Adam’s Valentine’s Day Pastries from EVERY OTHER WEEKEND & Win 14 Swoony YA Books!

“Hey,” Jolene said when she opened the door to her apartment on Sunday afternoon. “I thought we were both going to be busy all weekend…” Her voice trailed off. “Also, why do you smell so yummy?” She leaned forward and sniffed me. “I’m having Shaun of the Dead thoughts right now, like I’m not 100 percent sure that I won’t bite you.”

I grinned and produced the still-warm-from-the-oven pastries from behind my back. “I’m a little offended that you thought I’d let Valentine’s Day come and go without, you know…” I gestured with the pastry.

Jolene leaned her hip against the doorframe, a sly smile curving her lips. “Adam Moynihan, did you bake for me?” She reached for the plate, but I moved it away. Her smile, if anything, grew bigger.

“Well, now, I don’t know. I spent hours over a hot stove making these for you, and—” I moved close to her, still keeping the plate out of reach “—FYI, they are so light and buttery that they literally melt in your mouth.” My gaze fell to her lips when I said that, and I didn’t blush even when I saw bright spots of color on her cheeks. “Maybe I should wait and see what you have for me before I hand them over.”

She glanced at the pastries. “Adam. A little credit, please.” Then she took the plate and left me in the hall and came back a minute later with a book in her hand.

A book by J.R.R. Tolkien with a bookmark stuck in it at slightly more than the halfway mark. 

“I’m still not loving it but I’m reading it. Well, not the songs, but everything else. For you. So we can talk about it next—”

I kissed her before she could finish speaking. 


Do you remember the above scene from EVERY OTHER WEEKEND where Adam makes Jolene these “light and buttery” pastries for Valentine’s Day? They’re called Danish pastries and you must try making them. They are tender, and fluffy (it’s actually a puff pastry but super simple to make. I made it more difficult for Adam in the book) with a vanilla glaze and slivered almonds and they are just perfection. This is something that we would make with my mom growing up so I am sharing my mom’s recipe (scroll down to see her original recipe card and close-ups of the pastry, yum!).
Let me know if you try these and tag me if you post any pictures!
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I promised a giveaway in this post too, didn’t I? Well, it’s MASSIVE! The Swoony YA Romance MEGA Giveaway ends on Sunday the 14th (Valentine’s Day) and it includes some of the swooniest, heart-pounding YA books around, 14 to be exact, and one lucky winner gets them all: MOMENT OF TRUTH by Kasie West, GLIMPSED by G.F. Miller, A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO TEA AND TOMORROW by Laura Taylor Namey, HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH by Amy Fellner Dominy, INTO THE HEARTLESS WOOD by Joanna Ruth Meyer, TRULY MADLY ROYALLY by Debbie Rigaud, ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE by Amy Trueblood, ECHOES BETWEEN US by Katie McGarry, EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T by Sara Fujimura, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER by Kara McDowell, THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE by Cheyanne Young, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US by Katy Upperman,  LITTLE DO WE KNOW by Tamara Ireland Stone, and EVERY OTHER WEEKEND by Abigail Johnson.
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Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip in a purple spiral-bound notebook that she still has, and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high-school production of Cinderella, and riding roller coasters every chance she gets. She is the author of several young adult novels including If I Fix You and Every Other Weekend. She is represented by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary Agency.

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