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When I first came up with the idea of Dinner For Two, I knew I wanted to combine two of my favorite things – food and Italy. I love to eat good food and I love to travel. I’ve been fortunate enough to backpack my way across some of the most beautiful parts of Italy several times and often recount my travels by the meals I’ve enjoyed there. One of my favorite things to indulge in is gelato. I’ve tried to get it in the US, but it’s just not the same as what I’ve eaten while in Florence, Venice or Pisa. During one trip on a particularly brutally hot day in Pisa, I stopped into a tiny gelateria in the hopes of resting my tired feet and cooling off with a small cup of gelato. The older gentleman was extremely proud of his wares, boasting that they were all freshly made each morning by him and his wife. I ordered the lemon gelato, thinking it was the one that would be most refreshing in that sweltering heat. To say it was the best gelato I’ve ever eaten is an understatement. I even think I moaned out loud while eating it. It had the perfect combination of sweet and tart flavors, combined with the silkiness you can only find in true Italian-made gelato. (It even had lemon seeds in it, which I was ecstatic about!) After I was finished, I told the gentleman that I had never tasted anything so wonderful and it had made my trip to Pisa that much more special. I’m still searching for a place that serves decent gelato near me, but I’d like to think that maybe Tony and Sonia in Dinner For Two might try their hands at making it and just might actually get it right J
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Romance On The Go – Short Story
Published: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Sonia Davenport has dreams of coordinating and planning special events. When she’s given the opportunity to plan a dinner for her boss and his shareholders, she jumps at the chance to make everything perfect. Helping her plan the special night is the head chef of the restaurant, Tony Mancinni, who is not only charming but goes out of his way to make Sonia feel special during the entire planning process.
The dinner party almost turns disastrous when an employee mixes up the orders and sets out the wrong food. In a mad rush to save the dinner, Sonia and Tony realize their attraction to each other when things heat up in the kitchen. However, Tony has to convince Sonia that he wants more than just an extra set of hands in his restaurant – he wants her to stay the night so he can convince her to stay for good.
Tony gently rubbed his finger along her bottom lip. "I had hoped everything would be perfect tonight because I wanted to impress you. When you came in for brunch that first Sunday and laid out your plans, not only were you beautiful, but you had a detailed description of what you wanted. On the catering side of things, you have no idea how attractive that is. Then, when you came in for your tasting, I didn't think I was going to make it through the afternoon without asking you out. But I have a strict rule: Don't date the clients until after the function is over. So I waited. Do you have any idea how hard it was to wait?"
Sonia shook her head slightly, then let her lips part. Instead of replying to him, she slid her tongue out to meet his finger, gently caressing the tip. He hissed in a breath, his eyes fixated on her tongue and lips. Feeling emboldened by his words, she leaned closer and drew his finger deeper inside her mouth, wrapping her lips around it as she laved it with her tongue.
"Sonia," he whispered. "You're so beautiful. But I didn't ask you up here for this."
She leaned back, his finger sliding out of her mouth. All the nerves and doubts she'd felt earlier were replaced by a heat that was coursing through her. She'd felt it all night in the kitchen with him and it was stronger now that she knew he wanted her as badly as she wanted him.
"I'm glad you asked me up here, Tony. But if we're being honest with each other, I think dinner can wait. You see, I've lost my appetite. For food, that is."
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Eileen Griffin lives in the Southwest but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing M/M with lots of boykissing.
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