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Recipe for Satisfaction

Recipe for Satisfaction

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Recipe for Satisfaction (A Madewood Brothers Novel) 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


Recipe for Satisfaction (A Madewood Brothers Novel) 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?

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Recipe for Satisfaction

A Madewood Brothers Novel

By Gina Gordon, Liz Pelletier, Libby Murphy

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Andrea Foy
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-975-2


Was this ridiculous ship ever going to dock?

Sterling Andrews crept to the lower level of the boat, bumping into the walls of the narrow staircase. Her stomach lurched—it'd been in a suspended state of animation for the past hour, and she swiped at the light film of sweat across her brow. So much for finding a man tonight. She needed a restroom. Pronto.

It wasn't until she'd boarded the luxury yacht with the insane plan to find a man to break her out of her boring, predictable—responsible—rut that she'd figured out she was prone to seasickness. Were you supposed to feel such a large boat sway from side to side? Somehow, she didn't think so.

Reaching the end of the staircase, she rested her hand on the wall to catch her breath. This was officially the most hideous night of her life. She was sick as a dog on a boat full of strangers, and to top it all off, what seemed like a great fashion choice when she left the house now left her feeling ridiculous.

The strappy four-inch stilettos, combined with vertigo from seasickness, wreaked havoc with Sterling's balance. Her legs were cold under the shitload of crinoline that only just covered her ass, and she could barely breathe from the bodice that fit snugly around her torso.

Her best friend, Penn Foster—the brains behind the swanky charity event on the yacht and consequently this insane plan—had chosen the outfit, which was totally inappropriate for a professional organizer. Penn was in big trouble.

Sterling gathered her bag close and took a deep breath before heading down to the most interior quarters. Maybe down here the sway of the boat wouldn't be so noticeable. Just then her stomach decided to do the rumba and she lost her balance. Luckily, the wall was courteous enough to break her fall. A breeze whipped up the stairway, taking with it the hem of her skirt, and the cool air whooshed across her bare backside like a chilly, lecherous hand.

Penn was so dead.

Forcing herself to forge on, she wobbled down the hallway with one hand on the wall for support, but she stopped short at the sound of male voices around a sharp corner.

"It's time you got back on the horse, brother." The sound was deep and coarse, like gravel against concrete. "Treat this as your coming-out party."

"You're an ass." The second voice was lighter, but no less potent—a strong caress against her skin.

The first man chuckled. "You have your pick of the litter on this boat. Don't tell me you haven't seen any prospects."

Sterling hugged the wall and wiped her brow with the back of her hand. If she didn't get farther inside she was going to retch all over this deck.

"Picking up women is like riding a bike," the first man continued. "Granted, it's been a while and you might fall off the first time, but it's not something you forget."

Sterling bent forward, trying to poke her head around the corner to catch a glimpse of who was in need of riding lessons. Two men stood in the doorway, their profiles to her. The first man she recognized right away—Neil Harrison, the oldest of the Madewood brothers, and Penn's employer. They'd met when she first stepped on the boat. His white chef's coat, crisp and clean, accentuated his tall, broad frame. Black ink peeked out from under the collar of his jacket, making her wonder what kind of tattoo he had hidden beneath his clothes.

The second man was stunning. Instead of a white jacket, he wore a black dress shirt—untucked—and dark jeans with the perfect amount of fading. He was definitely underdressed for the swanky event going on above deck. If he were wearing a suit, she would have thought his shaggy black hair was in definite need of a haircut, but dressed as he was, the long strands jutting haphazardly from his head only sharpened his edge.

She recognized him from the pictures she'd seen in the newspapers—none other than bad boy Jack Vaughn, the youngest Madewood brother. Even though they were all known to society as the Madewoods, their foster mother had insisted each son keep his own family name.

The entire city of Toronto knew the Madewood family's business. Being the foster sons of a prominent socialite and business owner meant the four brothers were big news on the local circuit. And the younger son had quite the reputation. Not a week would go by without a mention of Jack Vaughn in Hello Canada magazine, partying with the super-elite around the world. Well, at least until two months ago when their mother, Vivian Madewood, passed away.

