10 fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
15 fresh mint leaves
1/4 lime, cut into 4 pieces
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups cracked ice
1/2 cup vodka
Put the lime, strawberries, mint, ginger and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, crush lime, strawberries, mint, ginger & sugar until the strawberries are almost pureed.
Add ice & vodka and shake well.
Fill glass with ice, and add cocktail. Garnish with lime wedge and mint leaf. Feel free to modify by adding more/less of each ingredient until the drink matches your preference.
After being rescued from an abusive relationship, Rachael is nothing more than a shadow of her true self. The only place she manages to find some degree of comfort is in the kitchen, hiding behind her apron as she continues to shut everyone out. Her foster sister knows that the real Rachael has been broken and reaches out by signing her up for self-defense classes with the hope of getting her outgoing, confident and nosey older sister back.
Jake Morgan has done more than his time and is finally free of his past…
Teaching self-defense is Jake’s way of giving back, compensating for what has been taken away from him years ago. He’s well aware that most women in his class have a backstory, and avoids getting emotionally involved by keeping his distance—until a beautiful, blue-eyed woman walks in. Jake is instantly drawn to Rachael and sees the inner confidence she tries to hide behind her blonde bangs and hunched shoulders.
Wanting to know the story hidden behind those blue eyes, Jake sets out to break down every barrier Rachael has built…
As Jake helps Rachael find the strength she once had, a secret of his past is revealed and threatens to ruin the safety they have found in each other. There’s more connecting them than just their mutual attraction. Once their pasts finally collide, revealing a devastating truth, Jake’s feelings and commitment toward Rachael is put to the ultimate test.
There is no guarantee when it comes to love, but sometimes all a broken heart needs to heal is sweet strawberry kisses…
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