Adair's charming second Heroes of St. Helena wine country contemporary (following Need You for Keeps) sets up a culinary entrepreneur with an injured Army Ranger sniper. Emerson "Emi" Blake and Dax Baudouin had a sizzling fling at the wedding of her friend to his brother, but distractions keep them from turning one night into more. Emi is juggling career ambitions and family obligations following the death of her mother. Her efforts to grow her Pita Peddler food cart business to a full-fledged food truck and compete in the national Street Eats competition are hampered by her significantly younger sister insisting on maintaining a "pixie" persona to honor their mother, which their father devotedly supports. Dax isn't interested in staying in St. Helena once he's recovered from his injury, though Emi might tempt him to change his mind. Aidar's writing can skirt along the twee, but it's balanced by her unabashed enthusiasm for her characters and the positive aspects of love—romantic, sororal, and filial—as well as steamy romantic encounters. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC
Emerson “Emi” Blake dropped out of culinary school to care for her ailing mother, but she has bigger dreams than running St. Helena’s most popular pita cart. First on the menu: upgrade to a gourmet food truck. A new part-time job as a personal chef will definitely provide the funds, but it also forces her into close contact with her one and only one-night stand, Dax Baudouin, who’s daring her to try a second taste.Former army Ranger Dax has a clear mission: come home, get healed, and get gone. Yet Emi’s tough-girl exterior and hidden soft side are even harder to resist than her mouthwatering baklava. After years of battles, he knows better than to try and rescue anyone—not that she’ll let him get close enough to try. Truth is, Dax is starting to think that Emi’s the one person who can save him…if he can just persuade her to give him another shot.