Two of life’s greatest things, right? Adult novelty shops have long combined the two. You can buy chocolate body paint, chocolate flavored body sugar, etc. Scientific studies have even proven that the same endorphins released during orgasm are triggered by chocolate consumption.
In my new release SWEET AS SIN, Livvy is a pastry chef. She likes the sweet stuff. John, however, likes the spicy things in life. Wouldn’t you know it, sweet and spicy can be delicious together.
“If you want sexy and playful…” Livvy let the flirty statement hang until John arched a questioning brow. “Go read the top rack of the display case out in the main storefront. The entire top tier is from the Adult Cravings line.”
“Adult cravings,” John repeated, crossing his arms. Carnal lust deepened his eyes to night-sea blue. “What kind of cravings do you have, Liv?”
“Do you mean me or the store?”
The air crackled with innuendo. “Either.”
“Well, I told you about the Chocolate Orgasms. We also make Buttercrotch Crunch, Lemon Lick-her bars, Pink Layer Soufflés, Double Chocolate-Chip Studmuffins, Cinnamon Red Hot Lovers, Peanut Butter Nookies, Sugared Sixty-Nines, and my favorite, Triple Cheesecake Climax.”
“Triple climax, huh? Now there’s an interesting personal challenge.” A wealth of flirtation hid behind his smile. One petal drooped.
“You’re distracting me, Murphy.”
“Sorry.” His tone implied he wasn’t at all.
“The sooner I finish this, the sooner we can leave.”
“And do what?” he challenged.
Livvy took her time and completed the bloom before looking at him. “That depends on what I’m craving tonight.”
He drew a deep breath, lust flaring like a match before he walked away. “Work faster, Liv.”
John strolled, hands in his pockets, staring at the strange oversized machines that created delicate pastries. The large ovens were taller than he was and placed at the far end of the room, away from the decorating area. The opposite wall was the back entry to the display shelves which dominated the store front. He shivered when he opened the refrigerated side door, the cold pooling around him in a pale swirl.
“Help yourself to anything you want,” Livvy called, not moving her eyes from the flower nail in her hand.
Hopping onto the table opposite her, John tasted the Belgian chocolate. The decadent sound from his lips sent shivers through her thighs.
“Damn, Liv, was this from the top rack? It’s like sex on a fork.”
“That’s a Chocolate Orgasm.”
John devoured the brownie, licking the plastic fork clean. “I’m hooked. It’s like chocolate crack. You must be Jenny Craig’s nightmare.”
She burst out laughing and he joined her. The sound created a tender quiver in her heart. The grooves around his lips proved how little he truly laughed in life. Hope bloomed as she realized with her his laughter came easily.
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Livvy’s Sugar Shack recipe for
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
5 ounces high quality dark chocolate (at least 70 % cacao), finely chopped
1 ounce unsweetened/bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp almond extract
1 tablespoon freshly ground chili peppers (if you want more kick, use a bit more )
3 cold large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup chocolate chips/toasted nuts (optional)
~Preheat oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and the sides of an 8-inch square baking pan parchment paper, leaving an overhang. OR use foil cup lined muffin tin for individual servings.
~ Combine the butter, cocoa, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. I use the microwave in short 20 second intervals, stirring every 20 seconds. Stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth and fairly warm. Stir in chili pepper. Set aside for one minute to allow the chili pepper to ‘roast’ in the warm mixture.
~ Using a wooden spoon, stir in the almond extract. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring quickly. Blend in flour, then beat for 40 strokes. Stir in the chips/nuts. Spread the batter evenly in the lined pan.
~Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out slightly moist, 20 to 25 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely on a rack. Cut into squares OR use foil cup lined muffin tin(reducing bake time as needed- you’ll need to watch this as you know your oven but I don’t).
Top with drizzled chocolate ganache
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups good quality dark chocolate, chopped fine
Heat cream almost to a scald. Remove from burner and add chocolate all at once
Blend until it is smooth. Drizzle directly onto brownies. (store leftover in the fridge and top your ice cream!)
She’s made for sin. Sin is something he knows intimately.
John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he’s driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.
Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won’t lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she’s as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?
Inez Kelley is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website http://inezkelley.com/ Follow Inez on twitter at @Inez_Kelley or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/inez.kelley