Passion S In Vogue A Front Row Seat At Paris Fashion Week Is The Perfect Pick Me Up For Brianna Hamilton, Eldest Daughter Of New York S Most Successful Clothing Dynasty The Once Burned Designer Has Had It With Men Who Care Only About The Bottom Line Until She Meets A Guy Who S Impossible To Resist Here, In The World S Most Romantic City, Brianna S Giving In To Desire With A Sensual Stranger She Ll Never See Again As CEO Of An International Hotel Chain, Collin Childs Has Everything Except The One Thing Money Can T Buy So When Fate Reunites Him With The Woman Who Gave Him The Most Unforgettable Week Of His Life, He Vows To Overcome Every Obstacle Standing In Their Way From Paris To New York To A Tropical St Thomas Paradise In The Face Of Danger And Sabotage Collin Is Slowly Winning Brianna Over But Can He Convince Her To Take A Chance On A Love Of Their Own Passionate Design Designed by Desire is the first book I ve read by Pamela Yaye It caught my attention when I read the blurb as I love fashion and a steamy romance.Brianna Hamilton is a fashion designer for her family s design business, Roger Hamilton Designs Her life is in a whirlwind due to an attack on her sister, fighting the gossip of the tabloids, and a new hot man that stepped into her life To get away from the madness and forget about her problems, Brianna decides to have a weekend fling in Paris with a hot stranger she meets in a restaurant.Collin Childs is a wealth, sexy owner of an international chain of hotels He s in Paris to meet with a client He meets Brianna Hamilton and falls for her But they agree to walk away from the weekend fling with no strings attached His luck changes when Brianna shows up at his offices for a meeting instead of her brother, giving Collin a new opportunity to woo her again.As I said earlier, I love fashion and a steamy romance so I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn t connect with the characters or the storyline Brianna seemed flighty and constantly unsure of herself She supposedly came from a high profile family in the design industry, but was easily impressed or surprised by things that should have been a normal part of the lives of the wealthy She continually mentioned or touted about how posh clubs or restaurants were and the people in them This doesn t mesh with the behavior of someone who is supposed to be entrenched in the world of the rich and famous, especially so much so the paparazzi seeks you out.Collin crashes head over heels for Brianna I never really understood why the attraction was so strong But every other man who had a woman in this story was fine with being whipped The men did things and said things, which I found hard to believe coming out of a man s mouth This may just be my bias I tend to like my men a bit edgier and the conflict in the romance a lot stronger The reasons Collin and Brianna couldn t connect throughout the book seemed a little weak also.The story had potential, but the passive voice, inconsistent behavior of Brianna, and barrage of clich s made it difficult for me to enjoy. Liked this one better than the first book in the series Now I want a Collin but who wouldn t Bailey s story is next I guess Daniel doesn t get one. Designed By Desire is the second book in the multi author series Fashioned With Love, but it can be read as a standalone story It is a bewildering read, but that s because of the bizarre double standards and logic holes rather than continuity issues This one has the same issues as the previous two books by this author that I ve read it seems like she makes things up as she goes along instead of basing her story on any semblance of reality.Brianna Hamilton is a fashion designer who is, currently, under stress You see, events from the last book culminated with some drama involving the younger sister, a model I don t want to give away the nature of the drama, but it s not something that is actually shocking in the real world It s actually an open secret that it s a common hobby among folks in the fashion industry, to the point that it s even touted as an easy way to lose weight, without the messy consequences of eating disorders But in this story, it s a shocking thing so everyone acts like it has never happened before and oh my god, the family reputation is in jeopardy.Brianna has always made sure that she has a spotless reputation She doesn t act skanky or sexy, and she even recoils in disgust when there is a possibility that she would be seen attending a movie by a director known for his sexually explicit scenes That makes sense We people expect our fashion designers to be role models with behavior that surpass the track record of saints It also makes sense that the paparazzi has been hounding the Hamiltons for ages, despite the fact that this family is squeaky clean, as, after all, reports on such examplar of virtue make far riveting read compared to the antics of the Kardashians, the Biebers, and the Lohans in this world.I m putting considerable spotlight on this issue because this is the plot International hotel chain CEO and playboy like there is any other hero in the world Collin Childs wants to know first hand how Brianna looks like naked, but she s like, hell no, she doesn t want to ruin the family reputation by dating a perfectly eligible single guy because that is like, so whorish and skanky and OH MY GOD, PUT THAT AWAY, no wait, she really wants to touch it, oh the dilemma.The core of this story is a perfectly acceptable romantic fantasy A hero that doesn t scrimp on showing the heroine a great time with things and pleasures only lots of money can buy what s not to love Of course, you can argue that the hero may as well be replaced with an American Express Centurion Card, but you have to admit, even if this is the case, it s still so hot The fact that the author makes sure to tell me that the hero splashes a lot of money on the wooing the heroine yeah, he can look like an exhibit on PT Barnum s show and it d still be wonderful.Unfortunately, this fantasy comes along with a bewildering show of contempt of the females that live in the same stratified circles as Colin Apparently, it is only okay to have power and wealth if you have a big penis and a flat stomach as well Words like blonde and voluptuous are treated with the same degree of disgust normally associated with words like gonorrhea and herpes , mostly because those disgusting whores dare to pose even a whiff of threat to our heroine It is okay if one is like Brianna, being dragged along to enjoy the expensive the author makes sure that this word is used pleasures showered by Colin, but a woman that wants these things is naturally a blonde, voluptuous slattern.Brianna is supposed to live in the same stratified circle as Colin, but she acts like she has never seen or considered the expensive excesses people like her are capable