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The Attraction Equation (Love Undercover #2)

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FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don't allow for distraction, deviation…or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…
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ebook, 197 pages
Published November 13th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
3.5 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

FBI Agent Max Carter needs a fake girlfriend to bring to his family's place for Christmas, and he's found the one in new temporary neighbor Gina Castillo. When he catches her in the act of sneaking a dog in the building, he keeps her secret and helps her hide it from the landlord.

He knows Gina is perfect for the role—she needs his help and she'll be out of his life once Gina's friend and the original person leasing one the room in the building comes back. Bu
It was just a little puppy, how much trouble could it be to hold on to it for a month before Christmas when Gina could surprise her younger brother? Sure, the apartment she was subletting has a strict no pets policy, but come on… Day one and Gina is busted sneaking the pup out take care of business by the most gorgeous and intimidating man she has ever seen, but he doesn’t look like a rule breaker. And THAT is when things went from bad to worse…or certainly something unlike the carefree Gina has ...more
Fed up with his scheming, matchmaking mama's antics in trying to find him the love of his life, FBI agent Max Carter decides to take action after Gina Castillo gives him the ideal opportunity to bribe her into being his fake girlfriend, the girlfriend he'd recently told his Mum he had! He really doesn't want to hurt his mother's feelings so thinks proving he has a girlfriend will put an end to her antics . . . . As usual, the best laid plans can always have unforeseen consequences!

Take on totall
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is the second book in Kadie Scott's Love Undercover series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It's a quick read with very funny characters and humorous situations. I always enjoy a good opposites attract Rom-Com what makes it even better is the touch of Christmas and an adorable dog named T-Bone.

Max dug himself in a hole when he lied to his family about having a girlfriend over Thanksgiving dinner. He was so tired of their constant meddling and matchmaking he said the first
Danielle from Short and Sassy
4.5 stars!

I LOVED this book!

What do you get when you mix an anal FBI agent who lives life by the rules with a rule breaker?? A fantastic read is what you get!! Max has lied to his family about having a girlfriend so they don't try to set him up for the millionth time. Something clicks when he runs into Gina, who is ending her dog into the pet free apartment she is subletting. Max blackmails Gina to be his pretend girlfriend.

Gina is fun and flighty and nothing like Max. But that is what make her
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*

This is the story of Gina Castillo, who is looking after her best friend’s apartment while she is away, but she breaks one of the rules of the building, no pets. It is Christmas time and Gina has bought her younger brother a puppy, problem is she can’t give it him until Christmas day so has to sneak around the building. On one of these trips she meets up with the sexy next door neighbour Max Carter who her friend has told her he is very str
Odette Oswald
“You do realize all the men in those movies marry the women they fake a relationship with right?”

A shudder rippled through him. “I may be desperate, but I’m not delusional. I can guarantee that won’t happen.”

The Attraction Equation pairs an uptight, OCD finance guy and a creative spirit together with some sizzling sexual tension to heat up the holidays. It reminded me of those TV made romance movies, but without the cheesy acting and lines. I sped through The Attraction Equation in one sitting
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gina and Max might have come together for the wrong reasons but the instant attraction that they feel for one another could not be faked. Gina may have only agreed to be Max’s fake girlfriend in order to keep her dog and her best friends apartment but the feelings that she starts to develop for Max couldn’t be more real. Max may have blackmailed Gina to play his fake girlfriend to keep his mother off his back but his unexpected feelings towards Gina and him being able to be himself makes him rea ...more
Curious Reader
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, dnf, arc, fiction
I might be in the minority here but I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would.
The Hero Is a control freak. The heroine is just okay. The rest of the story is cute. But this 'fake girlfriend' trope is repeated so many times and I have already read it so many times that it's boring. After reading the same plot line the comparisons are obvious. And comparatively this book was meh.

This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
Bec - Book Magic: Under a spell with every page Reviews

FBI agent Max Carter is a stickler for rules, especially since in his job distractions can lead to mistakes being made. So, when he tells his family he has a girlfriend, he's finds himself in trouble, especially since it's a lie. However, when he finds his next door neighbor hiding a pet that she shouldn't have living with her, Max decides he can keep her secret as long as she poses as his girlfriend. Yet, the more time they spend together, the more Max finds himself wanting the relationship he
MY RATING: 4.5/5
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is my second book from Kadie Scott and after falling absolutely in love with 'The Wrong Kind of Compatible' which is the first book in the Love Undercover series, I was excited to hear about this new release!

