Review: A Seductive Kiss by Francis Ray
Monday February 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Copyright: 2012
Publish Date: January 31, 2012
Pages: 292
Form: Paperback
Series: Grayson Friends  (5)
Author: Francis Ray
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Dianna Harrington is known throughout the world as “The Face”—the stunningly beautiful spokesmodel for her family’s fashion empire. She could probably have her pick of any man she wants. But Dianna would rather kick back and relax with a good friend— namely Alex Stewart, who she’s known, and harbored a crush on, her whole life…


Ever since they were kids, Alex has been Dianna’s protector and pal, a shoulder to cry on. But as the brother of her best friend, Alex always seemed untouchable. Now a handsome, successful New York lawyer, Alex never realized how lonely Dianna’s life has been—or how innocent she is in the ways of love. Alex wants more than anything to reach out to her, to heal her heart. But is his desire worth the risk? After a lifetime of longing building up between them, something’s gotta give. Maybe all it takes is just one kiss…

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy Mrs. Ray’s books.  Some more than others, but it is always an enjoyable experience.  This one was no different from the rest.  Dianne is beautiful and successful but her childhood proved to be the basis for her ongoing insecurities and feelings of worthlessness.  From the beginning she never felt she was worthy of being a permanent fixture in Alex’s life and resigned herself to just being his lover.  Unbeknown to her, Alex has loved her since they were children and would do anything for her.  Dianne was really and truly naive though.  Her parents only considered her when they could gain something, so how she thought they would defend her when she was fired was beyond me.  And to not have gotten a contract to ensure her job is just bad business.  But her hardships do encourage her growth and she learns some big lessons while on the rocky road to discover her self-worth.

Alex is the gallant gentleman who is strong and steady.  Dianne could always count on him, and I loved that he was sweet on her since they were children.  To me it made the romance even more lovable and authentic.  I did feel that at times Alex was a little too accommodating of Dianne.  She really needed to learn to stand on her own feet and sometimes he hindered that process.  But it wasn’t intentional so I can forgive him that.  I love his consistent nature, and how he was always willing, ready, and able to defend, rescue, and protect Dianne.

Another aspect I loved about this book was the overall friendship and camaraderie between the characters.  I loved Alex’s best friends Sin and C.J., and C.J.’s cousin Summer was a spit-fire I wanted to know more about.  The secondary characters helped to create a nice atmosphere of comfort and familiarity.  I felt like I was apart of the gang and wanted to hang out with them all at C.J.’s bar.

The only real issue I had with the book was the editing.  There were a lot of misspellings, more than you would normally find in a novel.  And almost every time the word through was supposed to be there, it was spelled though.  I noticed the exact same thing in a previous novel of Mrs. Rays.  So I’m hoping in the future her editors are a bit more diligent with their editing because she is too brilliant a writer to have a reader distracted by things that are easy fixes.

Overall this was a lovely romance and I’m ready for the next book.  Mrs. Ray alludes to C.J.’s story being next, and I’m anxious to know how the rugged bar owner will lose his heart.  Romance lovers will enjoy this one.

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14 Responses to “Review: A Seductive Kiss by Francis Ray”

  1. reading rendezvous reviewz says:

    This is a author I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet. I also enjoy her novels.

  2. Kiru Taye says:

    I haven’t read any of her books yet. Will have to add one to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh, I really like the sound of this one. It sounds like a quite sweet love story and I really love the sound of Alex! Even though it seems like Dianne might have needed him a bit less in certain circumstances. Hope the spelling mistakes improve with the novels! That sounds annoying.

  4. Missie says:

    Hmm.. seems kind of odd that that many spelling errors would keep reoccurring without someone catching it before it’s published. But it’s good to know you enjoyed the story nonetheless.

  5. Brie says:

    Sounds good, Jade!
    I love friends-to-lovers stories, especially when they are childhood friends. I think it makes the romance believable because you know that the hero and heroine truly know and care for each other.
    Dianna sounds slightly annoying, perhaps too naïve and clueless? But Alex sounds dreamy and I’ve got a thing for lawyers 😉
    It’s weird that this book has editing issues. I haven’t noticed it before when reading other books by the same publisher. Maybe she uses the same editor in all her books? Weird and annoying.
    I think I’ll give this author a try, which book should I read first? Do you have a favorite?

    • Jade says:

      Brie! You should defintely start with Only Hers. That is my all time favorite romance novel period. And definitely my favorite from Mrs. Ray’s extensive catalogue. I read it at least once a year.

  6. Yeah, editing issues can be a real distraction, but at least it didn’t keep you from enjoying the book. I haven’t read anything by this author but she’s on my radar now.

  7. La Toya says:

    This is awesomoe! I haven’t really read too many romance novels but am always looking for suggestions! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  8. Oh I really need to read a Francis Ray novel. I’ve added this one to my list. I like the idea that the couple had known each other all there lives. It makes the romance so much more realistic.