The charity event on the yacht was in support of Cooking for the Future, a program their mother had started when she realized how the culinary arts helped her own foster children. Vivian wanted to continue that passion and help more than just four lucky boys. She'd been an inspiration for the entire city, and Sterling was sad to hear she'd passed.

"You've had it rough the last few months." Neil clapped him on the shoulder. "I'm just trying to help."

"I can pick up women on my own time," Jack said. "I don't need you to hold my hand."

The ship pitched and nausea rose in her stomach. It traveled north like a warning bell, alerting her to seek out a toilet or the railing of the boat—whichever was closer. She turned quickly and ran into a wall. Or rather, a boy carrying two trays of dirty glasses. Glasses that decided they no longer liked their position on the trays. They crashed to the floor, a loud, obnoxious taunt. Just one more reminder of how bad her luck had been the last twelve months.

She raised her hand to her mouth and mumbled through her fingers, "I'm so sorry." With glass crunching under her feet, she crouched to pick up the pieces. At least the mess distracted her from her stomach.

"No, Miss," the young man pleaded. "Leave that for me." He bent down beside her and picked up his own share of glass. "Please, Miss, don't—"

"What's going on here?"

A shiver ran up her spine at the sound of the deep voice behind her. It was even sexier in closer proximity. She tilted her head and confirmed her suspicion. Jack Vaughn.

Beside him, Neil asked, "Sterling, are you all right?"

"I'm sorry, Chef." The boy tensed and stood steel-rod straight. She was waiting for him to salute. "I'll clean everything up right away."

"Nonsense." She stood, too, and turned to face the two men. "This was all my fault. I'll clean it up."

Jack's intense stare sent a wave of heat inching up her neck, and when he spoke, he held her gaze steady. "George, would you mind heading back to the kitchen to get something to clean this up?"

"Of course, Chef." George turned on his heel with precision and headed off to follow orders.

She swallowed and tried to break from Jack's hypnotic stare by darting her gaze to Neil.

"This is Penn's friend Sterling," Neil said to Jack with a grin. "I think she was roped into coming so Penn could utilize her super organization skills."

She smiled. So not the case. She was here to meet a man. But she'd go with it. "You'd be right."

Jack held out his hand, a wide grin stretching across his face, revealing even, white teeth and a sexy dimple. "Jack Vaughn."

"I know who you are," Sterling said softly and fit her hand in his.

"My reputation precedes me." His flirty grin was no longer so flirty.

"You do have quite the reputation." She squeezed his hand trying to let him know she was cool with his "reputation." In fact, he was exactly what she was looking for tonight—as long as her stomach didn't mess it up for her.

His gaze was definitely serious now. His demeanor had changed within a matter of seconds with one mention of his reputation. Well, hell. Flirting was so much harder than it looked on TV. She would have thought a man like Jack Vaughn would be proud of his reputation. Someone who took pride in the fact that he was infamous. But maybe not. She knew all too well that people's assumptions were way off base most of the time.

"You've got a reputation and I'm uptight. We've all got our quirks," she said. Perfect. Verbal diarrhea. Someone gag me. "I'm Sterling Andrews."

"Sterling." Her name came out in a whisper, and for the first time she noticed the silver ball piercing in his tongue. Her stomach clenched at the thought of that hard ball against her—

"I'm going to check on things in the kitchen. If you need anything, Sterling, my brother would be more than happy to help." Neil patted Jack on the shoulder, and they exchanged a curious look as he walked away.

"Really, I should be the one cleaning up," she said.

He ignored her offer to pitch in. "What are you doing down here, anyway? The party's upstairs."

Because she was a queasy mess. "I was just looking for the bathroom."

