Series: Custos Securities #1
Kindle Edition, 440 pages
Published February 13th 2016
After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.
When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?
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We meet Cade, who is ex-forces that has started a security business with his best friend Cooper, called Custos Securities. All their employees are ex-services and they provide top grade service.
Then we meet Braden, who is the business partner of Coopers sister Maya, who between them run a coffee shop (Maya makes the coffee and is seen by the customers, but Braden prefers to make the cakes and treats and stay behind the scenes).
Braden has a stalker, which he has kept secret from everyone, until Maya makes a discovery of the letters the stalker has sent. As she makes the discovery, Cade and Cooper are visiting Maya, and decide to do a little investigating themselves to see if they can track down the stalker.
The regimented life that Braden lives (due in the most part to being an insulin dependant diabetic), starts to unravel slightly, and Cade finds himself strangely drawn to Braden, but he is not sure what it is about Braden that does this!
Cade and Braden grow closer, and I loved how they were getting to know each other, and Cade taking an interest in what Braden does to keep in control of his diabetes...... that is until Braden makes a very bad decision indeed..... and one that has Cade, Cooper and his team frantically trying to locate him.
I should also say here that there is not a HEA in this book, you have to wait for the second book in the series to find out what happens to them all.
She loves anything book, coffee or dark chocolate related and can't think of a better way to pass the time than to combine all three. She can't remember a time when she wasn't addicted to reading or creating her own stories, if only in her head. It wasn't until recently that she began to believe she could actually put those stories to paper.
She is blessed enough to have wonderfully supportive family and friends and she counts herself lucky every day that she gets to not only be a stay at home mom to her kids, but to also pursue her dream of becoming a published author.