Contemporary Romance, Category Romance
Ebook $2.99 (156 pages, BRAZEN)
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.
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Sizzle and Burn Madewood Style (4 stars)
Oh those Madewoods... if you've read RECIPE FOR SATISFACTION then you know exactly what I mean. It's as if one day Gina just decided to put the hottest qualities into a quartet of heroes and instead of it being ridiculous, it's glorious. Wealthy. Check. Handsome. Check. Tattooed... triple check. Can cook... oh yeah, check. Pepper in some sad childhood issues, a dash of charitable responsibility, then add a pinch of minor celebrity and these guys are a category romance reader's wet dream. If you thought Jack was hot, wait until you open RECIPE FOR ATTRACTION and get a taste of Neil.
Of the four adoptees Vivian Madewood took in, you'd think Neil would have been the least troubled by her death. He's the smooth, unspoken leader of the family. The one who most seems to have his stuff together. Underneath his calm façade of control he's anything but and the emotions he's trying to bury are finding ways to manifest in dangerous behavior. Illegal street racing is an easy way to trash a bike and a really bad way to die. Carson Kelly knows first hand how dangerous it is, so when she finds out her sexy boss is risking his life for an adrenaline rush she refuses to let him throw his life away.
At work they're just two professionals putting the finishing touch on a Madewood family dream but whenever his demons start to rise Carson is there to sate them with a much less life threatening distraction. But Neil isn't the only one with secrets. When their passionate affair evolves into more than just a balm for their emotional wounds and threatens to ruin her career they'll have to decide if love isn't the most dangerous distraction of all.
Okay, so here's the thing... I hated the premise. I really dislike the whole I'll-save-you-from-yourself-with-sex thing. I especially hate that Carson put herself into a situation where she was basically a willing sex slave to Neil and it made me really dislike him that he would go for it. Ugh. Just ugh! And yet, as much as I disliked it, there was a certain truthfulness to it. I could easily see real people putting themselves into that kind of circumstance. Because let's face it, sex can be about anything.
Then there's the sex. OMFG the seeeex. Not a lot of authors can make me blush the way I did reading RFA. I will never be able to go into a walk-in fridge again without thinking of this book. Heck, I may never be able to eat in a restaurant again after RFA. Neil and Carson almost set my ereader ablaze. Naughty, naughty!
Once I got past hating on the trope and kinda wanting to beat the crap out of Neil (I think I saw too much of myself in him to not wanna give him a what-for) this was a good read. I'm still not sold on Cole but after seeing more of he and Finn I am so antsy for Finn's story, RECIPE FOR SEDUCTION. If you love a smoldering read that's high tension and has just the right amount of tropey fluff be sure and make sure this series hits your shelves pronto. If you need more Madewood love be sure and find Gina on Pinterest where she has inspiration boards for each book that are sure to inspire you to read them.
Notes: ARC received via publisher.
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