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Double Dipping [Kindle Edition]

Marilyn Brant
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Book Description

*Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel in the 2012 International Digital Awards!*
~ A romance by USA TODAY bestselling author Marilyn Brant ~

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 and 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 contemporary romance with a little humor, a light mystery and a lot of sweet ice cream.

**Bonus Content: Enjoy the full Chapter One excerpt of Marilyn Brant's ebook ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE at the end of this novel!**

STORY EXCERPT:
Garrett watched the curvaceous blonde throw a few 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 of being a woman. They always thought they had to be so mysterious.

“So, you’re not going to tell me? Think I’ll laugh?”

She nodded, 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 clearly despised him. Well, never let it be said he couldn’t make a strong first impression.


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An Excerpt from DOUBLE DIPPING:

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. Maybe she'd thaw a bit, they could talk, he'd figure out her angle and, hopefully, discount her from his investigation. He needed to concentrate on forwarding his career...and on keeping his father from disowning him. Ogling attractive women was his brother's department, not his.

"You have bright parents," he said finally. "Bet you appreciated their foresight."

"I did." She surprised him with a grin that lit up her whole face. For a moment he was rendered speechless.

They strolled outside toward the parking lot.

"Okay," she said. "Now that you know my secret, what's your middle name?"

Sheesh. He hadn't been thinking. Sharing his middle name could only land him in boiling water. "Mine's not real interesting."

The light in her face vanished. She turned huge, distrustful eyes on him. "So?"

He grimaced. "My middle initial's 'M,' how 'bout you guess?"

"What? I practically told you mine outright. There's no reason to hedge with me. It couldn't be that terrible."

"Oh, don't be so sure. Your parents altered yours from your namesake's to be less embarrassing, my parents did nothing of the kind." He hesitated, praying she'd back off. The name recognition, he knew from years of painful experience, could be instantaneous. But no such luck. This Miss Walsh was a persistent one.

Her forehead crinkled. "Hmm. Well, it couldn't be Michael or Matthew, could it? Those aren't unusual enough to upset anyone. Max, maybe? What about Mitch? Or, Marvin?"

"I wish," he muttered. And he did. For maybe the ninety-thousandth time he wished he came from a family that wasn't internationally famous.

They reached their vehicles, and he changed the subject. "Look," he told her, "why don't you jump in with me? It'll be easier than taking two cars. I can drive you back here later."

"Oh, um...sure."

He opened the passenger door of his red BMW and held it for her. She slid into the black leather seat, her eyes bulging at the rows of gadgets on the dash. He knew how impressive it looked. He liked his cars complicated, his women simple. Yet another reason the chilly and changeable Miss Walsh posed a problem: She did not seem simple. But someone was meddling with funds and, although instinct and experience told him Cait didn't have the bearing of a ringleader, she might know who was at the center of these thefts.

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  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
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  • Publisher: Twelfth Night Romance Books (August 24, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner for Marilyn Brant March 18, 2012
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This was a nice read. I devoured it in two days. Along with Ms. Brant's usual romance, there is an added mystery and a bit of human interest in this novel. I very much enjoyed the story and the down-to-earth characters she seems to write about so easily. Ms. Brant has a unique way of making me care about her characters. She also writes in a way that makes her heroine (and hero)very easy to relate to. I'm not sure how she manages it, but she gets into the male mind just as easily as the female mind. More than once I teared up over the misunderstandings and emotional pain her main characters experience throughout the novel. This is another winner for Maryiln Brant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Double Dipping- funny, sweet and sexy read! March 10, 2012
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I really enjoyed the story, loved the heroine Caitlin and the hero Garrett and how their relationship developed during the story.

I felt like the characters were well developed and the story wasn't rushed but not too slow.

I thought the secondary characters really added to the story and I would love to read more about Jacob and maybe other charters.

If you are looking for a funny, sweet but sexy book I highly recommend Double Dipping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIVE INTO DIPPING October 28, 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable, Fun Read I Could Not Put Down! October 16, 2011
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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. Cait and Garrett must work together to find the person(s) behind siphoning school funds, of whom there are many suspects. Is it a fellow teacher with children who might need some extra cash, the ambitious, gold-digging school board member, the pliant principal or someone else with an agenda? As they work together to find the thief, Cait and Garrett must learn to trust each other, something neither is good at. While reading about Cait and Garrett's saccharine romance, the readers gets to see the fun, sexy, and playful side, as well as the serious and fragile elements that constitutes their relationship. Well done!
Brant's creativity in concocting her own ice cream flavors and tying them into the story is also noteworthy. While reading this book, I often found myself craving ice cream. Definitely worth the price of the book and the pints of ice cream one will consume while reading!
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More About the Author

Marilyn Brant is a USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction, and she was named the 2013 Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the "Happily Ever After" (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt's Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 2011, and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in "Fiction & Literature" in 2012), all women's fiction releases from Kensington Books.

She's also a #1 Kindle & #1 Nook Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available as original ebooks. Both ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH were Top 100 Bestsellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. DOUBLE DIPPING was a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel and HOLIDAY MAN was a RONE Award Contestant. Her latest novel, THE ROAD TO YOU, is a coming-of-age romantic mystery (October 2013), and her novella "All About Us" is part of the new-adult romance anthology, ALL I EVER WANTED (January 2014).

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Lifetime Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 and a number of awards since -- including the Single Titles Reviewers' Choice, the Booksellers' Best and the Aspen Gold.

Marilyn lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family, but she also hangs out online at her blog "Brant Flakes." When she isn't rereading Jane's books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

Visit her website: http://www.marilynbrant.com

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