COMING FRIDAY 7 PM PST. ELENA AITKEN AUTHOR OF: WHEN WE WERE US (SEE EXCERPTS)

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ELENA AITKEN
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She no longer knows who she is or what she wants. He blames himself for her pain. Is their marriage strong enough to survive their greatest hurt?
Christy Thomas has built her entire life around the dream of being a mother and raising a family with her high school sweetheart, Mark. After years of infertility, doctors, treatments and heartbreaking disappointments, that dream seems further away than ever before.
All Christy’s ever wanted is to be a mother. Without that she doesn’t know who she is anymore or what she wants from life.
Mark loves his wife unconditionally but can’t bear knowing that he failed to give her the family she so desperately wants.
At the very time when they should be coming together, their pain is pulling them apart. Is this challenge more than their marriage can withstand? Or will they be able to see past their individual hurts and come together again to have their own second chance at love—together?





Christy Thomas took a deep breath and then another.
It didn’t work. She was still shaking and unable to focus on her reflection in the mirror.
With both hands planted firmly on the countertop, she squeezed her eyes shut and tried again.
One. Two. Three.
The counting technique her holistic healer had taught her was not working. Christy swallowed hard, opened her eyes, and stared at her reflection. Maybe it was the fluorescent lighting of the clinic’s bathroom that made her look so puffy and old.
Maybe. But not likely. It was her.
Christy hardly recognized herself lately. When had she become this worn-out version of herself? The hot tears pricked at her eyes and threatened to spill over.
Again.
The worst part was she wouldn’t be able to stop them. She’d always been an emotional person, but with all the hormones the doctors had her taking, it was next level, out of control.
She was exhausted.
And it wasn’t over.
“Come on, Christy,” she whispered to the woman in the mirror. “You can do this. Pull it together.”
She tried her breathing exercises once more and pulled out her compact in a vain effort to cover the red blotches on her cheeks and the dark circles under her eyes. When she’d done the best she could, Christy snapped the compact shut, stood as straight as she could, and pasted what she hoped would pass as a smile on her face.














She needs a fresh start. He needs her to see how he’s changed. Can time really heal everything…even a broken heart?
Sixteen years ago, rejected by her high school sweetheart, Cam Riley ran straight into the arms of a man who wouldn’t hurt her. Or so she thought. Now, reeling from a painful divorce, and with a troubled teenager in tow, Cam is headed home to heal and start over.
When Officer Evan Anderson pulls over the black SUV with out of state plates, he can hardly believe his eyes when the woman behind the wheel turns out to be none other than his first love. All those years ago, he hadn’t been good enough for her, and he knew it. But time has a way of changing things, and the badge on his chest isn’t the only thing new.
Cam’s got her hands full trying to keep her daughter out of trouble and come to grips with her new life. The last thing she needs is to get involved with Evan again. He broke her heart once; she’s not about to let it happen again. But their attraction is hard to ignore, and the connection that existed between them so many years ago is still very much alive.

This could be the second chance they’ve always wanted, but there are years of hurt and misunderstandings between them. Never mind the truth of the past and the reality of the present that could once again threaten to pull them apart. This time for good.





He scratched down the license plate number before he made his way to the driver’s side and rapped on the tinted window with the back of his hand. Evan began to talk the second the window moved down. “License and registration. Do you know why I pulled you over—”
The words died on his lips as the driver came into view. It was easy to see the woman behind the wheel was frazzled. Likely because she’d just been pulled over. But that’s not what caught his attention, froze the words on his lips, and caused his heart to do a weird double flip in his chest. No, it was the familiar blonde hair—a little darker now—the profile of the nose he’d recognize anywhere because there had once been a time when he’d kissed the tip of it every single day, and then—when she turned to face him—her eyes.
Cam.
She was back? How was it even possible? He couldn’t formulate a thought. Nothing coherent anyway and definitely nothing that would be remotely appropriate.
Fortunately, Cam spoke first. “Evan? Is that you?”

