Series: Madewood Brothers #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Entangled Brazen on December 31, 2012
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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.
As is said in the description, Sterling is constantly taking care of her parents, as well as her two younger sisters. Her parents are irresponsible and selfish, the type that shouldn’t have children, basically. Jack is one of four foster/adopted children of a wealthy couple, both of whom are deceased – the mother just recently. Known as the inherent playboy of the group, he is hiding from his past, after an unfortunate press release the night of his mother’s death – though whether or not the stories are true as to what he was doing that night, is unclear (which is frustrating from the reader’s point of view, because you want to know whether he should be rightfully condemned or not.)
After that initial night, Jack decides that he’d like to see more of Sterling, and she of him… so he hires her to help him clean out his mother’s house, or at least to organize it to know what to keep and what to give away. They come to an agreement… and then immediately realize that it’s no longer a string-free relationship, but a professional one. Given her parents’ history of being unreliable, that’s the last thing that Sterling wants to add to her own reputation.
But from here, they work out a compromise and the fun begins. They’ve found each other and, at first, start out using each other but then, of course, it grows into more. He’s a bad boy with a motorcycle and a bad reputation… she’s a buttoned up, control freak who has finally found a man she can let go with.
The regular questions and hurtles apply here: is she using him because he’s rich? Will he grow tired with her and move on? Is there really more than just lust in the other’s eyes, or was it in their imagination?
Jack (a great but over-used name, in my humble opinion) is a great guy, cooking with foster and underprivileged kids, carrying on the legacy that his mother left for him, caring for his brothers but keeping the world at an arm’s distance. I really AM bothered that it’s never clearly stated as to whether or not he’s guilty of what the press said he was the night of his mother’s death though.
Sterling is a woman most can relate to and while the story is a bit formulaic, it is still fun and free and entertaining. I really did like it, mainly because there are some elements of surprise and you see the brewing of the next few books for the three other brothers – including one of the brothers and Sterling’s best friend, who also happens to work for them.
All-in-all, I quite enjoyed it. It’s a quick read, something light hearted and entertaining and I would recommend it to those wanting a break from anything heavy in life.