If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen…
This marriage of convenience is about to get sticky.
Getting hitched for the health insurance is not Jocelyn Asher’s idea of romance.
But the hospital quote has really frosted her cookies, and suddenly, “I’m rich. We should just get married,” sounds a whole lot more swoony.
Especially when the man proposing is this gorgeous. And takes her to parties featuring champagne and petit fours. She’s a sucker for anything with bubbles or icing. And just like that she finds herself married to a near stranger.
Grant Lorre is usually allergic to spontaneity.
So why did he ask the beautiful small-town baker he had a one-night stand with to marry him? Somehow watching her lick batter off a whisk–not a euphemism–made a wedding and a little fraud seem like a sweet idea.
They’ll just play house and make some whoopie–pies, of course–for a few months and then move on with their separate lives. Until then, bring on the cream filling. And that is a euphemism.
But as things heat up even outside of the kitchen, they quickly realize there’s no recipe to follow when it comes to love.
BlueSeal’s Review of Making Whoopie by Erin Nicholas
Making Whoopie is the third book in Erin Nicholas’ Hot Cakes series. So far, this series has been a hit for me with Sugarcoated and Forking Around gaining 5 propeller ratings. I love seeing small-town girls knock big city boys off their feet and that is exactly what the ladies of Appleby, Iowa are doing to the businessmen from Chicago. These poor men may never be the same and that would be just fine with them. Grab your coffee and a cupcake (you will get that joke after you read the book) and let’s chat about Erin Nicholas’ Making Whoppie.
Grant is used to making logical decisions. Of his business partners, he is the level headed one who looks at the grandiose dreams of his co-workers and brings them back to a workable reality. He spends his “free” weekends doing financial seminars for women so that they can stand on their own two feet and not depend on men to take care of them. He dates confident and sophisticated women who have 401Ks and own ultra-modern condos in Chicago. Women very much, unlike the small-town baker, Josie, who has Grant feeling protective and making spontaneous decisions like running off to Chicago and getting married.
Josie works for her best friend at Buttered Up but she also runs a side business out of her home. She bakes things for people in the community who don’t have time to do it themselves. You know, the working soccer moms who volunteered to make homemade brownies for the bake sale. Josie doesn’t sell anything that could be purchased at Buttered Up so it’s not really a conflict of interest. It gives her extra money to work on the beautiful 1800s Victorian mansion that has been in her family for generations which is always in need of repair or upgrades. She has a little nest egg but a sudden illness requires surgery and Josie doesn’t have health insurance. Grant, with his hero-complex, steps in a decides the fastest way for Josie to get insurance is for them to get married.
Stop right there! I know what you are thinking, “great – another book about a fake relationship”. I thought the same thing but Erin Nicholas has made it feel a little different so give it a chance before you walk away. As always, Erin Nicholas has created a great group of characters. I fell in love with Grant and yet wanted to thrash him at the same time. Josie is a hilarious character who deserves a may who will step away from the spreadsheets and live. It was so much fun to watch Josie attempt to pull Grant’s type-A head out of his butt!
My rating for Erin Nicholas’ Making Whoopie…5 out of 5 propellers!
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No one fell in love over cheesy potatoes.
That was ridiculous. There was nothing sexy about cheesy potatoes. Or potatoes without cheese, for that matter.
But lust? Well, that was a possibility. Apparently.
Because watching Grant Lorre eat cheesy potatoes across her best friend’s mother’s dining room table was making Jocelyn Asher hot.
Of course, Maggie McCaffery’s cheesy potatoes were award-winning. Seriously. She’d taken home the purple ribbon four times from the Dubuque County Fair and twice from the Iowa State Fair. And Grant seemed to agree that they were delicious. He’d made a sexy groaning sound when he’d first taken a bite, and Josie had been mesmerized as his lips closed around the tines of his fork. Never mind how her heart rate had picked up when he’d turned the fork and licked it.
She was a mess. Purple ribbon or not, Josie was pretty sure that getting worked up over watching a man eat potatoes meant she was hard up.
She took a long drink of iced tea and tried to remember the last time she’d had sex. If she wasn’t forgetting anyone—and how sad would that be—the last time had been with Ben Davis. After Kara Davis’s, now Tibbin’s, wedding.
Last week Kara had been into Buttered Up, the bakery where Josie worked with her best friend Zoe, to order a miniature version of her wedding cake to celebrate their first anniversary.
Josie sighed. That had to explain the sexy potato thing going on across the table. It had to.
But then Grant laughed at something Aiden, his best friend and Zoe’s fiancé—yes, it was one big happy group at this table—said, and Josie felt her neglected lady parts clench. Yeah, it wasn’t the potatoes.
As weird as getting turned on by potatoes might be, it might have been preferable to being turned on by the man who had been coming into the bakery nearly every morning for the past two weeks, but hadn’t so much as asked her to have a cup of coffee with him.
He’d asked her if the blueberries in the muffins were locally sourced. He’d asked her if they had any gluten-free cinnamon scones. He’d asked her for a lemon slice for his cup of hot water. But that was pretty much the extent of the things he’d asked her over the course of the time they’d known each other.
Oh, and he’d caught her when she’d fallen off a ladder. Twice. Very gallantly.
He’d swept her up before she’d hit the floor. Like a freaking knight in shining armor.
But both times he’d simply set her on her feet and gone on with his day.
She, on the other hand, was now getting hot and bothered by side dishes.
About Erin Nicholas
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.
Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).
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