When Mark Bracelyn lumbers into Chelsea Singer's cupcake shop with an axe, she's poised to hit the panic button. But he fixes her door, praises her buttercream, and sends her skittish heart pounding like a hammer on a hollow log, so he can't be all that scary. Chelsea's sure there's a gooey marshmallow center under Mark's tough outer shell, though admittedly she's been wrong before.
Mark may look like a grungy lumberjack, but he's also the wealthy part-owner of Ponderosa Luxury Ranch Resort. The lone Bracelyn heir to avoid a childhood of fancy boarding schools, he stays hidden behind the scruffy beard and battered truck. But something else separates Mark from his siblings, and keeping his guard up means keeping his secret—and his family.
When someone threatens Chelsea and her daughter, Mark becomes their personal protector. When he's not watching her back, he's watching the rest of Chelsea's body and warning himself not to touch. With danger mounting, they bond over phallic cupcakes and bizarre bunny behavior, while Mark battles his surging attraction. Can a sweet-toothed mountain man and a cautious single mom escape their histories, or will their hearts land on the chopping block?
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Mark and Chelsea
This is the third in the Ponderosa Resort series centering around the Bracelyn siblings. Cort Bracelyn liked spreading his love, and this resulted in numerous children from various baby-mommas. Luckily he was extremely wealthy and left his children very wealthy after his death. They have decided to work together and start the Ponderosa Resort. Mark Bracelyn is six five, muscled, has a huge sweet tooth and is nothing like his siblings. His sister Bree plays Cupid by sending Mark to her friend Chelsea’s cupcake shop. Mark and Chelsea have an instant chemistry. Throw in a potential threat to Chelsea and her young daughter, and Mark’s protective instincts kick in. Both Chelsea and Mark have secrets that could potentially derail their budding relationship. I loved the humor, the development of the romance, and the discussion of what makes a family. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
I truly enjoyed the intrigue in this story. Is he a Bracelyn? Is he not? He has no one to talk to about any of this because he's afraid to admit what might be reality. Who is Libby's father? Is he the one terrorizing Chelsea and Libby? Why would someone want to hurt the single mother and daughter? So many questions throughout this book that get answered in an epic conclusion.
Boys poker night was a hoot. I would never have imagined all of those grown men singing Alice the Camel, drinking chocolate milk and playing with a rabbit. I think Libby will tame all of them whether they want it or not.
Oh my stars fantastic!
As soon as that tall, tantalizing tower of testosterone showed his sweet and mushy center in scene 1, I knew I’d found my newest book boyfriend. Actually, that’s not totally accurate, because Mark Bracelyn has intrigued me from his first appearance in the Ponderosa Resort series. While the rest of his family is sleek, he’s very rough around the edges and pretty taciturn...until he meets Chelsea.
Who else but a cupcake baker would be the perfect match for a sweets-loving hunk?! Sure, the ax was a little unexpected, but Chelsea is as hungry for every delicious inch of Mark as he is for her. And he’s not thrown by her cute as a button daughter either...that right there makes him a keeper.
Funny, sexy and oh so sweet, Tawna Fenske again knocks it out of the park with this awesomely wicked pairing. Definitely a stand-alone story, but for more enjoyment, pick up the first three books, too. Fenske is always a definite pleasure to read!