When hard-driving CEO Rick Nordan arrives in Lobster Cove under strict orders from the family doctor to take a break, he discovers the rental house comes with a family attached, including one sexy dynamo of a caterer. She’s nothing like his ex-fiancée who wouldn’t sign a pre-nup, but maybe that means she’s the real deal and not a gold digger.
Maya Cruz wants life for her widowed mother to get easier by renting out her house during the summer. But teaching Mama business means explaining Rick isn’t a “guest,” he’s a “customer.” And the first thing Mama does is invite Rick to join their family activities. Having Rick around wouldn’t be so bad if Maya didn’t find him so attractive. The last time she fell for a vacationing millionaire, she had her heart broken.
She swore off his type, and he’s not looking, but this might be a recipe for love.
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date Published: December 8, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance, romantic comedy, hot
Word Count: 48,000
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“You know, Rick, I don’t think this is going to work.”
He hesitated, his big hand wrapped around the pink door. “Even if I promise not to let a battle axe sit between us in the future?”
She giggled. “Don’t say that. I owe a lot to Eugenia. The poor woman is going through a really hard time.”
“I know.” The dome light added a glint to his eye.
“You don’t look too sympathetic.”
“The reception was a bit like a tooth extraction without Novocain.”
She giggled again. “I’m sorry.”
“No problem. I didn’t need that twenty grand.”
“That’s the trouble, Rick. We come from completely different worlds.”
He accepted her argument? Shoot. Her heart dropped to her belly. But…no…it was for the best. So why did she feel like she had voluntarily walked out of a lush garden so she could walk solo across the Sahara?
The author explains the scene:
Rick is very rich and Maya was burned by a rich guy tourist who dumped her after the summer. They just attended the Oil and Water Art Festival party in Lobster Cove, Maine, where the self-appointed matron of the town and head fundraiser for the art festival has convinced Rick to donate twenty thousand dollars. The situation has reminded Maya Cruz, a food truck owner and caterer, just how different their lives are, but she’s so attracted to him that her sense of self-preservation is fighting a losing battle.
What Nicci loves about the scene:
My favorite part of the scene is the contrast of Rick’s masculine hand gripping the door of Maya’s pink catering van. The contrast is a small sample of the many contrasts between these two people who really can’t keep their hands off each other or their hearts hardened against each other, despite the many differences between them.
From the set:
Here is a photo of a food truck I found at an annual food truck festival in our California town. The food truck featured New England style seafood, so I took that as a very good sign for Love Caters All!
About Lobster Cove
Lobster Cove is a fictional small town on the coast of Maine, near Bar Harbor. It is quaint and quirky with a colorful history, a friendly population of charming residents, and a vibrant tourist business. It is home to research scientists and small shop owners, grumpy cops and sassy chefs. Back in the day, it was a bustling fishing town and home to many immigrants, from both the state cabins and the lowest decks.
Nicci Carrera lives to write contemporary and spicy love stories with sassy heroines and sexy heroes. Nicci believes the perfect man makes lots of bread…the kind you eat hot from the oven with butter. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, and yes, he bakes all their bread. When not at her keyboard writing a romance, in the kitchen, or curled up with a book, Nicci enjoys photography and long walks.