Maggie’s determined to prove she can handle the heat of the family coffee business—but trouble brews when a trendy espresso bar opens across the street, managed by arrogant (and inconveniently sexy) hipster Seth. When their rivalry boils into undeniable chemistry, letting their guards down means risking their jobs, families, and hearts. A PNW rivals-to-lovers romance perfect for fans of The Ex Talk and Simmer Down.
Fine, I’ll be the one to say it—pumpkin spice is better than sex.
For the record, I’m not saying the sex I’ve had was bad, but I need to emphasize how serious I am about pumpkin spice. It was love at first sip. Nothing makes me swoon harder than the sweet, spicy perfection of the best drink ever invented. Bonus points if there’s a nice fall chill in the air.
Just wrap me up in flannel and stick me in a pile of leaves.
Naturally, the first Monday in September is the best day of the year, because it means seasonal drinks have returned to Brew it Again. There’s a bright-eyed joy in the shop laced with cinnamon and cardamon. People smile as they wait in line, chatting and shrugging off their dripping North Face jackets. The rain-soaked Spokane streets feel like a good omen today: it’s like the universe is bringing me autumn a few weeks early.
Before joining my employees behind the counter, I take another rich sip of my own pumpkin latte, savoring the pleasure spreading down to my toes.
Years ago, when my parents opened our first store, I became smitten with the near-manic hustle of a café in the morning. Buzzed on a blend of adrenaline and caffeine, I pull shot after shot with a grin. We’re all in sync, running as smoothly as this well-calibrated espresso machine.