Baked with Love ( A Match Made in Heaven, book 3) by Peggy Jaeger
Innkeeper Maureen O’Dowd lives to cook and bake, spoils her family and friends, and is an expert at keeping secrets, especially about the man who’s held her heart for years.
Police Chief Lucas Alexander is dealing with an aging father and a moody teenage son, and he’s in love with a woman who only wants to be friends.
How can these two fiercely private people reveal their feelings for one another without destroying the friendship they already have? And if they’re successful, will another secret, if revealed, drive a wedge between Maureen and Lucas that can never be repaired?
Targeted Age Group:: Adult Audiences
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I started writing the Match Made in Heaven series, I knew each O'Dowd sister had to have their own distinct voice and secrets. Maureen's secret – the one she's kept from everyone- is a biggie and effects every decision she makes in her life.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Maureen is the youngest O'Dowd. Since I am an only child I didn't know the dynamics of birth order so I spoke with the youngest child in several families I know. Maureen is a compilation of all those composites.
“What business is it of yours who I go out with? I’m thirty-two years old, Lucas, not fifteen, and you’re not my father or my big brother or my boyfriend. I’m not some innocent little girl who’s been locked away in a tower. I’ve been out with men on dates before, and yes, even men I didn’t know well. Hell, I even lived with a man for two years who I’d hoped to marry until he showed me who he really was.”
His face went white.
“Now I get we’ve been friends forever and up in each other’s lives and business, but there’s a line with any friendship and you’re dangerously close to crossing it. I don’t ask you who you’re seeing or dating—”
“—because it’s none of my business. I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but you’ve been acting hinky lately, and until a minute ago, I was worried you were going through some kind of mental stress or close to a breakdown. Your father is living with you and making your life miserable; your son is caught in the crosshairs between the two of you; work stress. Whatever it is, you’re not acting like yourself, and I’ve been worried. But right now I’m more pissed than worried, so before I say something I’m gonna regret or you say anything else that makes me even madder, I’m leaving.”
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