He raised the hand holding the big silver spoon as if taking an oath. “Jamie made me do it.” Noah and Stevie shared a grin, then he said, “Big brothers, you know. Do what they say or else.”
She shook her head as she rested a hip against the counter beside the stove and folded her arms. “I wouldn’t know. I’m an only,” she said easily. “Do you come from a big family? I mean, other than your secret famous-chef brother?” She watched him scrape a second cutting board full of chopped veggies into the pot and leaned over to take another appreciative whiff.
That put her close enough for him to get an equally appreciative whiff of her scent, and he found himself pausing, trying to place it. She smelled like . . . honeysuckle. Whether it was her shampoo or some sort of lotion or whatever, he had no idea. All he knew was that, for her, it was . . . well, it was exactly right. Sweet, fresh, with a lingering little kick.
He caught her questioning gaze when he didn’t move away, but what was he going to say? Gee, you smell terrific, too? You’ve been out of the game way too long, pal. It took him another moment to realize that the reason he was still standing there, staring down into those amazing green eyes of hers, was that for the first time in what felt like forever he wanted to be in the game.
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Stevie Franklin is ready to go all-out Grinch on Christmas this year, but a snowy trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains could provide some unexpected gifts...
Stevie is thrilled to help her best friend Sunny launch her new greenhouse business in Blue Hollow Falls. Not only does it give her a chance to visit the quaint location, but it’s a welcome distraction from Stevie’s recent bad luck with men. Just one catch: since Sunny’s home is under renovation, Stevie must stay at the local inn, whose amenities feature hunky innkeeper, Noah Tyler.
Noah may be as tempting as her grandmother’s famous sweet potato pie, but city-girl Stevie isn’t sticking around—and she doesn’t do flings. Yet when Noah’s chef gets stranded in a Christmas Eve snowstorm, Stevie can’t resist pitching in and serving up some of her family’s favorite recipes. The magic of a Blue Ridge Christmas is already rekindling Stevie’s holiday spirit and making her wonder what else she might be missing out on. Now can Noah restore Stevie’s belief in love?
Includes original down-home holiday recipes!
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A Christmas recipe for love
(Sunday, December 31, 2017)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund
5 stars! A bridge to the next installment in the Blue Hollow Falls series! Wintery Christmas holidays have not been part of her past and Stevie plans to spend her holidays helping Sunny with the greenhouse seedlings while Sunny takes in her new family; an if snow is in the forecast all the better.
Little did Stevie know the hunky lumberjack who owns the Inn in Blue Hollow Falls where she will graciously have a room would turn out to be more than just the Innkeeper! Both rusty in the ways of starting something new they soon find, fire, smoke, a snowstorm, loss of power a missing Chef and guests to comfort would add to the recipe of closeness! Donna Kauffman has her style of magic that makes hearts just melt as her characters find their way to each other, whether they planned it or not.