of sweetness to life on Pine Cove Island …
a favorite recipe or two, handed down through generations. The Holloway women
are a little different. Emma Holloway, like her grandmother before her, bakes
charms into her delicious cupcakes, granting the recipient comfort, sweet dreams,
or any number of good things. It’s a strange gift, but it brings only
happiness. Until gorgeous, smooth-talking newcomer Hunter Kane strolls into her
shop, Fairy Cakes—and Emma makes the mistake of selling him not one, but three
Sweet Success cupcakes.
out, is opening a fancy new restaurant and bakery right on the
waterfront—Emma’s competition. To make matters worse, the town committee has
decided to split the upcoming summer festival contract between the two, forcing
Emma to work with her nemesis. But she can’t afford to split her profits. The
solution: create a recipe that will make Hunter leave town permanently.
charms are powerful. But there are other kinds of magic in the world—like
red-hot first kisses, secret glances, and the feeling that comes with falling
truly, madly, inconveniently in love . . .
Call Me Cupcake
woman’s voice called behind him, and he turned to see the cupcake girl marching
toward him. She was still wearing that black-and-white frilly apron. With her
blond ringlets flying around her delicate face and flinty sparks in her gray
eyes, Hunter felt like he was about to be attacked by a sexy Goldilocks.
searched behind him as she approached, to make sure she wasn’t talking to
someone else. “Me?”
stopped in front of him, a little out of breath from her march down the street.
Her chest lifted and fell intriguingly over the white apron lace, but her
rosebud mouth was pursed tightly and Hunter took a step back. He had seen that
look on women before. Goldilocks was not happy.
you,” she said through gritted teeth. “You lied to me. You’re not a tourist.”
Hunter glanced around for a moment. “I’m not?”
you’re not.” She stepped in close, grabbing the pastry box out of his hand. She
peered inside and glared up at him in accusation. “And of course. You had to go
and eat all three of them, didn’t you?”
blinked. “But, I paid for them, remember?”
not the point. You. Ate. Them.”
he said carefully. Maybe Goldilocks liked to spike her morning porridge. “They
not to smile. She was irritated, yes, but so damn adorable. Even if she was a
little bit odd.
have eaten them because you weren’t being honest with me. You’re not just a
tourist passing through. You’re the new owner of that.” She pointed to the empty waterfront building that would soon
be his fancy new café and restaurant.
held out his hand and gave her his best smile. “I’m Hunter Kane.”
frowned back at him, ignoring his hand. “I know who you are. And you should
have told me that before I gave you those Sweet Success cupcakes.”
I own Fairy Cakes, and now your business is going to take away all my
customers.” She looked so upset that Hunter felt a twinge of pity for her, even
though she was being ridiculous. Competition was the name of the game in any
industry, and restaurant ownership was no exception. “Look, I’m sorry you feel
that way, but it’s just business. And why would my eating your chocolate
cupcakes be a problem anyway? It’s not like I’m going to steal the recipe or
she scoffed. “As if you ever could. My cupcakes are special, and everyone on
this island knows it.”
. kay.” He still wasn’t quite sure what she was getting at.
you’ve gone and eaten them.” She threw her hands up in the air.
frowned down at her. “Well, excuse me, ma’am. I thought that was the whole point
of buying them.”
jammed her hands onto her hips. “First of all, I’m twenty-five years old. Don’t
call me ‘ma’am.’ Save it for old ladies with lapdogs.”
Cupcake.” He shouldn’t have said it. He knew it. But something about her
righteous indignation made him want to tease her. She gasped, her eyes
narrowing on him like an angry feline. He was so dead.
SHEETS is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction.
Her work has earned first place recognition in literary contests nationwide and
her debut novel, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, won the 2016 Golden Heart® award
sponsored by Romance Writers of America®. Tara began her career as an author in
the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the rain and the misty mountains and the
rivers of Starbucks coffee. She now
lives in the warm, wonderful South where she can stand outside with no coat on,
and she finds that pretty inspiring too.
When not writing, Tara enjoys life with her book-loving family and a
book-eating dog named Merlin. She is represented by Sarah Phair at Trident
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