My eyes swung over to look at my mother standing there with my aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes. “Shit,” I whispered. “Oh God. This is not happening. This is it!” Gabi exclaimed as she covered her mouth. I placed my hands on her shoulders and leaned in closer. In a whispered voice, I asked, “What is wrong?” Her eyes met mine. “This is her challenge! I thought it was that day in the bakery. That was a merely a test! She’s here to take me down!” I laughed. “My mother is not here to take you down.” She slowly shook her head and asked, “How did she know?” Then we both turned to look at Liza. She took a step away. “You didn’t.” Liza’s eyes were everywhere. Me, my mother, back to Gabi, back to my mother. “I might have mentioned it that day in the bakery when she was there. But she saw the registration form and asked if you had entered! I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to say.” “Nicholaus, don’t be rude. Introduce your Gabriella to your Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.” Gabi took in a slow deep breath before turning and facing my mother and aunts. With my hand on her back, we walked closer. “Mama, this is a surprise to see you here.” She looked taken aback. “Why? I love to cook, this is a cooking competition. Why wouldn’t I be here?” “Because you’ve never entered one before.” The three of them laughed. “Please. Your mama has won more cooking competitions than anyone in this room.” Gabi swayed, and I tightened my grip on her. When my mother turned to look at Gabi, she wore a wide smile. “So, with you being a part of our family, I want to make sure you come in second so I’ve brought you some help.” Oh for shits sake. “Help?” Gabi asked with a strained voice. And before our eyes appeared my cousins Sophia and Angie, and just when I didn’t think it could get worse, cousin Maria walked up carrying a giant bag with some rat looking dog in it. “Um, I don’t think you can have a dog in here,” Liza said. Everyone turned and looked at cousin Maria. “Are you shitting me? I don’t go anywhere without my Nikky.” “Gabriella, this is Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.” Gabi reached her hand out to theirs. “Ahh! You made it!” my mother called out as her best friend came walking up. I couldn’t help but groan. “Gabriella, this is my very dear friend, Maria.” I didn’t think Gabi could look any more confused. “Oh, um, another Maria! That’s a lot of Maria’s under one roof.” They all stared at her like they didn’t get it. They fucking got it. “All right, well now that the gang is here, Mama you should be heading on over to your station.” “You’re not coming over there with me?” Gabi’s head jerked to the side to look at me. Oh shit. What the hell do I do? I did the only thing I knew to do. I looked for guidance from Liza. My eyes were wide as she motioned to Gabi. Right. Right. I needed to stay with Gabi. “Well, Mama, I was planning on helping Gabi and being here for moral support with this being her first competition and all.” Gabi glared at me. Shit, what did I do now? Then my mother turned back to Gabi. “First, huh?” My heart dropped in my chest. That’s why Gabi shot me a dirty look. “Well, I better let you get going then. Good luck.” With a full-on smile, Gabi nodded. “Thanks! You too. And may the best cook win.” Tossing her head back and laughing before looking back at Gabi, my mother said, “Oh, I will.”
This was a new author to me and I have NO idea why. I will certainly be looking at reading more books from Ms. Elliott.
What's not to love about a Greek SWAT team member and a sassy, yet vulnerable baker? This is Nic and Gabi's story; one I totally loved.
Having been brought up with extended family who are Greek, I jumped at the chance to read this book. It was everything that I expected. At times I laughed so much that I had tears running down my cheeks; there were so many secondary characters that I could see as my “Greek” family.
When Nic finds himself in Gabi's Italian bakery, he is instantly attracted to Gabi, so much so that it feels like lightening has struck him. Gabi is also smitten, but she has secrets, can she afford to get involved with a cop?
The air sizzles between them and it almost feels as though they will combust. After living so long in fear, Gabi decides it's time to jump back into life and who better than a hot and dangerous Greek. Nic is everything that she wants and although she is shocked that he is just as interested in her, Gabi decides to take a risk and open her heart to the possibiloty of love.
The relationship between Nic and Gabi is passionate and intense, throw in an interfering Greek family headed by Nic's mother (who made me laugh and cringe on numerous occasions) and you have one heck of a roller-coaster of a story.
I have to say that I particularly liked the banter and confrontations between Gabi and Nic's mother, their scenes together made for some snort worthy moments throughout the book. What an awesome character she is!
When miss-communication between Gabi and Nic push them apart, danger rears it's head. Will they come to their senses in time? Will Gabi's past finally come back to destroy her or will Nic be able to save the women who has captured his heart? One click now and find out.
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website. www.kellyelliottauthor.com
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