Book: Tutti-Frutti Blues (Carmel Charmers Series Book 1) by Kemberlee Shortlandcategories: Book, Fiction, Carmel, Crazy Laws, Contemporary Romance, California, Romance
Kemberlee Shortlandabout this book: Town therapist Maisie Daniels is having a bad day. A failed alarm clock makes her late for work, she's locked herself out of her house and worse, she's half way across town when she realizes she's wearing her bunny slippers. A double scoop of tutti-frutti ice cream is just the ticket to boost her mood.
When Sergeant Jake Hennessey spots a woman in bunny slippers muttering to herself in the park, he wonders if she's one of the local eccentrics. When she steps from the ice cream parlor with her double dip in hand, Jake decides not to cite her for eating ice cream on the street, a recent ban, but invites her to dinner instead.
When Jake arrives at the restaurant and sees Maisie in her bunny slippers, he knows instantly that he could love her.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 1985
Devendorf Park was the diamond in Carmel's crown. Named for one of Carmel's developers, James Frank Devendorf, the park encompassed an entire block of prime real estate in the heart of the town.
Open to Ocean Avenue, the town's main street, the park was flanked on its remaining three sides by oaks and pines, like those around her cottage. Paths meandered under heavy tree limbs which hung over flowerbeds growing vibrant with colorful blooms, the scents of which were heady in the warm air.
The center of the park boasted a field of grass so verdant it looked like shimmering emerald velvet in the sunshine. It was the kind of grass one would slip out of their shoes and run across, knowing that even on a day like today the coolness of the green blades would pacify the flesh.
Well, bliss unless you missed one of the many signs posted at each entrance into the park:
Eating or drinking
Keep off the grass
And Maisie's favorite: No loitering.
The town designed an oasis in an otherwise bustling little town then made it an offense to use it. She sometimes wondered about the logic of the town council. They always seemed to come up with some crazy regulations.
With the threat of prosecution, Maisie hurried through the park lest she be cited for dallying.
Midway across the park, her mind on getting to the office, she stepped in something that shouldn't have been on the path, let alone in the park.
When she looked down, two things crossed her mind. The first was how thoughtful the dog had been to stay off the forbidden grass. The second was total, utter and complete embarrassment as her gaze slipped down her bare legs and saw what else was on her feet.
Not just any slippers, but her pink bunny slippers!
She shot a quick glance around, suddenly panicked. Had anyone seen the town's therapist traipsing through the park in her bunny slippers?
The answer was a resounding yes.
One of Carmel's finest stood on the sidewalk with an open-mouth stare. She might have been attracted to his handsome tanned features and his obviously toned body if she wasn't so damned mortified! The quicker she got to her office the better.
Without thinking, she rubbed her foot in the grass to remove as much of the fetid mess as possible then raced for Ocean Avenue. She paid little attention to the stares she received and prayed she didn't meet up with anyone she knew. Especially a patient.
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