Author: Barbara Valentin
Series: Assignment: Romance, Book 5
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Publishing Date: May 15, 2018
Print Length: 219 pages
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Nancy Braley is the Chicago Gazette’s food editor with a taste for hot chefs and talent for replicating their “secret” recipes. But when she finally gets up the nerve to ask out a hot local café owner, Doug Johnston, she’s crushed when he says she’s not the “marriage material” he’s looking for.
Doug is perplexed by his attraction to Nancy whose take-no-prisoners personality reminds him way too much of his cheating ex. To keep Nancy and his conflicted feelings at bay, he throws out the only excuse he can come up with—she’s just not marriage material.
Not one to be deterred, Nancy becomes obsessed with figuring out what exactly that means—partly because she doesn’t want to emulate her oft-married but divorce-settlement-wealthy mother, and partly because her attraction to Doug is driving her to distraction. So when a married and very pregnant colleague gets put on bed rest until her baby arrives, Nancy volunteers to feed her family, hoping to get a first-hand look at what marriage is all about. And when Doug’s ex opens a new coffee shop nearby, stealing business from his café, it’s Nancy who comes to his aid! Eager to call Doug’s bluff, can she convince him she’s the real deal?
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“Ladies. What can I get you this morning?”
Caught off guard, a rather loud gasp escaped Nancy’s surprised lips.
I’m a successful, award-winning, well-connected professional, I’m a successful, award-winning, well-connected professional…
The mere sight of Doug, wearing a gray T-shirt that read I’m an English Major. You do the math was enough to trigger a weird little tug in her chest.
Despite a rush of warmth threatening to turn her complexion from the color of uncooked bread dough to a ripe pomegranate, Nancy shifted in her seat to better face the man who had hijacked her cooking class (and may very well have shoved her name to the top of the layoff list).
“I’ll have the daily brew, Doug, with just a pinch of sugar and…” Before she could stop herself, Nancy reached over and put her hand on his forearm, giving it a gentle squeeze as she asked, “What did you say the specials were today?”
Her touch seemed to spellbind him. His gaze trained on her, Doug recited, “Lemon poppy seed scones and asparagus Swiss cheese quiche.”
“Oh,” Nancy gasped, finally releasing his arm. “The quiche sounds delicious. I’ll have that.”
Granted, he could have said “toilet paper,” and she would’ve still ordered it on the spot.
Barbara Valentin will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN giftcard to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Author of the popular Assignment: Romance series, Barbara was named “Indie Star of 2015” by Publishers Weekly when her first book earned a coveted starred review. A member of Romance Writers of America, she looks forward to the days when her to-do list includes tasks such as “Attend premiere of movie based on my book” or “Accept Godiva’s request to be a taste-tester” …much better than “Vacuum hallway” or “Pick up clothes from dry cleaners,” don’t you think?
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