Since this is Coffee Time Romance, I thought I’d write about…coffee!

My name is Rebecca Brooks and I love my coffee hot or iced, and with a little bit of milk—although if it’s super extra good coffee, I’ll drink it black. I also love romance. The perfect combination? Writing about coffee, food, and love.

My newest sexy contemporary, Above All, is about a thirty-four year old artist who runs a campground in the Adirondacks and falls for a pastry chef who’s eight years younger than she is. Ben makes delicious confections, including mouth-watering almond croissants—one of my favorite treats.

Casey is no whiz in the kitchen. Ben has to save her from more than a few cooking disasters. But she’s damn picky about her coffee, which she makes in a French press with just a splash of cream.

She never had to set a timer to know when the coffee was perfectly steeped. She could see it, smell it, sense it, and when the tingling in her fingertips told her she couldn’t wait another second, it was done. She liked it strong, rich and nutty but not at all burnt. The perfect coffee taste was less of a flavor than a shape. Round. Whole. Complete.

I know everyone has their own ideas about how to make the perfect cup of coffee. Personally this summer, I’m all about making iced coffee in my AeroPress—here’s the recipe I’m currently obsessed with. An AeroPress is so small, it works great in my NYC apartment. But I also have a French press that I use for making more than one cup when guests come over.

In every book, my heroes and heroines have their morning routines and the ways they take their coffee, whether it’s black (“Like your heart,” Connor says to Mackenzie in Make Me Beg, lol), or with milk, cream, or—in my current work in progress—almond milk instead of dairy. I’m going to have to write a tea drinker next!

I love writing about food, drinks, cooking, and baking because I love giving characters something simple yet sensual and pleasurable to experience in their everyday lives. Casey goes swimming in Paper Lake every morning and then comes back to her cabin in the woods to enjoy a steaming cup of hot coffee in her favorite mug. Even before she first lays eyes on Ben—or tastes his muffins, scones, and croissants—we know she’s a strong, sensual character who experiences the world in a physical way. She notices the cold of the lake water, the smell of the coffee beans grinding, the steam curling up from the mug. When she first kisses Ben, she savors every detail. And it’s explosive.

And when they wake up after their first night together, she makes him a cup of coffee that knocks his socks off. It’s all about the little things, isn’t it? Not just fireworks and grand gestures, but the small, everyday moments that the hero and heroine spend together, sipping coffee, cuddling, and sharing their days.

Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north, and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She’s convinced she’s happy being alone—until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend’s hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend “above all.”

Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. The hot, young Brooklyn-bound chef offers the perfect distraction. Soon the backwoods are heating up… But as their fling turns into more, the demands of Ben’s family and budding career make moving to her idyllic town impossible.

Now Casey must decide what she can’t live without—her life in the mountains, or the man she wants to be hers above all

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Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them.

She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.

Rebecca is the author of the How to Fall (a HOLT Medallion Finalist), the Men of Gold Mountain series (an IDA Erotica Finalist), and the new Heart of the Adirondacks series. Her next book, Wrong Bed, Right Roommate (Accidental Love Book 1), will be out in the fall of 2018.

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