Sunday, December 14, 2014

Review - Designed for Love by Kelsey Browning

Designed for Love
by Kelsey Browning
Series: Texas Nights, #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2014

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.

What a fun read that had me laughing, then fanning myself, then wishing I lived near Lily Lake in Shelbyville so I could hang out with all the colorful characters in this small town! And that includes Napoleon, the little dog with a big personality who at times totally stole the show!

This is the first book in the series I have read, and although it is book 4 I didn't have any trouble picking up on the characters and most of the backstory. Of course now I can’t wait to go back and read the first three books so I can get the lowdown on the other couples in those books and also find out more about Ashton and what drove her to Shelbyville in the first place.

Ashton was such a complex character – she’s looking to prove something to not only herself, but to her family and anyone else who has judged her. Of course that leaves her very vulnerable, which only serves to make me like her even more. Her dog Napoleon was such a great supporting character – for a character that doesn't speak, his involvement in the story right from the first page sets the tone for the fun and heat you know you are going to get throughout the book. Mac was quite the complex character himself, being driven by the demons of his past and thinking he also has something to prove. And when the two of them finally come together boy do they heat up the page – be it in the lake, in the hammock, or even on his motorcycle…hot!

This is a definite must read for anyone who loves a great story that has a lot of laugh out loud moments and brings some heat!

I received this book from the author for an honest review.


  1. Aw yay. I love that series and Kelsey is such an awesome person :)

  2. Kelsey is really great - she's always posting something that cracks me up!
    I can't wait to read the others - they're lined up on my kindle just waiting.


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