Raspberry Mousse

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Cass has settled into an easy rhythm with the love of her life, Killian Nelson. The food blogger/TV presenter has tried to adjust to ravenous bears, amorous moose, and a mother-in-law who is determined to become a grandmother.?Killian knows exactly what is needed to keep Cass fulfilled and on track. The generous use of passion, laughter, and a certain Lexan paddle ensure that their marriage is a constant adventure.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange and old-fashioned discipline. If this offends you, please do not purchase.

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Sample Chapter

Chapter 1 – The Gentleman Caller

Blog Post – CassCooks.com

Empanadas – delicious eats or cultural appropriation?

All right cooks and cookies, we all know that I am nothing if not a dilettante. When I discover something new, I go in—ALL in. (Remember I married a guy six weeks after meeting him—when it’s right, it’s right—and the recipe I am about to share is so right.) I am here to lure you in the way of the empanada. Empanadas are flaky little pastry moons that are found in Spanish and South American cooking. They are a good way to use up bits and pieces of leftovers, but I don’t really care. They are delicious. I’m including recipes for savory and sweet fillings. Either way—this dough is a dream.

Cass moved away from the laptop and continued assembling the pastries she was making. Tonight’s dinner dovetailed nicely with a blog post. She talked to herself as she rolled out the discs of dough, “roll into a thin circle, and…”

Sadie stood on a chair and looked down onto Cass’s labors.

“Auntie Cass, that’s not a circle,” the three-year-old pointed out flatly.

She was not wrong. “Well, it’s close enough,” Cass said firmly.

“So will you change it; will you tell people to smush it into a sort of blobby?”

No, Auntie Cass would not. Cass had been delighted when her best friend Jen had called to say that she and her husband had a business conference in Anchorage. They had immediately agreed that Sadie and her one-year-old brother would stay at the lodge with Cass and her husband Killian, and then they would be joined by their parents for an early spring vacation in Slick Trench, Alaska.

It would be wonderful, Cass had said. A chance to spend time with her darling godchildren, and also a chance for her and Killian to think a bit more about Hazel’s next project: Operation BABY. Cass’s mother-in-law had the tact of a panzer tank. “Thank God, they are coming, something needs to jumpstart your maternal instinct. I am not going to live forever you know.” This was ridiculous, Hazel Nelson was indestructible, she would totally live forever. The cook’s reverie was cut short by Killian striding over with Oliver on his hip to gather Sadie into a sort of pig pile wrestling match.

When they had made plans, Jen had warned her that two toddlers were demanding, messy, and exasperating. Cass had shushed her friend’s concerns entirely too quickly, she now realized. Cass Harper had expected the children to cry a bit when their parents left, and she had anticipated long nights rocking toddlers. She had even braced herself for picky eaters and potty accidents. What had befallen her was much much worse, and something that had never occurred to Cass. Both children much preferred their uncle, Killian.

Cass continued to roll and fill her pastries while her strapping husband allowed himself to be pinned by the diminutive pigtailed dominatrix whom they had invited into their home. “I got you!” Sadie yelled as she darted away from Killian’s fast reach. Delighted laughter pealed through the spacious kitchen. Hazel stuck her head through the door.

“Isn’t that the best sound?” she shamelessly asked her vexed daughter-in-law.

“Sure is,” answered Cass, not meaning it at all.

“Your suitor is still outside of the gate,” Hazel laughed.

“Still?” The noisy household had made her think that he had given up and wandered away.

“Oh yes, I’ve never seen such romantic devotion. Really you should go put him out of his misery.”

“I’ll do it.” Killian stood, gently lowering the children to the ground.

Oh fuck , Cass thought. She had hoped it wouldn’t come to this. She would never get entirely used to living in Slick Trench. She moved to shepherd the children deeper into the kitchen, no point traumatizing them. Sadie and Oliver both protested vigorously. Oliver tried to squirm out of her arms, and Sadie flat out refused to budge. “I’ve got cookies over here,” the chef bribed.

“We don’t want them, even if they are chocolate chippies. We want to go with Uncle Killian.”

“Well, you can’t.”

The strong Alaskan strode back into the kitchen, gun under his arm.” Why can’t they go with me?”

Cass felt her eyes grow wide in horror. “Seriously? You need me to explain why not?”

He swung Oliver onto his shoulders and reached with his free hand for Sadie’s little hand. “Come on, Deputy Fred.”

“My name is not Fred. What’s a deputy?”

Cass followed, arguing vociferously that this was crazy, dangerous and surely illegal. Did he remember that both of these kids’ parents were high powered lawyers? He ignored her, whistling happily.

The mournful lowing was audible as soon as they opened the door. Killian sauntered down the stairs as if he was unencumbered instead of juggling two toddlers and a large gun. “What’s that?” Sadie asked.

“That is a big lug who is about to find out that you don’t follow my wife around,” he said lightly.

“No,” she pointed to a spot on the gun. “What’s that?”

“That is the safety, and you mustn’t touch that until you are a big girl and I’ve taught you what to do.”

