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Peek Inside Desire by Design

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, 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...

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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…

Praise

"Entangled has done it again! Lord they have so many genres that are new but I have to say that The Bliss line is great for HEA and great for love and romance that comes naturally not rushed or instant love. That is what I love about these stories in this line. They have a story and a plot that you follow to the end and all the while you are reading the story you are rooting for the main characters." - A Diary of a Book Addict

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661008
Release Date: May 13, 2013
Page Count: 192
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: coworkers, forced proximity

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By Carrie December 30, 2015

*ARC copy from publisher, Entangled Publishing.*
4.5 Stars
Expected publication: May 13th 2013


Eve is the project manager for the new city hall, she has worked hard to get where she is. Harder then most being a female in the field without a proper degree. Hoping to get her name out there she is also... ...more

By Nicola April 28, 2013

This was quite simply a pleasure to read. Paula Altenburg has given us a book that has everything; it's well written, has a great storyline, fabulous characters, wit, humour, romance and whilst it doesn't go into the detailed act, the sexual tension and build up is there. I loved it and didn't wa... ...more

By Genevieve May 10, 2013

I'll admit, I've been caught up in a few years of Historical Fiction and Historical Romance, so I really wasn't sure what to expect when I received this advanced copy from Entangled.

Well .. what a lot of fun! I adored Ms Altenburg's characters, loved the way they evolved, and her HEA was exactly... ...more

By Dalia July 22, 2013

4.5
Loved it. Loved PA's writing style. Loved the romance : it is more sweet than steam but enjoyable nonetheless. Loved the humour. Loved the heroine: She is so stubborn, so competitive ( she has 3 bigger brothers ) so determined to succeed in the very male construction business. Loved the hero :... ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson May 13, 2013

Entangled has done it again! Lord they have so many genres that are new but I have to say that The Bliss line is great for HEA and great for love and romance that comes naturally not rushed or instant love. That is what I love about these stories in this line. They have a story and a plot that yo... ...more

By Sue May 06, 2013

Eve is a draftsman and has worked her way up to project manager for Sullivan Construction. Their big project is the new City Hall, and Eve has done the preliminary design for it. She is proud of her work and takes it seriously. When Matt, the mayor's nephew and renowned architect shows up, having... ...more

By Monica May 19, 2013

This was an excellent read from an author that is new to me. I have to say I got caught up in this sweet fun loving story where one woman needs to come to terms with the past before she can move forward with a wonderful man.

Evangeline “Eve” Doucette was a very bossy woman but guess what people r... ...more

By Yvette May 03, 2013

Having only read books from Entangled’s Brazen line, I didn’t quite know what to expect from my first Bliss book. What I found in Paula Altenburg’s Desire by Design was a sweet, entertaining read with a strong element of romance, a dash of flirtatious banter, and just a pinch of intrigue.

Our oft... ...more

By Vickie May 14, 2013

Desire by Design begins with Eve having to handle a group of construction workers on the jobsite who are catcalling a pretty woman walking by. To prove that kind of behavior is not acceptable, nor appealing, she sees a man walking towards the jobsite and does a catcall herself, hoping that the wo... ...more

By Kate May 15, 2013

Its stories like this one which remind me just how much I love a good contemporary romance – and Desire by Design is one of the best I’ve read in a long time.

Evangeline (Eve) Douchette is a woman in a predominately male workplace – she’s the project manager for a construction company. She may be... ...more

By Maria May 16, 2013

Okay, for the most part, I absolutely loved this book. I cracked up several times while reading it, and would have loved to give it 5*. Our shero was awesome, and our hero was arrogant but pretty awesome, too.

Things I loved:
The humor - there were situations I've never seen in a romance novel befo... ...more

By Nanettez May 16, 2013

I received the ARC copy from publisher, Entangled Publishing, on the day of publishing..so i was thinking geez they won't trust me again with review copy if i didn't give a review quick. I was thinking what if i can't finish it with my busy schedule, and I didn't like the story, but I'm so wrong... ...more

By Evelyn May 14, 2013

Quirky, sweet, funny as in laughing out loud moments are what you will be reading if you buy this book. Heroine is sweet but an edge who is constantly plotting the hero's uncle demise. Hero is a well known respected architect. Love the scene where Matt goes over shrubbery in trying to help Eve. C... ...more

By Robin May 22, 2013

Loved this book! Loved watching Eve fight her attraction to Matt and loved how he knew just how to handle her! Two strong, endearing characters that will stay with you long after you've finished the book. ...more

By Anncleire May 28, 2013

Blog Tour sul mio blog il 28 maggio 2013:
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That way men had of marking territory, even when the territory didn’t belong to them.
“This is No-Man’s Land, buddy,” she telegraphed.

