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December 17, 2013

Tour Stop + Giveaway: The Cinderella Seduction by Hope Tarr

The Cinderella Seduction
Hope Tarr
Entangled - Indulgence
Contemporary Romance
November 2013
Greek tycoon Nikolaos Costas has a debt to collect fro the Stefanopoulos family and he won’t leave until he gets his money. Stefanie Stefanopoulos has been tasked with entertaining—i.e. distracting—him while he’s in town, all in hopes of getting him to forgive the debt. She may not be an ugly duckling, but she’s a far cry from her petite stepsisters and she knows that the gorgeous playboy won’t even notice her. It doesn’t stop her from wanting him to, though.

Four months ago, Nick’s bachelor-style life was turned upside down. Now the sole parent to a seven-year-old daughter he never knew existed, Nick doesn’t have time for pleasure. But he hadn’t factored in Stefanie or the intense attraction he’d feel for her. As her seduction heats up, so do the stakes, both professionally and romantically. Can he let business go long enough to allow Stefanie into his heart?



The walk back to Stefanie’s was a quiet one.
They reached Nick’s parked car just as a church bell tolled the midnight hour, “pumpkin time,” or so the fairy tale told. Flickering flames from the Gaslight-era-inspired streetlamps played upon his profiled features, making him seem princely indeed.
He gestured toward her house on the other side of the street. “I will see you to your door.”
Stefanie knew what that meant. At the very least, he was going to kiss her. More than likely he was going to ask her to invite him inside. She wanted him to kiss her. She wanted to invite him inside, not for a few minutes or an hour but for the night—all of it. And yet the lovely dinner hadn’t erased the facts. He was still the CEO of Costas International, still the man to whom her father owed 2.5 million dollars, who might very well choose to ruin them. He would be going home to Greece on Thursday—for good. Given those circumstances, how could she possibly go to bed with him? Even though she wanted to—a lot.
She reached for her strength. “Thanks, but that’s not necessary.”
He frowned. “I am Greek. You are a woman under my protection. It is necessary.”
He was an alpha male to his core as well as absolutely swoon-worthy. By now Stefanie knew better than to argue. “O-okay.”
They cut across the sidewalk to her front steps. Holding back for her to ascend ahead of him, he set a steering hand on the small of her back. The heat from his palm was searing, the gesture one of possession, claiming.
She reached the porch on shaking legs. Floorboards creaked as Nick stepped up beside her. His hand slipped away.
Feeling its loss, she turned to face him. “Thank you again for dinner. I had a lovely time.”
The words scarcely did justice to the emotions roiling inside her—sadness and arousal, temptation and fear. The latter was as much for herself as for her father. Unlike Pete, unlike any of the men before him, if she wasn’t careful, Nick could break her heart.
“Thank you for accompanying me.” He hesitated. His stark gaze searched hers in the shadows. A rare look of uncertainty weighted his handsome features. “Stefanie?”
“Nick?”
He swallowed hard, setting off a ripple along the corded column of his throat. “I should like very much to kiss you.”
Stefanie’s heart beat so soundly she felt as though it might break through her chest, not because a kiss was out of bounds so far as her seduction mission went, it wasn’t, but because she finally acknowledged exactly where kissing Nick would lead—bed. Lifting her gaze to his, all pretenses of staying in control flew out the proverbial window. There was no way you could want someone the way she wanted him and still be in charge, at least she couldn’t. The game she’d played this past week was on par with messing around with firecrackers, fun for the moment but ultimately bad for you, even dangerous. And yet for once in her life, this once, she couldn’t resist putting caution on the back burner—and turning the front burner up to high, not for Acropolis Village or even her grandfather’s legacy but for herself. After twenty-eight years of being an ugly duckling, it was finally time to embrace her inner swan.
Moistening her lips, she admitted, “I’d like that, too.”
He reached out, cupping her cheek in the cradle of his big, square palm. His gaze fastened on her mouth. A smile played about the corners of his. “I had hoped you would agree.”


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Award-winning author, Hope Tarr earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Education before coming to grips with the tough truth: she wasn’t especially interested in analyzing people or teaching them. What she wanted was to write about them! Today Hope is the author of more than twenty historical and contemporary romance novels for multiple publishers including THE CINDERELLA SEDUCTION, the finale to her Suddenly Cinderella Series for Entangled Publishing. Hope is also a co-founder and current curator of Lady Jane’s Salon®, New York City’s first—and still only—monthly romance reading series now with satellites in eight U.S. states. The Romance Writers of America’s New York City chapter recently honored Hope as their 2013 Author of the Year. She lives in Manhattan with her real life romance hero and their feline family members. When not writing, she enjoys running, hiking, martial arts—and browsing restaurant menus.


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27 comments:

  1. OMG, such a cute excerpt. liking the sound of this one.

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  2. This sounds truly magical! I am very excited about this book and cannot wait to add it to my to-read list.. x

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  3. Aw a gentleman. Looks like one that needs to be added to my list :)

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  4. This one sounds pretty good, thanks!

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  5. Have this book on my TBR list! Just bumped it up to next in line!

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  6. I think Cinderella Seduction is the kind of book I love to curl up with and enjoy! Thanks for the cute excerpt, Braine :) I love stories when the MCs think they don't have anything in common, and how hot is it that Nick thinks he has no time for pleasure now that he is raising the daughter he didn't know he had?

    Have a great day :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Sounds like one of those romcom movies huh?

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  7. Awe I loved the excerpt. This is a series right? I think this would be a perfect read by the fire on a cold winter night.

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  8. Cinderella Seduction sounds like a pleasure ~ I enjoy re-tellings of classic stories. And I really enjoy a heroine who realizes she's more than she ever dreamed. :) Nick sounds dreamy, too. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, Braine. It was fun!

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  9. Oh, I like that excerpt! I love the promising tone at the end. Thanks for sharing, Braine.

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  10. The story looks promising, looking forward to read this one.
    Love the cover book too :)

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    1. The color scheme of the cover is great isn't it?

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  11. There have been quite a few Cinderella titled books this year. This does sound like a good addition to that group!

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    1. True although I think I'll like this one better than the others

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  12. Sounds sexy, and I love that cover! :)

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  13. I'm looking forward to such a great read.

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  14. The blurb and excerpt both sound intriguing, as does the look of the cover!

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