A Summerville Novel #6
Fire and Icing Book 1
Some fires never burn out…
After ten years as America’s sweetest celebrity chef, Naomi Whitehouse is enjoying life out of the spotlight, back in her hometown of Summerville, Georgia. She’s opening a pastry shop with her sister, housesitting for her snowbird parents, and reconnecting with her roots. Life is good until she runs into her high school sweetheart, Jake Hansen, a sexy firefighter who gives her a reception chilly enough to freeze a forest fire. If Naomi wants her homecoming to remain all cupcakes and sugar cookies, she’ll have to win Jake over. But how can she earn his forgiveness when he won’t even speak to her?
When the girl who broke his heart buys a month of dates at the firefighter’s Hunk-for-a-Month fundraiser auction, only honor keeps widower Jake Hansen from backing out of the commitment. He won’t let the firehouse down, even if it means enduring a torturous month with Naomi Whitehouse. And Jake knows being close to Naomi again will be torture. Even after all these years, she still gets to him…not that he intends to let her know it. He’ll be civil, honor his obligation, and with any luck Naomi will tire of playing small-town pastry chef and Jake will never see her again.
But as the month passes, Jake and Naomi discover some fires never burn out. Will the heat between them be enough to melt away the pain of past mistakes, or is their second chance doomed from the start?
MELT WITH YOU Excerpt:
She was getting ready to order Maddie to have fun without her and make a run for the exit, when the curtain parted again and Naomi lost the ability to form words.
There, wearing nothing but black jeans and a black Summerville Fire Department baseball cap, was the man she’d come for. Naomi’s breath caught and a horrible, excited-but-miserable feeling filled her chest. It was same feeling that had overwhelmed her when Jake had turned and walked away from her at the store yesterday, but this time, he didn’t know she was watching. Naomi was able to let her eyes linger, taking in every inch of the stunning man her high school sweetheart had become.
Jake didn’t strut down the catwalk like his little brother; he owned the stage like the captain of a ship, like a Roman commander leading his army into battle. With his tanned, olive skin, broad shoulders, chiseled chest, and deliciously narrow hips, Jake was every bit the beefcake his little brother was. But that wasn’t what made the crowd suck in their breath in appreciation as he reached the end of the catwalk and took off his hat, his tousled brown hair flopping over one eye as he bowed to the ladies on either side of the stage.
No, it wasn’t his muscles, the strong planes of his face, or those dark brown eyes that glittered with intelligence that made it impossible for Naomi to take her eyes off of him. It was the way he held himself, the way he moved like a creature that was completely at home in its body. Jake was a man who walked, talked, and prowled the catwalk with innate confidence. He knew who he was and where he was going. He was a man who worked hard and loved harder, who believed in the value of a man’s word, and never gave a woman a second chance to make a bad impression.
Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5
Naomi Whitehouse is a celebrity chef who decided to step out of the spotlight and return home to Summerville Georgia. Naomi has suffered a tragic loss and wanted to be closer to her family and open a bakery with her sister. Determined to right the mistake she made 15 years ago by leaving Jake Hansen a dear john letter, she sets out to reconnect and make things right with him. Jake has other plans when he sets his sights on Naomi, he doesn't want anything to do with her after she left. Will Naomi get the chance to set thing right or will a secret from her past keep them from a happy reunion.
Melt with you is about getting a second chance at love. This story revolves around Naomi and Jake, who were high school sweethearts until Naomi decided that she wanted more in life than to live in Summerville. There is some really good humor between Naomi and her sister Maddie and brother Mick.
I also like that Naomi had to wear Jake down and get him to tear down his defences and past hurt to let her back in. Granted it did not take long but it was fun to see Jake try to keep his cool around Naomi.
There are some touching moments that will have you choked up when Jake and Naomi both open up and discuss their losses.
The one thing that irritated me was Jakes brother Jamison, but you have to read the book to see why I was irritated with him. But in the end I did get where he was coming from and soon forgave him.
All in all Melt with you is a good lighthearted read that will keep you glued to your ereader rooting on love to conquer all.
THE FIRE AND ICING PLAYLIST:
"Melt with You" by Modern English (of course!)
"Groove Me" by King Floyd
"It's Your Love" by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
"Sparks Fly" by Taylor Swift
"Don't Stop Believin" by Journey
"Must be Doing Something Right" by Billy Currington
"There are Places I Remember" by the Beatles
"These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding
"Never Tear us Apart" by INXS
About the Author
Jessie Evans gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sassy, Southern romances she always wanted to read.
She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a tree house in the boonies. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.
When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and wandering the woods, glass of wine and camera both in hand, on the lookout for Bigfoot.
A southern girl, born and bred, Jessie loves writing Southern romances with just the right amount of sizzle, and hopes you'll enjoy her stories set in the fictional town of Summerville, Georgia.
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