Release Review: His to Seduce: Stacey Lynn

His to Seduce
Fireside #4
Stacey Lynn

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An honorable man who’s lost his way . . . A career woman who hides behind her button-up suits . . . Unexpected romance is the specialty at the Fireside Grill as Stacey Lynn’s captivating series comes full circle.

Becoming an ER doctor had been David McGregor’s mission ever since he could remember. But after tragedy strikes at his hospital in Chicago, David runs away from the guilt—all the way back to Latham Hills, Michigan, where he takes a job tending bar at his childhood friend’s restaurant. That’s how he meets Camden Reed, and the way Camden refuses to give him the time of day should be a turnoff. Instead, he’s drawn to her tough, tightly wound exterior, and soon David realizes that he has a new mission: to see her tightly wound beneath him.

Camden’s fighting tooth and nail to resist the desire she feels for David. Growing up dirt-poor, raised by a single mother, she worked twice as hard to get where she is today, and she doesn’t have any patience for the kind of guy who’d give up a decent paycheck to sling drinks. But when the sexual tension finally combusts between the sheets, Camden discovers that people aren’t always what they seem. As David pushes her past her limits, Camden begins to loosen up—and to trust that, when she falls, there will be someone waiting to catch her.

This is the fourth and final book in the Fireside series. As in each of the previous books, this is a couple running from their pasts, hiding secrets and pain. David left Chicago in a hurry and hasn’t shared with many the reasons for his return. Camden caught his eye shortly after he arrived at Fireside, but she has been very vocal in her refusal to give him the time of day. Camden is fighting her attraction to the new bartender. She doesn’t want to take a chance on someone who can just pick up and leave at anytime.

Camden has been the most closed off of the women who meet for Ladies Night at the Fireside. She is always buttoned up, and though she lets loose with her girlfriends, she doesn’t let many people in. As we get into her head in this story, the reasons for her reserve become clear and I hurt for the things she was holding onto.

David is one of those heroes who may not know the whole story, but is able to figure out exactly how much and how far to push without going too far. He makes Camden feel safe for the first time in a long time, even as he pushes her past her comfort zone. But as he is easing her out of her comfort zone, he is keeping his own secrets as well -- from everyone in his life.

There were times I just wished Camden and David would share their hangups with each other, especially for as much as they each admitted (to themselves) that they were comfortable and felt safe with the other. These characters had some doozies of issues to deal with: confidence, past tragedies, purpose. With everything they were dealing with, I was able to let some of my frustration with the lack of communication go, but it was there nonetheless.

While this wasn’t my favorite of the series, it is a great way to cap off Fireside. This group of friends has only grown closer as they have paired off. There is quite a bit of support from all the friends, especially as the book starts off in Jamaica at Blue and Tyson’s wedding. I’m a little sad to see the end of this series, but am comforted that each individual and couple has fought their battles and found their peace.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
His to Love (Fireside #1)
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In the explosive debut of Stacey Lynn's irresistible Fireside series, a pair of estranged lovers are reunited by dangerous loyalties—and intoxicating desire.
Tyson Blackwell never saw it coming when his Mafia princess girlfriend dumped him and disappeared at the age of eighteen. He never forgot her, either, even after what happened next: the killing of his father, a Detroit PD officer, at the hands of one of her father's men. Tyson swore revenge, and now, ten years later, the kid who dreamed of a pro football career is a hard-nosed FBI agent, back in town to take down the Galecki crime family once and for all. But Tyson's mission gets complicated fast—because going undercover means seducing the only woman he's ever loved.
Gabriella “Blue” Galecki has been in hiding for a decade. She finally comes home to spend time with her terminally ill mother, only to receive a blast from the past when she runs into Tyson. His brooding eyes and electrifying touch still send chills down her spine. But as heir to the family empire, Blue has been promised to another. Caught in a web of deception, she is tempted to pull the trigger on the boldest risk she's ever taken: trusting Tyson with her life, her body, and her heart.
His to Protect (Fireside #2)
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A warm home for broken hearts, the Fireside Grill serves up hope and healing in equal measure. Stacey Lynn’s sensual, deeply emotional series heats up as a jaded restaurateur falls hard for a woman who’s hiding from a damaged past.

Declan James lost his last ounce of trust the day his wife walked out the door, leaving him to save the restaurant they built together. Throwing himself into his work, Declan swears off women—or at least, women who expect him to stick around in the morning. But when he discovers a skittish beauty scrounging through the Fireside’s trash to feed her dog, Declan offers her a job and a place to rest her head. There’s just something about her that awakens his protective side. And soon, not even that mangy mutt can stop Declan from caring for her.

After one too many trips to the ER, Trina Wilson finally gathered the courage to leave her husband, taking only her car and hyperactive boxer. Unfortunately, life on the run proves harder than she anticipated—until Declan takes a leap of faith on her. But even as Trina starts to see beyond his gruff exterior, she can’t relax, even for a moment. Not with her husband still tracking her down. What Trina doesn’t know is that in Declan, she has a powerful ally—and, if she would only follow her heart, a devoted lover. 

His to Cherish (Fireside #3)
Stacey Lynn
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Can two hearts entwined by hardship move on to form a healthy bond? From the author of His to Love and His to Protect, this tender, bittersweet romance brings together a man who loses everything—and a woman with everything to give. 
Chelsea Dwyer arrives home from her job at the middle-school library in Latham Hills, Michigan, expecting another quiet evening—until she hears the screams for help through her living room window. As the first witness to a terrible accident involving two local students, Chelsea doesn’t anticipate how her own life will be irrevocably changed by the father of one of the boys. In the wake of tragedy, she’s the only one who seems to understand his grief. Chelsea’s a survivor, too—and she knows that there are brighter days ahead.

As a single father, Aidan Deveraux worked his entire life to provide a stable home for his son, Derrick. Without him, Aidan feels the deepest despair imaginable. The one thing that keeps him going is his connection with the woman who tried to save his son. Hard as he tries, Aidan just can’t stay away. Chelsea’s warm embrace is the comforting solace he desperately craves—and it doesn’t hurt that Aidan had noticed the beautiful librarian and wanted to ask her out for years. Now that she’s in his life, he doesn’t ever want to let go.
Stacey Lynn is a simple girl raised in the Midwest. Over the long, frigid winters, she would read every book she could get her hands on, from John Grisham and Danielle Steel to Ann M. Martin and C. S. Lewis. She began writing poems and short stories long before she reached high school, and now, as a wife and mother to four children, she finds solace from the craziness of her life by creating steamy, sexy stories. After publishing her first book, what began as a hobby has now turned into an unending passion.


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