Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review ~ RECIPE FOR ATTRACTION by Gina Gordon

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.

Recipe for Attraction is the second book in Gina Gordon’s Madewood Brothers Series, but it is completely standalone.  I so want to say that you have to read the first book, Recipe for Satisfaction, because I really liked it and the characters are just fabulous.  Anyway....
I have never regretted not being able to meet (sorry, read about) a character more than Vivian Madewood.  She was a wealthy socialite, who late in life took in four troubled teenage boys who were in the foster care system.  As a single parent, she managed to turn the troubled, often bad boys into responsible men who all became chefs and worked towards continuing her vision of philanthropy.   The Madewood Brothers Series is about the four brothers dealing with the loss of their beloved mother way too soon due to breast cancer, trying to overcome their past demons, and unexpectedly finding the women of their dreams.
Recipe for Attraction, for lack of a better word, is intense.  From the pain older brother Neil Harrison has endured without his mother to the sexual chemistry between Neil and architect Carson Kelly III.  From the beginning, you get drawn into Neil’s destructive new hobby that he turns to when he gets lonely and uses as an outlet for his pain.  To his surprise, Carson shows up and offers him a different outlet, one he can’t refuse.
To both of their surprise, what was supposed to be just a little fun quickly became so much more than they ever expected.  They each let the other in on their past, which they never talk about to anyone.  They’re able to learn from each other and grow with each other.  When the chips are down, they will do whatever it takes to make sure the other is okay.
When I try to think of something not to like about this book, I have a really hard time.  Neil and Carson are great characters, as well as Neil’s brothers (Finn, Cole and Jack), who are around to poke at Neil and let him know what an idiot he is at times.  I can’t wait to read the next book.
Rating: 4.5

Release Date: November 25, 2013
Book Length: 250 pages
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available only in eBook

Recipe for Attraction can be purchased from Amazon or your favorite eRetailer.

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  1. Sounds good! I haven't tried hers yet but have em on my tbr list :)

    1. I love the permission of the whole series. This older lady who couldn't have kids of her own took in four foster boys, who no one else wanted, after her husband passed away. She bonded with each of them through cooking. Her dying of cancer really had a HUGE effect on all of them.


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