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The Attraction Equation

(Love Undercover #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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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Published November 13th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck) (first published November 7th 2017)
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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
Sam (AMNReader)
This book was pretty much that palate-cleansing type. Light, sweet, a bit sexy. The characters were fine. He's an FBI agent, who apparently wants to keep it from his fake relationship girlfriend, something I'm still not sure I understand. He's got OCD and control issues and they are dealt with only on the surface-and described only on the surface in a sense. That's a shame, and I don't like it.

That said, it was exactly what I was looking for...a book to plow through while I'm not in a concentra
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Humorous, sweet, and undeniably steamy!

The Attraction Equation is a classic rom com with endearing characters, an entertaining, push-pull plot, and a swoon-worthy HEA ending that will leave you charmed, smiling, and undoubtedly eager for more.

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!

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Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everyone should know by now how much I love the fake boyfriend/girlfriend trope in romance novels, so it should come as no surprise that when I read the synopsis for The Attraction Equation by Kadie Scott, I knew I had to read it.

Max Carter, FBI agent is great with numbers, but not so much with women. He follows a few simple rules when it comes to the opposite sex. There is no sleeping over, no personal information given and it’s for one night only. So, when his family keeps trying to set him up
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
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5

Put together an OCD FBI agent and a I-have-the-mess-under-control set designer, there's bound to be fireworks and not necessarily the good kind. The lets-pretend-to-be-a-relationship just makes it funny when they're pissed at each other but trying to be lovey in front of others.
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
Elizabeth Neal
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Max, an FBI agent, can take on the bad guys he hunts without any hesitation, yet, when faced with his matchmaking mom, he can't tell her the truth. He doesn't want a relationship, or anything similar, as distractions are against his own personal rules. So, to avoid telling her this, and dealing with any potential attempts, he informs his mom he has a girlfriend. Unfortunately, he now has to make his fib a reality and bring her to Christmas dinner. And when the opportunity to "coerce" a beautiful ...more
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
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.
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
patrick Lorelli
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-cowboys
Max Carter is a FBI agent and lives by a set of rules, his rules. He has is coffee at a certain time, the same place, and so on. So on thanksgiving at his parents’ house he panics and tells his mother that for Christmas he is bringing a date. His girlfriend. Not having one does not seem important to him at this moment, just leaving and dealing with it all later. Once back at his apartment building he notices someone by his neighbor’s doors and he realizes that she has a dog hiding under her coat ...more
FBI agent Max Carter likes his neatly planned life, he follows his own set of rules and does not deviate. The only hiccup in his life is a family that is determined to match make. Max doesn't want a girlfriend, fiancee, or wife in the near future. However when another plan goes awry Max makes up a girlfriend, now he needs to find one.

Gina Castillo is house sitting and she has also found the perfect gift for her younger brother, a dog. She just has to keep him hidden until Christmas but she is c
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
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

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
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
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
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 yo
Amber Hughes
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**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 best
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
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
Eva Scalzo
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: netgalley-arcs, 2017
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
Yvonne Cruz
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
Dawn Herring
Oct 19, 2017 rated it 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
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
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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute, funny and sweet. Another great addition to the "Love Undercover" series. Second in the series and can easily be read as a stand alone but the first book was really good so I definitely suggest reading it.

I've been wondering what made Max tick since he was introduced in the first book. He came off as adorably uptight. Which he is, but I enjoyed getting to know him and understanding why. This is definitely a "when opposites attract" kind of story. You can't get much different than uptight, O
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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.

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