Beetiful designed the book cover for Smoke and Sugar by Bel Blackwood.
You can never plan for love. You definitely can’t plan for llamas.
Practical, down-to-earth Kaia Kingsley loves life in the rural wilds of New Zealand. Even if country life comes with its own challenges: keeping the bank from repossessing her farm, keeping her jam-making business afloat, and… finding a llama in her strawberry patch?
When she drags it back home, she doesn’t expect its owner to be a gorgeous older woman. Tessa is icy, but Kaia can see the lonely woman under the surface… and she wants to see more.
But when Kingsley Jams gets the chance to enter in a famous food competition, Kaia needs to focus. If she doesn’t win, her jam business will go under, taking her farm with it.
But the only person who can help her win is the biggest distraction of them all.
Her jams are made to make a person crave more. But now, Kaia is the one wrestling with sweet temptation.
She went searching for a new life. She found new love.
It’s been six months since high-powered lawyer Tessa’s breakup, but her ex’s words are still ringing in her ears: Tessa Wright, you’re heartless.
A small New Zealand town is the perfect place for Tessa to lick her wounds. But life in the country comes with challenges she wasn’t prepared for—like her new neighbor, Kaia.
The younger woman is as sweet as the jam she makes. Tessa needs to stay away from her. Kaia deserves better than a cold-hearted city lawyer.
But when Kaia begs for her help saving her business, Tessa can’t say no. As the competition day approaches, the two of them will have to work together. To save what Kaia holds dear, Tessa will have to learn to listen to her heart.
Smoke and Sugar is the second book in the Small Town Sparks series, but can be read as a standalone novel.
Bel Blackwood spins stories about flawed women finding happiness, aimed at readers who like their lesbian romances to be heartfelt, quirky, and funny.
When she's not writing, Bel loves hiking with her mutts, baking up a storm, and trying (and failing) to learn to meditate. If she followed the advice to write what you know, all of her books would be about heroines waging war on the pests on their zucchini plants.
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