Happy Friday! On a hop that is all about mixing up the romance I knew I had to pick an excerpt from one of my books that involved a little baking, even if it was a bit on the messy side. The little snippet below is cut from Driven by Fire which is the fourth book in the Firehouse Six series. In the scene a specific baked good is mentioned and I’ve included a link to that recipe if anyone is curious as to what exactly it is. :) Enjoy!!
The oven door slammed and his gaze shot up to Deacon who turned with a bright smile on his face. “In fifteen minutes I will dazzle your taste buds. I’ve never been more happy that someone had powdered sugar. A Dutch baby would never be the same without it. Syrup does not do it justice.”
“You’re making me a kind of pancake covered in powdered sugar?”
“Don’t sound like that,” Deacon exclaimed his eyes wide and mesmerizing in their different shades. “It’s amazing.”
“If I can trust you sleeping in a room next to mine. I guess I can trust your culinary skills.”
“That’s the spirit. I think.” Deacon clutched a bag of powdered sugar to his chest. “Speaking of food. The guys are having a BBQ this weekend and we’ve been invited.”
“Oh?” His jaw clenched. He hadn’t been to a social gathering since the fire. There was a piece of him that jumped at the chance to see his friends and another that dreaded the looks of sympathy that were always cast his way.
“I think it would be fun. I know your mom and sister are going.” Deacon tugged at the plastic, which stretched but refused to tear.
“Is that your way of saying I have no choice?” His family went to all of the Firehouse Six functions to support the department. But the way Deacon’s eyes pleaded with him over the bag he was currently trying to rip open with his teeth broke down Taber’s defenses.
“Fine, but I don’t want to stay too long.” The words came out petulant. He could only talk about his injury for so long before he wanted to scream. I’m more than just my legs. Damnit.
“Yippy. Simon is going to be so—” The bag gave way and tore completely in half. Sugar flew everywhere, but mostly managed to cover Deacon who had taken the brunt of the explosion. “Holy shit.”
He roared with laughter as Deacon dropped the bag to the floor and made a futile attempt to dust the powder from his chest, but the fine layer stuck, stubborn.
“You’re not helping,” Deacon growled, throwing his arms wide to illustrate his predicament. “You could at least not laugh like a maniac.”
He attempted to temper his humor but couldn’t stop the wide grin that had taken residence on his face.
Deacon rolled his eyes. “I thought I needed a little sun before,” he muttered.
“Do you just shake off over the pancake?” Taber teased, unable to help himself. For the first time in months he felt…normal. “Is this part of the recipe?”
Deacon assessed him through a narrow gaze. “You…”
Deacon gave him one more glare before whirling to check on the dutch baby. When he shifted back to face Taber a light sprinkling of sugar fluttered to the floor. Deacon’s lips twitched before a smile replaced his frown.
“It’s a little funny.” Deacon pointed a finger at him. “Not as funny as you’re making it out to be, but still.” Deacon made a foot print in the layer that covered the floor. “What do you think the five second rule is for powdered sugar? It’s fluffy.”
As though considering it seriously Deacon brought his hand to his mouth and traced his tongue along the tip of his finger. All the humor fled from Taber’s brain as quickly as it had come.
Deacon sucked on the tip and further down as if he sought every bit of the sweet substance. Taber drew in a loud breath when his body responded to the very vivid image of Deacon using that wicked mouth on him.
Deacon glanced up and his eyes widened when they met with Taber’s. His hand fell away and he licked what remained of the sweet confection off his lips.
The loud buzz of the oven shattered the moment.
-Excerpt from Driven by Fire. Below is the link to the recipe. Also, you can find excerpts, blurbs and links for all the other Firehouse Six books on my page. :)
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