Cupcakes and Ink (Clipped Wings #0.5) by Helena Hunting

Book Description:

Published: February 3, 2014

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish façade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

Review –

Cupcakes and Ink is a very short (caught me off guard) introduction to the characters of the Clipped Wings series.

Here you’ll meet a smart and sensible heroine named Tenley who is looking for a fresh new start in Chicago. As she is waiting on starting her Masters degree and is in the process of settling down, she finds the tattoo artist across the street to be very attractive, yet she knows that she shouldn’t do anything to tempt him. He has danger written all over him.

Hayden is the kind of man who everybody wants a piece of. Sexy and smart, he possesses the lethal combination that will have reader’s swooning by the end of it. Though the author gives just a taste of his appeal, I’m sure in the full length book, readers will get an up close and personal sense of his steaminess.

Though this is listed as a prequel novella, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to read this before Clipped Wings,but it does give you a narrow look into their psyches and makeup.

I look forward to reading the others in the series.

 

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Bake Sale Cook Book by Sandra Lee

 

Product Description

Sandra Lee’s desserts have long been favorites among the legions of loyal fans of her two popular Food Network shows, Semi-Homemade Cooking and Money Saving Meals. The Bake Sale Cookbook brings together 120 amazing recipes and dozens more tips and ideas, all photographed in gorgeous full-color. You’ll find easy and always popular cakes and cupcakes; melt-in-your-mouth pies, tarts, and pastries; brownies, cookies, and bars; and even candies and confections. The easy-to-prepare recipes are perfect for school bake sales, family gatherings, and just about any occasion.
 
Review –
 
It’s that time of year again when our Church carnival is just around the corner and items are being requested for the Cake and Pie Booth.  This gives me a perfect opportunity to bake.  You see, I love to bake and usually have no one to bake for.
 
This book is wonderful and I have chosen a few recipes to try, even though they are not cakes or pies.  I enjoy maked cookies and bars and so here are the ones I have decided to make:
 
Maple Bars, page 88, because this time of year just calls out for Maple flavors.
 
 

Chocolate Strawberry Hearts, page 120, because these remind me of Linzer Cookies which are pretty to look out and taste wonderful.

And last, but not least, S’Mores Fudge, page 144, because with the popularity of S’Mores being at an all time high now I think it will be a very good seller.  Yum.

 

 

 

I can hardly wait to get into the kitchen and get busy.

 

I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys baking for ANY occasion.