This review was originally scheduled to go up on the same day as my excerpt and giveaway post for Seducing Phoebe, however with the flaky internet on Koh Samui and some funny things going on with my scheduler for the website, something went skew-if! So, Nicole, my apologies for the late review. Here is what I thought of your lovely book.
What is Seducing Phoebe about?
For those of you who are new to Nicole Flockton’s work, Seducing Phoebe is the third in her series set in Perth, after Masquerade and Rescuing Dawn. You probably don’t have to read the first two, but please do. Not only because I am a nutcase for reading in order and I think everyone else should too, but because they are both excellent books in their own right.
Phoebe Fitzgerald is about to marry a wonderful man—that is until her ex turns up and declares his undying love for her. Confused about her feelings, she calls off her wedding to Marco Petronelli.
Marco knows his offer to wed Phoebe isn’t a love match, but he cares for her and believes the compatibility they share will be enough to sustain their marriage. He is forced to admit his emotions go far deeper when Phoebe calls off the wedding, and now he will do almost anything to make her realize they are meant for each other.
Can he convince Phoebe that their relationship is worth saving? Or will secrets from both their pasts be too much to overcome?
So, here’s what I thought of Seducing Phoebe!
This was a really good read. I loved the chemistry between Phoebe and Marco, despite the external emotional problems that are causing their separation. The heat and connection between them comes across as real and you always have the sense that these two are thoroughly suited for each other.
With the reappearance of Phoebe’s former lover, this could have quite easily disintegrated into a “I’m still in love with him, but I’ll get it on with you” back and forth type of story. However, it is in no way like that – thank you, Nicole! I really loved how Phoebe realised that even though she was no longer in love with her ex, she just wanted to sort out her feelings for Marco and she took time away for herself to do this. To me, it shows that Phoebe just does not want to settle for anything other than the real deal – good on you, love!
Marco, you sure have that hot, mysterious vibe going on! Maybe he could have given Phoebe the space she wanted, but he just didn’t want to lose her and I like that he didn’t fall away meekly the moment Phoebe’s ex rocked up. His love for her is obvious, despite his inability to express the sentiment.
Both Phoebe and Marco have issues to deal with throughout the course of the story and while I am not going to throw a spoiler bomb into the mix for you all, the way in which these are handled is beautifully and sensitively done.
It was lovely to also catch up with the characters from the earlier books, including Sophie and Alex. Their roles in helping Phoebe and Marco towards their happy ending are well done and thankfully don’t dominate the story, rather they help the romance flow.
I’d heartily recommend this, and the others in the series. Seducing Phoebe is a sexy, sweet and emotional read, and another sterling effort from the fabulous Ms Flockton.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 28 October 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Crimson Romance in exchange for an honest review.