Book Reviews

Kneading You by C.S. Poe at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-July-2019

Book Blurb

Christopher Hughes is new to the small New England town of Lancaster, New Hampshire. He’s been hired to save an old library from closing, but his obstacles include not only fighting for state funding, but a Selectman who wants to tear the building down in favor of a shopping center.


Christopher meets Miles Sakasai, a charming tattooed repairman hired to help restore the historical interior. Working in close proximity has both men falling hard for each other, and also provides Christopher an opportunity to learn about Miles’s passion for baking. As it turns out, Miles’s skills in the kitchen may end up being the key to saving the library—but only if his bread can rise to the occasion.


Previously published by Dreamspinner Press in the Simmer anthology, February 2016.

Book Review

Small towns have their own kind of charm, and so do antique libraries in need of rescue. Well, at least they do for me, so by the time the baking of bread was mentioned, I was looking forward to reading this story. And what a treat it turned out to be!

Christopher is ready to leave the big city behind and wants to make his new home in a small town. The job of taking over the town library (after the previous librarian passed away) is ideal for him, but it may not last long. There are budget issues and plans to tear it down to make room for a shopping center. Christopher needs help with repairs, so he engages Miles, but the good-looking repairman has other skills – he bakes the most divine bread. Both men are interested in each other, and teaming up proves to be a good idea for more than one reason, not just because kneading dough together is fun.

If you like sweet men who fight the odds, if a small-town library makes your blood flow faster, and if you’re looking for a read that contains a touch of suspense but is otherwise very sweet, then you will probably like this short story.






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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 40 pages/11437 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-July-2019
Price $0.99 ebook
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