When Mindy needs a baker’s expertise, Leo offers a trade: one day in the kitchen for one night at the Barn Dance. Either way, the heat is rising.
Mindy Edwards can’t bake to save her life, but with no where else to go, she returns to the one place she’d avoided for six years. Her boss’s son, Leo—still strictly off-limits—doesn’t help her starved libido, and what’s a girl to do when she could barely keep her job as the cook?
Leo Fortiss has never quite gotten over his first love nor did he expect her to return and pretend they didn’t have a heartbreaking past, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t save her from all the other cowboys–who definitely weren’t after her burnt buns and horrid cooking. He proposes a trade: he’ll teach her to bake bread if she’ll come to the big Barn Dance with him.
Mindy accepts, but when things heat up in the kitchen, she finds history repeating itself. Will she run or risk her heart a second time?
Mindy ran away six years ago after declaring her love to Leo after a night in the hay. When he didn’t give her the response she wanted, she left devastated. She lost her job and was thankful to land the job on Leo’s farm, even though she’d have to finally face him again.
Leo has never gotten over Mindy. Six years ago he was young, foolish and scared to death when Mindy expressed her love. He is not happy when his father hires her to work in the kitchen but he is determined not to let her get to him.
These two love each other but they have so many other feelings to work through before they can be happy together. They are still angry with one another but the underlying sexual tension is obvious. Each feels their anger is justified but in reality, at the root of the problem is miscommunication.
They were so young when they went their separate ways. She was upset with him for not coming after her and he was angry because she left and never looked back. Their youth and inexperience had a lot to do with their problems.
Mindy’s exploits in the kitchen are hilarious; I couldn’t wait to see what she was going to mess up next. Leo’s compromise is the perfect solution to her problem. It might actually allow her to keep her job if she can keep her hands off Leo. In the end, these two were definitely cooking more in the kitchen than their bread and it fun to see the actual recipe at the end of the story.
I loved that Mindy’s sexy cowboy didn’t make the same mistake twice. They have both grown up but still have some trust issues. Rather than allowing Mindy to run away again, he is determined to show her that he loves her and she is worth fighting for.