“I promise,” the usually sassy little girl immediately acquiesced. The man had a way with stroppy females, Cass had to give him that.

They reached the edge of the property. Sadie was set upon the wide stone top of the sturdy fence. Killian turned to hand a very unwilling Oliver to his wife who tried to make light of her hurt feelings. “Oh, it’s all right, Ollie, let’s go have some fun.” Oliver wanted nothing to do with this plan, twisting and wailing in a desperate bid to return to the grasp of his beloved Uncle Killian. The plaintive moaning from over the fence suddenly was more than Cass could bear. She bent awkwardly, the protesting toddler making it nearly impossible, and grabbed up a rock. She pelted it over the fence. “Get out of here, get out!” she yelled. The stone met its target but it only resulted in a brief reprieve from the pitiable noises.

Killian laughed. “His kind only responds to one thing.”

“Honey, please.” He ignored his wife. “It’s not his fault,” she entreated.

“Sadie, covers your ears,” Cass’s husband, who had apparently lost his mind, said.

The little girl happily did as she was told. Lightning quick, Killian cocked the gun and fired it high up above the fence. The loud blast caused a frightened clamoring on the other side of the palisade. Cass couldn’t see over the fence, but the sound of hastily retreating hooves told her that, at least temporarily, her swain was scared off. Oliver began to scream lustily, so Cass headed back towards the house. Sadie jumped into Killian’s arms.

“What was that?” she demanded delightedly.

“That was a bull moose with very good taste in women,” was his reply.


“Aunt Cassie,” said Killian with stout loyalty.

The little girl’s voice carried over her brother’s wails, “Do bull moose know what a circle is? Because Aunt Cassie doesn’t.”

Chapter 2 – Half Moons of Spicy Happiness

In spite of Sadie’s dismissal, the empanadas emerged crisp, golden and in nearly perfect half-moons. Cass served them with a cool and crunchy carrot salad. Oliver plowed through everything put before him. Sadie, although she had exclaimed that she was starving, seemed to eat less than a microbe of food. Cass couldn’t help praising herself, “I just cannot make bad pastry these days.” She happily scarfed an empanada and reached for another one.

Sadie returned to the topic she had not let go of for the past hour. “Why does the bull moose like Aunt Cassie?”

“I am just that beautiful,” Cass retorted.

“No, really, why was that moose by the gate?” the toddler persisted.

“This winter your Aunt Cassie was in the woods looking for something I lost and she ran into him. Poor thing was love struck. I know how he feels.” Killian winked at his wife. Oliver appeared to be falling asleep into his dinner.

“I need to do some things to get ready for the wedding,” Cassie said, beginning to gather up plates.

“Fine, I will get these moose monsters into bed.” Killian lifted Ollie onto his shoulder and held out an arm for Miss Sadie, who happily leaped into his arm, wrapping her legs around his waist.

Cass poured herself another glass of wine and opened up her laptop once the dishwasher was humming along. Her brother-in-law, Torsten and his lady love Libby were getting married in a few weeks. They were both out adventuring with a group of young scientists and had left the wedding details to her. Summer was gaining a foothold in Alaska. As often happened to a food blogger who prided herself on posting new recipes several times a week, her imagination had been piqued by her daily experiences. The mournful lowing of the moose had begun again. With a laugh, Cass remembered the stash of frozen berries in her chill chest and decided that the perfect filling for the wedding cake would be raspberry mousse—or was that moose?

Blog Post – CassCooks.com

In which I out myself as a parvenu, hypocrite and rank opportunist

I know that I have preached the virtues of seasonality for as long as I have had this blog. And I do, in fact, believe in it. Food will be the freshest, most beautiful and delicious when they are local. I think we can also make a pretty good case that we value the things that are rare. No question that the best asparagus of the entire year will appear in March. A July tomato is the crown jewel of gastronomy. But darn it, the spoiled creature of the modern world that I am, sometimes I want something that is about as far out of season as can be. That is when I shut my pretentious mouth and thank God that I had the forethought to be born in a time when freezers exist. Fresh berries are dainty morsels, here they mostly burst into local availability in high summer—August/September. Which is not now. Frozen ones can add a nice jolt of color and freshness just when you need the pick up the most. In fact, if you could get your hands on perfect ripe in-season raspberries, putting them into a mousse would be an affront. Lucky for you—you can avoid insulting Mother Earth and have your raspberry mousse and eat it too.

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10 reviews for Raspberry Mousse

  1. Tami

    The Cass Chronicles continue with Raspberry Mousse, which is book six in the series. The author does a good job at providing background information, so I think you will not feel you miss anything if you start the series with reading this book first.
    I love sassy and feisty Cass and sexy and strong Killian. In fact, all the characters are well developed. Killian knows exactly how to handle his wife and does not hesitate to paddle her bottom. Raspberry Mousse is a lighthearted read with lots of humor. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.

