Seducing Simon

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Seducing Simon

Toni and Matt Langston share their family home with good friends Simon Andrews and A.J. Spinelli.  This arrangement has worked out really well for the last three years.  Matt, Simon and A.J. are firefighters.  Toni works for the local vet.  All four are great friends but none of them know Toni has a crush on Simon and has for years.  When Simon goes to surprise his girlfriend, Starla, with a proposal but finds her in bed with another man, he gets a bit drunk.  Toni while giving Simon her shoulder to cry on finds herself in his bed making love.  Everything is wonderful until Simon calls her Starla and Toni realizes that she is just a stand in.  Two months later, Toni finds herself pregnant and Simon doesn’t remember ever treating Toni as anything but a little sister.
These characters are so real.  Toni’s debate on telling Simon her baby is also his was heart wrenching.  They truly care for each other but are scared to change their relationship from friends to lovers.  Until that relationship changes, Toni doesn’t want Simon to feel trapped.  Matt, A.J. and Simon wanting to find the father of Toni’s baby and make him do what’s right was so inline with what big brother’s do.  In fact, reading about the guy’s reactions when Toni accepts a date with a fire fighter known to have a different woman every week was extremely funny.  Nothing like 3 big brothers trying to control an adult sister!
Even the secondary characters are written is such a way as you feel as if you know them or someone like them.  There is the town gossip that loves to stir up trouble.  Toni tries to hide from her as long as possible but when she discovers Toni’s pregnant, it takes just hours before the whole town knows.  When Matt and Simon get hurt on the job, their fellow fire fighters as well as the police officers and EMTs show up at the hospital to give Toni support.  Even the town dispatcher is a likeable character when he hires Toni part-time when she goes looking for extra work.  All these characters that make up the town gives the reader a sense of community and community life.
Sex scenes are written with tact and taste though are very graphic.  There isn’t any sex for sex’s sake but tender emotions are explored and felt.  There is a committed relationship.
Things aren’t all smooth sailing as Toni, Simon, A.J. and Matt readjust their relationship.  They love the closeness that they have as if they are family yet they know change is coming.  Though the main story is about Toni and Simon’s relationship, Matt also has a love interest and where does that leave A.J.?

Book Blurb for Seducing Simon

One fateful night, Toni Langston seduces her best friend, the guy she’s been in love with forever. Two problems—he doesn’t remember a thing that happened and now she’s pregnant.

Toni Langston has been in love with Simon, her best friend, for years. The night Simon breaks up with his long time girlfriend, he and Toni make love. Toni is devastated and humiliated when, in the heat of the moment, he calls her by his girlfriend’s name. The next morning, Simon remembers nothing of the previous night and Toni is only too relieved not to remind him.

Two months later, she discovers she’s pregnant. She wants Simon to love her, apart from any obligation he might feel because of the baby. So she embarks on a quest to seduce her best friend, to make him see her as more than a little sister, to make him love her as much as she loves him. It works. Maybe too well. Now when things are perfect, she faces telling him of the secret she’s kept.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2008 4.00