Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: A Tale of the Curious Cookbook
After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.
Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.
When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?
The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.
Review: Pace Barlow is low on cash, and doesn’t want to have to depend on the trust fund his grandfather left him. He’s excited because he has an interview for a job painting a mural for some guys niece. His art is his life, and all he wants is to be successful at it.
Marshall Hunter owns an investment company. When his twin sister Anna died unexpectedly, Marshall was left heartbroken and caring for his young niece Alice.
Alice has been having such a hard time dealing with her mothers death, and all Marshall wants to do is make the little girl happy. That’s why he’s planning on hiring someone to paint a castle mural on her bedroom wall.
Pace and Marshall’s first meeting in the elevator was so cute. Marshall is instantly attracted to Pace and vice versa. Marshall would hire him on the spot, but first he wants his niece’s approval. Of course, Alice and Pace get along right away, and Marshall offers him the job. Though the two are very interested in each other, they decide it would be best to wait until Pace is no longer working for Marshall. Then they see each other at a gala event and end up back at Pace’s studio checking out his art. *snort* More like checking out the futon in Pace’s studio.
Just when Pace is set to start the mural, Marshall decides against it. He thinks maybe he needs to move. Get out of the city. Buy a house with a backyard, and maybe buy Alice a pet. Though he’s upset, Pace says his goodbyes and leaves. When Marshall gets himself in a bind, he calls Pace to watch Alice. Pace jumps to do it. Him and Alice spend time making cookies and going to the park. When they return, Marshall is furious and lashes out. Not only does he hurt Pace, He hurts his self. He realizes that he overreacted, but has no idea how to make it up to Pace. Then Something happens to Alice, and Marshall needs Pace more than ever.
I really enjoyed this short story. It was sugary sweet. Just the way I like my books. Between the cover of this book and those oatmeal raisin cookies they made, I’m tempted to run off to the store and make some for myself. The only thing that took me out of the story was the Russian Mob aspect. I just didn’t think it fit with the story. Other than that, I thought it was a fun read.