Monday, June 16, 2014

Recipe for Seduction by Gina Gordon

Title: Recipe for Seduction
Author: Gina Gordon
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Madewood Brothers #3
Main Characters: Veronica and Finn
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Entangled
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Veronica Whitfield feels like a frumpy old maid. After ten years of raising her younger siblings, she’s desperate to get her sexy back. And why not find it with the man she’s been in lust with since she was twelve years old—her brother’s best friend, Finn O’Reilly?

Finn is looking for love. And not any love—true love. Complete with the white picket fence, two children, and a dog. He’s just been a little unlucky finding it, and he sure as hell isn’t about to consider his best friend’s little sister for the job, no matter how badly he wants her in his bed.

But then Veronica propositions him with a game of dark, delicious seduction. Finn is tempted to indulge his hidden need for kink, but at what cost? Following through could very well ruin their friendship, but maybe—just maybe—helping Veronica rediscover her sexy side is exactly what he needs to find love at last…
My Review:
This book had a bit of everything in it. Veronica and Finn have been friends since they were kids so it's definitely a friends to lovers book. But it's more than that. All of the characters in these books grew up in the foster system...coming from bad home situations. Veronica is lucky in that she had her brother Marc, and later their two much younger siblings. But that bad home situation meant that Veronica ended up taking on the task of raising her younger siblings for the last ten years. Now as they are off to university, she's finally going to get her chance at the single life...something she can't wait for. She's put her life on hold for all of her twenties. It's her time to be selfish...until her younger brother decides he's not actually leaving.

There's a lot going on with Veronica and at first I had a bit of a hard time with her character. Something is definitely going on with her younger brother as he keeps acting out and it seems so selfish for her to be so focused on what she's losing by him staying home. But she knows it's selfish too...but that doesn't change the fact of what she feels. As the story evolved I began to feel for her more and more...she's always been the mom, although she never chose that role. You can't blame her for wanting to escape it at least for a bit. 

But that's why things can't work out with Finn either. She doesn't want to be the "mom" anymore. She's done that for the last ten years. But he's a guy that grew up basically without a family...there's nothing he wants more than a family with a room full of kids. Even though she knows she's falling for him, fell for him when they were kids, it's not fair to lead him on when she KNOWS that they don't ultimately want the same things. You have to admire her for that because she really wants and loves Finn. It would be so easy to just give in to what she wants and try to convince him later to wait, but that wouldn't be fair to him. I loved that about that character at the same time that my heart ached for both of them. There's no denying that they both care deeply for each other. 

And of course all of this is set in the Madewood family of four men that I have truly grown to love. Veronica is Sterling and Jack's wedding planner so everything about their wedding is happening in the background of the story and I definitely enjoyed that side of it. I also really enjoyed Cal's rebellion story line. My heart hurt for him too in all this. 

Just another great installment to this fabulous series. Love those Madewood boys. Only one more left and I can't wait to see what happens between Penn and Cole. 

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