Mwahaha! I’ve Created… a Monstrously Yummy Book-Boyfriend!
Before we begin, I’d like to thank MinnChica for allowing me to hop onto her blog to chat about my latest release, Ugly Ducklings Finish First. Thanks for the fine hospitality!
When I sat down to write Ugly Ducklings Finish First, I never consciously decided to create my personal idea of God’s gift to women. I just wanted to make the hero—Wiley Sharpe—the kind of guy who’d linger in your thoughts after years of separation. Since this book starts out at a ten-year high school reunion, that makes sense, right? But this hero had to be more than just memorable. He’d also have to have the type of potent, in-your-face charisma that could make a nun forget about celibacy. One look from Wiley is enough to redefine the meaning of “eye-smex.”
First, I started with his looks (I know. I’m shallow ). I’ve always had a thing for dimples framing a killer smile, a rangy, athletic build, and blonde hair (don’t judge, liking blonde hair isn’t exclusively a guy thing ). I also love reformed bad boys, and that’s exactly what Wiley “the Coyote” is. No one thought the boy who was voted Most Likely to Get Slapped with a Paternity Suit would even graduate, much less become a lawyer.
That is, almost no one. His tutor and fellow classmate, Payton Pruitt, did.
To understand just how wonderful Wiley is, first you have to know about Payton. Back in high school, she was bullied relentlessly. But far from being part of the pack, Wiley protected Payton against all-comers. He didn’t give a damn about whether or not it was uncool to be her friend, or that ultimately he got his nose broken while defending her against various slings and arrows high school can dish out. Peer pressure meant nothing to him.
Payton, however, meant everything.
Life separated them after high school, but now that they’re once again in the same town, Wiley’s determined to show his old tutor their connection is still going strong, and that she’s one smart cookie who’s always made him crumble. It’s a tough job getting her to believe he’d always seen her as a swan rather than an ugly duckling, but if there’s one man who’s more than up for the task, it’s my yummy new book boyfriend, Wiley Sharpe.
QUESTION: What kind of qualities do you like to see in your book boyfriends?
Metal Mouth. Queen Geek. Dr. Payton Pruitt heard it all growing up. But she’s over it, and attending her ten-year high school reunion is the perfect way to prove it to herself. Even if there’s only one person she’s interested in seeing in Bitterthorn, Texas: Wiley Sharpe.
Now a respected lawyer, Wiley didn’t live down to the label Most Likely to Be Slapped with a Paternity Suit. But recent acts of vandalism suggest someone still sees him as a heartbreaker, and the reunion seems a likely place to find the culprit. Instead, Wiley comes face-to-face with his old pal Payton—and is wowed not only by her transformation into a ravishing swan, but by the connection they still share.
Payton is pleased the playboy she used to tutor has grown into an honorable man, but she’s too smart to fall for a guy with roots in a place she couldn’t wait to leave. But while Payton is an academic genius, Wiley is the one with the PhD in pleasure, and he intends to use it to convince her to stay…
FYI: Be on the lookout for the second Bitterthorn book, STARTING FROM SCRATCH, a Carina Press holiday novella coming this November and edited by the amazing Angela James!
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