He sure would love to have someone to take care of…
Dr. Mike Flynn’s single mom taught him early how to cook and clean, and there’s nothing like vacuuming or doing dishes to help a guy relax. Annabelle Ronaldi is an artist without a domestic bone in her body. Since her fiance’s death, she can’t paint, and life looks hopeless.
Until the day after her sister’s wedding, when she wakes up with Mike next to her in bed, and then she’s really beside herself – because the handsome stranger is a dead ringer for her dead fiance.
After their mind-blowing one night stand, Mike is sure this is the woman he wants to take care of forever, but she acts like she’s seen a ghost. While Mike sets to work wooing Annabelle, she sets to work sniffing out the truth of the convoluted family secret that turns everybody’s lives upside down.
The Making Of A Hero —
When I wrote Romeo, Romeo I have to admit, I fell in love—and not just with my hero, Nick. No, I fell in love with one of Nick’s best friends, Dr. Mike Flynn—a character who just showed up and tried to take over.
In Romeo, Romeo, Rosalie came down with a killer case of pneumonia and I realized I needed a doctor. Since I have an amazing pulmonologist on speed-dial, and I’m horrible with names—yes, even those of my characters—I named Mike after my doctor. Don’t worry, I changed the last name and just about everything else to protect the innocent.
Too Hot To Handle began with a phone conversation between Mike and Nick in Romeo, Romeo. That’s all it took for Dr. Mike Flynn to work his way into my heart and mind. One conversation and Mike had taken shape in my head, and I had a genuine crush on the man! He was so much fun, so self-deprecating, and best of all, he was another domestic god. Mike considered vacuum cleaners to be power tools, he loved to cook, thought cleaning was a stress reliever, and he was a true nurturer. Before the first conversation had ended, I began wondering what kind of woman would steal his heart.
Like most heroes, Mike was so much more than he seemed. He was a man who worked his way through life and didn’t know when to just live. He worked to get good grades, scholarships, attend the right medical school, get the best residency, the top fellowship, and finally a partnership. He was so busy working; he hardly slept–much less dated–until he met Annabelle Ronaldi at Nick and Rosalie’s wedding.
When it comes to relationships, timing is everything. It had to be right for both Mike and Annabelle to be open to a relationship. Annabelle had been struggling for a few years to overcome a deep loss, and Mike had begun to realize he worked so much, he didn’t have a life, much less a love life. Once they met, the sparks flew and the result was Too Hot To Handle.
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