Review: Secret Crush Seduction by Jayci Lee

Posted September 24, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Secret Crush Seduction by Jayci Lee
Secret Crush Seduction

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Series: Heirs of Hansol #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on September 1, 2020
Pages: 183
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

After enjoying Temporary Wife and adoring spunky Adelaide, younger sister to the hero, I was thrilled that the next book in the series was hers.  Korean American tradition, fashion world business, and a best friend’s little sister romance made for an engaging premise.


Secret Crush Seduction is the standalone second book in the Heirs of Hansol series.  I enjoyed catching up with Garrett and Natalie and their growing family, but Addy and Michael’s story could standalone easily.

Adelaide is tired of being treated like the immature, carefree woman who went a bit wild through most of her college years.  She cleaned up her act and got serious about her life and career goals, but six years later, she’s still kicking her heels and waiting for her chance with her grandmother, her family’s company, and for sure with her childhood crush, her brother’s best friend, Michael.  What she doesn’t know is Michael has suddenly awakened to the fact that she’s a woman and one he is sorely attracted to.  He sets out the help her prove her worth through a grand charity fashion show showcasing sensory-friendly garments for those on the Autism spectrum.  It grows harder for them both to keep their minds on the project and they start wondering if a more private partnership should be made permanent.

Secret Crush Seduction read quickly and easily.  It was light and fun with very little romance conflict.  I was in like rather in love when all was said and done.  Adelaide had some feisty moments which is what I was anticipating, but the story though never boring, just didn’t pull me all the way in.

This pair were both likeable and took their time, but mostly because they spent a lot of time holding back on their thoughts and feelings.  I liked seeing them working on the project together and figuring out if and how they might make something work.  They were fun at times.

I was actually more fascinated with the byplay between Adelaide and her formidable grandmother. Addy thinks she has to prove herself and is frustrated and thinks her grandmother is holding her back.   The Korean family traditions and oh yum, the food mentions were splendid.

The charity show was an interesting focus particularly since Adelaide chose to go a different route with her designs.  I love that it drew attention to inclusion for those on the spectrum, but wish it had gone one step further by having a person with autism help in the designs.  Her event partner was a parent of child with autism so that was good.

I’m glad that cousin Colin gets his book next.  I plan on grabbing it and continuing with the Song family and their romances.  Those who want something quickly read and moderately low angst in a world of wealth and business, I can recommend this book/series.

My thanks to Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release #142

About the Book
Secret Crush Seduction by Jayci LeeSECRET CRUSH SEDUCTION BY JAYCI LEE

“Lee crafts an electric will-they-or-won’t-they between two well-developed characters who come together as a convincing and passionate couple. Readers won’t want to put down this sexy slow burn romance.” —Publishers Weekly

She’s done waiting for what she really wants…
“If I don’t have you after that kiss, I’ll burn to dust from the inside out…”

Aspiring fashion designer Adelaide Song wants to prove she’s more than just a pampered heiress. All she needs is a little courage—and the help of deliciously sexy Michael Reynolds, her childhood crush and her brother’s best friend. But when her secret crush turns into an illicit liaison, Adelaide realizes mixing business with pleasure spells trouble for all her plans…

From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

Love triumphs in these uplifting romances as Jayci Lee transports you into the glamorous world of high fashion where passion clashes with familial duty—don’t miss the Heirs of Hansol series:

Book 1: Temporary Wife Temptation
Book 2: Secret Crush Seduction
Book 3: Off Limits Attraction


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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1 year ago

It’s nice you’ll have the story of a character you liked.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

I was very excited to get Adelaide’s story. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Sometimes I just want to read something more light and fun.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Exactly! I liked her spunky personality and was happy to pick up her story and see her get her guy and a chance with her grandmother.

1 year ago

Now I wish I had accepted the offer to review this one.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Nadene

It was a fun one. I have felt that way so many times when I had to pick and choose between lots of good books to review. 🙂

1 year ago

I find it hard to write a review for a book I just in liked, but didn’t fall in love with. Nothing particularly wrong with the story but it just didn’t knock your socks off. Great job tackling this kind of read!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

Oh, you said it, Rachel! I don’t want to nitpick and pull a book down when it wasn’t a bad book, but at the same time, I can’t praise it to the heavens, either. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

This series is sounding so good. 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes, it’s neat getting into the Korean American traditions, the family and the family business with different types of romance situations.

1 year ago

ugh, little conflict? I should have requested this one. I’ll add it to my bookish wishlist.
Great review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Yeah, sometimes these easy ones are just what over-taxed nerves need. 🙂