Avery McAdams believes in order to truly be herself she needs to keep her head down, her guard up and her focus on her career. Until she’s hired by sexy, charismatic Ryker Li to pull off the event of the century, and he shows up personally to convince her to handle his next party. When she meets him face-to-face, she realizes a piece of her wants him to see her as attractive, which goes against everything she’s convinced herself she believes.
Rich, powerful Ryker has made an art form of getting what he wants, when he wants it, and then moving on. But something about Avery makes him want to stick around.
When he finds everything he never dreamed to look for in a woman, can the billionaire playboy commit to the biggest deal of all? Or will a lifetime of mistrust and suspicion turn them forever into rivals?
"When you despise something, you'd be surprised at what you're willing to do to avoid it." She picked up the blanket, noticing how the air in the room had gone thin. Avery couldn't swallow. Her throat dried up and her stomach quivered. Being near this man made her pulse thump at the base of her throat. Because when his gaze landed hard on hers, it spoke pure sex.
Thick, sooty lashes framed the most intoxicating shade of exotic brown eyes. His high cheekbones framed hard planes on his face, anchoring perfectly full, perfectly formed lips.
Looking at those lips almost made her forget he thought himself too important to attend the charity event he lent his name to. She quirked an eyebrow at him, curious as to why he really stood here in her office? After all, he'd been too busy or too good to show last night. Then again, why would a man like him waste an evening on orphans when he could have any supermodel he wanted at his side, and in his bed?
Coffee. She needed caffeine. She gripped the Styrofoam cup and took a sip.
His thick lips curled. "What is it now?"
I read in your bio that you were a sport reporter, what types of events did you cover?
I covered soccer and football for my college newspaper. We were in recruiting season, so I spent most of my time inside, interviewing head coaches.
In Seducing Avery, is there anything about Avery that is a little piece of who you are?
What a great question. I'd have to say in real life Avery and I come from completely different backgrounds and family lives. The little piece we share is feeling somehow different. We both had to find our path to the real beauty in life, which comes with embracing being your own person. Loving yourself because you're not like everyone else.
Did you use a visualize anyone in particular when creating Avery and Ryker?
I think I'm supposed to say Ryker is based on my husband. :-) While he is a six-foot Asian guy who played football in high school, and broke down all the stereotypes for me, I'd have to say Ryker is his own man. I doubt he'd have it any other way. It's the same for Avery. I didn't think of anyone in particular beforehand. Although, if the book were made into a movie, I'd want a young Sarah Jessica Parker or Emma Watson to play Avery. Both women are beautiful and vulnerable without being aware of themselves, don't you think?
Barb Han lives in North Texas with her husband, has three beautiful children, a spunky Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle mix, and too many books to count.
When she’s not writing, researching, or otherwise getting lost in a story, she volunteers at her children’s school, is in the kitchen ‘creating’ dinner, or can be found on or around a basketball court.
Writing contemporary romance and romantic suspense has been a dream come true for Barb—something she’s wanted to do for as long as she can remember. She left her corporate job, at her husband’s urging, and has been happily playing with her imaginary friends ever since.
In her down time, she plays video games and loves reading with her children. She also enjoys traveling with her family. Many of the places she visits end up in her books.
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