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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Take One speed junkie with a gruff personality and a tendency to safeguard his emotions, mix in a workaholic with a no-nonsense attitude and a troubled past and you get the perfect ingredients for the second book in Gina Gordon's Madewood Brothers series, Recipe for Attraction. The eldest of the four adopted Madewood brothers, Neil Harrison, and his love interest, Carson Kelly III, energize the story with their sizzling chemistry, engaging in a romance of convenience with the possibility of something more.
Neil and Carson are two stubborn individuals with Type A personas who can't be in the same room with each other without entering into a verbal sparring match. What’s surprising is how much they have much in common despite their noticeable differences, which only serves to deepen their emotional connection. Although their attraction is longstanding, readers are swiftly thrust into their whirlwind romance, which starts out as a purely physical, no-strings-attached pseudo-relationship based on Carson’s instinctual need to protect Neil from getting hurt.
Going in to the book, I knew little about Neil, but by the end, I had a better understanding of him and his adopted brothers. Neil is like the anchor of the family, maintaining a strong façade for his brothers after his mother's passing, but falling apart on the inside. I was immediately drawn to Carson’s independent nature with hints of vulnerability, but it took me a bit longer to warm up to Neil, who’s previously been portrayed as stern and standoffish. Carson is Neil’s perfect counterpart because she’s the only one to see past the illusion and release his tightly-coiled emotions and unveil a different side of him.
What I loved best about Recipe for Attraction is the character development, not just for the main protagonists but also for the supporting characters. There were hidden facets to every character and I enjoyed learning more about every individual… except perhaps Stuart. The two remaining Madewood brothers also have their prospective romances established, giving readers a glimpse of future books in the series. While each book can be read as a standalone romance, I love following the progress of each relationship throughout the series, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Neil and Carson.
Rating: 4 Stars
About the Author:
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.
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