Monday, November 25, 2013

Recipe for Attraction (Madewood Brothers #2 )

Recipe for Attraction (Madewood Brothers, #2)
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Bad boy Neil Harrison may have sexy body and an even sexier smile, but there’s no way in hell architect Carson Kelly is falling for the elusive bachelor. For starters, he’s her boss, and getting intimately involved with the infuriating alpha male could be a career-killer. And secondly, he’s battling personal demons in one of the most dangerous ways possible: illegal street racing. After a friend’s tragic death years ago, Carson swore she’d never get involved in that life again.

Neil knows Carson’s keeping secrets and he’s determined to uncover all of them…even if he has to seduce them out of her. But as their antagonistic work relationship ignites a passionate affair, Carson must decide if protecting Neil from his need for speed is the perfect outlet for her own restless desire, or if they’re on a one-way path to destruction.


****Entangled: Brazen provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****
I was so happy to be asked to review Recipe for Attraction. The first in the series, Recipe for Satisfaction was a great read and I remember thinking I cannot wait for the rest of these boys to get a book!!  And here we have it.....Neil Harrison, bad boy, damaged.  Since the loss of his foster mother Vivien Madewood this boy has been on a downward spiral.....playing with fire to distract him from the dark voices that plague him. Carson Kelly is a bad girl/risk taker/thrill seeker, suppressing herself to make her daddy proud and to get hold of the business that should rightfully be hers.
Carson is the head architect on Neil's restaurant and both have been battling an attraction to each other for more than a year.
As you can imagine the tension in this book is delicious, these guys simple zing!  Neil is the alpha male that we all love...battling feelings of protectiveness, jealousy.....making an ass out of himself in the process ;) What's that saying? Love makes a fool of us all. I have a particular weakness for reading books when characters battle with these emotions and find them acting not themselves.
The steam factor in this book was not a let down. After the first one I wasn't sure we could have any hotter scenes, but hot damn Gina Gordon surprised me again. Motorbikes, trees, dining tables, windows? Very nice, I was fanning myself.
I felt this couples desperation for one another and hurt when they had to deny their feelings to get what they thought they wanted. This was another excellent contemporary romance from Gina Gordon and I can't wait for the rest of the Madewoods.

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Burned by Passion

Burned by Passion 
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 Even good girls make mistakes.
Kira Taylor was shocked to meet her boss’s handsome, long-absent son and find him even more lethal in the flesh. He’d always been just a face in a photo - and nothing had prepared her for the way they clashed and burned when they finally met.
Blake Carter returned to America for a reunion with a father he hadn’t seen since he was ten. But Blake had never bargained for falling for his father’s sexy secretary, the beautiful and impressionable Kira Taylor…
Blake caught one glimpse of the gorgeous beauty from across the crowded room and felt the primal taste of desire like he’d never known. The sparks were more antagonism than attraction on her part as they collided over differences about the way he treated his father. But Blake had very strong persuasive skills when it came to bringing the vulnerable Kira to bend to his carnal passions…


****I was given a copy of this book for my honest review****
Burned by Passion was an up and down read for me. When I first started it the story did grab my attention but it didn't hold it as well as I hoped and things started falling apart. My biggest problem was the heroine, Kira Taylor, secretary to Blake Carter's estranged father and all around lacking a back bone. Weak heroines are a pet peeve of mine and Kira hit every mark. The overly dramatized combative nature of her character made me want to reach through the book and smack some sense into her. Blake Carter however was a very interesting character for me, he was opposite of Kira's problems. He stood up for what he believed in, went after what he wanted, supported the heroine even when she was acting flaky, and was just all around a strong main character. The background story of him coming back to the states and working on his relationship with his estranged father became a little busy at times, but it helped keep the book at a fast pace and held interest. I will say the sex was hot and well done, even if the post sex was part of my issue with the heroine, the romance a little forced but not far off the mark for a romance. 
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