And the hype definitely lived up to it. Ever since the first book, I fell in love with Max as a character. Who doesn't love a best friend who is always there for you and there to tell you to get your a
books are love
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

This was fun and light hearted. Max is sweet but has serious OCD so someone like Gina really got under his skin with her carefree haphazard ways.

Max was always one that lived for rules and no one ever tried to figure it out. Instead they made fun of him. It is only Gina who helps him and helps to get him to relax himself some. Gina is the neighbor that dreams. She lives in the moment and acts from the heart before thinking of the consequences. When she b
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“You’re a secret softie. You know that, don’t you?”
“Yeah. I have a marshmallow center.”

Yes, indeed, he does have a marshmallow center. He being Max Carter, FBI Agent, control freak and secret softie. Oh, and hot and sexy fake boyfriend. Let’s not forget that.

Guys, this is the second book in Kadie Scott’s Love Undercover series—the first being the excellent The Wrong Kind of Compatible —and once again, Ms. Scott had me from the first page. I mean, I love a fake relationship and, by the time you
Amber Hughes
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
**4-4.5 stars** The Attraction Equation was a super fun, sweet & sexy read! I loved this opposites attract -“fake” romance story!

Max is happiest with order and structure. He has a closet full of the same suits, his apartment is spotless, and everything has it’s place. He never deviates from it and Max likes it that way. Relationships? No...that would never work.

Until one day Gina, a woman whose life is full of color and chaos, comes into his life in an unexpected way.

Gina is subletting her b
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book
OMG OMG I LOVED Max Carter and Gina Castillo.
The way they meet, The issues that Max has with everything being in order in
his life, A certain routine for everything even coffee at a specific time each day.
Gina is a free spirit, She is beautiful both inside and out. And she was absolutely
perfect for Max. Max made a huge mistake at Thanksgiving with his family.
He is so tired of being set up by his mom and his sisters that he blurted out
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: The Attraction Equation by Kadie Scott The Attraction Equation by Kadie Scott is the Second Book in the "Love Undercover" Series. This is the story of Max Carter and Gina Castillo. I have read the previous book but feel this can easily be a standalone book. Max is a FBI agent that looks into white color criminals and totally focused on his career. Permanent relationships aren't in the cards for him right now and likes the one night stands and the women who know not to hang around. Bu ...more
the attraction equation is also an opposite attracts story with a splash of fake relationship to hit on all my favorite romance tropes. max carter is a buttoned up fbi agent we met previously in the wrong kind of compatible, and how he ends up hooking up with his temporary next door neighbor gina is basically the heart of this story.

gina is subletting from a friend, she's impulsive and messy and creative. when she buys her baby brother a pet dog even though it's against building regulations she
Melena Torretta
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley-arcs
Max and Gina are a textbook story of opposites attract, but Kadie Scott added so many layers to each character that this story rose above being just a trope.

Max is very particular about every aspect of his life from how his coffee is made to where every item in his apartment goes. Gina, staying at a friend's apartment just a couple doors down from Max's, is much more laid back. She has a method to her mess when she makes one and odd jobs she takes to support her dream of set design.

When they mee
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read by this author, and it definitely won’t be the last.
The story centers around Max, an obsessively compulsive , and slightly OCD FBI agent Max and Gina , his absolutely opposite. She works multiple part-time jobs, and is an aspiring stage designer who is not only spontaneous, but also lives in a controlled chaos environment. While Max is a by the book guy, Gina is currently leasing a friend’s apartment next to Max and is hiding a puppy in a building that does NOT allo
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book very much, it was a great read.
Gina has brought a dog, secretly, into her pet free apartment which she is subletting from a friend, he's a Christmas gift for her brother. Unfortunately she caught sneaking the pup in by her neighbour Max. Now Max see's an opportunity he can't refuse and a little blackmail goes along way, he needs a pretend girlfriend to take home for Christmas to keep his family from bringing dates for him....Gina has his silence if she agrees to help him.

