Saturday, June 14, 2014

Recipe for Attraction by Gina Gordon

Title: Recipe for Attraction
Author: Gina Gordon
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Madewood Brothers #2
Main Characters: Neil and Carson
Release Date: November 2013
Publisher: Entangled
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
She'll go to any lengths to keep his demons at bay...

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.

My Review:
I missed the release of this one and this is definitely a series that I enjoy. The premise of these four books (3 are out so far) is that 4 teenage boys from the foster system were taken in by Vivian (not sure if that name is right) Madewood. She showered them with love, showed them what family means, and gave them each an appreciation of cooking. All four became chefs and close brothers who run the many family businesses and charities. 

The wildest and the oldest is Neil. Ever since Vivian died, he's been fighting demons by illegal street racing his motorcycle. Carson, the architect who's been building the new Madewood restaurant and barn complex, sees the signs of his dangerous night life and can't stand by to let him kill himself. So she gets involved and offers him a different kind of that they definitely both enjoy, but is dangerous for her career and his infamous ability to make it into the tabloids.

Carson has her own demons that are shoved down her throat constantly by her father who also happens to be her boss. She's vying for the spot of top designer in the family company against a sleeze who has her father wrapped around his finger. The main strike against Carson is her wild-child days as a motorcycle street racer...she has a lot in common with Neil. 

This was an interesting premise for this particular story. I don't think I've ever read about street racing on motorcycles so I enjoyed that aspect. I also liked the whole back story for Carson and how that all ties to the demons that Neil is fighting. While the overall story arcs aren't anything new (tortured hero, heroine looking for daddy approval), I enjoyed the way that this one was told and laid out. I love the deal between the two to use sex as an adrenaline rush/distraction. And of course, it's a romance so they find themselves much more involved than they ever planned. There's a scene with teenagers that I found especially sweet just in the insight it provided about the background of Neil's character for Carson. 

I love these four brothers and what they stand for. I always enjoy chef themed stories, but this whole premise is especially good. I highly recommend this series. I've only read the first two so far, but they've been great and I plan to read #3 next. Love the Madewood brothers and how they've overcome their obstacles in life just through a little love from one amazing lady. 

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