Review: Designed for Love by Kelsey Browning

DesignedForLoveCover-Smaller-252x400Title: Designed for Love (Texas Nights #4)
by: Kelsey Browning
Release Date: November 24th, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4 stars

Book Summary:

Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

My Thoughts:

What sexy, southern fun! Designed for Love has the perfect recipe for a spicy and sweet romance: hot chemistry between our main characters, a southern backdrop and a great balance of sassy and heartfelt.

I loved Ashton’s story arc. She showed up with the trappings of a Texas debutante and proved everyone wrong. It was refreshing to see a female character that is determined to do things on her own. She was not the damsel in distress character that is a familiar trope in contemporary romance. Even when things seemed like they were falling apart, she pulled herself up by her bootstraps, and who doesn’t love a strong female heroine! Don’t get me wrong..there’s no story without conflict, but I loved Ashton’s tenacity and her connection with her SUPER sassy grandmother, Gigi.

Mac, was the perfect counter to Ashton. Strong and masculine, but with a soft side. His storyline also proved to have depth and definitely added to the layers of his relationship with Ashton. Also, can anyone resist bicep hugging flannel?

Their relationship moved at a slower than normal pace than I am used to in romance novels. Which is NOT a bad thing. The sexual tension was palpable and made for some majorly steamy scenes. There’s one particular scene that sticks in my mind that actually takes place in Lily Lake that I think every reader will enjoy. Wink Wink.

Besides the obvious chemistry, Designed for Love has a great storyline. Ashton decides to leave big money behind in Dallas to make it on her own and ends up running a huge project. Which proves to be an undertaking that she doesn’t even know if she can handle. All while toting around her hilarious and naughty shih-poo mix, Napoleon. I absolutely adored the scenes with Napoleon, Ashton and Mac. Let’s just say he gets in a lot of trouble, and it is very fun to read!

Even though this is the 4th in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. But, after you read this I am betting you will be coming back for more. Hopefully, we get to see what is in the future for Mac and Ashton!

Reviewed by: Chelsea

Four stars

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