A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again. She loves Brody, but he’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. She’ll have to keep her heart—and her libido—in check.
Brody can’t get the time of day from Tori—ever since that impulsive kiss, she’s avoided him with the same brutal efficiency she uses to manage his family’s construction company office. The company can’t afford to lose her, and Brody’s come to realize that he can’t live without her. But how can he convince Tori that he’s a changed man?
It just might take a Christmas miracle.
Did you ever want something so badly, but knew you shouldn’t have it? Like a pair of shoes, or a new purse. You know once you buy it, you’ll have buyer’s remorse. You’ll feel bad for having it, like you knew you shouldn’t have done it. But you just can’t seem to help yourself, because it’s something you covet, something you’ve wanted for a very long time.
Or maybe it’s that candy bar you covet. Only you’ve been trying to lose those last ten pounds, and chocolate is the very last thing you should be thinking about. But that’s your favorite candy, and you’ve just been dying to have it. So you relent, and while it’s delicious at the time, you have guilt afterward.
Sometimes the resistance is part of the fun, or part of the reward at the end. If I just do A, then I can have B. Or maybe you test your willpower, and see how long you can hold out. Or is it just me who does that? (Note: My willpower? Sucks. I will totally buy that purse or shoes and I’ll eat that candy bar—screw the diet.)
But as far as denying oneself what they truly want, that’s the way Tori Lewis feels about Brody Kent in my current release, The Best Thing, available now from Carina Press. Tori has carried a torch for Brody since she was fifteen years old, but Brody has gone through the women in town one by one, and she doesn’t ever intend to just be another statistic, one of the many he’s romanced and left behind. There’s too much at stake for her—her job, and her relationship with the Kent family. But the kiss they shared at last year’s Christmas party has left her wanting. It’s left Brody wanting, too, and determined to prove to Tori that he’s a changed man.
The fun in crafting a book about temptation, and going for something you know you shouldn’t, is the push/pull of the characters. Brody never thought he wanted Tori until that kiss. And then she backed off and pushed him away, and now he wants her more than ever, because he realized the one woman who’s perfect for him has been right under his nose—or in his case, in his office—for years. Because he wants what he can’t have, and though Tori can have Brody, she’s not going to allow herself to indulge, because she’s afraid of the consequences, afraid she’ll lose everything she holds dear.
But sometimes the rewards are worth the risk. That purse, those shoes, that chocolate. And of course, the big reward—love.
I hope you enjoy The Best Thing, and I wish you all a very happy holiday season!
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