Series: Madewood Brothers #4
Author: Gina Gordon
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 11, 2015
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About Recipe for Temptation:She's the woman he loves to hate.
Penn Foster wants a lot of things. She wants a spot on the board of a charitable foundation. She wants to win the stupid, plastic family trophy. And more than anything, she wants her tall, hot, and brooding boss naked in her bed. Now, on a Hawaiian vacation with her family, she's desperately trying not to think about how he'd sound whispering dirty things in her ear.
He's the man she can't have...or can she?
Cole Murphy keeps himself locked down, away from the press and out of the spotlight. Still haunted by a traumatic childhood, his ability to trust has been decimated. Penn, with her sexy body and confidence, is the only person able to drag him out of his shell. Which is why he crashes her vacation and accepts her proposition for no-strings sex. But is the inescapable heat building between them a delicious temptation, or will it end in total disaster?
I have some mixed feelings about this book, but I think they all pretty much cancel each other out so I’m settling in the middle. Also, some of it might be due to this being the first Madewood Brothers book I’ve read, since I was understood it could be read as a standalone.
First, I looved the way the book started out. Just the opening scene set up Cole and Penn so well (in some ways, but we’ll get to that), and Cole had an awesome entrance. And the chemistry between them continued in my favorite kind of way. Where their physical chemistry is crazy, but so is their other chemistry, where two people just seem to match when you hear their conversations.
But in some parts of the beginning, their relationship is unclear. At first, Penn talks about how she hates Cole but is insanely attracted to him. Not that that’s a bad thing for me – very Beautiful Bastardy. It’s certainly not a bad plot, but you end up getting confused when that doesn’t happen.
I ended up thinking Penn and Cole are actually kind of best friends as well as coworkers, but I’m still not even completely sure. Anyway, hat’s a trope I like even more. But even though I should have loved either setup, the confusion distracted me.
Overall, I’d say there were a lot of mixed signals like that in the book, actually. The way either narrator described a person, relationship, etc. didn’t feel totally consistent from one mention to another.
But again, aaaah the chemistry. I loved it. And banter? Why yes, there was a good deal of it. So yeah, mixed feelings. But I think going back and reading the rest of the series (which I would want to do anyway) might clarify them.
About Gina Gordon:
When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream…becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back.
Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. She broke out onto the romance scene with her #1 Amazon Bestselling erotic short story Her Five Favorite Words that’s been called a “deliciously naughty tale” by Joyfully Reviewed.
When not chained to her computer, you can find Gina sipping Starbucks, making cupcakes or feeding her addiction to celebrity gossip. She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and lovable dog.