Love is the key spice in the recipe of life.
Max Harder long suspected that his ex-girlfriend, Callie, had broken up with him because of another man—her best friend, Tom. In an effort to understand Callie better, Max befriends Tom, and a new friendship is forged. Max sets in motion their plan to show Callie she doesn’t have to choose between them, and that her wildest dreams can come true.
But when Max’s pet capuchin monkey falls ill, their love-lives get turned upside down by more than sex toys and wild fantasies. The pair discovers that family comes in all shapes and sizes, and love is the key spice in the recipe of life.
This is the fourth book in the series, and features Max Harder, the fourth Harder sibling who is finding his way in love. I wanted to write about a man who felt secure enough in himself to explore the possibility of sharing the love of his life with another man. Often, it takes courage for people to face their insecurities to see that there is another way of doing something. Relationships are no different. It takes courage to see that love has no bounds, and that sometimes you can have what you want and more.
My characters dare to want more, and even though they aren’t sure how it will work, they are willing to communicate their needs and desires to explore what’s possible.
Enjoy this excerpt:
Max’s instinct told him to let her vent. Then maybe they could get down to the nitty gritty of things. “All right—give it to me,” he stated.
“Pardon?” Her bewildered tone told him he’d caught her off guard.
Good. A man needs some kind of upper hand. “Give it to me. I want all of it.”
“Give you what?” Her voice rose an octave. “If you’re talking sex, Max, you have some nerve calling me and—”
He interrupted. “It’s not about sex, and I hope you know me better than that. If you’re pissed at me for some reason, I want you to tell me why.”
A long pause followed. Max knew enough to keep quiet while she formulated a response.
“Listen here, you smug son of a…” Her voice trailed away.
Max remained quiet.
Callie huffed into the phone. “You are such an asshole, you know that? I can’t even be mad at you.”
“Why do you want to be mad at me?” he asked. “You broke up with me, remember?”
“And you said it was for the best,” she retorted. “You didn’t even try to stop me.”
“Is that what you wanted?” he asked. “For me to tell you all the reasons I thought we shouldn’t break up?”
“Well, no… Maybe… Yes… I… you… this…” Callie spluttered to a stop. “I can’t do this.”
“Bullshit. Yes, you can. We can talk. I know there is something you’ve been wanting to tell me, and I love you enough that whatever it is, I want to hear it.” He cleared his throat. “I want us to have a chance to clear the air, and I think we deserve a second chance. Don’t throw away what we had, Callie. Not without really telling me why.”
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