Sunday, March 31, 2013

Kitchen Affairs - The Riverside Trilogy by Brooke Cumberland

Drake Staglinao is from a wealthy empire family who owns Riverside Hotel & Restaurant in downtown Chicago. He's attractive, charming, witty, and will do whatever it takes to get the one he wants, Molly Woods.

Molly, a chef intern at his five-star restaurant, shows no interest in dating Drake, or dating at all for that matter since the death of her fiancé four years earlier. After several attempts, Drake goes to extreme measures to get some alone time with Molly, knowing that he just needs a few hours for her to realize their intense chemistry is too hot to ignore. Drake finds out why Molly is reserved and guarded - but that doesn't stop him from getting who he wants.

Molly and Drake need to keep their relationship private, but when a surveillance video goes viral of the two of them, they must overcome obstacles that most relationships don't have to endure. 

Molly needs to let go of her past in order to let Drake in... but how far can she go without cracking? 

I thought this would be a good, steamy read and while there was definitely steam, the characters were absolutely horrible! Basically you have an egotistical hero who is essentially sexually harassing someone who works for him, THEN steals her wallet and then does nothing but have sex with her. 

Then you have our heroine who you believe to be a grieving widow-esque person who is a single mom to a four year old and within days of meeting Drake, she's sleeping with him all over the place. I was appalled by her behavior and her lack of ethics where her child was concerned. There was no dimension to these characters;  neither was likable at all. Could hardly finish it with all of the random secondary plotlines did nothing to enhance the story because they were never fully explained or fleshed out.

It was basically a book that should have ended much sooner than it did.  Just because something has a higher word count does not mean that those words enhance the story at all.  That was completely the case here.  This story just went on and on and on and on until I thought I would scream.  The only reason I actually finished the book was because I kept hoping it would get better.  Not worth it the $2.99 price for the eBook. 

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