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Cold Hot Cocoa & One Hot Kiss
Recipe and Excerpt By Author Kimberly Krey
Sweet Montana Bride Series
by Kimberly Krey
Published July 12, 2013
Twenty-four-year-old Cassie Lovell has a great job, good friends, and an apartment with a killer view. That is, until life is turned upside down. Without the chance to say goodbye, Cassie is forced into a witness protection program on Emerson Ranch. Just when she fears life is doomed, Cassie meets Shane Emerson, the stunningly handsome cowboy who’ll be posing as her newlywed groom.
Shane Emerson is determined not to fall for the woman he’s agreed to harbor. Especially since the whole thing was his family’s way of trying to get him hitched. So why is it when he takes Cassie into his home, Shane wants nothing more than to turn their make-believe marriage into more than just a sham?
In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.
In return, Cassie steals his heart.
Yet before they confess their undying love,
a hidden danger threatens to tear them apart.
*Although this novel is considered clean romance, it does contain passionate kissing and a few mild curse words.
Excerpt & Recipe
This excerpt from Cassie’s Cowboy Crave takes place shortly after Shane and Cassie agree to pose as husband and wife, in order to hide/protect her for a period of time. Cassie had whipped up two cups of her special ‘gas station hot chocolate’, but it was hours before they actually drank them. Hence, the reason for the Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe to go along with it. Hope you enjoy them both!
Those sweet-looking lips were just a breath away, a breath he inhaled as he moved in. When their eyes met, Shane tilted his head, asking for permission with the lift of his brow. She nodded slightly – a silent response – yet the best thing he’d heard in weeks – Yes.
He pressed his mouth against hers, taunted by the silky warmth of her timid kiss. He wanted more. Wanted to taste the sweet chocolate on her tongue, inhale the flavor on her breath. At last her lips parted, just slightly, as she released a soft noise of pleasure. And though he was certain her cup of cocoa had been as cool as his, all he could taste was the heat.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
Yield: 2 to 3 large servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
3 ounces chocolate (milk, semisweet or dark), finely chopped
4½ teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Ovaltine
1½ cups milk, divided
3 cups ice
1. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl set over a saucepan with about 1 inch of barely simmering water (keep the heat on low). Stir the chocolate occasionally, until it is completely melted and smooth. Add the sugar and Ovaltine and whisk to combine completely. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in ½ cup of the milk until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.
2. In a blender, place the remaining 1 cup of milk, the chocolate mixture and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth and slushy. Pour into servings glasses and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
This recipe is from The Brown Eyed Baker @ http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/07/24/frozen-hot-chocolate-recipe/
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Round Table Discussion
Romance is one of my favorite genres, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about the romances you read. Some questions for consideration:
What types of romances do you most enjoy reading? (Historical, Paranormal, Sci-fi, Romantic Suspense, Western, NA, YA, Contemporary, etc)
My thoughts: Currently, I’m really drawn to romantic suspense novels, especially with heroes and heroines who have military or security roles and the romance unfolds in a plot centered around mystery and danger.
Romance books have been around so long that you have probably encountered almost every plot device that’s been used to set up a love story. Do you have any favorites? Least favorites? Click here to see a list of popular romance plots (Forbidden love (ex. Best Friend/Little Sister); Love Triangles, Arranged marriages (historical romance); Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella or rags to riches; the chosen one/ soul mates); the reappearing ex or old lover; opposites attract, etc)
My thoughts: I like “new love” romances where two people meet for the first time and over the course of the story fall in love. I like the flirty bantering, the sexual tension, the first kisses, and all the wonderful feelings we have when we think we’ve found the “right one for me.” I tend to avoid love triangles because I don’t like getting caught up in all the angst, as the protagonist agonizes over which person to choose.
How much romantic heat do you like in your books, and how important is this element when you decide whether to read a book? – Clean and Sweet/ sensual/ steamy/ or get the fire extinguisher out -this fire’s a blazin’
My thoughts: Heat level isn’t all that important to me. I just want an authentic love story with characters whose emotions and feelings are believable, (I shy away from “instalove”), and I begin to really care about and cheer for the couple finding their HEA!