“Desire by design” è finito nella mia infinita lista delle cose da leggere grazie a... ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) May 20, 2013

4 / 4.5 stars

I liked this a lot! Full review soon

I enjoyed Desire by Design and thought that the story had a lot to offer. Eve is an extremely likable character who is struggling to come into her own after a disastrous marriage. Her large, loud family is overbearing, and she clashes with her moth... ...more

By Stephanie June 02, 2013

DESIRE BY DESIGN is Sweet Romance, Canadian Style
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There's something charming about DESIRE BY DESIGN.
It's set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and on Prince Edward Island. This is so cool. I can't think of any romantic book set in PEI since ANN OF GREEN GABLE... ...more

By Helena May 13, 2013

This is a delightful quick read that would be perfect for a lazy afternoon around the house. The story is simple, but well written and truly a fun way to spend a few hours. I devoured this cute little book in one sitting. I was completely tangled up in the sweet romance between Eve and Matt.

The... ...more

By Tara June 18, 2013

The Good:

I really enjoyed reading Desire by Design. It was a fun and fast read. The characters were sweet and watching them get to know each other and get close made me want them to end up together.

I liked that Evie was a tough cookie and could hold her own on a construction site. I also apprecia... ...more

By Janna August 17, 2013

Heartwarming story with humor & suspense

Desire By Design is an entertaining romance that will grab your attention from page one. Paula Attenberg creates a sensual love story filled with humor and suspense that engages the reader from the very beginning
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Eve Doucette is the project manager for... ...more

By Donna May 06, 2013

Eve Doucette is a project manager for a design/build construction company. Right now the Mayor is driving her nuts by making changes to the new city hall building her company was supposed to design and build. And now he is bringing in his high priced architect nephew to design the building and it... ...more

By Lynn May 12, 2013

I give Paula Altenburg's Desire By Desgin 4 stars! Eve has a tenacity that wins her friends, enemies, and admirers all at the same time while Matt is cool, calm, and confident. These two butt heads on the design for the new city hall building, with seemingly no hope of agreeing on anything. After... ...more

By Shari July 31, 2013

Desire by Design was a cute romance that felt rushed, but kept me laughing. I liked Paula's writing style and plan to look into her Demon Outlaws series soon!

Eve Doucette is finally putting her divorce firmly in the past and finding her dream job as a project manager and drafter for the new City... ...more

By Andrea May 26, 2013

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. This review will be relatively short and simple. Personally, I don't care for reviews that basically tell you everything you meed to know, leaving you no reason to read for yourself. I always skip those when I look at reviews.

I really enjo... ...more

By Susan May 16, 2013

Matt and Eve suck you in to their story and personalities from the beginning. I'm outright giggling and laughing at the antics and happenings in the story. Hint: she shoots him in the leg with a nail gun! Is it sad that I could literally picture everything as it happened? I credit that to fantast... ...more

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Paula Altenburg

About the author

Paula Altenburg

Paula Altenburg grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was likely to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn’t going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother. A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, again meant writing was the logical (meaning only) career path for her, although it did confirm her belief that learning is a life-long experience. She’s taken business courses, writing courses, and physiology of aquatic animals courses, all at the university level and all for fun. She has worked in the Aerospace industry, which surprises everyone who knows her, although now makes writing her fulltime career. Happily married, with two terrific sons, she continues to live in rural Nova Scotia but makes a point of traveling as much as she can. She reads in all genres, which isn’t as surprising considering her life is all over the board, but fantasy and paranormal romance are her writing loves. Paula writes demon westerns for Entangled Publishing LLC. Paula also co-authors paranormal romance under the pseudonym Taylor Keating. Visit her at www.paulaaltenburg.com.

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