Dahlia Mallard has finally found her destiny—running an ice cream shop in Bliss, the happiest bridal town in the Midwest. Problem is, her heart is bigger than her bank account, and she needs a serious influx of cash to get through the winter. Her last-ditch effort? Convincing country music superstar Billy Brenton to commit to attending her risqué flavor-tasting event to boost ticket sales. But the closest she can get to Billy is his drummer, the womanizing Mikey Diamond.
Mikey loves the ladies, and he makes no secret of it. But he’s not such a fan of this town devoted to weddings, love, and marriage. And he’s even less of a fan of people using him to get to Billy. When circumstances land Mikey in Dahlia’s house, though, all his caution—and all his interest in any other single ladies—flies out the window. Dahlia’s quirky and funny and, unlike his usual women, she doesn’t tolerate any of his baloney. But when Mikey discovers that Dahlia, too, is using him to get close to Billy, will he take the chance to be her hero instead, or will he revert to his manwhore ways?
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The doorbell dinged out the ice cream truck song that Great Aunt Agnes, rest her soul, had installed shortly before she kicked the bucket. Two years, and Dahlia still couldn’t figure out how to change it to a normal ding. She popped up to the front of the store to take care of her customers.
Except it wasn’t customers.
It was Mikey.
She braced herself and girded her loins, which, quite honestly, needed a lot of girding.
Especially when he aimed that smile and those gray eyes at her. He strolled over the black checkered floor, all lanky grace and undeniable sensuality in his leather jacket, cowboy boots, omnipresent ball cap, and new blue jeans. “My favorite ice cream lady,” he said.
Her heart squeezed. Charmer, she reminded herself. And not even a good one at that. “You say that to all the ice cream ladies you meet.”
“Not anymore.” He winked and propped his elbows on the glass counter over the tubs of ice cream. He lifted a suggestive eyebrow. “Was hoping to try some of that Cherry Popper ice cream for lunch.”
“What—how—who—Hush!” No one was supposed to know anything on her adults-only menu until the tasting. Which meant he’d been snooping more in her house.
The only thing more annoying than the smug in his smile was the way her pulse fluttered in response to it.
“Saw a note,” he said casually. “I’m a big fan of cherries.”
“So you’ve said a couple hundred times,” she muttered.
He peered closer, his grin spreading wider to show off a row of perfectly aligned pearly whites. “Why, Miss Dahlia, you’ve been watching BillyVision.”
He knew her name.
Oh, sweet holy ducks, he knew her name. It sounded so exotic in his Southern drawl. Daawl-ya.
“Well, yeah,” she forced out. “Billy’s hot.”
His smile went bigger, and for the first time since last night’s fire, she noticed his eyes crinkling at the edges too. “But I’m better.”
Yes. Yes he—no. No. She didn’t need to add philandering pig to her list of dating disasters.
“I guess,” she said. “Sort of like the mashed potatoes that go with the Thanksgiving turkey.”
The ego in his grin didn’t waver. “So you want to cover me with gravy? I might could be up for that.”
That was not an image that should’ve been sexy. Chocolate syrup, yes. Warm caramel sauce, absolutely. Lumpy brown gravy on Mikey? Ducks help her, it was not totally revolting. She stepped back from the counter and grabbed a rag to wipe at an imaginary ice cream dribble. “You should probably stick to playing music,” she said. “Not sure you could do the gravy justice.”
“Sure I could, sweet pea. I’m a man of many talents.”
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Other Books in the Misfit Brides series:
Blissed (Natalie and CJ)
Matched (Will and Lindsey)
Sugared (Kimmie and Josh, release date TBA)
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If you liked Smittened, you'll love Southern Fried Blues! Check out Jamie Farrell's Officers' Ex-Wives Club series today!
