Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Alrecht
Publication Date: July 19, 2019
Length: 40 pages
Reviewed by Sammy
Christopher Hughes is new to the small New England town of Lancaster, New Hampshire. He’s been hired to save an old library from closing, but his obstacles include not only fighting for state funding, but a Selectman who wants to tear the building down in favor of a shopping center.
Christopher meets Miles Sakasai, a charming tattooed repairman hired to help restore the historical interior. Working in close proximity has both men falling hard for each other, and also provides Christopher an opportunity to learn about Miles’s passion for baking. As it turns out, Miles’s skills in the kitchen may end up being the key to saving the library—but only if his bread can rise to the occasion.
v. 1.0, previously published by Dreamspinner Press in the Simmer anthology, 2016. No new content added.
Christopher loved the small town he had recently moved to except for the fact that finding a job there was difficult, at best. Of course having an English literature degree hardly made him marketable until an opening came up at the tiny town library. Unfortunately the salary for the job was still pretty small but that was just the tip of the iceberg for the library was on the cusp of closing due to lack of funding. Now, with the near impossible task of bringing the library into the 21st century and figuring out a way for the state to take notice and give much needed funding, Christopher plunges in, determined to give it his best shot. The job isn’t all that bad considering that the guy who has come by to do some much needed repairs is easy on the eyes and a near perfect gentleman, to boot.
C.S. Poe has written a delightful short story entitled, Kneading You. While this story may be short in length, it still boasts of two very lovely main characters, a nasty, conniving ex and a beautiful setting that will instantly make any bibliophile’s heart go pitter patter.
Miles, the repairman, may seem a bit too good to be true but honestly he was ever so sweet and a baker as well. In fact, he and Christopher bond over Miles’ baking skills and the romance flies off the shelf from there. I loved how there was no insta-love but insta-attraction instead. These two men just meshed so well and every bit of dialogue they had seemed genuine. Yes, the ending and big save was a bit contrived but again it didn’t bother me at all because I was smitten with how Christopher and Miles interacted.
Kneading You had no big angst and no big drama, instead author C.S. Poe focused on developing a genuinely lovely romance that I wish could have gone on and on.
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