Cooking Up a Question of the Week

Welcome Candace Shaw to Romance Beckons
for the Question of the Week.
Candace Shaw is the author of fun, flirty and sexy contemporary romance novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. When Candace is not writing or researching information for a book, she’s reading, window shopping, gardening, listening to music or spending time with her loving husband and their loyal, over-protective weimaraner. She is currently working on her next novel.

In my latest release, Only One for Me, the heroine Yasmine Dubose is rejoined with her ex fiancée, Dr. Cannon Arrington twelve years after their break up to help plan a wedding for their best friends who are getting married. The bride and groom live in a different city from where the wedding is to take place, so they’ve asked the maid of honor and the best man for their assistance. 

Could you plan a wedding with your ex if you were in a similar situation? And not just any ex but the ex?

One commenter will win a copy of my first novel Cooking Up Love, a foodie/contemporary romance.

Dr. Cannon Arrington’s mission is to help people in need. But when his ex fiancée re enters his life after twelve years, he has a new mission. Never let her get away again.
Yasmine Dubose never stopped loving Cannon. Instead, she learned to live without him, guarding her heart in the process. However, when they are brought together to plan a wedding for their best friends, Yasmine is faced with the challenge of following her heart this time around or risk losing the only man she’s ever loved.

Note to reader: Only One for Me is the third book in the Arrington Family Series. If you have not read the free, short prequel Simply Amazing (Cannon’s and Yasmine’s back story) it is in the back of this book after the About the Author page if you would prefer to read it first. It takes place fourteen years before the book.

“Thank you for having dinner with me.” Cannon leaned on his car facing Yasmine.
“You’re welcome.” She turned to open her door but hesitated. “I had a really nice time. I’m glad I decided to stay.”
“Maybe we can go on another date while you’re in town.”
She laughed and shook her head. “You just don’t quit, do you?”
A slight wind blew and whiffed her perfume mixed with her scent into his nose, bringing his arousal from earlier back to full attention. He stepped toward her.
“Not when I want something.” His tone was serious. Direct.
A sexy grin crossed her lips, and she closed the gap between them. “And what is it that you want?”
And then she smiled that same damn beautiful smile that made him fall in love with her, and he knew he couldn’t hold back any longer. He grabbed her hard to him as a gasp flew from her parted lips.
“I’ve missed the hell out of you, Angel face,” he said as he lowered his lips to her trembling ones.
“Show me.” Her words were a whisper on his lips.
He kissed her slowly at first, savoring her pouty mouth as she exhaled and moaned. Yasmine meshed her body as hard as possible against his. She pressed into his chest, and he undid the buttons and belt on her trench coat to get a better feel of her against him. He ran a hand down to her breasts, kneading the right one through the satin of her blouse as breathless moans escaped her throat. He plunged his tongue deeper into her mouth, and she willingly accepted it, dancing it around his as she ran her hands along his face and hair. He backed her against his car while lifting one of her legs around his waist as she steadied herself on the other one.
“I missed you,” he said in a raspy tone against her mouth. He cupped her face gently and nibbled on her bottom lip. “Missed you like no other.” He pushed his hard erection, which was straining against his pants, toward her pelvis so she would know exactly what she was doing to him. She raised her leg even higher on him so his manhood was in between her thighs.
“I missed you too, Cannon,” she said, pulling his mouth into hers once more.
He pressed his erection hard against her again and held her still as he cupped her buttocks pulling her toward him. “You feel that?”
“Oh yes!”
“Miss making love to you,” he said in between kisses. “Miss being engulfed in you. You hear me, baby?” He ran his tongue down the side of her neck.
“Yes … Cannon. I’ve missed you so much.”
Her sweet scent and heated kisses were doing him in. He wanted to unzip his pants and slide into her right there against the side of his car, but he’d already seen one SUV pull into the parking lot and some other people leaving when he and Yasmine had first walked outside. Besides, it had been twelve years and their first time after so long wouldn’t be there. He wanted her in his bed.
Out of breath, she pulled away from him when they heard voices coming toward the parking lot. Yanking her coat shut, she leaned back against her car.
“I guess we forgot this is a busy parking area,” he said as he stepped to pull her against him once more.
“I gotta go.” Grabbing her keys from her purse, she hurriedly pressed the remote.
“Wait. What?” He was in shock.
“We can’t do this, Cannon.” She got into her car. “I can’t do this.” She shut the door and started her car. He tried to open it, but it was locked. She rolled down the window.
“Yasmine, tell me what’s wrong.”
She turned her head to him, her eyes glaring with tears. “You hurt me, and I refuse to let you walk back into my life as if you didn’t.” She backed out of the parking lot as he stared after the car.
What the hell just happened?

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What happens when a suave, handsome chef meets a cute, sassy food critic?
When Shelbi Arrington accepts a position as a food critic in the hopes of burying her medical career and foregoing her residency, the last thing she’s searching for is love. However, that’s just what the doctor ordered especially when she lays eyes on the handsome chef, Justin Richardson. While sorting out her secret conflict of continuing her medical career, she falls for his mouth-watering charm, leaving her hungry for anything he has to offer.
Justin is leery of doctors because a doctor’s negligence caused his mother’s death when he was twelve. He has put his focus and energy into his restaurant, which had been a dream he and his mother shared. Justin is immediately smitten by the cute, sassy food critic that has him cooking up different ways to please her appetite. But when things start to heat up, Shelbi learns of a shocking revelation that could extinguish the flame of their relationship. Will Justin be able to forget his pain and commit to the woman who has stolen his heart?
Cooking Up Love is the first book in the Arrington Family Series.

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