Formerly published in the Romantic Interludes anthology. Now available for the first time as a stand-alone short story.
Emily Valentine is a matchmaker who doesn’t believe in love.
Well, at least not the hearts and flowers, see-your-soulmate-across-a-crowded-room-and-the-world-stands-still kind of love. No, Emily is a pragmatist – a scientist – and she’s abandoned her family’s tradition of matchmaking based on instinct and uncanny intuition for a more scientific approach to pairing people up.
Emily believes love is more about compatibility and common interests than anything mystical.
But a run-of-the-mill job turns her world on end when swoony cake designer Sam Cavanaugh pops up as a potential match for her newest client. The attraction she feels for him throws a wrench in her plans, but she’s not going to succumb without a fight.
Emily is nothing if not practical. And reasonable. But she’s about to learn that sometimes the best things in life…are neither.
Let me preface this by telling you, I ADORE T. M. Franklin’s writing. Honestly, search her name on this blog for my reviews, and you’ll see just how much. She has a way of drawing you in, and before you realise it, you’ve finished the book, regardless of how long or short it is. A Piece of Cake is no different.
Not content with giving us a straightforward romance, Franklin injects her – what seems to be to me at least – signature supernatural element. I may have squeed a little when I caught on!
Emily is a matchmaker, professionally, but with a difference. She can sense, by touch, who someone’s soul mate is. She’s combined this with science and set up a business of helping singletons fine true love. But… she’s not a big believer in true love.
Her mother and grandmother, who also possess gifts that inform them of love aren’t letting Emily follow her ‘plan’. No, they know she’s missing her other half and decide the time is right for her to meet him.
Sam is a potential suitor for one of Emily’s clients. On paper, they are the perfect match, but things don’t seem to work out. Coupled with the fact that he makes amazing cakes and seems pretty interested in Emily… things could get interesting.
Short, sweet, and full of pace that had me not being able to put my Kindle down until I’d finished – all in all, I devoured this novella in less than an hour 🙂