GENRE: Lesbian Holiday Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 10,422 words
Marnie desperately needs an assistant. As the proprietress of For the Love of Fruitcake, her successful little home bakery, her Christmas orders are piling up. She’s had bad luck in the past with assistants, and vows this year will be different, especially now that she will be entering a Christmas Bakeoff competition.
Jinx needs a job and a home for the holidays. She’s young, sweet, and eager to please. But she’s also a jinx, just like her name.
Marnie is smitten with Jinx and hires her on the spot, but soon realizes that everything Jinx touches goes wrong. She threatens not only Marnie’s business, but the Christmas Bakeoff, as well.
There must be something Jinx is good at, but what? Can the two work together to make the bakery -- and their budding relationship -- a holiday success?
Note: may contain sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature.
“Are you certain this is what you want? The last thing I need is for you to start and decide you don’t like the job, or you take a job somewhere else. I am already behind on my orders, and I need someone dependable.”
Jinx crossed her fingers over her heart. “I swear I will stay with you until every last order is completed and as long as you need me.”
“Could you start right away?” There was such a hopeful look in Marnie’s brown eyes.
Her heart leapt in her chest. Maybe everything would work out. “I suppose I could start soon ... today, even.” She hoped to sound cool, not desperate. But in truth, she was desperate, and what she needed to ask Marnie might be a deal breaker.
“That would be wonderful!” Marnie clasped her hands together.
“Well, there is one thing ...”
“Oh? If it’s money, I’m sure what I’m offering is more than a fair wage.”
“I’m sure it is, but ... while I worked at the diner, my room and board was included. After today, I have nowhere to live.” Just saying the words caused an intense heat in her cheeks and an overwhelming embarrassment, especially when she looked up and saw the look on Marnie’s face.
“Listen, Marnie, I know the idea of having a stranger under your roof isn’t thrilling you. I am a hard worker, and I won’t infringe on your life. All I need is a couch, or even the floor would be enough for me. If you are unhappy with my work or uncomfortable with me, I’ll leave. No questions asked.”
Jinx could almost see a clockwork motion behind Marnie’s eyes as she considered the situation. The wait was agony. She needed this job, and she needed a place to stay. The thought of being homeless over the holidays without a family to turn to was just heartbreaking.
“Okay, you need a job and a place to live, and I need help right away. I can’t make any promises, but I’m willing to try.”
An overwhelming sense of relief flooded over her. “You won’t regret it.”
“Just one more thing -- what is your name?”
She smiled. “Just call me Jinx.”
This book was published on December 24, 2016.