TWO 4 Stars for Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell #MM #Romance @dreamspinners


Title: Cookies for Courting (Tales of the Curious Cookbook)
Author Name: Amber Kell
Publication Date & Length: April 22, 2015 – 68pgs


After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

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This was a sweet story. One where my favorite character was the little girl, Alice.
I loved how Pace wanted to make it on his own – despite his family’s connections.  I found that admirable.
Marshall was a hard nut for me to crack. I wanted to like him, but I found that his character was more standoffish.  I had wished he were warmer.
Ilona was awesome! Loved her!
I did really enjoy reading this story – it had both love, mystery, comfort and a balance to it.  And, despite me not liking “instalove” stories, this only touched at that and then balanced out.

Where I come from, we have this regional dish which is made by throwing meat, potatoes, and macaroni salad on a plate and covering it with hot sauce. At first, that might not sound great, but it’s delicious. That’s how I felt reading this story.

This very short novella is a hodge-podge of everything. There’s a cute hippie artist paired with a successful businessman, a little kid, a friend with mob connections, and “magical” cookies. There’s flirting, a bit of steamy sex, a kidnapping, and a sweet happy-ever-after, along with a cast of oddball characters.

By the time I finished the story, I was completely charmed and delighted. I think whatever magic was in the cookies must have been infused in the pages. Pace and Marshall are sexy fun and Alice is a treasure of a girl. I’m so glad I picked this up.

Short enough to be read in about an hour, if you’re looking for pure escape, this is the one for you.


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Amber Kell has made a career out of daydreaming. It has been a lifelong habit she practices diligently as shown by her complete lack of focus on anything not related to her fantasy world building.
When she told her husband what she wanted to do with her life, he told her to go have fun.
During those seconds she isn’t writing, she remembers she has children who humor her with games of ‘what if’ and let her drag them to foreign lands to gather inspiration. Her youngest confided in her that he wants to write because he longs for a website and an author name—two things apparently necessary to be a proper writer.
Despite her husband’s insistence she doesn’t drink enough to be a true literary genius, she continues to spin stories of people falling happily in love and staying that way.
She is thwarted during the day by a traffic jam of cats on the stairway and a puppy who insists on walks, but she bravely perseveres.

She also writes under the name Mikela Q. Chase


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