Recipe For Satisfaction by Gina Gordon (Madewood Brothers #1)
January 1, 2013
Reviewed by Mandi
For some reason chef heroes never work for me. Why is that? So I’m not sure why I accepted a book for review that features four brothers (foster brothers) who are all chefs. But I’m glad I did because this one is cute. They are all in this profession because their foster mother who they all loved and adored (she passed away recently) brought them into her home and loved them all in the kitchen.
These four brothers are very wealthy (of course!) and have invited the elite onto a boat to raise money for a charity they run which teaches cooking skills to troubled youth. Our heroine, Sterling meets Jack on this boat. She was invited by her best friend to hopefully meet a man now that she has been single for some time. Sterling is a professional organizer who has her life in order, but unfortunately, she has a mess of parents. Her parents are addicted to gambling, have missed mortgage payments and have opened up credit cards under her name. She has tried to help them so much in the past, yet they never seem to stop.
Sterling meets Jack while getting seasick over the rail, but he is a true gentleman. He helps her feel better and then wants to get to know her. He hires her to help organize his late foster mother’s house, but all he really wants is to hang around her more.
This is a pretty cute book. It’s very light and sexy. Jack has a fun relationship with his brothers and I really like how they all loved their foster mother so much. Sterling flip flops between the intense pressure she has with her parents situation and feeling like she needs to concentrate on that, to wanting to live a wild life and trying to be “exciting Sterling” for once. They have a nice build up to their romance and some very sexy scenes.
I thought this was a really cute and adorable book right up to the end. Then there is this big forced fight between Jack and Sterling and a very weak resolution. I don’t understand why this conflict had to be introduced. Every romance book does not need to end this way. I would have been so satisfied to just have Sterling finally tell Jack her secret (which she held onto for too long) and just had a happy, flirty ending which matched the tone of much of the book.
Otherwise cute and I’ll definitely be checking out the other brother stories.