Synopsis: Single mom Jade Moran isn’t ready for any big changes in either her horrible ’70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn’t interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in.Max Gianopoulis doesn’t have a clue why he’s so enchanted by Jade. She’s almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he’s a guy who likes to keep things simple. He let himself get involved with a previous client, and he’s not interested in repeating the experience. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat—and he can’t keep his hands off her. With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade’s insecurities kick into high gear. She’s not sure she can trust another man again—and she definitely doesn’t believe in magic.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ladies you will want to say a resounding yes to this one. Max and Jade are an amazing couple and throw in 13 year old Evie and Yia Yia Cleo and this one will take you through it's paces.
I really enjoyed this fun story. It takes Jade through all of the many aspects of raising a teen daughter and trying to have a relationship (with the super hot contractor Max) and deal with a douche of an ex who thinks he is all that and is really just a pain in the rear. Max and Jade have a cheering section made up of the Kitchen witch and their monthly dinner party people who you are bound to love.
Check this one out and be prepared to make a whole crew of friends within the pages.
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Max reached into the bag and pulled out a piece of candy. Without asking for specifics, he popped it into his mouth. Jade stared, wondering what might happen next and how she would deal with whatever it might be.
“Ginger, right? That has a kick. Want one?”
She couldn’t resist the curiosity now pulsing through her. “Why not?”
She was looking at him when the ginger hit her tongue, and he was looking at her. He stepped closer, and she stepped back. Right up against the brick. She shuddered slightly as the spicy heat of the ginger slid down her throat on a wave of dark chocolate and offered him a shy smile.
He leaned in, his mouth inches away, and she had a wild urge to close the distance. That thought spun out of control as her imagination led her down a rabbit hole of seductive fantasies.
No, no, no…this can’t happen.
It didn’t matter how good he looked right now or how much she could stand to get laid, which was a lot. She needed to keep her distance.
She took a calming breath. To hell with the lust boosters. She had this.
“Are you still in a sharing mood?” he asked slowly, as if sensing the war raging through her hormones and wanting to give the rebellious side time to win her over. She could barely hear him over the roaring in her ears.
Opal’s words came back: it was just like wine. She hadn’t balked at drinking wine with him. But drinking wine with dinner didn’t hold quite the same significance as sharing magical candy and flirting in the dark.
She felt her resolve cracking and began to panic.
No good can come of this…
She repeated it like a mantra, but Jade could tell she was fighting a losing battle. While she was against this kiss on principle, her body was rooting for it in every other possible way. And she really didn’t want candy to be the enemy—that didn’t set a good precedent at all.
Slowly, she nodded, not trusting herself to speak. Turned out she was in a sharing mood.
Max flattened one hand against the wall above her shoulder and the other beside her waist, just close enough that his wrists skimmed against her. Both spots went tingly, and desire arced across her body. Her breath caught, and she reached out to steady herself, her hand skimming his chest. She knew it was going to be damn near impossible to walk away now and go home with nothing. A line had been crossed. A very sexy line.