Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review for Books 1 & 2 of Brooke Cumberland's Riverside Trilogy

Kitchen Affairs (Riverside Trilogy, #1)
Kitchen Affairs
Book 1 of the Riverside Trilogy
Book Description:

Drake Stagliano is a high maintenance man from a wealthy empire family in Chicago. He managers The Riverside Hotel/Restaurant where he only expects the absolute best. With a past filled with being used and heartbreak, the last thing he expects is to find a woman he can't control himself around... a chef intern.

Molly Woods is not your typical 23 year old. She's a single mom in her last semester of culinary school and interning at Drake's restaurant. She's closed dating off her list - her only priorities are finishing school & her 4 year old daughter. When Molly is pursued by Drake, she does everything she can to deny the chemistry and sexual tension. However, that doesn't last long & she finds herself completely mad over him.

When an intimate video goes public, Molly's internship and credibility is threatened. She's lusts for the one man she's been able to connect with after the sudden death of her late fiancé - but can Drake hold on for the emotional ride? Molly will need to let go of her past in order let Drake in. Fall in love with this steamy, funny, & romantic story of two people who find each other just when they both need someone the most.

 If you are looking for a playful novel that keeps your attention with lots of giggles, hot love scenes, and WTF moments, Kitchen Affairs is the book for you! Right when you think you've got the story figured out, something else happens and spins you in a totally new direction. Sometimes I wasn't sure if I liked our main girl Molly, but after imagining myself in her shoes, I can see why she reacts in some of the ways she does. Drake is completely drool worthy; a great book boyfriend that should definitely be added to the list of hotties.  He fits my favorite genre of male leads: rich, dark looks, and a possessive streak you don't want to mess with!

Kitchen Scandals (Riverside Trilogy #2)
Kitchen Scandals
Book 2 of the Riverside Trilogy
Book Description:
She finally found the one…
but he has a hidden secret. Could this be the breaking point for Molly?
Has she endured too much?
Drake and Molly had instant chemistry in Kitchen Affairs, but when secrets go all wrong, their relationship will be tested, feelings get hurt, and limits will be reached.
Someone interferes with their relationship, keeping them distant and longing for answers in all the wrong places. Some people are not who they seem... leaving a betrayal of lies crashing down on them.
Can they recover their once intense, sensual chemistry? Will love be enough?
Secrets, betrayals, and scandals…
Chicago’s hottest couple, Molly & Drake, go through big changes, hidden secrets, and tragedies

It doesn't happen very often, but it did in this case: I liked the sequel better than the first book! Kitchen Scandals, to me, far passed Kitchen Affairs.  Shocker after shocker thrown our way as secrets are revealed from BOTH of our lead characters. Right after they get over one reveal, another is exposed, until both of their pasts are bared to the other and it only makes their relationship and love for each other grow stronger! Where I wasn't sure if I liked Molly in the last book, she totally redeems herself in this one.  And where the last book left me happy I read it, with a 3.5 star review, this one left me saying OMG! WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE OUT!!!! I think I even told Brooke she was the devil...yep...sure did. Cliffhanger like a mutha. Can't wait till book 3 comes out! 

PS: For when YOU read it...my favorite part of the entire series so far is Molly and Blakely's scene in the bathroom at the end of Kitchen Scandals. I...laughed...so...hard!  Great Job Brooke!

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