by S. Ford Brown
He’s never met anyone like her…At 21 years old, Tonya Summers is a skater girl with the ESPN X-games as well as a college student, volunteer, and the sole provider for her family who lost their jobs in the economic downturn. A handsome, world-renowned TV chef is surely not interested in someone like her.
She’s never even learned to cook…When Alex Stanley, who also volunteers at the Elysian Fields Soup Kitchen, meets Tonya, he is instantly captivated and presents her with an opportunity she can’t refuse—a chance at winning a half million dollars on the reality TV cooking show Happy Endings. Enough money to get her family back on her feet and herself a college education.
The challenges mount…The producers want more than just bacon cupcakes—one of several recipes our celebrity chefs share with you at the end of the story. They are also looking for personal drama and sexual tension and are out to make sure it happens.
Can there be a happy ending for Tonya and Alex?
How Six Men Got It On is a retelling of the Grimm classic fairytale How Six Men Got on in the World. I am a professional storyteller as well as a romance author and I completely fell in love with the Beyond Fairytales Series from Decadent Publishing. What could be better than a good romance mixed with a fairytale? For me personally, as I often tell my twitter followers, “I don’t do heartbreaking and intense, I do sexy, cheeky and yummy,” with the hope that my stories are always fun and delicious, and will leave readers wanting more, and maybe even wanting to try some themselves. That’s where I got the idea to include the recipes for the confections that Alex and Tonya cook on the reality TV show in an appendix at the end of my book, so that if the recipes sounded good to the reader while they were reading about Alex and Tonya making them (and sploshing around in them), they can try them at home. I have tried them, especially the Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes, which may sound gross, but they are delicious in a very sensual way, for as Chef Anthony Bourdain says himself, “Good food does lead to sex. As it should.”
“Can you smell it?”
“The sweet smell of success.”
All at once, the buzzer went off, indicating we could begin cooking. I almost jumped out of my skin. Nothing like dropping into a half-pipe—this cooking stuff’s scary—real cooking—not mac and cheese—and on television, in front of millions of viewers. I stood frozen at my counter, staring into the camera. Alex began gathering our ingredients—bowl, eggs, sugar I couldn’t get it together. I stood there like a zombie.
“Tonya,” Alex whispered.
I peered up at him, and he handed me an egg then, cupping my hand in his, cracked the egg delicately on the side of a large black bowl. The yolk dropped into it, sliding along the side. So sexy!
“Breathe,” he said in a hushed tone.
I took a deep breath. “Okay,” I whispered back.
His hand lingered a split second more on mine, and he gave me a soft, reassuring squeeze. Smiling up at him, I handed him a second egg, which he cracked with our hands clasped.
The baking experience proved a lot more thrilling than I’d ever imagined it could be.
Cooking with Alex Stanley? Hot and messy. I loved it!
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