IT HAPPENS IN THREES
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Seeking to escape her stalking ex-fiancé, savvy computer expert, Ruby Goodman, flees to her family's vacation home. Always a healing place, Florida is the best spot for her to reassemble the crumbling pieces of her personal and professional life in safety. But somehow her high school sweetheart and first love, Michael Augustson, always appears when she least expects-but needs-him most. This time the only man she's ever truly loved needs her help to catch an international thief. But can she risk her life by becoming involved in his scheme? And does she dare to lay her heart on the line for a man who may disappear at any time?
Forced into some 'R and R', unflappable special operative, Michael, takes refuge in Florida where he runs into his old love, Ruby. Brilliant and a whiz with computers, Ruby is the answer to his prayers. He needs someone to crack the computer systems of an elusive money laundering thief. While working with her, Michael finds it a challenge to keep his distance from Ruby because he fears his passion for her may endanger both their lives. The only way to keep Ruby safe is to keep her close. Is it because of the threat to her life? Or is it because the stubborn, independent and infuriating but passionate Ruby has become a threat to his heart?
Fear had her scrambling for the edge of the pool. Pushing water out of her way with her hands, she struggled to get to the house and safety. Before she could lift herself up two strong hands wrapped around each of her arms with a bruising grip and hauled her out of the water.
"Let me go," she shrieked, kicked the air helplessly, thrashing wildly in his grasp. When she landed a lucky blow to his nuts, the man swore in pain. His grip loosened, her bare feet made contact with the rough surface of the cement patio. She kicked him in the shin, elbowed him in the stomach, and raced for the house.
"Denise Robbins' delicious debut novel, It Happens in Threes, begins with a bang and doesn't let up. Fueled by a heady mix of action, suspense, humor, and romance--and a couple of thoroughly engaging protagonists--the book kept me turning pages (and hoping that the wild, sexy ride wouldn't end!). IHT marks the launch of a career to watch."
~David Daniel, author of Reunion and The Marble Kite
It Happens in Threes is packed with scorching romance, nail-biting suspense, and nonstop action. The chemistry between Ruby and Michael sizzles and Robbins gives the reader quite the tease along with a lot of fun as she adroitly brings Michael and Ruby together only to pull them apart through their own misperceptions. The characters are engaging, from the sensual Ruby to hot-tempered Michael to the deliciously evil yet debonair LaRue. The story moves at a fast pace and keeps the reader entertained throughout. Consider this book one rollicking good read.
~Christy Tillery French, Midwest Book Review and author of Chasing Horses, Wayne's Dead, and The Bodyguard and the Rock Star
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Rich chocolate cake, caramel, toffee, and whipped topping
Prep Time: approx. 30 Minutes
Cook Time: approx. 1 Hour
Ready in: approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Makes 1 - 9x13 inch cake (24 servings)
1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
1/2 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
6 ounces caramel ice cream topping
3 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered toffee, chopped or bag of heath toffee bits
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Bake cake according to package directions for a 9x13 inch pan; cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Make slits across the top of the cake, making sure not to go through to the bottom.
- Microwave 30 seconds at a time, combine sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping, stirring until smooth and blended. Slowly pour the warm topping mixture over the top of the warm cake, letting it sink into the slits; then sprinkle the crushed chocolate toffee bars liberally across the entire cake while still warm. (Hint: I crush my candy bars into small chunks as opposed to crumbs - I like to have pieces I can chew on!)
- Let cake cool completely, and then top with whipped topping. Decorate the top of the cake with some more chocolate toffee bar chunks and swirls of caramel topping. Refrigerate and serve right from the pan!
***If you want to really go decadent add 1-2 cups of hot fudge on top of the caramel topping layer or swirls on top right before serving (followed by the heath bar bits)***
Spicy chili with a dash of sweetness
Ready in: approx. The longer it cooks – the better it is!!
1 or 2 pounds ground beef
*For a little extra treat, toss in some steak cubes*(men like lots of meat)
2 large cans crushed tomatoes
3 to 4 medium size cans tomato sauce (the kind with herbs already added)
2 McCormick Chili seasoning packs (1 Hot and 1 Regular/Medium) **for a really hot kick use 2 Hot spice packs**
1 or 2 cans red kidney beans (light or dark doesn’t matter)
Chopped vegetables, peppers (in particular jalapeno)
Optional and not for the weak:
2 Tablespoons Cayenne Powder
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
Tabasco to taste
*Another nice secret is Worcestershire sauce*
Dash of sweetness:
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- Cook the meat in the chili pot. (I usually add some Season All spice to the meat when I cook it – helps the flavor and gets rid of that nasty red meat smell). Drain the meat when done.
- Drain the kidney beans, fill can with water, and drain again. Then add to the beef.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and the tomato sauces. If you like more meat than sauce, don’t use all the sauces.
- Stir this up really good. Now mix in the Spice Packets. Stir this up.
- Add in the chopped vegetables of choice. Peppers, onions, even corn. Don’t forget to add the chopped jalapenos.
- If you’re the faint of heart don’t go any further. Let it simmer and eat it during the 4 O’clock football game.
If you’re looking for KickAss, read on:
- Add in the Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Tabasco. Mix this in really well. Then top it off with the Tablespoon of cocoa. (Don’t say ick! – you’ll love it)
Let it simmer all day and eat. It will be even better tomorrow.