul.
Seduced by the Mogul is a quick read featuring one of romance novels’ favorite tropes. I wished we got a little more information about Jordana’s past and honestly a little more grovelling on Dante’s part wouldn’t have hurt anyone. 🙂 I’d recommend reading it on a lazy Saturday or Sunday or maybe right after work to unwind.
For all of you Pamela Yaye fans, let me know what book of hers I should read next!