"There's a bathroom upstairs." He pointed toward the ceiling, his eyes gliding over her body, from eyes to toes and back again. She smoothed her hands down the front of her skirt, the coarse crinoline rough against her sweaty palms, her heart beating faster as he stepped closer, the glass crunch-crunch-crunching under his feet with every step.

He stopped in front of her—too close—and cocked his head to the side. "Not your scene?"

Could he read her mind? She let out a breath of relief. "So not my scene."

He grinned. "I know exactly how you feel. I was hiding out down here myself." He crouched and balanced on the balls of his feet, rolling up the sleeves of his black shirt. His left forearm was inked, and thick black designs crawled up his skin. She wondered just how far up they went. On his right forearm, what looked like two paws peeked out from under the fabric.

He reached for the glass and she dropped beside him, grabbing his hands. "You don't have to—"

"Shit!" He dropped the piece of glass. A thick, red stain slashed brightly across the surface.

"Oh, God. You're cut. I'm such a klutz tonight. Let me ..." She reached into her purse, thankful she had decided to go against Penn's advice and brought her oversized bag. He sucked on his palm as she withdrew a purple makeup case. She rummaged inside, finding a Band-Aid and an antiseptic wipe. She went above and beyond the motto of always being prepared. Sterling Andrews: perpetual Girl Guide. More like wannabe Girl Guide. She'd never had the opportunity to be a real one but if she had, she'd be the one with the most badges.

He chuckled. "You're either a mom or a nurse."

"Neither. I'm a professional organizer." Sterling grabbed his hand, calloused and coarse. A man's hand. She held the wipe between her teeth, ripped open the wrapper, and cleaned his cut. "It's not too deep."

She rearranged her balance, making sure her legs remained tightly together. She may be on the hunt, but she wasn't tacky. In this position, her stomach had settled some.

When she was done, she glanced up. Her eyes caught in deep pools of chocolate brown sparkling back at her.

George returned and quickly got to work, sweeping around them. "Chef, I'll take care of this now."

Jack smiled and gestured with his chin to the kid. "George is a master baker."

"A master baker?" She looked up at the young boy and he smiled, a satisfied grin spreading across his face. He couldn't have been more than fifteen. "At such a young age?"

"He has a future in pastry arts," Jack said. "A very bright future."

Jack stood and offered his uninjured hand. Impressed by the gentlemanly gesture, she slid her hand in his and let him draw her up.

"Thank you, George." Jack nodded before leading her toward the railing, so they could look out into the night. The moon glistened, reflecting off the walls of the boat around them with every ripple of water.

A shiver zinged through her when he slid his hand down her spine, letting it settle at the small of her back. "Do you always carry a first aid kit in your purse, Sterling?"

God, the way he said her name. It was like he was pouring warm honey across her belly ... which she sincerely hoped he'd be licking up later.

"Actually, yes." She laughed. "You never know when you're going to need antiseptic wipes or a Band-Aid or—" she fiddled inside the makeup case "—a sewing kit."

"Well, next time I bust a button on my shirt while simultaneously cutting my finger on a dirty knife, I know who to call."

His sexy smile set the butterflies in her stomach aflutter. Exactly the reaction she was looking for. It was time to put a little fun in her life. Experience things she'd never had the chance to because she was too busy taking care of everyone else, including a two-timing fiancé.

The boat dipped. At least it felt like it dipped. The nausea she had forgotten came back with a vengeance.

"Are you all right?" he asked. "You just turned green."

"Oh, God ..." She latched her hand over her mouth and bent over the railing.

"Sterling?" he called.

But she didn't have time to acknowledge him.

She braced both hands on the railing and lurched forward. What had been designated as the most hideous night of her life had just been upgraded to the most humiliating. She heaved—and heaved again—fully aware of the man who stalked closer to where she stood puking her guts out into the glistening water.

So much for luring a sexy man. Served her right for thinking she could have fun. She just proved that even her attempt at spontaneity had to be well thought out.

