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point at the recipe. “Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest,
salt, almond milk, canola oil, vanilla, lemon juice, and fresh blueberries. The
streusel on top has some vegan butter in it, but that’s everything.
close enough that I can smell the sharp clean scent of his body wash and
they’re way better than the last ones.” He practically inhales another one.
sink into my lower lip and tug. “Um, yeah. I over-mixed those. And I didn’t
know you were supposed to mix your wet and dry ingredients separately. My mom
gave me some tips this time.”
drop to my mouth but I’m not sure why. Jonah doesn’t see me like that. He never
looks at my mouth. Maybe the way to his heart really is through his
“Can I keep
this?” He retrieves the recipe from the countertop. “I might have Erma make a
big batch for some friends of mine.”
temporarily stunned from the way he’s openly watching my mouth. Our faces are
close enough to touch.
Erma is his
housekeeper and she’s an amazing cook. I’d be jealous of her but she’s sixty
and looks like Mrs. Doubtfire so I don’t think she’s Jonah’s type.
Don’t give the dogs any of my muffins,” he teases.
up long ago but Achilles is still staring longingly at the muffins.
He moves to
exit the kitchen and my brain resumes full function once he’s out of my
his hip bones doing that sexy V thing that make my mouth water.
need that recipe back.” My body shifts into panic mode as he regards me warily
with the recipe in his hand. “I’ll type you up a better copy. I need to make a
few adjustments anyway and I can’t remember what website I got that one
My heart is
racing and my words are coming out on top of one another.
expression says I’m acting as crazed as I feel.
make a move to give it back.
seriously. I need that one. Please.”
I have no
poker face. I’m practically begging and that is not like me.
“You need it?” He cocks his head to the side,
amusement dancing in his eyes.
For a few
seconds, I worry he’s going to pull some big brother crap on me—hold it over my
head and make me jump for it or something. I get enough of that from Mikey and
Tony. I definitely don’t need it from Jonah.
he just shakes his head and starts to hand it back.
eyes catch the writing on the back.
this?” He glances at me then back at the list. “Your Christmas wish list on
back, Jonah. I’m serious.” I can’t breathe.
I reach for
it and he steps backward. “Hang on a minute. I need to know what to get you for
eyebrows shoot up as soon as he makes out the words. His lips move as he reads.
I never noticed that before.
myself a mental slap. I’m losing sight of what’s important here.
toys, lingerie, and law breaking?” Jonah nods appreciatively. “Aren’t you a
busy little elf this holiday season?”
My sister-in-law wrote that. She thought it would show you that I deserve the
job.” I sigh heavily. “You’ve had your fun. Now give it back.”
made it to number six yet.
Please, sweet baby Jesus, don’t let him make it
to number six.
he says, reaching out and keeping me at arm’s length. “What else have we got
make a grab for the list, swiping my hand wildly, hoping to at least tear
catching his towel instead.
split-second, my entire universe takes a hard left.
towel falls and he is naked, holding a piece of paper that suggests I sit on
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