- File Size: 1359 KB
- Print Length: 229 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (May 26, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2014
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K48N6RW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Recipe For Seduction (Madewood Brothers Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Told from third person point of view RECIPE FOR SEDUCTION follows a friends to lovers relationship between Veronica Whitfield and Finn O’Reilly. Veronica and her brother Mark are also the product of the foster care system but eight years earlier Veronica discovered her less than responsible mother had a second family, and Veronica soon became a single mother over night to her two younger half siblings. Fast forward and Veronica is preparing to enjoy life for herself now that her younger brother and sister are about to enter university-but life doesn’t always go according to plan when half brother Cal decides higher education is for losers and he has no plans for the future. Enter easy going Finn O’Reilly-Veronica’s brother Mark’s best friend-and the man that Veronica has loved since eleven years old. Finn offers to take Cal under his wing and teach him the ins and out of being a restaurant chef.
Veronica has had a crush on her brother’s best friend Finn O’Reilly since an early age but raising her siblings and holding down a full time job found Veronica will little time left for herself. Knowing that the time had come to act on her feelings, Veronica sets out to seduce Finn O’Reilly and in doing so discovers that the man with whom she had fallen in love wants a future with children and Veronica isn’t willing to follow the same path. Our couple keep secret their relationship from family and friends, and in this, eventual discovery leads to a sense of betrayal and potential loss of friendship.
The relationship between Finn and Veronica is highly sexual; there was never a time that our couple wasn’t actively involved in some sort of physical activity together. Finn is a bit of an a$$ man, and with it comes the need to spank and his use for a spatula whenever Veronica is in the kitchen. The $ex scenes are numerous, erotic and intense. Veronica and Finn love one another but their plans for the future are going in opposite directions.
All of the previous storyline couples and characters play a secondary and supporting role. Veronica, as a wedding planner, is planning Jack and Sterling’s (Recipe for Satisfaction 1) wedding, which is a secondary plotline throughout the story. We are also introduced to Veronica’s half siblings , as well as her brother Mark. Mark has some issues that need to be addressed, and I am hoping Gina has plans to either continue the MADEWOOD BROTHERS series or write a spinoff that focuses on Veronica’s extended family.
RECIPE FOR SEDUCTION is a story about family; about the bonds that strengthen in face of adversity; about the dynamics that are strained when ‘push comes to shove’. There are moments of humor and fun; heartbreak and sorrow; looking forward and letting go. Gina Gordon’s MADEWOOD BROTHERS series is set in and around Toronto Ontario Canada, and as a fellow Canadian I was very familiar with the sights and sounds of the storyline geography-if you ever have a chance go visit Niagara On The Lake-Veronica and Finn had a romantic getaway-you will too
This book had a bit of everything in it. Veronica and Finn have been friends since they were kids so it's definitely a friends to lovers book. But it's more than that. All of the characters in these books grew up in the foster system...coming from bad home situations. Veronica is lucky in that she had her brother Marc, and later their two much younger siblings. But that bad home situation meant that Veronica ended up taking on the task of raising her younger siblings for the last ten years. Now as they are off to university, she's finally going to get her chance at the single life...something she can't wait for. She's put her life on hold for all of her twenties. It's her time to be selfish...until her younger brother decides he's not actually leaving.
There's a lot going on with Veronica and at first I had a bit of a hard time with her character. Something is definitely going on with her younger brother as he keeps acting out and it seems so selfish for her to be so focused on what she's losing by him staying home. But she knows it's selfish too...but that doesn't change the fact of what she feels. As the story evolved I began to feel for her more and more...she's always been the mom, although she never chose that role. You can't blame her for wanting to escape it at least for a bit.
But that's why things can't work out with Finn either. She doesn't want to be the "mom" anymore. She's done that for the last ten years. But he's a guy that grew up basically without a family...there's nothing he wants more than a family with a room full of kids. Even though she knows she's falling for him, fell for him when they were kids, it's not fair to lead him on when she KNOWS that they don't ultimately want the same things. You have to admire her for that because she really wants and loves Finn. It would be so easy to just give in to what she wants and try to convince him later to wait, but that wouldn't be fair to him. I loved that about that character at the same time that my heart ached for both of them. There's no denying that they both care deeply for each other.
And of course all of this is set in the Madewood family of four men that I have truly grown to love. Veronica is Sterling and Jack's wedding planner so everything about their wedding is happening in the background of the story and I definitely enjoyed that side of it. I also really enjoyed Cal's rebellion story line. My heart hurt for him too in all this.
Just another great installment to this fabulous series. Love those Madewood boys. Only one more left and I can't wait to see what happens between Penn and Cole.
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