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TRIPLE B BAKING CO.
Hearts of Braden Book One
BY MICHEL PRINCE
Three years ago a heart broken Merryn Sota got in a SUV and drove away from California. Call it fate or serendipity, but when the vehicle broke down outside of Braden, Iowa she fell in love with the calm and community. Using her skill as a baker she opened up Braden Buttery Bites Bakery which the town lovingly renamed the Triple B. Every confection she makes heals her wounded heart a little bit.
Ever since the tragedy, the only way Austin Larsen can cope with life is to have it completely regimented. The Triple B brought schedule to his life. Something to focus on day by day.
When a snowstorm hits the small town Austin’s schedule is disrupted and old wounds are reopened. Only the hospitality of the Triple B, along with Merryn, can right his world. However, as Merryn and Austin grow closer, their pasts resurface and threaten to destroy their happiness forever.
TRIPLE B BAKING CO.
Hearts of Braden Book One
BY MICHEL PRINCE
A dull light mixed with soft hum had Austin floating between a dream and reality. His eyes, still heavy, were finally able to lift just enough to look around. The light came from an arch that peered into a room he didn’t recognize. Then again, he was laying in a bed he didn’t know, although the smell of pizza was familiar. The modern pattern seemed out of place. With interlocking squares in blue, green and tan, the overstuffed chair did look comfortable. More importantly, his jeans were folded and on the seat and his snowsuit was laying over the back.
Jeans! Lifting the blanket the haze of exhaustion was replaced with the realization he was only wearing a t-shirt and boxer briefs. He reached to the side and snatched his jeans. Staying silent, he took in his environment. It took him forty years, but he’d woke up with little to no memory of how he got into bed. He was above the Triple B. Between the smells and his last clear memory being her helping him up the curved staircase that led to her apartment, he was sure that’s where he’d landed.
Having only zipped his pants about half way, he followed the light hum which was coming from a TV on low in the front room. Although there weren’t any real doorways in the apartment except one. The apartment was open with archways leading from the bedroom to the living room and another archway that led to the kitchen.
On the couch, he saw Merryn with her hair down. Flickering light from the TV was capturing and highlighting strands of her deep brown tresses. Her finger absently ran through her hair and tucked it behind her ear. Silhouetted along her jaw, he saw her bite at her bottom lip then she flipped open her computer.
When he stepped closer, he saw she only had a camisole on top with a blanket covering her legs. “Merryn,” he said softly.
She jumped a bit. “Sorry, what time is it?”
She stood up wearing a pair of pajama pants that hung low on her hips. Confusion turned to desire as she approached him. Merryn swept back his hair with her right hand, but her left had came to rest on his stomach right above his hip. “You had me worried, but I didn’t feel any bumps on your head.”
“Concussions can come from just shaking your melon too hard,” he said. “But I don’t have a headache. Thank you for taking care of me.”
“Not a problem.”
“Can I ask you something?” he asked feeling the heat of her body as she stayed close to him with worry on her face.
“Sure,” she replied, now with both of her hands resting on his hips.
“How did I end up in my underwear?”
Even in the dark, he could see her blush a bit.
“I hope you don’t mind. I stripped you down.”
“Better you than me doing a striptease I didn’t know about.”
“Damn, I could have really messed with your head. I hate when I miss opportunities like that.”
“How much of a punch does a mini beer have compared to a regular one?”
“It’s not that strong.”
“Merryn,” he said softly as he leaned closer to her.
“Yes.” Her voice was airy and the light danced around her eyes.
When she replied, he felt her breath tickle his lips and the proximity sent a jolt directly to his groin. Then her tongue lightly licked at her lips and he felt a crazy urge to take her in his arms. He wanted to taste her lips and explore her body. A weight had been lifted from his shoulders and he couldn’t help thinking it was because of her getting him to talk.
When his hand cradled the side of her face and his thumb brushed along her bottom lip, her breath hitched. His completely halted. Was he dizzy from lack of air, residual effects of alcohol or proximity to this woman he’d fantasized about for years? In the darkened room, he couldn’t tell from her eyes how she was feeling. No matter the cause, he needed to make a decision. His hand began to tremble and he closed his eyes when a buzz went off.
Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers 2013, 2014, won 2015 Sweetest Romance from IREA for Chrysalis and is a PAN member of RWA. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and new puppy.
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