Apr 23 2011
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Genre: Contemporary Romance with a paranormal twist
Prue Harrison didn’t know which was worse, dealing with this bride or telling her friend about the cake order she needed him to make by next weekend. He would need to stop everything and work his ass off to get it finished in time, which meant she would have to hear an endless amount of whining and moaning. Oh, well, she’d dealt with it in the past. If anyone could convince him to take on the job, it was her. What good was being a wedding planner if she couldn’t utilize her family’s bakery for her own personal gain?
Sighing, she climbed out of her car, straightening her meticulous suit. The old building in front of her had housed The Yellow Rose bakery since her grandfather opened the doors in the 1940s, fresh out of the army. Almost every afternoon of her childhood had been spent at one of the small tables in that bakery, working on homework or reading a book while her dad made and sold delicious treats.
Opening the door, she braced herself for the wall of warmth, laced with mouthwatering smells. Sure enough, her senses were assaulted with whiffs of chocolate, mingled with vanilla, tinged with sugar and a hint of yeast. Scents that told her she was home, in a safe, comfortable place.
Thankfully, the front of the shop was empty except for a tall, lanky young man with a shock of dark red hair that stood behind the counter wearing a smudge covered apron. Josh, her life-long best friend and her only hope of making the Princess Bride happy.
“And how is my favorite baker in all the world?” she asked, piling on the sweetness in her voice.
Josh looked up from the cookies he’d just finished transferring to the display tray. “What’s the order and how soon do you need it?”