  2. DONNA L

    This is the first book that I have read in this series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I will now have to read all the other books in the series.I was immediately
    drawn to the characters and the setting.They were believable and realistic.
    This is the most unique,charming,funny,laugh out loud spanking romance
    that I have read in a long time.Cass and Killian have settled back into
    Slick Trench,Alaska.Cass has to deal with a worm eating toddler,a mini
    feminist,a love sick moose and a persistent mother in law.Killian has his
    own way of helping Cass manage her stress.Cass still manages to write
    her food blog despite the chaos she finds herself in.I look forward to the
    next installment.This book has the right amount of spankings and sex.
    I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book

  3. Hope W

    I loved this book! Susannah Shannon wrote a wonderful addition to this already great series, although this can also be read as a standalone. I started laughing from the beginning and didn’t stop until the end. The godchildren were such a sweet addition and brought loads of laughs. There interactions with Cass and Killian are adorable, heartfelt, and humorous. I would loved to have seen more of the camping trip with Killian’s friends Jason and Theresa. Now there is one woman who could have used a little over the knee time. However, if that is not enough, I found my heart jump when a family emergency came into play. As a reader, I have grown to care about each character and what they bring to the storyline within the series. Susannah Shannon has a way of making you feel as though you are there and a part of the family. Throughout the book, the author included a lot of laughs, tears, cooking, kids, camping, Alaska area fun, family, friendships, and love. What more could the reader ask for? Oh yes, she also included some wonderful recipes for the reader to try at the end of her book. Overall this author never disappoints and wrote another wonderful hit! I highly recommend this to your reading list! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  4. Lalaland

    Book 6 in the Cass Chronicles and still very funny and entertaining. This time around Cass and Killian are babysitting their godchildren a delightfully cuddly year old baby boy and 3 year old Sadie (Domme in training) just kidding. This has all the usual ingredients, a love struck moose, irritating out doors type friends who enjoy camping (gulp), a mother-in-law who is hassling to be a granny and stern and sexy Killian, not to mention the usual mix of unfortunate incidents, fantastic recipes and a family wedding looming. This 6th outing into Alaska can easily be read as a standalone but I highly recommend these books, especially if you are feeling a little bit down, they make you laugh out loud in a world where not much does lately. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy

  5. Toni L

    I love this series! Even though each book is a quick read it’s well written. You don’t have to be completely up to date with all the previous books & the characters (especially Cass) make me laugh out loud every single time. In this book I found myself thinking that Cass has the patience of a saint to tolerate Hazel. What other book in this genre would you expect to get cooking tips & recipes?! Please keep them coming.

  6. Redrabbitt

    I love this series with the characters and their interactions. Welcome to Slick Trench, Alaska where native, Killian Nelson and his Chicagoan wife, Cass, live and work. As with each of these stories, it is an ongoing saga that includes other family members, friends, guest at the lodge, and even some amorous wildlife. Each book has blogs that Cass writes called CassCooks and a huge bonus at the end of each book with the recipes Cass features on her blog. I always find myself laughing out loud at the antics, comments, and behavior of Cass.

    Cass and Killian will babysit Jen%u2019s two toddlers where Killian is a natural, and Cass feels the kids hate her. Then a camping trip with friends of Killian%u2019s has some intense heart-stopping moments. Several scenes with wildlife add flair to the tale.

    The D/s relationship between Killian and Cass is a large part of these tales. Killian knows what his girl needs, how to bring her back when she loses control, and how to ground her ahead of time when he knows she will be facing difficult situations. A family crisis will offer a scare, but in the end, work itself out. Seeing old family photos during the wedding of Torsten and Libby will become a deciding factor for the future. The story has several spanking and sex scenes. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  7. Dyane

    This is book 6 in the Cass Chronicles, and each one has been a delight. Susannah Shannon excels at writing lighthearted, hysterically funny domestic discipline romances. With short chapters full of fun, this book is an easy read. Killian is, as always, loving, supportive and determined to take care of Cass in all the ways she needs. I particularly liked the chapters about their camping trip – a natural camper Cass is not! I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in this fantastic series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  8. DB

    This is the first book I have read in this series and I loved it! I have already bought the other 5 so I have some really good reading ahead! Cass and Killian are babysitting their godchildren and Cass feels like neither one of them like herthey love Killian. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments, camping adventure, spankings, lots of love and recipes. I was really surprised with the amount of cussing that was in the book. Cass and Killian both. I would think having a dd relationship that Killian would not have allow that nor would he have done it. Did love the book and can’t wait to read the other 5! 5 big fat stars

  9. Kitty Ranma

    I read the first book of this series and loved it. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to afford the next four in it. But here the sixth and I love it too. The only complaint I have is it’s short, but not so I’d mark it down.
    This book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher or author and I provided this voluntary review.

  10. susan landowski

    Absolutely love this series. Each book just gets better and better. This can though be read as a stand alone. This is a hilarious story about a couple that practices domestic discipline and what happens in their daily lives. What is great about this book is that all the characters, secondary included are fully integrated and fully developed. Great fun read with a little kink thrown in for sensuality and fun. Highly recommend you read this book as well as the entire series.

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