Romances that are sweeter than pie

Babes!  I don’t know about you, but I love when a good romance feeds my heart and my soul. With Thanksgiving fast approaching here in the U.S., I thought it might be fun to take a look at a few romances that feature sweet treats for the reader. All the stories are books and series that I would recommend any day of the week. These talented authors write engaging and entertaining novels…and they have their fingers in the pie, so to speak. Check out this list of romances and my take on the desserts within. Let’s take the fiction and make it happen. And if you find a new recipe for your Thanksgiving feast, that’s an added bonus.

Axl’s Turtle Pie

First up is a pie from Kristen Ashley’s new cookbook with Suzanne M. Johnson. This cookbook is every rock chick’s dream come true. It features recipes for food featured in the Dream Man series as well as bonus content for some of Kristen’s beloved characters. Those bonus scenes and shorts make this cookbook extra special for any Kristen Ashley fan. And it’s pretty great, if you’re just looking for a new cookbook. I scored an early copy and have been cooking with the commandos myself. You can find the recipe for Axl’s Turtle Pie (pictured here) in the Dream Bites Cookbook.

Half of the proceeds of this cookbook go to the Rock Chick Nation Charities…which is very cool. Check it out here!

Peanut Butter Pie

This next pie I’m featuring can be found in a wonderful small town romance series. The Sutter Lake series by Catherine Cowles is total binge read material. With the romance and swoon you love plus a dash of suspense, Catherine delivers across the board. This series is so well-written with character-driven stories giving you both heart and heat. Definitely check it out. 

Now…on to dessert. In book 4 of this series of standalones, Catherine mentions a peanut butter pie. And well, we could all use more of that. You can find my recipe here.

Mason Jar Apple Crisp

The next dessert up on the list is from Devney Perry’s Maysen Jar series. These two books are fantastic. Small town setting with big emotions. Devney is such a talented author and I’ll read anything she writes. But this series in particular lends itself really well to my pie experiment. The Maysen Jar series revolves around a restaurant (owned by the heroine of The Birthday List) that serves its dishes in jars, from chili to pot pies to desserts. I decided to make Apple Crisp in a mason jar. This is actually Devney’s recipe. It was shared as a bonus for her readers and you can grab your copy here. Be sure to check out this amazing series. It’s one of my favorites.  

Strawberry Pie

Erin Nicholas writes funny, charming series. I’m crazy about her Boys of the Bayou series (showcasing tasty southern treats as well). But for my next pie, I wanted to focus on her most recent series, Hot Cakes. I love a good theme and this whole series pulls it all together. Lots of good baking options if you need some fictional inspiration. And they’re all great reads. You can grab her introductory novella, Sugar Rush, for FREE! AND Book 5, Oh Fudge, releases Thanksgiving week! EXCITING!

So I decided to go with the strawberry pie mentioned in the series and you can see it pictured on Forking Around. While not a traditional fall pie, it’s bright and sweet and makes a nice contrast. I hope you like it. You can check out my interpretation here

Butternut Squash Pie

If you love desserts and treats sprinkled throughout your reads, make sure to check out Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series. A little birdie told me she even has a cookbook in the works for all the AMAZING goodies that pop up in her Green Valley, Tennessee series. The first pie on my list comes from Beard Science featuring fan favorite, Cletus Winston and Jennifer Sylvester. Cletus is an unconventional hero and chock-full of surprises. His humor and personality are perfectly balanced by his lady love, local baking celebrity Jennifer Sylvester. The Banana Cake Queen comes with her own set of surprises one of which is the pie she invents mid-story and one I attempt to replicate. Butternut Squash Pie. Here’s my recipe. I’ll let the characters tell you a little about it…

“That one is butternut squash pie.”

He stiffened, his eyes darting between the box and me. “I’ve never heard of that, but it sounds delicious.”

“I don’t actually know. It’s something new I tried, just today, with what I had on hand.”

“What’s in it? Other than butternut squash.”

“Uh, sweet potatoes, eggs, nutmeg—”

Stop right there. You had me at nutmeg…”

Wishing you a fun, festive, and, most of all, a safe Thanksgiving!!

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