My Book Boyfriend # 7: Declan McCarthy

I just finished this fun little cozy filled with sugary pastries, adorable animals, witchcraft and murder. Pretty much all of my most favorite things wrapped up in a pink paperback. On top of all of that, the author included two swoon-worthy love interests: a sweet and protective fireman, and a potentially dangerous investigative journalist. Though the journalist is super sexy with his ponytail and mischievous grin, I’m rooting for the gentlemanly boy-next-door. Bad boys are fun, but the good guys will always be there to hold your hair after throwing back one too many at an obligatory holiday party.  Trust me, I speak from experience!

Without further ado, I bring you Declan McCarthy from Brownies and Broomsticks. With his dimples and sparkling blue eyes, I kept picturing young Dean Cain (circa Lois & Clark) as the charmingly sweet Declan.

Description: Smoking-hot fireman with big biceps, dimples and curly dark hair.

Here’s some scintillating snippets to send your heart all aflutter:

Dark curls cut short enough to adhere to the fire service regulations softened the edges of his broad, chiseled face. For a brief moment, his blue eyes cut my way and I was startled by how bright they were. The realization that I had never seen him outside my bakery slid into my consciousness as his lips turned up an infinitesimal amount. And darn if that didn’t show off the dimple in his cheek.

Here’s a young, shirtless Dean Cain. You’re welcome.

“Declan McCarthy, displaced Irishman, at your service, lassie.”

He stroked my cheek with his thumb. Before I knew it, his lips were on mine. His kiss was quick, casual and undemanding. Warm and comforting. Nice. My body pressed against him for a moment before I gathered my wits and stepped back.  

This is a fun little meme created by Missie over at the Unread Reader. Hop on over to her blog to see what it’s all about.

Birthday Book Haul!

Speaking from personal experience, I don’t recommend scheduling a super scary surgical procedure on your birthday–especially if it’s your very first time going under the knife! But hey, I needed peace of mind, so I put on my big girl panties (or inflatable surgery gown, I should say) and got exactly what I needed: a clean bill of health! What better birthday present could a girl ask for? You know what else turned my frown upside down? A bounty of gifts, flowers, cookies and cakes from my adoring fan club!

Not only am I elated that I get to live 100 more years, I am also super stoked to have such an amazing circle of friends and family. I’m especially impressed with my husband who isn’t afraid to purchase pink, glittery cozy mysteries at Barnes & Noble.

Just look at this basket-o-books!!! I don’t even know where to begin. Should I start with the cozy Halloween-themed mystery set in a bookstore/lighthouse? Or perhaps I should dive into the second installment of the Georgia Peach mystery series. Considering how much I loved, Peaches and Scream, I’m sure it’s a winner. And then there’s the magical bakeshop mystery! I love this series–especially the hot fireman boyfriend. Read all about him here! 

Thanks to Lil Bootz, I didn’t have to make the tough decision. Since she’s the boss of me, I have no choice but to read The Persian Always Meows Twice. Psst…don’t tell her, but this was already my first choice.

Now I’m off to the picturesque town of Chadwick to play a game of cat and mouse with Cassie McGlone and her feline sidekicks!