Title: Kneading You
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 19, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 45
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Christopher Hughes is new to the small New England town of Lancaster, New Hampshire. He’s been hired to save an old library from closing, but his obstacles include not only fighting for state funding, but a Selectman who wants to tear the building down in favor of a shopping center.
Christopher meets Miles Sakasai, a charming tattooed repairman hired to help restore the historical interior. Working in close proximity has both men falling hard for each other, and also provides Christopher an opportunity to learn about Miles’s passion for baking. As it turns out, Miles’s skills in the kitchen may end up being the key to saving the library—but only if his bread can rise to the occasion.
“Kneading You” is a charming little story of love, loaves and library books set in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the location of Poe’s “Joy” and “Color of You.” Christopher Hughes gets his dream job – well, actually the possibility of a job if he manages to bring about a miracle and restore a library to its former glory, inventory all the books, and institute a barcode system, all in the matter of a weeks.
Helping Christopher is Miles, who is a bit of a renaissance man – shy repairman, championship baker, bookworm and thoroughly-tatted all around nice guy. Poe manages to give us two nicely fleshed out characters within a small number of pages, and you immediately sense there’s a sense of rightness about these two men finding one another:
“So,” I said, dipping the bread into the soup and tasting the combination. “You bake and you fix broken things?”
Miles shrugged. “Pretty much. What about you?”
“I burn toast and once broke my finger with a hammer.”
This story is light on on-page sex (there’s one brief very steamy shower scene) but strong on chemistry and heavy on sweetness. It’s a delightful little treat of a read and I really hope C.S. Poe keeps setting books in Lancaster, NH so we see more of Christopher and Miles and catch up on their happily-ever-after. 4.5 stars.