He stole her job, and now she’s stealing his heart.
Eve Doucette finally almost has it all. She’s free from her mistake of an ex-husband and just landed her dream job: project manager for a new City Hall and drafter of the final design. That is, until a handsome architect sweeps into town to commandeer her blueprints.
Famous architect Matt Brison is unsatisfied with his mundane life in Toronto. So when the mayor of Halifax asks him to spearhead his City Hall project, Matt jumps at the opportunity. There’s just one problem: the feisty and beautiful project lead, Eve, who isn’t exactly thrilled about her new “coworker” hijacking her design.
But when the sparks begin to fly, they both find themselves falling for the colleague they shouldn’t want. And before they know it, their already shaky foundation might come crumbling down…
I must confess the reason I requested this book was originally because it was set in Nova Scotia. It’s not typically a location I get to read about, so I was interested straight away.
Desire by Design is a funny and charming romance, with a fun twist on the male-female relationship.
Eve may look like a pixie – petite and delicate – but boy, she more than makes up for her lack of physical stature with her ambition and drive. Having gotten out of a bad marriage five years earlier, Eve is concentrating solely on her career and is working on the biggest job of her life, the City Hall in Halifax. What is meant to be her dream job is disrupted when the mayor of Halifax brings his nephew on board to redesign the building. Matt may very well be a world-famous architect, but he instantly gets Eve’s back up. She sees Matt as taking over what should be hers.
They butt heads over many things – she yearns for the traditional look, his signature is modern and industrial. Eve’s resentment wars with Matt’s sweet and generous nature. They are unquestionably drawn to each other, but with misconceptions aplenty and Eve’s crazy ex on the horizon, their road to each other is rocky to say the least.
This is pretty closed-door fade to black when it comes to the sexytimes, however the chemistry and sexual tension between Eve and Matt is very well done. You are left in no doubt that they are well-suited, and not just because they click in the bedroom.
Eve is pretty bolshy – I like that she has a need for independence and a desire to make something of herself outside of a relationship. I can see that her abrasiveness could turn a few people away, but I like that in my characters. Matt is a real sweetheart, one of the nice guys. He was a little less alpha-male than I generally prefer in my romance heroes, but still….a supportive, encouraging man = sexy in my books.
I loved the supporting characters – in particular, Eve’s brothers and Uncle Bob. What a hoot they were. When it comes to my villains, I do love seeing them dealt their comeuppance, and the villainous one in Desire by Design does get that. Maybe it could have been a most spectacular one, but hey, it was not a deal breaker by any means.
This is the first book I have read from Paula Altenburg, and I will definitely keep my eye on her from now on. I very much enjoyed Desire by Design – an entertaining, fun book perfect for an afternoon’s reading.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
Release Date: 13 May 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC in return for an honest review.