Keywords: Contemporary romance, Romantic Comedy, Smart Romance, Country rock star, ice cream, small town, bad boy, good girl, quick reads, musician, sexy romance, quirky romance
Jamie Farrell writes fun contemporary romances with quirky characters and lots of heart. She believes love and laughter are two of the most powerful forces in the universe, and she infuses both into all of her stories. Her debut novel, Southern Fried Blues, was a finalist for the 2013 National Readers' Choice Awards and the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she's not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children.
"Farrell marries warmth with tongue-in-cheek wit in this marvelous romantic comedy." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW of Blissed, Misfit Brides Book One.
The Misfit Brides Boxed Set includes the first four books in the Misfit Brides series, including three full-length books and one novella.
Blissed (Book One): Natalie's an out-of-place single mother in the self-proclaimed Most Married-est Town on Earth. All she wants is to finish planning one last Knot Festival in her mom's honor before taking her son somewhere more normal. But CJ Blue, adventuring widower extraordinaire and the only man in the world who guards his heart tighter than Natalie guards hers, is about to turn her life - and her dreams - inside out.
Matched (Book Two): Lindsey's an outcast divorce lawyer with a secret penchant for matchmaking. Will's better known as country music superstar Billy Brenton, and he's looking for a new tune. These two have a rocky history. When they reunite in the land of happily ever afters, will they discover they've grown enough to take another chance on love, or will they go their separate ways forever?
Smittened (Book Three): Dahlia needs a boost to get her ice cream shop through the winter, and she thinks getting country music superstar Billy Brenton to endorse her treats will do the trick. But the closest she can get to Billy is his womanizing drummer, Mikey Diamond. Mikey's looking for a distraction, but with Dahlia, he's about to find out his heart has long-term plans.
Sugared (Book Four): Kimmie's a quirky, offbeat wedding cake baker. Josh is a debonair snack cake heir in need of a better recipe to save his family's failing empire, and he has Kimmie and her recipes in his sights. But she isn't the total cupcake he expects her to be, and their epic battle over the proper use of sugar will lead to more than either of them expect.
Includes a bonus cupcake recipe from Kimmie!
"Jamie Farrell will have you laughing out loud with her fun, quirky characters from her Misfit Brides series." - USA Today
Other books in the Misfit Brides series are coming soon!
Also check out the Officers' Ex-Wives Club!
Southern Fried Blues (Book 1)
Moonshine & Magnolias (Book 2)
About National Readers' Choice Award finalist Southern Fried Blues, Officers' Ex-Wives Club #1:
A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South
Divorced wasn’t a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she’s a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she’s squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man—especially another military man—get in the way of her career.
A Southern Gentleman Military Officer
Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, he takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn’t reckon he’s built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn’t do it right, what chance does Jackson have?
One Undeniable Attraction
These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they’re exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they’re both gonna end up with a big ol’ case of Southern Fried Blues.
About Moonshine & Magnolias (Officers' Ex-Wives Club #2):
"Jamie Farrell is the queen of the sweet southern romance!" - Fiction Fangirls
From the author of National Readers' Choice Awards finalist Southern Fried Blues comes the next installment in the hilarious and heartwarming Officers' Ex-Wives Club military romance series!
Shelby needs another military man in her life like she needs a hole in her head. But when a freak softball accident leaves her with a broken arm, the hot and sexy Sergeant Sugarbuns next door barges into her life to help with those pesky everyday issues she can't quite handle one-handed.
Zack loves a good adventure, and he's spent thirteen years going everywhere and doing everything the military will let him. Helping the hilarious single mom next door (whether she likes it or not) is another kind of adventure entirely. A short fling with her while her kids are away is a great last hurrah in Georgia before his moving orders send him to Alaska.
But neither can deny that the spark growing between them is more than skin-deep. Shelby needs roots and a home for her kids. Zack has too many big dreams to settle down. Can these two star-crossed lovers find a way to meet in the middle?
And make sure to try The Misfit Brides Series:
Sugared (Coming April 2016)
Praise for Blissed (Misfit Brides #1):
STARRED PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW: "Farrell marries warmth and tongue-in-cheek wit in this marvelous romantic comedy."