Double Dipping [NOOK Book]

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*Finalist 2012 International Digital Awards*
Who needs a man when you have a pint of fresh Wisconsin ice cream and full access to Cary Grant on The Movie Channel?
That’s what second-grade teacher and MGM-devotee Caitlin Walsh believes. After being left at the altar by her ambitious rat of an ex-fiancé, Cait has rededicated her life to her students and to the citizens of small-town Ridgewood Grove. But when the school’s new financial director, Garrett Ellis, cancels the ...
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Overview

*Finalist 2012 International Digital Awards*
Who needs a man when you have a pint of fresh Wisconsin ice cream and full access to Cary Grant on The Movie Channel?
That’s what second-grade teacher and MGM-devotee Caitlin Walsh believes. After being left at the altar by her ambitious rat of an ex-fiancé, Cait has rededicated her life to her students and to the citizens of small-town Ridgewood Grove. But when the school’s new financial director, Garrett Ellis, cancels the much-beloved Harvest Hoopla festival, Cait rallies the staff to fight the decision, which puts her in direct conflict with the most formidable man she’s ever encountered.
As a reluctant heir to the Ellis Fruit & Nut Gift Basket Empire and the second son of one of the country’s most affluent families, Garrett has a penchant for mixing sweet edibles with acts of love. He also has an undercover agenda: to find the person responsible for stealing the district money and to right the situation, while keeping his family background to himself. But in the process, he faces the one woman who challenges his longtime resistance to commitment.
Both Cait and Garrett end up secretly snooping into each other's past: Garrett looking for the thief, Cait uncovering Garrett’s private family history and his prior girlfriends -- one of whom turns out to be someone very unexpected...
Love and family complications abound in this small-town romance with a little humor, a light mystery and a lot of sweet ice cream.
**BONUS CONTENT: This ebook also includes the full Chapter One excerpt of Marilyn Brant's bestselling digital romantic comedy, ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE!**

Story Excerpt:
Garrett watched the curvaceous blonde throw a few last things together, and he shook his head behind her back. This was exactly the kind of individual who could get away with skimming budget funds if she wanted to. No one would suspect someone as lovely and as, well, wholesome-looking as Cait Walsh. Not of fiscal misdeeds.
Still, it would be bad form to deny a teacher her glitter. The school board had approved the office supplies change, but he wondered who’d orchestrated it and why. Something seriously strange was afoot in this district.
He studied Cait. She was young, dynamic and closer to his sister’s age than his. Twenty-five, maybe. But unlike Sis, this shapely woman was a neat freak who used round vowel tones as weapons. She challenged him with that reserved posture, that combination of clarity and caution. With those huge gray-green eyes, freckle-splattered nose and forehead creased in concentration over God knew what, she was cute as hell.
Which annoyed him. He had too much to do. A leak to pinpoint. He had no intention of finding anyone “cute as hell.” Least of all a potential embezzler from Wisconsin.
He saw her lift a bulky beige tote with the letters “CLW” stitched in green. It looked as heavy as a golf bag, but shorter and twice as dense. She had it crammed with papers, scratch 'n’ sniff stickers, lots of stuff he couldn’t see. He’d have offered to carry it for her, but she grabbed it tight. Didn’t look like she’d trust the FBI with that thing. Huh. Suspect behavior.
“What’s the ‘L’ stand for?” He pointed to her monogram. “It wouldn’t be Lynn, would it?” He squinted. “Leigh? Or Loretta?”
“None of the above.” Cait locked her classroom door.
Then again, maybe secrecy was just part and parcel of being a woman. They always thought they had to be so mysterious.
“So, what? You’re not going to tell me? Think I’ll laugh?”
She nodded, standing still and staring at him in the hallway.
He puffed out some hot air. He’d have to brush up on his chitchatting. Not a good idea to alienate the staff so soon, even if he had suspicions about somebody. He’d known her for…what? A whole fifteen minutes? And already she pretty clearly despised him. Well, never let it be said he couldn’t make a strong first impression.
“I won’t laugh.” He tried to radiate sincerity.
She gave him a thorough once-over. “Livie,” she mumbled. “After my grandmother Olivia.”
“Oh.” He shrugged. “That’s not so bad. Olivia’s nice, too. Why’d your parents shorten it?”
At this she chuckled. “Think about it, Mr. Ellis. You couldn’t have grown up around here. Even in Wisconsin—the ‘Dairy State’—having the initials C.O.W. is hardly a woman’s deepest desire.”
A laugh erupted from deep within him. So there was a sense of humor behind the snow queen façade. Good.
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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Love Books - Kristyn RLB
"Marilyn Brant has done it again with Double Dipping. And by 'it,' I mean thoroughly entertained and impressed me. The joy in Double Dipping is in Brant’s ability to create real characters with real-life flaws... In addition to the absolute truth that Brant brings to her stories, I thoroughly enjoy her ability to make her tales family oriented... And, on top of all of the things that I’ve already mentioned, Double Dipping is witty and fun!" ~Kristyn, Romantic Love Books
Leatherbound Reviews - Jakki L.
"Brant has provided a delicious story I devoured in one day! I just could not put down this book! Brant has an amazing ability to create real characters with real flaws, from Cait and Garrett's relationship issues, which are based on previous experiences, to snooty school board members, to loving family members who face their own challenges. I can truly picture these characters in real life. Not only are Brant’s characters believable, but so is the conflict." ~Jakki, Leatherbound Reviews
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013051959
  • Publisher: Twelfth Night Romance Books
  • Publication date: 8/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 361,222
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Marilyn Brant has been told she writes with honesty, liveliness and wit (descriptors she's grown terribly fond of) about complex, intelligent women -- like her friends -- and their significant personal relationships. Although her favorite pursuits undoubtedly involve books, she proves she's not just a literary snob by confessing her lifelong fascination (read: obsession) with popular music, especially from the '70s and '80s, most flavors of ice cream and a variety of sensuous body lotions/oils.

