TITLE: Hearts and Flour
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 87 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book
Can a raw food enthusiast find love with a guy who bakes cupcakes?
When Micah Truveen’s devoted health-food customers start showing up with white flour, Micah wants to chew nails! To make his misery worse, he finds his yoga teacher boyfriend in bed with another guy the day before Valentine’s Day. Micah decides to drown his misery at a friend’s anti-Valentine’s Day orgiastic hookup party—and meets the beautiful Queen, a gorgeous cross-dresser who’s got Southern sugah in his mouth and the right equipment under the dress. But when the hookup turns serious, Micah has to compromise to protect Queen’s secrets from his beloved grandmother. With everything against them, can two hearts rise above the flour?
First Edition published by Etopia Press, January 2013.
Hearts and Flour by Tara Lain is a fabulous Valentine’s Day story. This story hit a bunch of my personal favorite genres. It’s got instant-love, cross-dressing, a southern accent and southern charm, even if it is around Valentine’s Day. Although the anti-Valentine’s Day orgy that Micah’s friend Yancy throws every year went a long way to making me forget about the holiday that is only for couples. Sorry, single by choice so aside from all of the yummy chocolate, Valentine’s Day isn’t my favorite holiday. But I do love to read books by Tara Lain, and I just couldn’t pass up on reading this one, especially when I read the blurb and saw that one of the main characters is a cross-dresser. There’s just something about a hot gay guy dressing up in women’s clothing and lacy undergarments that just does it for me. If it does it for you also then I recommend reading this book. Oh, and did I mention that the cross-dresser, Queen, is also a southern lady with an accent that bakes sinful cupcakes during the day?
As we find out in the blurb, Micah Truveen is the owner of The Place a raw foods restaurant. He’s a raw food enthusiast, and he’s devoted to educating his health-food customers and teaches classes using raw foods, so he’s devastated when some of his most devoted customers start showing up with these huge cupcakes made out of what he considers poison aka white flour and refined sugar. From his customers and employees, he knows that the owner of Charismatic Cupcakes is Quentin. He keeps meaning to go to the bakery and meet him, but so far he hasn’t found the time. Won’t he be in for a real surprise when he finally meets him?
The story starts out with Micah coming home the night before Valentine’s Day to find his yoga teacher boyfriend in bed with another guy. All of his friends are happy that he’s kicked him to the side since they all think he’s a lowlife user, which he is. His friend Yancy invites him to his annual anti-Valentine’s Day party aka orgy to help him drown his misery. At the party, he meets the beautiful Queen, and it’s love at first sight. Micah isn’t sure what it is about Queen that intrigues him so much, he’s never been attracted to a cross-dresser before, but he has a powerful connection to Queen, and their chemistry is off the charts. But Queen isn’t out to his grandmother as either gay or a cross-dresser. As their relationship progresses, he finds out a secret that Queen has been keeping from him, and they part ways, and then Micah ends up getting blackmailed by his ex-boyfriend. His ex-boyfriend is threatening to expose who and what Queen is to his grandmother, who is one of his yoga students, unless he takes his ex back.
Will he take him back so that his ex doesn’t out Queen to his grandmother or will he allow Queen to be outed and possibly disowned by his grandmother?
A truly delightful story that I’m sure that I will be reading again.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis