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Love a Cinnamon Roll Hero? Here’s What To Read Next!


Love a Cinnamon Roll Hero? Here’s What To Read Next!

So what is a cinnamon roll?

He’s the good guy. Capable and clever. Swoon-worthy and supportive. Strong and tender at the same time. Chances are he can cook, dogs love him, and he can build pack-furniture. He’s the book boyfriend you’d actually want to be with in real life!

Your cinnamon roll might be straight up warm and gooey. Perhaps a warm, funny, clever single dad, doing his best for his kid, like Sam Baldwin in Sleepless in Seattle.


Or he could be crusty on the outside (think granules of sugar and cinnamon) but is layered, deep, and soft on the inside. Like Roy Kent in Ted Lasso. A pro footballer, who seems as gruff as they come, yet is the most sensitive man you’re likely to meet.


Love it all? Then here are some fab reads to help you get that cinnamon roll fix…

When Temptation Calls by Ally Blake

Meet Ted Fincher – six feet five inches of bespectacled, auburn-haired, bearded science genius, who also happens to be one of the billionaire co-founders of Big Think Corp, a company whose literal mission statement is to “Save the World”. I mean, bliss, right?

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Brooding, security guard, ex-rugby player – doesn’t sound all that ‘cinnamon-roll’-esque, right? Well, I assure you, read on. For Zafir Ansari is sweet, gentle, wounded, works at a university, and loves nothing more than snuggling up with a good romance novel.

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Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Oliver Blackwood is a tidy, fit, handsome, wildly clever, mildly-neurotic barrister who needs a fake date for his parents wedding anniversary, so calls on Luc, the friend of a friend, who is his opposite in every way.  Pure cinnamon roll that he is, Oliver sees past Luc’s hot mess vibe to the sweetheart beneath, before Luc even sees it in himself. *sobs*

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Nurse’s Outback Temptation by Amy Andrews

Guarded, bush-born, too handsome for his own good flying doctor Aaron Vincent might be Mr Rugged on the outside. But on the inside? A warm, squishy, family-first kinda hero.  Delish!

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Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Reid Sutherland is awkward, stoic, and obsessed with patterns. He’s also a total gentleman and big time cinnamon roll, happy to follow calligrapher Meg around London in the search for fonts that bring her joy.  Which could be my literal perfect way to spend a day.

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

You’d never believe it when you first meet him, but Charlie Lastra – a hard-edged, brooding New York book editor – turns out to be the sweetest, kindest, most generous small town guy.  The road the heroine takes to realise that, is utterly gorgeous.

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Ally Blake is a cinnamon roll addict – both the hero and the sweet treat kind. Writing heroes who can read a map and quote Austen is her bliss.

Her latest book – When Temptation Calls, the first in her Billion-Dollar Bachelors trilogy – can be found in the delightful When Sparks Fly duo.  Out now in paperback and ebook.

When Sparks Fly by Ally BlakeRachael Stewart

They can only resist each other for so long…

When Opposites Attract – Ally Blake

Interview with a billionaire.A fling that’s not supposed to last…

Quirky Adelaid yearns to be taken seriously as a journalist — writing an article on genius Ted Fincher is the perfect way. But when she meets this tall hunk of gorgeousness, the frisson of attraction between them is completely distracting! She should suppress her exuberance long enough to discover why Ted’s heart is so guarded…yet she can’t resist bowling headlong into an affair — one that has shocking consequences!

Also published as Whirlwind Fling to Baby Bombshell

Temptation Calls – Rachael Stewart

My twelve months of sacrifice…or temptation?

My foster mother’s will states I, Summer, must live with her grandson, infamous billionaire Edward Fitzroy, for one year on her Scottish estate or we forfeit our inheritance! Years ago, scared of our intense connection, I left without saying goodbye. Now, I’m completely unprepared for how devastatingly attractive Edward’s become — and how he still makes me feel. We’re from different worlds, surely this can’t work! But it’s oh-so tempting to give into the sparks flying between us…

Also published as My Year With the Billionaire

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