Hearts and Flour

Tara Lain
Hearts and Flour


Etopia Press
Release Date
February 2013
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

A raw food fanatic and a cupcake baker—can two hearts rise above the flour?

Healthy, vegan food is Micah Truveen's religion. So when his devoted customers start showing up with white flour cupcakes, Micah's ready to scream. When he discovers who's been spreading the cupcake poison to the community, there's going to be trouble. And to make a bad day even worse, Micah comes home to find his boyfriend in bed with someone else—on the day before Valentine's Day! In frustration, he throws the rat out and agrees to go to his friend's orgiastic Anti-Valentines party. Not his style, but lately, his style seems to be crumbling around him like stale baked goods.

Southerner Quentin Darby wishes he could stop wearing women's clothes. He desperately wants to live up to the glowing opinion his grandmother holds of him, so he's never even told her he's gay. And now there's this guy from the party who makes him wish he could just be who he is—a man who likes women's clothing, loves to bake, and thinks everything's better with cupcakes. Until a man with an axe to grind decides the time to grind it is now…

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Mar 04, 2013
174 people found the following review helpful
This is a quirky and fun little story about two really different men who find a way to each other and not only discover the great qualities of the other man, but also get to know themselves better as well as change some of their beliefs.

Micah is all about raw vegan food. Rough childhood taught him to pay attention to what he puts inside himself and while he pushes it to the extreme, he's not so much in control of the men he ends up with. His current boyfriend, with a really long and complicated name, is pretty much a first class bastard and Micah finding him in bed with another man pushes our vegan in the worst way. To top his bad luck, his customers suddenly start eating cupcakes from a new bakery and ruining all his hard work.

Feeling defeated he's easily persuaded and goes to a wild Valentine's party where he meets the cross-dressing Quentin, who has his fair share of secrets, but lights Micah up like nobody's business.

I think their mutual differences, was what made this story work for me, and cross-dressing of course. But while I didn't really connect with Micah, Quentin was something else and both his strength as well as his emotional side made me sympathize. Micah's ex was truly an ass and to be honest, not really a convincing bad guy, but it did break the romance a bit, making it more interesting as a whole. I would have liked to read more about them, and the conflict could have been worked through a bit more to add to the tension, but overall I was satisfied.
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