Pamela Singer’s a freelance painting conservator. This
allows her to bounce across the world, taking on whatever
work interests her. Her latest job lands her in Langdon
Gallery, Philadelphia, where she meets Dylan Pierce,
executive vice president of Carstairs Hotel Group. Dylan’s
boyish charm and knowledge of art catches her interest, but
after a disastrous and abusive relationship with her former
lover, Dmitri Andropolis, she’s a bit skittish.
And with good reason.
Dylan is half brother to Dmitri. On a quest to clear
Dmitri’s name, he’s set his sights on taking down Pamela,
the woman the art world calls “The Seductress.” (The
nickname is coined for her ability to seduce older men – to
reveal more would ruin the story for you, but obviously all
is not what it seems.) Unfortunately for Dylan, falling head
over heels for her is not on his agenda. Even more puzzling,
Pamela doesn’t act like the gold-digger Dmitri has made her
out to be. She refuses to let Dylan buy her expensive
baubles and when presented with the opportunity to bilk
Dylan’s older friend, she does not.
Neither Dylan nor Pamela know that Dmitri is involved in a
lot of questionable “projects”, ranging from gambling to
embezzling to forgery to theft. Fired from the family
company, Dmitri sees his inheritance slipping through his
fingers. Drastic action is necessary. Translation? Murder is
now on the agenda, though Dmitri’s above doing it himself.
Getting revenge for Dmitri takes a backseat to keeping
Pamela alive as Dylan finds himself choosing between the
brother he never really knew and the woman who’s found a
permanent place in his heat.
I picked up book two before reading book one and I have
to say, Ms. Ashbury’s writing, while strong in this book, is
even stronger in book two (though she does a better job on
her villain(s) in this story). Well-fleshed out main
characters, engaging secondary characters, and good pacing
makes this a very enjoyable read. I’m very much looking
forward to reading her third and final installment. If you
like a helping of meaty plot with your sex (and a recent
study says chimps actually do trade meat for sex), you’ll
enjoy Morgan Ashbury’s The Seductress.