Rough hands caressed her shoulders, then gripped her hair, gathering it at the nape of her neck. Jack held her hair with one hand while the other circled her back. His fingers, soothing against her exposed skin, rubbed tenderly. A wave of warmth surged through her body. She was unsure of its origin—the sickness that now eased inside her stomach or the simple touch of this stranger.

"Feel better?" He was so close, the heat of his body turning up her temperature from hot to stifling. "Take this."

He offered her a Kleenex, one he must have found in the travel package inside her purse. What was a little fishing expedition inside her purse when he'd seen the inner contents of her stomach fly over the metal railing of a boat? She wiped the tissue across her mouth.

"You're good at this," she whispered, then swallowed hard around the soreness in her throat.

He cocked his head, his eyes questioning.

"Taking care of people," she clarified.

He shrugged. "Let's just say I have experience with women skilled in stomach pyrotechnics."

No doubt he'd held many a drunk girl's hair in a hotel bathroom during his wild antics. But then he smiled, a casual grin that tingled all the way down to her toes. As their eyes met, time seemed to stand still.

"Chef Jack?"

Sterling shook off the dazed feeling as George crept toward them, biting his lip between his teeth. When Jack turned to face him, he immediately straightened. "Chef Neil said you need to get upstairs. He's going to make his speech."

Jack shot Sterling a sympathetic look. "I'm sorry."

"Go." She waved him off. "This is your party. Please, don't let me keep you."


"I'll be fine." She reached forward and touched his forearm, which rested along the rail.

Sure she would. As soon as the boat docked.

Jack looked between the two of them. That same heat wasn't reflected in his gaze. He looked on with kindness, concern. Not with the fire he had five minutes earlier, before she'd retched up the contents of her stomach.

"It was nice to meet you, Sterling Andrews."

She frowned and her shoulders slumped forward when he backed away. "Thanks for ... everything."

He winked. "Glad I could be here."

Gone was the nausea. Gone was the urge to heave. In its place was the realization that she was most definitely not getting honey licked off of anything tonight.

She rested her body against the rail, the metal bar snug against her armpit, and sighed. What an epic humiliation. But on the bright side, at least only one person was witness to her embarrassment and not a yacht full.

"Why didn't you tell me you got sick on boats?"

Sterling turned and smiled. Penn sidled up to her, brushing her hair away from her forehead.

"I didn't know. I've never been on a big boat before."

Penn was the most beautiful woman Sterling knew, and stylish in that glam-goth way. Her porcelain skin was luminescent any day of the week, and her black hair hung just past her shoulders, styled with a roll to the side, and secured away from her face with a white barrette. Tonight, she wore a black dress with white polka dots, the bodice a V-neck with thin straps, and a black belt around her trim waist. And as always, her outfit was not complete without four-inch stilettos. She didn't go anywhere without high heels.

"How did you know I was down here?"

"Jack sent me." She held on to Sterling's biceps. "Do you think you can handle a trip to the ladies' room?"

Sterling nodded and by the time they arrived at the bathroom, the need to upchuck had finally dissipated.

Slumping forward over the sink, she grabbed on with both hands. The reflection staring back at her from the mirror was horrifying. Her eyes were watery, her cheeks were flushed, and her hair frizzed from her sweat-soaked scalp. "I'm a mess."

"Shush. He still looked interested and after I get you cleaned up, we'll hunt him down again." Penn winked and then dug around inside Sterling's bag. She held out the travel toothbrush and toothpaste. "What exactly were you doing down here?"

"I ..." Sterling straightened and tamed the strands of her dark hair. "I was feeling sick and I was trying to ..."


Sterling laughed. "That's exactly what Jack said." She scrubbed her teeth, a little uncomfortable at the way Penn stared at her in the mirror. "What?" she mumbled with the toothbrush still in her mouth.


Excerpted from Recipe for Satisfaction by Gina Gordon, Liz Pelletier, Libby Murphy. Copyright © 2012 Andrea Foy. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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At a young age, I knew I wanted to share my stories with the world. It wasn't until I picked up my first romance novel that I knew how those stories would take shape. I love spinning contemporary tales of knee-bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex scenes. When I'm not lost in my own world of romance you'll most likely find me sipping Starbucks, baking cupcakes or feeding my celebrity gossip addiction. I live in Toronto, Canada with my husband and loveable dog.

