Bliss Bakery series

Sugar Crush | Susan Scott Shelley

When horror novelist Jack Kramer is guilted into joining his best friend’s softball team, he’s not expecting to come face to face with the inspiration for his next novel. But one look at Gabriel Spencer, and his muse is off and running. Good thing, too, as his deadline is looming.

Bakery assistant Gabriel abhors anything with blood and gore, but he’s intrigued by Jack and agrees to help the sexy author. He’s not expecting the white hot attraction that builds every moment they are together, or how to handle dating someone who pushes him so far outside his comfort zone.

Happiness versus horror, sunlight versus shadows, early riser versus night owl, the men couldn’t be more different. Opposites attract, but are they too dissimilar to write their own happy ever after?

Originally featured in Love Is All: Romance Anthology, Volume 2, this story has been revised and expanded.

susan scott


USA Today bestselling author



Sebastian Foster has spent the last few months rebuilding his life, making new friends, and mending a broken heart. He loves his job as an assistant baker, his co-workers have become his closest friends, and they treat him like family. Everything is great, until he receives an invitation to a friend's wedding where he'll have to face his cheating ex. Decades of friendship prevents him from opting out. He'll have to go... And that includes materializing a boyfriend who doesn’t exist and bringing him to the wedding.

Everything has always come easy for Austin Mitchell—making friends, finding jobs, having a supportive family—everything but Sebastian Foster. He’s crushed on the baker for months, but timing has always been an issue. When Sebastian asks for his help in the gym, the personal trainer quickly agrees, eager for more time together. He can’t ethically date a client, but that doesn’t stop him from volunteering to be Sebastian’s plus one at the wedding, or from letting his meddling, matchmaking family think he and Sebastian are an item.

A fake relationship solves their problems… until it starts feeling all too real. Their partnership brings attraction, connection, chemistry, and understanding. But despite everything drawing them together, replacing the pretending label with something authentic means facing the doubts, truths, and worries that could tear them apart.  

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