Ashaya has taken up baking as a relaxing hobby and has been making lots of sweet treats for the upcoming DarkRiver Christmas party. However, between her own family and their friends who drop by for a visit, her cookies and cupcakes start quickly disappearing, leading to a fun challenge between Dorian and Clay as to who can bake a better cake.
"Christmas in the Kitchen" is a very short story of only about five pages that slots in between Blaze of Memory and Bonds of Justice in the Psy-Changeling series chronology. It takes place at Dorian and Ashaya's house with Tally and Clay joining them along with their kids and Kit, one of the young soldiers of the DarkRiver pack. Ashaya is baking up a storm in preparation for the upcoming pack Christmas party, but everyone is stealing her delicious baked goods. Ultimately this leads to a little challenge between the two men as to who can bake a better cake. This was a really cute slice-of-life story that was a fun read. Clay and Tally are one of my favorite couples, so I enjoyed seeing them again. I also enjoyed the interactions between the two couples and their kids, along with the Christmas theme. Overall, it was a nice little read.
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