By Gerri Russell

Felicity Wright by no means anticipated to inherit the lodge the place she works as head chef. yet now, she’ll do something to maintain the Bancroft lodge operating—even if that implies blending it up with the past due owner’s good-looking nephew, Blake Bancroft. He’s right here to problem her unforeseen inheritance of the Bancroft lodge, and there’s no method both of them are jogging away with no fight.

When his uncle wills away his family’s oldest estate, Blake Bancroft chefs up a plan to get it again. to take a look at his pageant, he’ll have to register. Too undesirable his first come across with Felicity proves to be something yet delicate. As their conflict over possession starts, issues start to warmth up among them—and not only within the kitchen. Their charm could be a recipe for catastrophe. but with the precise constituents, it may possibly become a recipe for love…

In her debut modern romance, award-winning historic romance writer Gerri Russell whips up a candy, passionate, and unforgettably delectable story.

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With a rolling pin, Felicity pressed the sfogliatelle dough right into a skinny layer on her marble slicing board. The dough will be accumulated like a jelly roll, lower into chunks, then shaped right into a flaky, layered pouch. She might finally stuff every one pouch with creamy ricotta filling. atmosphere down the rolling pin, she began to assemble the dough whilst a legitimate got here from the hall outdoors the kitchen. She iced up, and held her breath because the footsteps got here nearer and the kitchen door swung open. A thrill moved via her while Blake seemed, wearing an identical denims and t-shirt from past this present day. “Hey,” he greeted. He stood there, neither coming ahead nor backing out, yet she may suppose a rigidity in him that echoed in her. “Can’t sleep? ” “Too wound up from the day. ” He leaned opposed to the doorjamb. His t-shirt molded to his chest, and the cloth of his denims clung to his muscular thighs and hips with blatant delineation. A tingle of appreciation moved via Felicity, and she or he hurriedly lifted her gaze again to his face. “Are you hungry? ” He watched her from the entrance. “I’m sorry I disappeared on you prior. ” She dropped her gaze to the dough in her fingers, urgent the fragile pastry with extra strength than used to be worthwhile. “You don’t owe me any rationalization. ” Felicity swallowed to ease the tightness in her throat. “Want a few sfogliatelle? ” At her invitation, he got here ahead, preventing inches from her. Her nerves flicked as his woodsy smell teased her. regardless of his declare to sleeplessness, he appeared extra comfortable than he had previous this day. “What is it? ” he requested. She moistened her lips. “It’s an Italian pastry—flaky with a touch of candy. ” She reached earlier him to pick one of many pastries she’d accomplished that have been cooling on a rack. She introduced the deal with to his lips and provided him a chew, after which totally learned what she used to be doing. Blake wasn’t one in every of her kitchen employees who might imagine not anything of the gesture. His lips parted. Her chest constricted. She pulled in a deep breath and slid the top of the pastry into his mouth. Blake took a chew. He closed his eyes, chewed, and let loose a delicate moan. “It’s impressive. it'd be the simplest pastry I’ve ever had. ” She’d had lots of time to ideal her cooking innovations through the years, operating at any variety of eating places overdue into the night whereas she attended sessions throughout the day. He opened his eyes and took the sfogliatelle from her hands. rather than delivering her a chunk, he scooped up a dollop of the nonetheless hot orange-flavored ricotta submitting. He held his finger out to her. “Your flip. get pleasure from a few of your individual cooking. ” Felicity hesitated for a second earlier than she parted her lips and closed them round his finger. The smell of him and the style of candy cream crushed her senses. She chanced on herself staring, not able to appear clear of these deep blue eyes. She might believe her middle beating tougher, her epidermis warming because the blood ran speedier in her veins. He popped the rest of the pastry into his mouth and chewed, possibly now not figuring out he gave her time to get her wildly vacillating feelings below regulate.

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