Release Day Reviews: Kneading You by C.S. Poe (Giveaway)


Title: Kneading You
Author: C.S. Poe
Release Date: July 19, 2019
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 40

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Christopher Hughes is new to the small New England town of Lancaster, New Hampshire. He’s been hired to save an old library from closing, but his obstacles include not only fighting for state funding, but a Selectman who wants to tear the building down in favor of a shopping center.

Christopher meets Miles Sakasai, a charming tattooed repairman hired to help restore the historical interior. Working in close proximity has both men falling hard for each other, and also provides Christopher an opportunity to learn about Miles’s passion for baking. As it turns out, Miles’s skills in the kitchen may end up being the key to saving the library—but only if his bread can rise to the occasion.

Previously published by Dreamspinner Press in the Simmer anthology, 2016.

4* Such a sweet, ‘feels real’ tale with characters with heart, goodness and community spirit.

I’ve only read this author’s mystery tales, which are some of the best in the genre, so I jumped at the chance of a short tale from her. This story took place over merely a month, and there wasn’t a ton of backstory or stuff happening, but it was still a lovely tale.
The leads made the tale. Mike who’d been brought up in Lancaster and to whom the library had been a safe haven and home of sorts, and Christopher who’d found his way to Lancaster, and had found a feeling of home. They come into each other’s lives as they have the library in common, and end up working together for the best of Lancaster.
I loved how old-fashioned and sweet Miles was, and how shyly cheeky Christopher was. This tale proves that you don’t need oodles of ‘done before, seen before, read before’ sex in all sorts of permutations and combinations to sell a good story. And, there’s a note of more tales by this author set in Lancaster, that I’m now off to check out.
ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.

4 stars 

A charming short story that is sweet and tender without any major angst between the two main interests.

Christopher Hughes has been transplanted to small-town life with the daunting task of saving a library desperately in need of major renovations and funds. A state member wants to tear down the beloved institution and replace it with a shopping center. Christopher fights hard to be the library’s savior but things look bleak and he might be out of a job almost as soon as it starts.

Miles is a handsome repairman whose tattoos fascinate Christopher. He is happy to start the task of restoring the library to its former glory. Both men realize that the work may be more complicated and costly than they originally thought.

Getting to know each other Christopher discovers that Miles is an amazing baker creating luscious bread from scratch. Their attraction grows and sparks fly as the men discover they have more in common then they could have guessed. Yes, it was insta-love but in all fairness, this was a fast read and things had to move quickly. For me, it was a nice diversion from a hectic day. I recommend this adorable read and suggest you give it a try.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.***


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6 thoughts on “Release Day Reviews: Kneading You by C.S. Poe (Giveaway)

  1. I love to read Julia kent when I want to laugh and smile with a book especially the random act series


  2. Favorite feel-good reads: Anything by Lily Morton, Anyta Sunday’s Signs of Love series


  3. The Borderlands series by Lorna Freeman is a feel-good read for me every time.


  4. Anyta Sunday’s Signs of Love series, Lane Hayes’ A Kind of Romance; Better Than Chance; The Wrong Man, Josh Lanyon’s Stranger on the Shore, Jordan L Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series, Mary Calmes’ A Matter of Time series, Amelita Rae’s books and Eresse’s Chronicle of Ylandre.


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