This w
Dawn Herring
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so here goes:

I read the first book in this series and really liked it, so I was excited about having the opportunity to read this one as well. Although the first one is still my favorite, I found this to be a very enjoyable read. Gina is adorable, and of course T-Bone makes the book! So then there's Max. I thought that Max's extreme OCD added a very interesting twist to the story. I will say, though, that I got very frustrated wit
Max Carter is a pretty rigid dude. He only sleeps with women, he never dates them. This is a practice that gets him into trouble when he blurts out at the family Thanksgiving dinner that his family can stop fixing him up- he's already got a girlfriend. Too bad that's not true. So he decides to blackmail the first woman he sees into being his fake girlfriend.
All Gina Castillo wants to do is sneak a small puppy into her friend's apartment. She doesn't want anyone to know about the dog because her
Bette Hansen
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had so much fun reading this book and I absolutely adored it! He's stoic, controlled, orderly. She's carefree, free spirited, and chaos yet Gina and Max are perfect together.

Max has gotten himself into a real fix with his family. Tired of their relentless matchmaking he blurts out that he has a girlfriend. Now the family wants to meet her! Then opportunity strikes. After stumbling upon the woman apartment sitting for his neighbor smuggling a dog into the building he blackmails her into posing
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I lovvvvvvveeeeeeeeeedddddddd this story. IT is absolutely amazing fabulous and just really great Christmas love story. It all starts with blackmailing because MAx really needs a fake girlfriend for family Christmas dinner and living next to him he finds perfect candidate Gina. I can not say how sweet was to read those completely opposite characters fall in love. None of those two is perfect they both have some unusual way of operating especially Max. But for the first time in his life, MAx is n ...more
Victoria Bunce
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance
Shelves: reviewed
Please note: I received a copy of THE ATTRACTION EQUATION from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

Five stars and here’s why:

Ms. Scott hooked me from the get-go! I love a fake relationship story. Toss in an opposite attracts element on top of that, and you've got a recipe for a book hanger! THE ATTRACTION EQUATION delivers! FBI agent Max is a control freak to the Nth degree. Gina thrives with chaos. Throw in an adorable dog and all hell breaks loose.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved book 1.  It was a 5* read.  So, no pressure with the sequel, right?

All the things that made The Wrong Kind of Compatible work are here.  The humour.  The sarcastic comebacks.  The three dimensional characters. 

And yet, this book feels different.  Good different.  Which is precisely how it should be, given Max and Gina's dynamic, and their particular character quirks. 

As the author has once again set her characters within a well thought out and crafted plot, with good pacing and natural l
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fbi, fake-dating
This is the 2nd book in the Love Undercover series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this great series in order.

Gina & Max meet under some really odd circumstances. Him being with the FBI, you do not expect him to do what he has to do to avoid his mom. Gina is shocked and amused.

Max needs someone to be his girlfriend right away. Gina nearly falls into his lap. Together they find that with a litt
Maddy's Reading
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I met Max in ‘the right kind of attraction” and he seemed like a fun guy then. However in this book he was so particular and stubborn and controlling, i was taken aback. Gina on the other hand was such a breath of fresh air. Perfectly crazy, flighty, good hearted, good humored and patient.
They start a fake relationship to get Max’s parents of his back for Christmas but as is bound to happen, they fall in bed together. Their chemistry was moment they wud be arguing and the next kissing
Brittany (The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
The Attraction Equation is such a cute fun read. Max is super strict about rules while Gina is a rule breaker. They meet when Gina is sneaking around trying to hide a dog that breaks her building's "no pet" policy. Max needs a pretend girlfriend to keep his family from trying to set him up so he blackmails Gina into being that girl.

I loved that these characters are complete total opposites. On the surface it doesn't seem like they would necessarily go together but I think that's what makes it wo
Becky Burciaga
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly heartwarming story of opposites attract...covered in laughter, witty repartee, lots of banter, and not to forget, a totally lovable little mutt named surprisenly T-bone...which speaks to Gina's unique personality and sense of humor.

Though the story of opposites attract is nothing new, but with Ms Scott's spin on it, you get Max and Gina...with moments of hilarity, mixed in with the rigidrigidness of OCD...making for an enjoyably entertaining story.

This ARC book was complimentary, provi
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Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to wr
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Other Books in the Series

Love Undercover (2 books)
  • The Wrong Kind of Compatible