Release Date: March 7, 2017
Series: Fusion #3
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.
Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.
Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?
I’ve never read anything from the Fusion series yet but this new addition to the bunch was very enjoyable to read! There are a lot of character crossovers from the first two books but it’s not confusing at all. If anything, it made the book more beautiful because I got to see the interaction between them. How they just clicked, how fun and crazy they are together.
In Blush For Me, there’s Kat who has to fly to Napa Valley for a wine tasting tour and is afraid to fly. (She rarely does.) And Mac, who’s been Kat’s saving grace in the flight because he was able to distract her, to be there for her. They’re strangers… who wanted to jump each other’s bones for a week. And boy, did they jump.
After that whole week of sexy loving, they’re back to reality. Kat is back to running Seduction, a famous wine bar and restaurant, with her friends. With thoughts of Mac behind her mind all the time. Only, Mac wasn’t Mac. He lied.
First off, the story was very simple but it’s not flat nor boring. It’s not complex but it has substance.
I loved how fast-paced and light the story was.
Mac isn’t the relationship guy because his days are full of work, all business. He also likes to do things his way–like just telling, no asking. And while it’s really a character flaw, thankfully, Kat didn’t put up with that. She called him out and be a badass about it. Kat is such a smart and fearless (let us not count the flying phobia) woman who’s done a really great job looking out for herself. It’s not that she was abandoned by her parents (they loved her). She was just independent and she loved it.
Mac and Kat’s chemistry was explosive and both of them has no inhibitions in the bedroom. All the sex scenes were hot as fuck and you could really feel the sincere passion between the two of them. Mac is all about protecting Kat, making her feel safe, being there whether or not she needed him. And Kat makes a better match for Mac. She made him a better man, made his life full of interesting colors, made him feel content. And that was very beautiful. No dark pasts looming over them. Just two normal people scared to risk their hearts but found their safety nets with each other. Their love was intense and romantic and very lovely. One thing that I noticed and loved about them was their easy banter and that they always communicate. Their conversations were flirty and smooth and they really got to know each other from those.
The parents’ presence from both characters was delightful as well because I got to learn where Mac and his brother, Chase, stand on disciplining their parents (dad is in gambling, mom won’t leave him) and see the psychologist side of Kat (she’s holding a Ph. D but it’s not really her thing in the first place). There was also Kat’s parents who are scientist (no, really) whom I thought were bad people because they expected so much of Kat (they did but it’s in a loving sort of way) but their love for her was very heartfelt.
There was a little suspense in the end because of Mac’s dad’s monkey business that I loved because it wasn’t over the top. It made the story more interesting and not all swoon and sex.
The book touched a little bit of the issue about a woman’s size (Mia, Kat’s friend who’s also the chef). She’s been bullied by other women in a club because she was asked by a fine man to dance and they hated that. Kat literally kicked their ass, though. I am excited to see how the author will tackle more of that in her own book. Hopefully, it’s next in the series.
Blush For Me is abundant of swoon-worthy romance and sexiness that will keep you turning the pages for more.
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