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Peek Inside The Attraction Equation

FBI agent Max Carter’s life isn’t conducive to relationships—not that it’s stopping his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now he’s required to bring her to Christmas dinner. Good thing he caught his sexy neighbor down the hall sneaking a dog into their decidedly “no pets” building, because she’s exactly the woman for the job…

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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…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…


“This was a fun and romantic read, and a great continuation of the series. I hope there are more books to come!” –Melena T., Goodreads

“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 surprisingly T-bone...which speaks to Gina's unique personality and sense of humor.” –Becky B., Goodreads

“Ms. Scott has a writing style that will suck you in and make you a part of the shenanigans...a splendid story!” –Katrina B., Goodreads

“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 hangover! THE ATTRACTION EQUATION delivers!” –Victoria B., Goodreads

“This was such a great story.  From start to finish I was enthralled and could not put the book down.  I love the banter, and this is a sexy story from start to finish. These are really great characters that I hope we will see again.” –Linda B., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634046
Series: Love Undercover, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 13, 2017
Page Count: 220
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances, law enforcement/firemen, romantic comedy
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, blackmail, fake relationship, opposites attract

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By Beth November 08, 2017

“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 secon...

By Emily April 03, 2018

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... ...more

By Ofelia October 28, 2017

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 M... ...more

By Bette November 12, 2017

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 t... ...more

By Bec November 14, 2017

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... ...more

By Lisa (Remarkablylisa) October 30, 2017

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 li...

By Zoe November 19, 2018

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.


By Dianne October 21, 2017

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 busine... ...more

By Elaine November 12, 2017

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... ...more

By Robyn November 14, 2018

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... ...more

By Hannah November 13, 2017


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 adora... ...more

By Coral December 01, 2017

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 funn... ...more

By books are love November 15, 2017

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... ...more

By Elizabeth November 20, 2017

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 w... ...more

By Danielle from Short and Sassy October 29, 2017

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. Some... ...more

By P.e. November 19, 2017

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... ...more

By Tracey October 29, 2017

*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...

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Kadie Scott

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Kadie Scott

Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, attempted to find a practical career 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 write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast. Kadie also writes award-winning paranormal romance as Abigail Owen.

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