If there’s anything Anna Madison knows, it’s how to turn life’s lemons into a lemonade cocktail served in a vintage glass. So when her beloved Briar Creek café burns down, she sees it as an opportunity to start fresh. But the only kitchen available to her is in the diner down the street—owned by her sinfully sexy ex.
If Anna thinks she can take over his greasy-spoon kitchen with her high-end cuisine, Mark Hastings is about to set her straight fast. Their breakup is his biggest regret—not that he’ll ever admit it to her. Nope, he’d rather show her exactly what she’s been missing. With desire set on a high simmer, their menu is about to get a whole lot spicier…
REVIEW: Anna Madison is the owner of the Fireside Cafe in Briar Creek but when a fire shuts down her cafe, she is devastated. With a huge loan owing on the Cafe, she is hoping that the repairs will be completed quickly so she can reopen. In the meantime, she is working long hours baking in her tiny kitchen at home so her goods can be sold at Main Street Books. Her dream has always been to expand her Cafe and offer a baked goods section along with a fine dining area.
Mark Hastings runs a Diner down the street from Anna’s place. It actually belongs to his mother but he has run it for a several years now. A trained culinary chef, Mark returned to Briar Creek when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Now that she is in remission, Mark is getting antsy to find a restaurant where he can put his real talents to work.
Mark and Anna have a past. They both attended culinary school and had a love affair, but Mark broke it off and left Anna hurt and carrying a sad secret. Even though they live in the same town, they avoid one another. However, Mark offers the use of his large, industrial sized kitchen at the Diner for Anna to use while her Cafe is being repaired. Reluctant at first, she finally agrees and communication begins between them.
Members of their families are friends and Mark’s aunt, Rosemary, is a bit of a matchmaker who is always looking to pair up couples. Anna is truly not interested, but trying to avoid Rosemary is difficult so she agrees to a few blind dates that turn out to be disastrous.
When Anna and Mark hear about a cooking contest sponsored by a maple syrup company and offering a huge monetary prize, they agree to enter and prepare some dishes. This leads to more togetherness for them and sparks between them begin to rekindle.
Will Anna be able to forgive Mark and try to make a go of their relationship again? Will they win the contest? What about their futures? Will they be able to realize their dreams of owning a nice restaurant?
This is Book 2 in the Briar Creek Series. The next book’s title is “Hope Springs on Main Street.”
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