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Recipe for Satisfaction 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
StaceyONeale More than 1 year ago
I'm a publicist with Entangled, but Gina Gordon is not my client. I'm writing this disclaimer because her book is published by Entangled. I've been a pretty active book reviewer for years, but I wanted to make all the above clear before you read my review. Many might say my opinion is swayed because of my affiliation, but I'll leave that up to you to judge. During my latest binge into contemporary romance, I purchased Recipe for Satisfaction. It was the first book of three (I bought this book, Game for Marriage, and Vanilla on Top). Actually, these books are all the January releases from Entangled's Brazen line. If you follow me on twitter, you know I'm obsessed with these books. The covers are killer and the stories teeter the line between erotica and adult romance. Ugh...I love them. Recipe for Satisfaction is a contemporary romance with meat. Beyond the steamy romance, Sterling Andrews is dealing with some major family drama. Having known a person who had parents like hers, I could relate to her emotions. It's a tough position to be in as a child and I thought she handled it well. This chick is tough and I absolutely fell in love with her. Unlike many of the weak female characters in contemporary romance, this girl holds her own. Now that I got that out of the way, I can discuss my favorite part of this book: Jack Vaughn! This guy is yummy and a half. First of all, a guy who can cook wins major points with me. Also, the love scenes in this book are like whoa-baby hot. Everything from the positions to the locations. Seriously, where can I pick-up my own Jack Vaughn? He also has a few smexy brothers that make my insides vibrate when I imagine the next books in the series! So, yeah, I'm a fan. ;-p Bottom line: Read this book. It's $2.99 for freaks-sake. It's so worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all the books in the Brazen line - this was excellent. If you like the Alpha male and super hot sex - this is for you! I adore this line and every single title is an auto-buy for me!
Heyjenn More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. God.  Can you fall in love with a book?  I hope so, because I am so very in love with this new series by Gina Gordon.  The Madewood Brothers have captured me - mind, body and soul.  No, seriously, four foster brothers who all COOK for a living, are filthy rich but self made, slightly broken but temptingly repairable.  I am a reader who adores series - siblings, coworkers, clan members, whatever - the connection of each to one another and the promise of an HEA for every one makes me giddy. Recipe for Satisfaction tells the tale of the youngest of the four foster children of Vivian Madewood - the tattooed, very jaded man who embodies the idea of still waters running deep.  He alone is left in the family mansion to pack up his deceased mother's belongings.  Sterling Andrews has organized her life to within an inch in an effort to control the chaos of her upbringing  After a farcical meeting on a publicity cruise, Jack strikes a bargain with Sterling - she'll help him pack and he'll help her have fun.  Why do I never get offered these propositions? Gina Gordon creates a delightful concoction of chick lit and erotic romance.  Her dialogue is flip and funny, story lines well crafted and the writing above par.  It was really very difficult to find any negatives.  The secondary characters help to develop the future potential story arcs and add depth to the characters wringing some delicious angsty emotions out of the reader.  I am not sure why I haven't encountered this author before but I will definitely be adding her to my auto-buy list and scarfing up her back list as well.  The manner in which her story unfolds and the pace that it maintains is like the perfect restaurant meal - well balanced, full of exciting flavors and with the right amounts of sweets and savories.  The sexy bits have enough romance to be sensual and spice to be erotic with variety and locations galore. Did I mention there are three additional brothers?  I guess that means I will wait, impatiently, for further installments into my new personal dreamland of sexy chefs and the women who love them.  You must absolutely grab a copy and indulge yourself today! (links provided for immediate and easy gratification!) I give Recipe for Satisfaction FIVE delish chocolate dipped strawberries and a moonlight stroll on a Miami beach! This novel has achieved our Ultimate Indulgence Book Award!  This review was originally written for Guilty Indulgence Book Club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a 4-star book until the end. How could this author screw up an enjoyable and steamy story with such a cheesy (the you-wanna-puke type of cheesy) ending? I like happy endings but they have to be believable. I feel cheated, honestly.
