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A week before Christmas, Alex Bancroft’s bakery goes up in flames. When he runs back inside after a dog, firefighter Kevin Flint has to rescue Alex—and Quincy—from the smoldering building, endangering them and inflaming Kevin’s resentment.
Now Alex can’t create the elaborate gingerbread house he donates to a foster-kids charity each year. Fire Station 7 again comes to his rescue, offering their kitchen and their manpower.
Everyone but Kevin Flint, that is. A third-generation firefighter, he’s fearful of stepping too far out of the closet. So when his powerful physical attraction for Alex ends in a sizzling secret encounter in the firehouse, Kevin can’t push Alex far enough away, and Alex returns the cold shoulder.
After a change of heart, Kevin risks his life to prove he’s worthy of Alex’s affection, but without a Christmas miracle, their chances at sweet romance might go up in smoke.
Like all Delectable stories, Gingerbread Palace includes recipes used in the book.
OMH this book made me a little crazy. Sometimes it's just not fair that I can't crawl into a book and smack someone upside the head!
Kevin comes from a long line of firefighters, so he has a legacy to live up to, which isn't always easy. Add in the fact that he is gay and so far in the closet he is in Narnia and you can almost understand his attitude. Notice I said almost....because if a fictional character ever needed a smack down Kevin is that character.
On the other hand, you have Alex who is sweeter than his cookies and is an all around nice guy. So of course he is as attracted to Kevin as Kevin doesn't want to be to him. The animosity between the two men is so great you just don't see how they can ever come together. Which made this book uncomfortable and completely un-put-downable for me. I had to keep reading.
This was a great holiday read and as an added bonus the author includes the gingerbread recipes at the back of the book! So a sweet treat all the way around!
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by Dreamspinner. Many thanks.