Series: Workplace Encounters
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Length: 40000 words
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Blurb: Ian Wallace works as a baker for his tyrannical father in their family owned Scottish Bakehouse in Casper, Wyoming. He wants to represent the bakery in the upcoming Tartan Day competition, but his father refuses to reveal the secret ingredients that make them so successful—unless Ian gets married and has a son, proving he is fit to continue the family line.
Just before New Year’s Eve, Cameron Lewis, a former Marine turned police detective, comes into the bakery for donuts for his department and some black buns for himself. Cameron is hooked, and as his visits become more frequent, they stir Ian’s father’s suspicions. But threats can’t stop Ian from donning his kilt and entering the competition anyway—to show his father what he can do on his own. Though he might not have the secret ingredients, Ian and Cameron might still discover a recipe for happiness.
Cameron had rarely locked down his computer, desk, and office that quickly, and he practically sprinted out of the building without looking left or right, all to avoid someone grabbing him for a quick discussion or something. He made it to the bakery in record time, and as he walked up, the cute baker—still here, thank God—was just about to turn the old-fashioned Open sign to Closed.
The man’s eyes widened, and he froze in his tracks.
Cameron stopped moving about three feet away from the glass door, hoping he hadn’t shocked the guy too much.
The baker swallowed, raised his eyebrows, and tilted his head, as if to ask whether Cameron wanted to talk to him.
Cameron nodded, carefully making sure he didn’t move so as not to spook the guy any more than he already had.
The baker pulled a bunch of keys from his white jacket and unlocked the door. Then he stepped back, inviting Cameron inside, but stared at him as if he were seeing a ghost.
“Thank you.” Cameron walked inside so they could talk but stayed right by the door after clicking it shut behind him. He wasn’t sure of his welcome, so thought it best to be careful and take his cues from the baker.
“I’m sorry, we’re closed, so I can’t sell you anything.” A small smile quirked the baker’s lips. “And I wouldn’t want to get in trouble with the law.”
“No, indeed not.” Cameron laughed. Cute and a sense of humor, perfect. He was about to mention his handcuffs, but that might be a little much, considering how shy the baker seemed to be. Also, Cameron wasn’t yet sure the man was gay, so he’d better play it safe for now.
“What can I do for you?” The baker looked a little less shocked with some color having returned to his cheeks.
“I’m hoping you’ll agree to have an early dinner with me.” Cameron watched the shock return to the baker’s face. He looked as though he was about to faint. Had he never been asked on a date before? “It’s too bad you don’t have a coffee corner at the bakery here that’s open later than the store. But there’s a pretty good Italian restaurant about two blocks north of here on West 2nd Street called Botticelli. I’ve eaten there before, and the food is good. is pasta night. Maybe we could go there?”
“Why?” The baker’s eyes were wide enough to make Cameron worry he might faint after all.
“What do you mean why? I’d like to chat, maybe talk about your black buns and the other amazing things you create here, maybe get to know you a little.” Cameron shrugged as if it didn’t matter, but it was suddenly very important to him to find out more about this intriguing guy.“I mean… I….” The baker blinked. “Nobody is ever interested in me, okay? Certainly not a man. And this isn’t exactly New York City, so I’m not sure how to deal with this. And with you being a detective and all, I’m afraid I’ll say something stupid and get in trouble.”
Living and working in seven countries has taught me that there's more than one way to get things done. It has instilled tremendous respect for the many different cultures, beliefs, attitudes and preferences that exist on our planet.
I like exploring those differences in my stories, most of which happen to be romances. My characters have a tendency to want to do their own thing, so I often have to rein them back in. The one thing we all agree on is the desire for a happy ending.
I currently live in the United Kingdom, sharing my house with a vast collection of books. I like reading, traveling, spending time with my nieces and listening to classical music. I have a passion for science and learning new languages.
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