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Recipe For Satisfaction had me in its grips as soon as I heard Jack Vaughn, tattoos, and a tongue ring. Yes ladies (and gents!) a sexy tongue ring! Oh no, but that's not all... our lead boy cooks too! I absolutely love a book that pulls me right in from the beginning with a lead character who's strong but looking for something, a sexy dream man, and yet a background story that perfectly weaves them together. Recipe For Satisfaction definitely fulfills all of those. Brazen books are always books that I can never put down until I finish because you instantly fall in love with the chemistry between the characters. I just live for those instant connections when you can sense the sexy sizzle right from the start. When you see two characters where love just slowly creeps up on them without either of them realize it's happening. That is Jack and Sterling. They both have their own lives and their own troubles yet somehow in between all of that they find comfort in each other where they both thought neither of them needed. I absolutely love Jack's playfulness and the fact that he cooks and then on the other side Sterling has her head on right with her job and I give her so many props for what she deals with in her personal life. Overall, Recipe For Satisfaction is yet another Brazen book that I could not get enough of. It's a fun, seductive, quick read with so many real life qualities. And believe me, I definitely wanted to get my own taste of Jack Vaughn's tongue ring!
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jean0 More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Brazen series books, all are very good. The stories are real and not so rounchy.
Minnie_Medina More than 1 year ago
OMG what a book! Things I really liked The fact that even though at every turn Jack and Sterling were going at it like rabbits it didn't overshadowed their story. There is love between brothers even when they are not related by blood. The brothers appreciate what they have but don't think they are entitled to it and help others the same way they were helped. And last that even though she is in deep sh*t, Sterling doesn't expect Jack to take her out of there. What I didn't like Well I wouldn't say I didn't like it. More like it was kinda predictable. How Jack ended what he and Sterling had after finding the papers and not waiting for an explanation and just assuming. But even with that I think it was an amazing book. Overall Great book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good romance. And next is Neil with I think the architect? Lets just hope is as good as this one!
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Excellent series. Will not dissapoint!! Bella-tn
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ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Recipe for Satisfaction definitely has what I’ve come to expect with Brazen books, HOT encounters and lots of it. This is the first book in Gina Gordon’s Madewood Brothers Series and it does a nice job of setting you up and introducing you to all the brothers. First up is youngest brother, Jack Vaughn. Jack along with Neil, Finn and Cole were all foster kids taken in by Vivian Madewood as teenagers. Unlike his older brothers who joined the family business, Jack felt the need to prove himself and branch out on his own. Consequently, his brothers are constantly giving him a hard time, thinking that what he’s doing isn’t important. Sterling Andrews is a professional organizer. It’s her job to keep people organized although her life isn't organized at all. Sterling makes a modest salary and should be having fun and living a great life. But she’s pigeon-holed herself into being extremely sensible and not allowing herself to have fun at all. Sterling and Jack are two people who are more than what people see and more than what they view themselves as. The two meet on board a yacht that is hosting a charity event for Cooking for the Future, the charity program created by Vivian Madewood. The attraction is instant and the two agree to a one night “help each other get back on the horse” fling. After all, Jack is known as a ladies man and Sterling has no time or desire for anything more than that. She just wants to allow herself one night of being exciting Sterling instead of boring Sterling. Unfortunately, Sterling's parents get in the way and her plans fall through. Sterling inspires Jack and he just can’t get enough of her. He convinces her friend, Penn who works for the Madewood family to give him Sterling’s phone number. Jack then offers Sterling a job as a way to spend more time with her. Jack then convinces/challenges Sterling to step out of her comfort zone, have fun, and spend the next four weekends in his bed. During their month together, they each see the good in each other that no one else sees. Jack shows and shares things with Sterling that no one knows. Sterling unfortunately reveals very little. As things heat up to the point of no return, Sterling’s family issues get in the way. I immediately fell in love with Jack. No only is he a talented chef; he’s smart, caring, hot and oh my...the things he can do both in and out of the bedroom. Sterling is a heroine that I like. She’s a little tightly wound up, but it’s because of her past. I hate that she’s so hard on herself all the time. She let’s her deadbeat parents guilt trip her constantly. Jack and Sterling are really good together. I’m looking forward to the other books in this series. Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Gina Gordon Published By: Entangled Brazen Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Series: Madewood Brothers #1 "Recipes For Satisfaction" by Gina Gordon was a good read that had it all from fun, sex, seduction,frustrating, romance and then love that only this author can give. This was the first of this series: Madewood Brothers #1 which introduce you to Jack and Sterling's story. The story line was great only to keep me reading until the end even though it was somewhat predictable. All of the characters seemed very well developed and so real even the 'bad boy.' "Recipes For Satisfaction" was a quick run read that will only leave you wanting the next series. Would I recommend? YES!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## This was a pretty good read. There were parts that I liked and parts that just sucked. The writing style was great. I liked the heroine and her best friend and the chemistry was definitely there between the two leads. Also, the sex was hot. Now, what I didn't like: SPOILER ALERT: I didn't feel it was necessary to rub in the fact that the hero was such a man-slut....but he's changed because he hadn't had any affairs in 2 months? Big deal. "Jack I have a selection of girls lined up for you to choose from" the bouncer of the club said where the hero took the heroine on a date. And then another woman throws herself at him inside the club. Really? I find that extremely tacky. The hero was so arrogant it annoyed me. "I can show you things you never dreamed of" or "You can't have me" when the heroine admitted to wanting just him and not his money. And the ending felt rushed, like: OK folks, we're out of time so let's wrap this up. Anyway, good but not fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how the book has a love story along with a real life situation. It has a little something that people can relate to along with taking you on a nice romance story. I would recommend this book to anyoe. Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started I could not put it down...I wish it was a little longer but it was good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good easy read. Good character plot. Good length to book. Hope more books to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cute and sexy a nice mix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read with fun characters
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
The title for this book is spot on, because between these pages Gina Gordon really has created a recipe for satisfaction. Sterling Andrews; professional organizer, parental baby-sitter, woman in need of one wild night. With bad boy Jack Vaughn, Sterling knows she is way out of her league but gives into temptation, regardless. Unfortunately, an untimely interruption puts a quick end to the night and Sterling never expects to see Jack again afterwards.  Until he wants to hire her to organize and pack up his mother's house, who recently passed away. And despite the fact that Sterling never mixes business with pleasure, she cannot get the sexy  chef out of her head. When he makes a seductive deal with her for the next four weekends, she can't refuse and is taken on a whirlwind journey of passion and romance. But what will happen when their time is up? I really liked this story. Right away I connected with Sterling Andrews. Wow, what a crappy home life she has come from and really surpassed to be a competent and successful business woman. She's strong, independent, and I loved her. Jack Vaughn was very much a swoon-worthy leading man. Fed up with the life-style he was living and the image the media projected about him as well as coping with the death of his foster mother, he's ready for a change.  With Sterling he has found someone that see's the real Jack Vaughn, the real challenge is getting Sterling to let go, forget all of her responsibilities, and live in the moment. But Jack quickly comes to realize that he wants more than just a moment with Sterling. Jack turns Sterling's perfectly ordered world on its ear. The chemistry between the two is undeniable and the love scenes heated up the kitchen, bedroom, limo...and a few other interesting places!  Recipe for Satisfaction was an enjoyable and engaging read  filled with relatable  characters, lively banter, spine-tingly passion and heartwarming romance. I'm looking forward to the other smexy chef brother's stories! A wonderful and quick contemporary romance to pick up!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story and am very hopeful there will more to come in the series....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago