When his hometown crush suddenly returns his affections at a seaside celebration, pastry chef Ben Parrish must find a way to pursue his dream of moving his bakery to San Francisco – without losing the love he’s always wanted…
Ben has been baking his grandma’s cinnamon rolls at the family café for years. He’s been quietly in love with Adam Reed, his musician-slash-mechanic neighbor, for just as long. But Ben’s done waiting behind the pastry case. He’s entered a make-or-break competition to show off his own recipes. He’s going to buy his overprotective family out of the business. And he’s going to ask Adam out. TONIGHT.
Except his big plans get punched down before they even half-rise. Soon Ben is dashing down the coast to his grandma’s 80th birthday party on the beach, hiding his broken heart in Maywell Bay, California. Sun, sea, and fresh breezes should blow in something new—except they don’t. They blow in Adam Reed, grinning like a pirate and stealing the show as the musical entertainment hired by Grandma for her big bash. Grandma’s signature Heartbreak Tea is the only remedy, and Grandma’s tea could take the paint off a fence.
But there’s a burn of truth along with the booze in his bottle, and Ben has a decision to make. Can he take the sweetness in front of him, and brave the bitterness that comes after? Or is a little sea salt just what this cinnamon roll needs?
Salty cinnamon rolls? Ew. Ben would never.
July 25, 2023
With a gorgeous beachfront mansion, salty ocean breeze, steamy nights, and ALL the summertime feels, this funny, sexy queer rom-com is a celebration of summer love, as a cinnamon roll of a pastry chef finds his indie rocker crush suddenly within reach. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston, Roan Parrish, Alexandria Bellefleur, Ruby Barrett, and Alexis Hall!
Praise for IN THE EVENT OF LOVE
“With its charming small town, snowy mountaintop kisses, and dreamy lesbian lumberjane, IN THE EVENT OF LOVE is perfect for the holidays!” —Helen Hoang, New York Times bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient
"This debut may be releasing in the summer, but it'll be living rent-free in your brain all through the snow, especially as you pray for it to get picked up as a Hallmark movie." —Buzzfeed
“Exactly like a Hallmark Christmas movie.” —Alison Cochrun in Entertainment Weekly
“This steamy second-chance queer romance is told from Morgan’s point of view, and her character arc is a believable journey from prickly protagonist to someone readers will cheer for. Rachel is a well-developed love interest, and the chemistry between them sizzles from the beginning…A well-written fast-paced debut, with fun banter and narrative; readers looking for a sweet and
spicy holiday romance won’t be disappointed.” —Library Journal
“Full of swoony steam, heartfelt charm, and laugh-out-loud moments, In the Event of Love is exactly the slow-burn, second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance I was craving. Treat yourself to the beautiful magic of Courtney Kae’s writing!” —Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
“Courtney Kae’s In the Event of Love is the small-town winter romance of my dreams; sparkling, pine-scented, and as beautifully atmospheric as the season itself. The sapphic slow-burn love story is both gorgeously soft and steamy, the feelings will wreck you, and the laugh-out-loud moments will make you want to text entire paragraphs to your best friend. A completely charming
read for any time of year.” —Lana Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Payback's a Witch
“With a slow burn that builds into a roaring fire, In the Event of Love is the coziest romance I’ve ever read. It’s the perfect read for
anyone who can’t get enough Christmas.” —Meryl Wilsner, author of Something to Talk About and Mistakes Were Made
"Courtney Kae's debut is filled with charm and the kind of irresistible voice that gripped me from the first page. In the Event of Love strikes the perfect balance between the festive sweetness of a Hallmark Christmas movie and the tension and heat I love in romance novels. I couldn't stop smiling." —Ruby Barrett, author of Hot Copy
"Sparkling with both humor and heat, In the Event of Love is a cozy, steamy, big-hearted romance that will have its readers reaching for a cup of cocoa while infusing them with the hope of true love and second chances." —Ashley Herring Blake, author of Delilah Green Doesn't Care
"In the Event of Love is the perfect holiday romance! It has small-town charm, second chances, a sexy lumber-lass, and the perfect mix of sweet and sexy. Reading it is like frolicking in the snow, only you don't have to get out from under your flannel blanket or put on boots. Move over, Stars Hollow. I'm moving to Fern Falls!" —Lacie Waldon, author of The Layover
“Fresh, witty, and hilarious debut author Courtney Kae should be on your reading radar!” —Marina Adair, New York Times bestselling author
“Wintry perfection, a cozy flannel blanket of a book that wraps its reader in the warmest hug, full of wish-they-were-real characters and off-the-charts sexual tension. [In The Event of Love] made me laugh, weep, and believe in the fairy-lit magic of second chances.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, bestselling author of The Ex Talk
“Courtney Kae’s debut sparkles with humor and charm. A tender second chance at first love that will have you believing in the magic of the holiday season.” —Sonia Hartl, author of Heartbreak For Hire
"Beautifully romantic and as cozy as a homemade quilt, In the Event of Love will make your heart soar." —Annette Christie, author of The Rehearsals
"Positively brimming with festive small-town heart, In the Event of Love is the perfect funny, sexy holiday rom-com. Move over, Santa - 'tis the season for sexy Sapphic lumberjanes!" —Dahlia Adler, author of Cool for the Summer
“In the Event of Love is ultra cozy, heart-meltingly sweet, and full of warm wit. Courtney Kae shines with a fresh, bright voice and supremely relatable characters including a dreamy lumberjane who instantly stole my heart!” —Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate
"With the delicious small-town reunion tension of Sweet Home Alabama and the deeply romantic childhood friends-to-lovers arc of Love & Other Words, In the Event of Love is about finding your way home in every sense of the word. This is a joyful, cathartic story to savor." —Ashley Winstead, author of Fool Me Once and In My Dreams I Hold a Knife
"A holly jolly delight! Courtney Kae’s debut is a cinematic second chance romance that sparkles like a Christmas tree […] you’ll fall in love with the small town of Fern Falls just as much as you fall in love with Morgan and Rachel." —Timothy Janovsky, author of Never Been Kissed
"Reads like a Hallmark Christmas movie and goes down like a mug of peppermint hot chocolate. Cozy, comforting, and surprisingly steamy–this is the queer Christmas story we deserve!" —Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive
"The heartwarming romance we’ve been waiting for that delivers on our favorite holiday tropes. Courtney Kae is my new autobuy!" —Saranna DeWylde, author of the Fairy Godmothers Inc. series
"Sweet as a cup of hot cocoa (with some spice mixed in), In the Event of Love is the feel-good, queer, second-chance holiday romance we've all been waiting for. With a charming, layered cast of characters, it will have you wanting to escape to quaint-yet-progressive Fern Falls alongside Morgan, Rachel, and the rest of the gang for a stroll through the trees and a treat from
Peak Perk Cafe." —Anita Kelly, author of Love & Other Disasters
“In the Event of Love is the holiday romance of my dreams […] the sweetness of a Hallmark holiday movie, set in a town that rivals Schitt's Creek, with plenty of steamy scenes to heat things up! This is a delightful debut and I cannot wait to see what Kae does next!” —Falon Ballard, author of Lease on Love
“I was totally swept away by Courtney Kae’s In the Event of Love. This tender, poignant, heartfelt debut is overflowing with warmth and atmosphere, with a cast of characters you can’t help but fall in love with, and a steamy second-chance romance to swoon over.” —Ava Wilder, author of How to Fake It in Hollywood