Your date with Parisian-trained chef Ryan Henderson promises you’ll get the best meal of your life cooked especially for you. His Red Velvet cheesecake is to die for – but we know he has even better desserts up his sleeve…
How to win a girl in ten cakes…
When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fund-raiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chef Ryan Henderson, that sounds even worse.
Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.
Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.
And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?
The following Friday night, Susie, Lexy and Dayna set up a card game with Phyllis – fortified with Ryan’s brownies – while Ryan and Rachel caught a movie in Bozeman.
“It’s a long while since I’ve been to the cinema,” he said after the movie, and slid his arm round her shoulders. “I really enjoyed myself tonight.”
“So did I,” she said with a smile.
On the way back to Marietta, he pulled his car over at the side of the road and opened the roof so they could look up at the stars.
“It’s a perfect night,” he said softly.
The only thing that would make it more perfect, Rachel thought, would be if they could snatch a whole night together. But his circumstances meant it wasn’t going to happen, and she wasn’t going to make a fuss about it – that wasn’t fair to him.
“Perfect night and perfect company,” she said.
As he pulled up outside the house he shared with his grandmother, Rachel asked, “Would you and Phyllis like to come for Sunday lunch?”
She couldn’t help smiling at the momentary look of horror on his face and the careful way he asked, “Are you cooking?”
“No, my mom will be cooking. We try to get together as a family once a week.”
He looked slightly worried. “And I’ll be there as a… friend?”
She shrugged. “As whatever you like.”
“We’ll be there – just tell me what time.” He smiled and kissed her. “Tell your mom I’ll bring dessert as my contribution.”
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