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Sunday Snippet: Cooking with Kandy by Peggy Jaegar

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Cooking with Kandy  
Author:  Peggy Jaegar
Publisher:   Kensington/Lyrical Shine
Released:  April 4, 2017
Genre:  Contemporary Romance / Suspense elements
Author contact links:   Tweet Me, Read Me, Visit Me, Picture Me, Pin Me, Friend Me, Google+Me, Triberr
Purchase links:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Snippet:

“I’m starving.” Kandy tossed her keys on the foyer table and toed off her shoes when they got back to her apartment. “You hungry?”

“I could eat.” He followed her into the kitchen.

“Is an omelet okay?” she asked, reaching into the refrigerator.

“Kandy, I think you could make shoe leather okay.”

Tired amusement flickered in her eyes.

“An omelet is fine,” he told her, taking off his jacket and laying it across the back of a chair. “Can I do anything?”

“No. Just sit.”

Kandy set about making the omelets without a word between them. She chopped scallions and grated cheese as the eggs set in the pan. There was something almost mesmerizing and hypnotic about the way she prepared a simple meal. All her movements were as precise and coordinated as the most arduous and exacting ballet choreography.

When she tossed the ingredients into the pan then swirled them up in the air, flipping and mixing them together, an unconscious sense of accomplishment and pride crossed her face. She poured them each orange juice in cut-crystal glasses, and set the filled plates before them.

Sitting across from each other at the breakfast bar, Josh’s stomach muscles contracted when her eyes rolled and her lips curled in delight at her first taste.

“You know.” He swiped his mouth with the linen napkin she’d given him. “I think I finally get it about cooking. About the way you cook, anyway.”

“What do you mean?” she asked, forking in another bite.

“Watching you put together a full meal or just cook something simple like this, you get an incredible rush from it, don’t you? From the prep to the actual cooking to the eating. It calms you. Consoles you. Makes you feel better no matter what kind of a day you’ve had.”

Kandy lowered her fork to her plate, all the while staring at him.

“It also,” he added, “lets you be in total in control. The way the food comes out is dependent on you, on how you prepare it, cook it, and serve it. You’re in absolute control from beginning to end. Comfort and control.” He took a sip of orange juice and met her gaze. “Two very powerful emotions.”

Kandy’s hand continued to grip the fork. “How do you do that?” she asked. “How do you break something so complex down into something so easy? It’s amazing.”

Josh finished off the omelet. “No, it’s not, not really. I’m a good observer. Most people aren’t.”

Book Blurb:

Sugar and spice and everything sexy make the perfect recipe for romance in this brand-new series by Peggy Jaeger. Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Kandy Laine built her wildly popular food empire the old-fashioned way—starting with the basic ingredients of her grandmother’s recipes and flavoring it all with her particular brand of sweet spice. From her cookbooks to her hit TV show, Kandy is a kitchen queen—and suddenly someone is determined to poison her cup. With odd accidents and threatening messages piling up, strong-willed Kandy can’t protest when her team hires someone to keep her safe—but she can’t deny that the man for the job looks delicious. . .

Josh Keane is a private investigator, not a bodyguard. But with one eyeful of Kandy’s ebony curls and dimpled smile, he’s signing on to uncover who’s cooking up trouble for the gorgeous chef. As the attraction between them starts to simmer, it’s not easy to keep his mind on the job, but when the strange distractions turn to true danger, he’ll stop at nothing to keep Kandy safe—and show her that a future together is on the menu. . .

 

About the Author:  

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

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