Welcome to the first day of my 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!
Today I’m reading Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay and making spicy chocolate pie.
Check out Tracey’s yummy book, my delicious dessert recipe and don’t forget to enter the giveaway (way down at the bottom.)
Why I love this book:
I love love love the friends (or enemies) to lovers trope. That whole idea of being in love with someone forever and then they finally fall in love with you too (and she falls in love with the real hero, because she’s become a more authentic person herself)? *swoon* And Tracey does it so well. She’s a great writer and I’m soooo enjoying her characters. I think you all will too.
Here’s a bit about the book:
Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay
Commitment makes you weak. It’s playboy Carter Richardson’s motto. The only exception to the rule is his aunt, and when Carter learns she’s terminally ill, he rushes to her bedside. Filled with fear and guilt—and desperate to ease his aunt’s mind—Carter does the only thing a guy could do…he panics and blurts out that he’s engaged to his aunt’s enticing protegée.
Lauren Olsen has already had her heart crushed once by Carter. Against her better judgment, she agrees to keep up appearances—until Carter makes their “engagement” public in order to protect the family business. Now Lauren’s torn between obeying her conscience, and obeying her desire. Because while she could never trust the womanizing Carter she once knew, she seems to be falling for the man beneath the playboy…
Pretending with the Playboy goes on sale 12/29 at Amazon and B&N, but you can pre-order it now!
As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Tracey donated a $10 B&N card to the prize list.
About the Author
I write powerful and passionate romantic fiction. I believe in alpha heroes, intelligent heroines and happily ever afters. Obstacles may threaten my couples’ happiness, but true love will ALWAYS prevail.
If you want to chat about TV, movies and/or purses, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter, when I’m not trying to meet an ever present deadline.
I wrote my first romance novel at the age of eleven, called “The Healing Power of Love.” With a detour through college and law school–where I met her husband on the very first day. I live in Virginia with said husband and three kids.
What goes better with a – book than PIE!
I’m reading and making (and eating) a spicy chocolate pie.
I stole this recipe from Danica, the heroine of my upcoming release Curvy Domination.
She’s definitely spicy and a big lover of chocolate. It’s a great dessert for a special spicy night.
Why I love this recipe:
Okay, so I didn’t actually steal the recipe from Danica. Chocolate pie is a family favorite that my mom used to make for us on birthdays and holidays and you know, all the other times we needed a chocolate fix.
But Danica inspired the spicy bits. Have you ever tried spicy chocolate? I know, it sounds weird, but it’s totally good! Danica’s tip is to ditch the crust, put the filling into a bowl and smear it all over your naughty partner and lick it up.
Spicy Chocolate Pie
- One pre-baked pie crust
- 1 Cup sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 7 Tbsp flour
- 1 tsp Cayenne
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- a dash of black pepper
- 2 Cups milk (whole is best)
- 2 oz Bakers Unsweetened Chocolate
- 2 Egg yolks
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tbsp Butter
Separate eggs and set yolks aside in a cup. You can discard egg whites or use later for meringue. Mix sugar, flour , salt, cayenne, cinnamon and in a medium pot. Slowly whisk in milk until there are no lumps. Break up chocolate squares and add to mixture. Heat on medium and stir. When mixture is hot, but not yet thick add a couple of spoonfuls of to the eggs to temper them, whisking the eggs and hot milk mixture together. Then add it to the pot. Continue to heat. The chocolate will melt and blend and the mixture will become thick. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon. The filling is ready when is resembles a thick pudding consistency. Take off the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Pour the filling into the baked pie crust. Serve with meringue or whipped cream.
Be sure to enter the giveaway and drop a note if you try the pie and/or Tracey’s book. I’d love to hear how you liked them both.