Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.
Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.
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Cat gives this one 4 Meows...
Cooper works at an ice cream shop and likes to make new flavors He lives in a small loft, but he likes his life. Nice, steady and grounded.
Drew comes by the shop often and orders weird combinations, but always with rainbow sprinkles. Drew lives in a house with three of his colleagues, he works at Disneyland as a prince and loves his job.
Rainbow Sprinkles is a fun, sweet romance. If you are looking for a cute short story that is hot as well this one fits the bill. The characters are fresh. The storyline is interesting. If you like New Adult romance, ice-cream, Disney princes, a sweet romance, and Rainbow Sprinkles (I couldn't resist) you will enjoy this book.
“COOPER. PSST. Cooper.”
“Jesus, what?” Cooper snapped.
“It’s Alana, but you’re close. Your hottie is here.”
Cooper rolled his eyes and thanked God the AC was turned to subzero, so no one could see the heat in his cheeks. He wiped his hands on his white apron and went over to his window, then pulled it back.
“Good afternoon. Welcome to the Dreamy Creamery,” Cooper said, tucking his tongue in his cheek and grinning at his hottie. Who totally wasn’t his and totally was very, very hot. “What can I get for you?”
“Hey, Cooper,” the hottie said, leaning his arms on the window and grinning. It was very not fair that the hottie knew Cooper’s name but Cooper didn’t know his; that was what happened when you had to wear a name badge. “How are things?”
“Damn hot with this window open,” Cooper said. California was sweltering through an early heat wave, the temperatures hitting the low 90s—and it was only April. His hottie was sweating at the temples, just a little, just enough to dampen his dark blond hair.
“Amen to that. Can I get a….”
He looked over the menu like he didn’t stop by here at least once a week. Cooper would have expected anyone who got two sundaes a week to be a little chubby around the edges, but not his hottie. He was tall and broad shouldered, with a narrow waist and long legs. Most of the time he came by in workout gear. Whoever thought to put an ice cream parlor on the same patch as a gym was either an idiot or a genius. Probably a genius, since the Dreamy Creamery was signposted on billboards for miles, and they were on the main route into Disneyland. The place saw a lot of tourist traffic.
“Birthday Cake and Green Tea.”
Cooper winced. “You sure?”
“You’re sure something,” Cooper laughed, turning back to the freezers and his scoop. “In a cup, right?”
“Yeah. And with—”
“Rainbow sprinkles,” Cooper finished for him.
Always the same. Always gross combinations of ice cream, topped with rainbow sprinkles, and if that wasn’t code, Cooper was going to die.
The Birthday Cake flavor had Funfetti sprinkles in it already, so Cooper made sure there were extra sprinkles on top of the Green Tea. He didn’t want his hottie to think he was being ripped off. He stuck a little plastic spoon in the top and pushed the cup across the counter.
“Five bucks, please.”
His hottie handed him ten and waved off the change. He already had the little plastic spoon sticking out of his mouth, figuring out whether his flavor combination was a good call or not. Cooper raised his eyebrow in question.
“It’s good,” Hottie said.
“I don’t believe you. But thanks.”
The hottie raised his hand in a little salute, then turned and headed back to his beat-up old convertible. Cooper slid his window shut, since there wasn’t a line, and turned back to Alana’s smirking face.
“What?” he demanded.
“Did you ask for his number yet?”
“No. I’m at work, in case you forgot. It would be highly unprofessional of me—”
“Uh-huh,” she said, effectively cutting him off. “Unprofessional my ass. You work in an ice cream parlor. As long as you’re not licking it on the job—”
“—there’s nothing to be unprofessional about.”
Cooper sighed heavily and leaned back against the counter. With the window closed, it was back to being freezing in here again. Just how he liked it.
“What did he order this time?” Alana asked. Of course she knew everything there was to know about this guy, because Cooper couldn’t shut up about him.
“Birthday Cake and Green Tea.”
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; "My favourite books," she says, "are 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee and 'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood." She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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