Recipe for Satisfaction – Gina Gordon – 3.5 stars

March 16, 2013 NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

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The Blurb:

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?

My Thoughts:

While this was an interesting read I did get a bit frustrated with both the main leads.  They both have issues and tend to keep them bottled up rather than actually talking about anything.  This being said I did enjoy them at the same time in that they both fulfill needs in one another which ended up making the story a fun read.

Jack has always been seen as a rebel in his family.  He bucks the family trend of working in the main chain of restaurants but still has a hand in the business.  He’s seen as the bad boy chef/party boy but he really is a serious person who loves what he does but finds himself at loose ends upon the death of his mother.  His mom was an incredible woman who took a young kid in and changed his life forever.  He’s grateful to this but doesn’t quite know what he wants to do with the pressures coming from his other siblings.  He’s got ideas but none seems to really listen to him instead preferring to put him in the looks pretty but isn’t serious.  He meets our heroine at a party on a yacht and is instantly drawn to her with a  fierceness that surprises him.  He hires her to organize his mom’s things so the family all knows exactly what they have and while doing so comes up with an idea that will honor his mom and surprise his family with exactly how serious he is.

 

Sterling has issues…  major issues with control.  She’s dealing with extremely flaky parents and not living life.  She’s a professional organizer and this does make her extremely happy in some ways but she never really has found the man who can persuade her to just let go.  She agrees to organize Jack’s project but also agrees to let the man show her passion for four weekends.  She can’t handle anything more than that and wants to keep business separate from pleasure which as we all know in romance novels ends up not working.  She’s got major issues with trust and when he assumes the worst (yes they both tend to do that about one another) she lets him do so even though it tears her up inside.  She’s so ashamed of everything her parents do to her that she just figures it is what she deserves when in reality he needs to grovel in a major way.  I liked how much she loved her family but at the same time she let them define her and drag her own needs down with them.

 

This was a nice read with a bit of seriousness in it but the two really do match well and I am looking forward to seeing the stories of the other brothers.   Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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