Friday, 5 May 2017

Release Day Review | Made To Love by SM West | #NEW #AgeGap #Contemporary #Romance #Review @givemebooksblog @SMWestAuthor

Title: Made to Love
Author: S.M. West
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 5 May 2017


Burned by love once before, divorcee Olivia Cassidy isn’t looking for a recipe for “happily ever after”. The first time she thought she found forever, it turned out to be a marriage with no sizzle and no spice.

Busy starting up her own business and raising two older children, love is the last thing Olivia is looking for—but when the sexy young chef Samson Beaulieu comes into her life, he’s suddenly mixing up something new.

Now it’s up to Sam to show Olivia how delectable their future can be. He may know how to heat things up—both in the kitchen and in the bedroom—but is Sam really made to love her?

I love a good age gap romance and even more so when the man is younger as is the case in this book.

Olivia is recently divorced and has two teenagers who spilt their time living with her and her ex. Having felt unappreciated in her marriage it took one spectacular event to finally decide enough was enough. So now building up her confidence again she is shocked and surprised when the hot attractive chef makes eyes at her in his restaurant. As much as she brushes him off he pursues her in the most romantic way.

Sam is finally reaping the benefits of all his hard work and having learnt from his mentor and surrogate father, he now owns two restaurants with a third in the making. In the midst of all his busy life, Olivia comes along. She is like a breath of fresh air for Sam as never having to make any effort to pull a woman, Olivia shows her differences and speciality to all others by making Sam work for her trust.

This was a great storyline and I loved how it was a gradual but believable romance build up between Sam and Olivia. Having been taught all about knowing your one true love when you first see them, Sam has always yearned for his other half and as soon as he saw Olivia he knew she was it for him. It just took him some time to make her believe her self-worth and beauty that had been knocked down by her douche of an ex.

It was great to read about an older woman with a younger man but even so Sam still came across as the alpha and protector. We read so many of the older man and younger woman that I love when the opposite comes along in a book, hence me chomping at the bit to read this one. I was certainly not disappointed as this was a delightfully intense and emotional read that kept me entranced with the whole story of romance and the value of family throughout. An absolutely wonderful and amazing read and I highly recommend. Four and a half stars. 

*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

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“Ladies, you left without saying goodbye,” he playfully admonishes, holding his hand over his heart like he’s wounded by our callous departure. 

“We’re so sorry,” Erin purrs, stepping out from behind me to plant her palm on his forearm. 

Sam briefly flicks his eyes to her before shifting to pin them on me, their sea green depths shimmering with something akin to hunger. 

“Olivia, can we talk for a moment?” 

Fits of giggles erupt from both Sin and Erin. Yes, these are my best friends, although I’m seriously reconsidering that at this moment as the two grown-ass women act like a bunch of star-struck teenagers. 

Hanging my head in sheer embarrassment, I mutter, “Would you please leave us alone?” 

Sam confidently inches closer to me, then it hits me—my friends’ lame outburst has diverted my attention from the real concern. Sam. I’m wildly turned on by this hot young man standing before me. 

Stepping back, out of the circle of light, I’m plunged into darkness. Moving into the same spot I just vacated, his striking frame is illuminated by the fluorescent glow from above, like a spotlight beaming down on the main attraction. If I didn’t know he was a chef, I’d swear he was a model. 

“I don’t usually do this,” he says. 

“Do what?” I’m confused, my mind reeling and heart battering. 

“Chase women.” 

I snort. Real attractive, Olivia

“Is that what you’re doing?” I quirk an eyebrow in question. He nods once, his smile still in place. “Well actually, come to think of it, of course you don’t. They usually fall at your feet,” I sarcastically add at the memory of the evening’s revolving door of women surrounding the kitchen. I bet tonight was an average turnout for him. 

“Fall at my feet?” He chuckles, one side of his lips tipping up in amusement. “I must’ve missed that because I don’t remember any women at my feet. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have forgotten that.” 

“I guess we see things differently,” I quip. “What do you want, Sam?” 

“I want you to go out with me.”

Didn’t he get the hint? I shot him down in the restaurant. Damn, he’s beautiful. He could have anyone—so why me?

Author Bio

SM West was born on an island paradise on the shortest day and longest night of the year, Winter Solstice. Perhaps that’s why she’s a night owl? She loves romance and intrigue with intensity and edge. Her stories are about characters with brave hearts who fall wildly in love. If she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging with her family, planning her next adventure, enjoying a glass of wine and indulging in chocolate.


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