By Christina Skye

When her acquaintances order her to take a holiday, winning chef Jilly O'Hara is under enthused. She will be overworked, yet a visit to the mountains isn't really her proposal of enjoyable. particularly whilst she's roped into an outrageous scheme to pose as a cheerful bride—all to meet the kindly hotel owner's desires of once more web hosting a lavish marriage ceremony. however the ruggedly good-looking make-believe groom may make it tolerable….

Walker Hale has saved to himself due to the fact his go back from lively duty—but the subsequent factor he is aware, he is additionally taking part in in addition to the marriage charade. Even this jaded loner isn't really resistant to Jilly's quirky charm…or her good looks. yet vacation trips need to finish someday, and they will quickly need to make a decision if the emotions among them have been greater than pretend.

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Chefs and 6 kitchen employees for a lodge this dimension? It’s very unlikely. ” Jilly hesitated. She didn’t are looking to eavesdrop. And the dialog turning out to be unstable. by surprise the man’s voice boomed out in amusing. “Sure, certain. I’ll simply maintain asking. So what in regards to the Henderson marriage ceremony? nonetheless on for fri.? i understand how you like a huge hotel marriage ceremony. ” Jilly peeked in the course of the door. a quick guy used to be sitting at a postage-stamp-size table. Cookbooks coated neat cabinets all of the option to the ceiling. “Check. The cake is baked. ” He tapped on a working laptop or computer as he spoke. “We’ll begin the the following day. you continue to making plans for 100 site visitors? ” there has been extra silence, damaged via the delicate tapping of laptop keys. “Will do. Come by means of at lunch. I made that ginger ice cream you're keen on. ” The chair creaked back and Jilly heard the typing resume. She knocked at the door. “Come on in. It larger be very important. I’ve received a marriage menu to complete. ” Jilly stepped within. “Sorry to trouble you, yet I’m hoping to get a few information regarding your cooking retreat sessions. they begin at the present time, yet I can’t locate any indicators published. i assumed I’d ask again right here. ” The resort’s government chef swiveled his chair round slowly. “Cooking periods? ” His ruddy face slid right into a grin. “Very humorous. Wait a minute. ” He tilted again in his chair, learning Jilly. “Do i do know you? ” “I don’t imagine so. I arrived final evening. ” The chef drummed his palms at the tidy table. “I realize you presently. You’re Jilly O’Hara of Jilly’s Naturals. I learn a piece of writing approximately you final week. examine those. ” He opened a drawer and rummaged excitedly, then driven a jar around the table. “Mango Chipotle Salsa. a combination made in heaven. I used it final evening as a basting sauce for grilled red meat. So why are you right here at misplaced Creek lodge? ” He made a kissing movement to the air. “Why aren’t you on your kitchen generating extra nice salsas? ” Jilly loved him immediately. She needed to smile whilst he pulled 3 different flavors of Jilly’s Naturals items from the drawer. “It’s sort of…an enforced holiday. I’ve been a bit lower than the elements, and my associates arrange this journey as a shock. yet they informed me i used to be going to a cooking retreat. There aren’t any periods right here? ” “Sure, yet now not for cooking. a person should have made a mistake. ” No cooking? That couldn’t be correct, Jilly suggestion. may well her pals were burdened? possibly she should still name Caro and— The chef broke into her tangled ideas. “Nothing critical, i am hoping. approximately you being less than the elements. ” “No. simply operating too hard—you know the way nerve-racking it may possibly get in a kitchen. ” “Tell me approximately it. ” He held out a beefy hand. “Name’s Ralph MacDermott. My buddies name me purple. now not for the hair, yet simply because I burn. It’s the Irish in me. inform me what you think that of the inn to this point. ” Jilly took the cup of tea he poured from an electrical pot in the back of his table. “Everything’s appealing. You’ve received a pleasant, tidy kitchen. Very fresh and good geared up. ” In politeness she didn’t upload that it was once additionally cramped and 40 years old-fashioned. yet cooking magic got here from humans, now not home equipment.

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