of Oh, Colin took her on an expensive there s that word again dinner in Paris be still her heart A top fashion designer and member of a very, very successful fashion empire is star struck by the experience of dining in a five star restaurant in Paris If you don t laugh at the ridiculousness of the previous sentence, I suspect you d enjoy this book far, far than I ever could.The story is not very interesting, as it hinges on Brianna acting like a melodramatic and often irrational dingbat, getting worked up over small things Colin is an inconsistent character he insists that he s not a player, but the author pegs so many voluptuous blond demonic skanks on his appendages that he looks like a complete liar Factor in a premise that is completely broken from the start, and Designed By Desire is like a tragedy designed by someone whose research of the lives of the rich and famous as well as life in the fashion industry consists of a fifteen second perusal of a 1975 issue of People. Brianna is a fashion designer in her family owned design business, Roger Hamilton Designs Ever the sturdy sister, she was under tremendous stress with attack on her sister and trying hard to avoid any damaging gossips by the media on her family After the fashion week ended, she took an impromptu trip to Paris and she met Collin Childs at a restaurant Collin is a sexy owner of an international chain of hotels Without realising the truth identity of each other, they agreed to have a weekend fling with no string attached They have a wonderful time together for a week before parting ways Only to reunites few days later when they representing their respective family for a potential business together Collin is all out to woo Brianna and prove to her that they are meant to be together This is the 2nd book in the Fashioned by Love series and a sequel of Styles by Seduction by Jacqueline Thomas Despite that it is part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone This book tells a wonderful love story of overcoming scar and reaching out for love Though Brianna comes from a close knit rich family, she was depicted as one who is insecure and it took Collin lots of effort to convince her about his feeling for her Overall, this book is a sweet read for me and I really like the way the story flow and develop a passage for the next book to d but. Rating 3.5 Divaz StarzReview Passion in the city of love Paris Brianna Hamilton is in Paris for fashion week and during the Fashion show her eyes meet that of a sexy stranger Brianna, recently divorced is not in the market for another relationship but the magnetism and sparks from the stranger have her rethinking that decision After another chance meeting in the hotel bar, Brianna decides to embark upon a week long affair with the sexy stranger with only the name of Collin Figuring they would only have Paris the two have a wonderful, romantic affair in Paris for a week before parting ways Only to find out a few days later, fate reunites these two and they find out their families are potential business partners Collin sets out to woo Brianna and overcome her obstacles to prove their love was Designed by Desire Will these two succeed in the ultimate design of love, readers will need to pick a copy of Designed by Desire.Designed by Desire is the second installment in The Hamiltons Fashioned with Love series and was a wonderful love story of overcoming past scars and reaching out for love Ms Yaye did a good job weaving this love story The attraction between Brianna and Collin was instant and jumped off the pages Readers can see Collin s determination to make the relationship work regardless of Brianna s fears The story flowed and stayed on tract and set the stage for the next book Loved how Ms Yaye gave readers information on old characters from the Hamiltons of Love series Deborah A FortnerUrban Divaz Reviews This is the second book in the Fashioned by Love series and picks up where that one Styles of Seduction by Jacquelin Thomas left off in the aftermath of New York Fashion Week The Roger Hamilton Designs runway show was a success, but the other drama surrounding the day makes Brianna Hamilton want to get away for a bit, so she heads to Paris to oversee the family s show there at Paris Fashion Week With business over, meeting Collin Childs gives Brianna the perfect opportunity to de stress and let loose at least while she s in Paris with no strings attached.Back in New York, a fateful meeting brings the two together again, but with the possibility of someone trying to sabotage her family s business, Brianna is reluctant to add a budding romance to the mix But Collin is determined not to give up.This installment in the series was a whole lot better than Styles of Seduction, which I really struggled to get through Yaye did a good job of better humanizing the characters than the previous book and I m actually looking forward to hear how the mystery aspect is resolved in the next one, Runway Attraction by Farrah Rochon my favorite author of the three. Another Hamilton Family Winner I loved this book about Brianna Hamilton and Colin Childs This is an great series written by several authors I hated to see this book end I loved experiencing Paris, New York, and St Thomas through the main characters eyes Brianna and Colin had unhappy pasts and they had to decide whether to hold onto past hurts and betrayals or look to the future Their journey accompanies sizzling romance and tender emotions that will keep you guessing until the end. I really liked this It actually reminded me a lot of Harlequin Presents titles, especially in the jet setting aspect The third party stuff wasn t particularly interesting to me, I d rather have had a little internal conflict regarding both the hero and heroine s marital history and justifiable relationship scar tissue But on the whole, found this fun tor read Read for the Fashionista square for Ripped Bodice Bingo The full book review is available on my blog Musings of an opinionated woman the story was entertaining This is a nice light romance read for one afternoon or while on vacation The love scenes are not too scandalous but still quite steamy I would read another book by this author I like Brianna s family and would read their romance stories too.I received a copy of Designed by Desire from Netgalley for an honest review.
My love for reading developed at an early age My parents, Daniel and Gwendolyn Odidison, were both avid readers and encouraged me to read as much as possible Trips to the public library were the highlight of my week and by the time I was in junior high I was reading everything from biographies to suspense to True Confession magazines I got my big break when I was only fourteen years old I rea
- 224 pages
- Designed by Desire (The Hamiltons: Fashioned with Love, #2)
- Pamela Yaye
- 19 July 2018 Pamela Yaye