Sean Callahan was a hot shot big city chef whose high handed ways got him into trouble one too many times. Now he’s in a small town hoping for another shot at the big leagues.
Darby Reese is a big city lawyer who can bake like an angel. Unfortunately, a life lived according to the law has left her burned out. So when the chance comes to run her family’s deli in the small town of Queensbay, Darby’s happy to take it.
But when Sean, the former chef du jour walks into her kitchen, she’s definitely not prepared for sparks to fly. Will the two of them be able to find the recipe for happily ever after?
“I’m Sean Callahan.” He stuck out his hand.
She looked at it, shrugged and said. “We met already, remember?”
He did his best to keep smiling, but her hostility was wearing him down. “Yeah, about that.”
“I assume your mushrooms worked out for you?” Her tone was frostily polite as she turned and began to walk.
Surprised, he had to move quickly to keep up with her. “You know, I have plenty more,” he said, “if you need some. I didn’t mean to send you back to the store.” Friendly. If you were friendly, then someone else was supposed to be friendly back, right? Apparently, this one wasn’t going to give him an inch.
She looked at him, and he noticed that she had a small smattering of freckles across the bridge of her nose and cheeks. “I managed to improvise.” Her tone was clipped, and it didn’t take a genius to deduce that she was pissed at him.
He ran a hand through his hair. Usually he didn’t have to work this hard to get a girl to like him. Women seemed to find him charming, at least at first. Until they got pissed off when he decided it was time to move on. Unfortunately, Darby seemed to have moved straight on to the pissed stage, without even giving him a chance. Okay, so he’d not been on his best behavior that morning, at least until he’d gotten a good look at her.
He turned on his high-wattage smile, the one that always worked, and tried his best bad-boy-turned-sorry look. “Sorry, sugar, it was a bit of a crazy morning. I hadn’t had my coffee yet. You know how that goes, right?”
About the Author
Drea Stein is the author of the Queensbay contemporary romance series. She lives in rural New Jersey – yup, there really is such a thing – with her family and writes in an old barn. Visit her at http://www.dreastein.com or https://www.facebook.com/DreaSteinAuthor.