Welcome to the Indulgent blog hop! The timing of the hop couldn’t be any more perfect as I have a brand new release, For Keeps, which features seduction by Nutella, one of my favorite indulgences. It’s fabulous with pretzels, spread on a graham cracker and although you didn’t hear it from me, the old spoon in the jar trick is simplicity at it’s indulgent best. In For Keeps, Allie and Cooper live in the same apartment building and have formed a friendship that started mostly as flirtation. Cooper invites himself over for dinner one night and although the sparks are flying, Allie wouldn’t dare make a move–Cooper is 28 and she’s 40. She doubts he’s doing much more than making her feel good with his playful quips and flirtatious touches. It’s only when they make dessert, crepes filled with Nutella, that she learns Cooper is interested in a different kind of sweet treat.
Here’s the scene:
After dinner, they cleared the table and Allie got out flour and eggs. “I thought it’d be fun to make crepes. I should’ve made the batter before you got here, but there wasn’t enough time.” She turned as Cooper placed the dinner plates in the dishwasher. “Thanks for cleaning up.”
“No problem.” He shut the stainless door and wiped his hands on a kitchen towel. “What can I do to help?”
“You can get the butter out of the fridge. I need two tablespoons melted.”
“Got it. Now what?” He wagged the stick back and forth.
She eyed him, loving the playful smile across his face that unfortunately highlighted the boyish quality of his charms. “Look at the lines.” She ran her finger along the parchment wrapping. “Cut off two tablespoons, put it in a bowl and pop it in the microwave for thirty seconds.”
“That much I can manage.”
His bangs flopped down onto his forehead as he worked. His profile was strong and something about that particular view of his mouth left her breathless. It didn’t take much to imagine gently tugging on his lower lip with her teeth, sinking into him, their tongues tangling. Staring at him, thinking naughty thoughts may have been an ill-advised plan, but after a glass and a half of merlot, she could no longer keep her brain from the course it longed to take.
“I need you to drizzle in the butter while I beat this,” she murmured.
He pulled the bowl from the microwave and flashed his eyes at her. “Yes ma’am.”
Her eyes clamped shut for an instant. No you don’t. Please don’t call me ma’am. She whisked the batter and he parked a hand on her lower back, streaming the golden-yellow butter into the bowl.
“Like this?” he asked.
Oh yeah, like that. His hand was scorching through her thin cotton t-shirt. “Yes,” she answered. A rough huff of air escaped her lips as he applied more pressure when the final drops spiraled down into the bowl. He’s driving me crazy. “I was thinking Nutella in the crepes. Does that sound okay?” Please say yes. Chocolate might help at this point.
“It all sounds good to me.” His voice was as rich as the butter in the bowl. “Over here, right?” A pang of disappointment hit her when he lightened his touch and stepped away. He was only gone for an instant, but she missed his touch all that time.
“The batter needs to sit.” Allie turned as Cooper unscrewed the lid from the jar. Her breath caught when he dipped his finger into the chocolaty spread and popped it into his mouth.
“Mmm,” he hummed. “So good.” His tongue swept across his lower lip.
“It is,” she mumbled, the most coherent string of words she could assemble. How long before I melt into a puddle on the floor?
Cooper dipped his finger into the jar a second time.
“You’re cheating,” she said. “No double-dips.”
He shook his head and his eyes softened, drawing her in as her pulse quickened. “It’s not for me.” He eased closer and held out his finger. “You know you want some.”
Her mouth gaped, but more from shock than a craving for chocolate. She drew in a long, slow breath. Is he doing what I think he’s doing? He let his finger rest on her lower lip before sliding it into her mouth. Her tongue quivered with anticipation of the sweet reward. She cursed her impatience, but immediately closed her lips around his finger and sucked. Her eyelids felt impossibly heavy, but closing them was an idiotic idea. The smolder in his eyes told her she’d done exactly what he’d been hoping for. Copyright © Karen Booth, 2012 All rights reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
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For Keeps is available from:
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Have you ever been seduced by food? Share the details in the comments and I will award one lucky winner their choice of one of my other Ellora’s Cave releases–Long-Distance Lovers (co-authored with Karen Stivali) or Love My Way. NOTE: This contest has ended. Kelsey S. was the winner!
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Both giveaways end at 11:59 PM, EST on September 22.
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seduced by food? hmmm well yeah actually. there is this pub near a movie theater i always go to and they serve the BEST chicken wings and burgers. if i could i have THAT every night b/c it so good i forget where i am when i have it!
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it’s funny, the tendency is to talk about sweet foods when we think about seduction, but I can see some spicy, messy chicken wings being equally sexy. And now I’m hungry…
I do a lot of baking and cooking, so I’m usually the one trying to seduce with food. I did have a really amazing hibiscus-vanilla-cherry sauce over a dessert in a local restaurant once, and fleetingly wished I had a willing guy around to drizzle it on…
ooh–hibiscus-vanilla-cherry? That sounds heavenly. I would have wished for the exact same thing!
Oh, absolutely! lol….I dated a Chef for 2 years! The first time he cooked for me, it was really intimate. He truly served me “love on a plate” every time he cooked for me (which was fairly often)
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com
my hubby is quite the amateur cook, but dating a chef sounds amazing. My question is how did you not gain 50 pounds?
My husband is an awesome chef who spent 2 years in Italy so, yeah he totally suduced me with food. LOL Carin
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I haven’t been seduced by food before. I have to be careful what I eat because of a health problem so I cook for myself. Of course that means I get what I like! Today I made homemade red velvet whoopie pie cookies with cream cheese filling. Ooo, I need to go get one now! Thanks for the giveaway!
I have unfortunately never had a man seduce me with food 🙁 no one I dated knew how to cook haha
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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I can’t say that I’ve been seduced by food. My husband tries, but fails miserably, whenever he tries to cook. I’ll never forget when the first meal he tried to make for me (right after we returned from our honeymoon). It was absolutely horrible. I, however, do try to seduce with food – lots of strawberries.
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I have never been seduced with food….It sounds delicious! My husband is the cook in the family but his cookbook of meals are generally beef with mashed potatoes and corn! He has taken me out to some awesome restaurants on Mom and Dad date nights so there is a little romance there.
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I’ve never been seduced by food but I definitely am hungry for more.
smurfettev AT gmail DOT com
There is something so seductive about an indulgent desert – take a piece of cheesecake with autumn apples sauteed in sugar and cinnamon spooned over the top and drizzled with caramel sauce or that first bite of a hot fudge sundae with the warm fudge coating your tongue cooled by the ice cream and smoothed out by the hint of whipped cream that is now pink from the crunchy cherry – Have you been seduced yet, my eyes are at half mast LOL
I cant say that i have. Books are my indulgence! I cant resist them. I see them and want them. When i read them, i want even more! lol And chocolate is high up there too! 😀 Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! 🙂