Love You Senseless
Susan Mac Nicol
London’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.
From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.
A TASTE OF FOREVER
An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.
Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.
Two days later Gideon could bear it no longer. He was a nervous wreck. He was hyper sensitive to Eddie’s presence, watching him stride across the floor of the restaurant from stock room to kitchen, seeing him go into the kitchen staff-room to change before catching his train home, and catching sight of his studious frame hard at work every time Gideon went into the kitchen. Eddie did his best to ignore him too, but Gideon knew he was watching him. He’d felt Eddie’s eyes on his back and when he turned around, they’d be elsewhere.
Eddie must have the quickest damn reflexes, Gideon mused darkly. He was like some bloody sneaky ginger haired tomcat that spat and clawed and then simply affected an air of disdain as if a person wasn’t there. Gideon snorted. Typical cat. He was a dog man himself.
It was driving him completely crazy and there was no way he wanted this friction between them. So Gideon did what any red blooded man needing to fix things in a non- relationship would do. He waylaid Eddie in the staff- room one night late after work, when all of the rest of the kitchen employees were gone.
Eddie’s habit was generally to be the last one to leave. He’d disappear to get out of his smelly kitchen clobber into comfortable jeans and sweatshirt and then wrap his old suede jacket round his lithe body before he hot-footed it for his train. It was easy enough for Gideon to wait and then make sure no one else was in there before sneaking in behind him and locking the door.
I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. This is my bloody restaurant and they can deal with me if they don’t like it.
At the click of the door closing, Eddie turned in surprise and his face darkened when he saw Gideon standing there, trying to look as contrite as possible. He even fixed a smile on his face in the hope Eddie might feel more susceptible to his charms.
“Gideon? What are you doing here?” His voice was husky and Gideon heard a slight wariness.
“It’s my restaurant. I can be here if I want to.”
Oh so damn smooth you stupid tosser.
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published earlier this year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Saving Alexander is her second m/m romance.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.