Marilyn is the award-winning women's fiction author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (available November 29, 2011), all from Kensington Books. She also writes fun and flirty romantic comedies that involve sweet treats and large doses of humor. Her novel ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE came out on ebook in June 2011 and hit the "Bestsellers in Humor" list. DOUBLE DIPPING is a September 2011 digital release. Look for more of Marilyn’s original ebook exclusives in 2012.

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. Her debut novel, ACCORDING TO JANE, featuring "the ghost of Jane Austen giving a young woman dating advice," won the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Award, and it was selected as one of the “Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time” by Buzzle.com. And her second novel, FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, was a Doubleday and Book-of-the-Month Club pick.

She currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn't rereading Jane's books or watching old movies, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

Praise for Marilyn's novels:
"Fresh, original, and lots of fun." ~B&N Review
"...sweetly romantic and delightfully clever..." ~Chicago Tribune
"A charming book." ~Family Circle
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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    DIVE INTO DIPPING

    The culinary world has a fascination with dipping...thank goodness!! My favorite is anything dipped in CHOCOLATE! Peanuts, pretzels, strawberries! Yep, we love to dip. But the best kind of dipping...is double dipping. It's sinful, forbidden and just naughty enough to be a guilty pleasure. Exactly like the brilliant Marilyn Brant's latest ebook aptly titled, DOUBLE DIPPING. As her previous ebook, ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE, this book has all the ingredients that make Marilyn's stories shine. A strong, independent woman (which I love), a smoldering, sensitive hero (what's not to love?), and so many mouth-watering food references you'll want to grab a pint of your favorite before starting the book! This time, the heroine is second-grade teacher Caitlin Walsh. Who, after having her heart stomped on by a low-life ex-fiance, swears off men for classic movie marathons and her students. But when the school's new financial director, Garrett Ellis cancels the fall festival, Cait (love the nickname...maybe because it's my oldest daughters') organizes the teachers to fight the decision. What happens next is a smorgasbord of witty repartee, burning attraction, and secrets deeper and richer than Mr. Koolemar's Chunky Cherry-Chocolate Jubilee (recipe included in the book!). Great story, right? So great, you want to rush on over to download it, but keep reading, because I'm going to tell you the secret of Marilyn's writing. You ready? She's real. She writes REAL stories. She writes REAL characters. Any one of her heroines could be your best friend, your sister, you or me. Her stories are so genuine, in fact, I find myself forgetting I'm reading a book. Forgetting these characters aren't my real-life, flesh-and-blood friends. And long after the last paragraph, I find myself thinking about them and wondering what they're doing. Now, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite flavor, download DOUBLE DIPPING and dig in!

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    An a OK read.

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