Friday, August 28, 2015

Foodie Friday Part 2

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.

I give this book 4 chocolate dipped strawberries

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Elisabeth Staab's Acts of Creation @ElisabethStaab

Acts of Creation (Evergreen Grove Book 2)
by Elisabeth Staab

He's living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies' man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It's all an act. Inside, he's so full of self-loathing he's on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She's living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.


Elisabeth Staab blows me away: with her characters, with her story, with her poignant writing style. That being said, this is not an easy read.  For those who read the first installment of Everygreen Grove, Dante is introduced in Cassie's book.  By the author's own admission, the story of an male abuse survivor had to be told.  To tackle the story of not one but two abuse survivors, to watch them traverse life and love, takes some serious chutzpah.  And yet, she does manage it beautifully.

Both Michelle and Dante are scarred, flawed, broken inside as only they know. And yet the pair come together, building a friendship that navigates precariously through the seas of intimacy to find love and strength in themselves and each other.  That Staab does not hide or dance around the pain they suffer, nor does she allow them to wallow in their misery makes for the seeds of inspiration. And they are an inspiring couple - and if there's one thing that's better than love conquering all, it's well deserved love conquering all.  

I highly recommend this tale of survival and romance.

RATING: Four Chocolate-Dipped
Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author. 
Many thanks.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Foodie Friday Part 1

Recipe for Satisfaction by Gina Gordon

Being the financial caretaker for her deadbeat parents isn't the life professional organizer Sterling Andrews dreamed of. Tired of being the dependable--and boring--daughter, Sterling decides to have a little fun. And what could be more fun than seducing rich bad boy chef, Jack Vaughn? Except, after one scintillating night together, Sterling's not only lusting for Jack, she's working for him. And remaining professional becomes harder every day. Already a major success thanks to his exclusive restaurants, Jack Vaughn is looking for something more. Ultra responsible Sterling is unlike anyone Jack has met…but she's his employee. Unwilling to give her up, Jack makes Sterling an offer she can't refuse--for four sexy weekends, he'll indulge her most wicked fantasies with no professional strings attached. But will mixing business with pleasure spell disaster? Or will they find the recipe for satisfaction?

Suddenly I feel like I need a chef in my life:)
I give this book 4 chocolate dipped strawberries
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