Hi, cowgirls and boys! It’s Kyle here, head chef at the Misbegotten Gaines Ranch in Freewill, Wyoming. You can catch me in the upcoming Western Escapes book, Misbegotten Gaines, where I make some very special food for a bunch of lonely hearts looking for love. (The book releases on March 28th and if you want to be part of this cool Cowboys & Cocktails release party, head over to Cam’s blog at http://camrynrhys.com for more info and PRIZES.)

They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach… in my years as a chef, I’ve found the same way to a woman’s heart. So I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes with you. One that will have your sweetheart’s mouth watering. Hopefully in more ways than one. This pasta really is true to its name, so make it for a special occasion, serve it with some good, hot garlic bread and a nice chianti. Without the fava beans, though. Just trust me on that one.

Better Than Sex Pasta

1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
½ small  white onion, minced
½ c. chilled vodka
½ c. chicken stock
1 small can crushed tomatoes (not tomato sauce… you’ll want some chunks)
½ bag penne pasta
¼ cup heavy cream (do not skimp)
1 tablespoon butter
fresh chopped basil

To hot skillet, add butter, garlic, and onion. Saute on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Careful to keep heat lower so as not to burn the butter. Add vodka, slowly, and turn up heat to medium high for 3 or four minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer.

While sauce simmers, cook pasta in salted boiling water until ready. Just as your pasta is ready, stir cream and butter into tomato sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from heat. Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with sauce and chopped or torn basil leaves. Do not use dried basil. You want the bite and fragrance of the fresh. Add to taste, just before serving.

Serves 2 only, so make it a romantic meal.


By Camryn Rhys

Releasing March 21, 2012 from Decadent Publishing as part of the Western Escapes Line set in Freewill, Wyoming – Book Three in the line

Review ARCs available upon request


Kyle Harris lands a job as the new chef at the Misbegotten Gaines Ranch just in time for the launch of their new Singles’ Trail Ride. When his new boss, the alluring Jamie Gaines, mistakenly believes him to be married, he goes along with the ruse to keep his job. But things start to heat up between them and Kyle has to choose between losing his job and letting Jamie get away.


Kyle pretends to be married to keep a job around Jamie Gaines, but when his very single ex-wife shows up on the ranch, things may heat up more than he can handle…


When a guy says he’s gonna work on a dude ranch, he kinda expects it to be run by…well, dudes. Instead, the only two people Kyle Harris could see when he pulled up to the Misbegotten Gaines Dude Ranch were women. And they were hot with a capital H-O-T.

Hot enough that it got a little toastier in his car, and in his formerly roomy boxers under his jeans. Kyle had big plans for spending long days at his new job out on the dusty trail with men he could consider his brothers. Guys always looked tight in those John Wayne movies his mom used to watch. He had a feeling the wild would do that to a guy.

But being in the Wyoming wilderness with two gorgeous women would not lead to any camaraderie among the men. Nor would it lead to silent nights around the campfire eating beans from a can and drinking coffee from a tin cup while the coyotes yowled against the midnight sky.

Okay, so maybe he paid a little more attention during those movies than he’d like to admit. But still. The kind of backside(s) he could see promised a lot of things, and none of them peaceful. Maybe he wouldn’t have to extend his sex hiatus after all.


Camryn Rhys grew up on the border of Canada and the US, and still hasn’t decided which country to call home. She splits her time between the Alberta and Montana Rocky Mountains, with friends and family in both beautiful locations. After running her own restaurant for several years and acquiring advanced degrees in writing, foodie romance seemed the only logical option. When she’s not watching the Food Network, she’s reading a romance novel, or if absolutely necessary, working as a consultant. Someone has to put really excellent food on the table.