Updated: Jan 23, 2021
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Avon
Book 2 in the de Vincent Trilogy
Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound.
It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up... and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.
Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman... one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Romance Mysterious
Moonlight Seduction is the second book in the de Vincent series by Jennifer L Armentrout. The books follow the de Vincent brothers, a trio of incredibly rich heirs to the family company, but also to the endless trove of family secrets and darkness. Moonlight Seduction features the middle brother, Gabriel de Vincent, and Nikki Bresson, youngest daughter to the Bresson's (head of the house's staff, and the ones who take care of the de Vincent's home. After Gabe saves Nikki's life when she is 16 years old, from that moment on, she loves him. For years, Gabe and Nikki are friends. When Nikki turns 18, she goes to Gabe, and what happen's afterward ruins their friendship, and breaks Nikki's heart. Going away to college, she knows she will never have to see him again. Four years later, that all changes. Graduated with a degree, Nikki moves back home to step in for her Mom at the de Vincent's, after she is diagnosed with cancer, and due to the stories of the de Vincent's, are unable to find more staff. Big ol' house, and a busy de Vincent? Should be easy to avoid, right? Wrong. As time goes on, and they begin to repair what was broken, and become friends again, will they be able to put their growing attraction for one another aside?
I really liked this one. Still totally has that creepy, gothic feeling the first book had, which I love, but I feel like this one had more. More depth to the main characters, more intrigue, more action, more story. The plot in Moonlight Seduction is original, and interesting, but again, like the first book, is predictable. Well. Partly. I figured out the who and why pretty quickly. Pretty sure I know what is going to be revealed in the final book. Hell, I think I even know who Dev's match will be! I was surprised to find out about what happened to Emma, so points for that. This book is all "drama-llama", and I was all for it, so that makes up for the predictability a bit. The romance was super hot, with equal amounts of sweet. As for the creepy, is there/is there not ghosts thing, I kinda dig not knowing for sure, kind of like in real life. It almost seems like Nikki has a guardian angel protecting her, and I love that it is left to our interpretation.
Gabe is an interesting one to read. Strong, loyal, and honest, he, like his brothers, can be ruthless when it comes to those he loves. He does feel regret for things he has done in his past, though, which shows he isn't a sociopath. He may be considered the "good" brother, but that doesn't mean he doesn't stand up for himself and those he loves. His current turmoil, which we were introduced to in the first book, is frustrating. Not story-wise, really. More like, Gabe being forced to stay away from his newly discovered son for 3 months at the grandparents request, yet they are the ones that called him and told him he had a son? It's a touch inconsistant, but I guess this is a way to keep Gabe in New Orleans for a bit. Nikki is a fun read. Youthful, funny, and she doesn't put up with shit from anyone. I loved her. I love the similarities between her and Gabe. They truly are a great match, and the chemistry is on fire.
In the end, Moonlight Seduction improves on some minor problems I had in the first book, yet still maintains the dark and twisty mood of the series. Still predictable, making this more of a mystery to