He blinked and swallowed hard, forcing himself to call on his army training to remain as stoic as possible and not let a damn thing show on his face. There was no doubt he was failing miserably, but it was better than nothing. “Cam?”
She smiled, but it didn’t come close to reaching her eyes. “Yeah. It’s been a while. I can’t believe you’re a…well, you’re a…”
“Cop?” He relaxed a little, seeing that she, too, was just as shocked. For sixteen years he’d dreamed about seeing her again. He’d fantasized about what it would be like to talk to her, to hold her, to—no. That clearly wasn’t going to happen. It was still a traffic stop, after all.
Although writing a ticket was the furthest thing from his mind. “You didn’t know?” He instantly regretted it. Why should she know what he was doing now? She’d left town right after graduation in search of what she used to call a future. He’d loved her more than life itself but even as an eighteen-year-old kid, he knew he was way too much of a screw-up to give her the future she deserved, so he’d let her go. Leaving him brokenhearted. And her…well, she’d moved on a long time ago. Without so much as a backward glance.
So why was she back?




Elena Aitken is a USA Today Bestselling Author of more than thirty-five romance and women’s fiction novels. Living a stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains with her teenager twins, their two cats and a goofy rescue dog, Elena escapes into the mountains whenever life allows. She can often be found with her toes in the lake and a glass of wine in her hand, dreaming up her next book and working on her own happily ever after with her very own mountain man.


On my website: www.elenaaitken.  





HIS LOS ANGELES SURPRISE (Millionaire Moguls)

HIS LOS ANGELES SURPRISE                 SHERLY LISTER

A millionaire with a wary heart…

And a first love worth repeating

Success couldn’t make former model Alexis Armstrong forget the one who got away. When she “rents” Derek Moore at a fund-raiser to show him what he’s missed, things don’t go as planned.

Their sizzling chemistry reignites…with lasting repercussions. Derek wants to be there for his baby, but Alexis will only marry for love. Can he convince the stubborn beauty he’s for real?


MY REVIEW:


If you come from a disconnected background it can leave you feeling unsure of who you are and you will get where Derek is coming from in a way.  Most of all how you truly feel about a relationship you have whether it be with friends, lovers, or the one.

It can make you determined to do great things in your life to out do what you came from the ‘I’ll show you,’ attitude.  It can make you freeze in place at whatever age the trauma touched your life also.  Giving you the impression that you will end up just like your parents.

For Derek it seemed to always be a part of his life since he father denied him at birth.  Not sure really how all the three brothers were connected but they were.  There is Trey, the oldest, Derek, and Max the youngest.  From what I gather they all come from different baby mommas.  Their father is a millionaire leaving them set for life.  He has already given them each a sizeable trust fund which to this day Derek has not touched.

Dereck, however, he has considered it hush money to keep out of his life until now his father is dying and he wants to be surrounded by the same boys he never wanted to claim, Trey and Derek.  Can you say ‘resentment?’  Derek and his mom are extremely close and with her being a supermodel of her time they lived very comfortably.

Derek dated his high school sweetheart until senior graduation when he broke up with Alexis. Saying he had to prove to his father he could amass his own fortune in spite of him.  That he could be a better businessman and a better man.  So, he dumped her.  She was in tears for a long while over that.

Alexis didn’t do too shabby herself.  She went on to become one of the top supermodels internationally.  She has filled up her passport several times.  When she runs into Derek at the Millionaire Moguls organizations rent-a-bachelor function.  She loves the fun idea.  Derek’s brother, Trey had come up with it.

Finding out Derek was on the auction block Alexis made sure to do up the bid nicely to ensure she got what she wanted.  That was, Derek.


I would have given it another star but I felt we came in without enough back story on some of the characters and plot.  Not mention there are some unanswered things that weren’t resolved.  Like who set up his dad?  Will his dad make until Christmas?  Etc.… I give this: 4 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.  
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A HOT MONTANA SUMMER (Glacier Creek Book 1)

A HOT MONTANA SUMMER                   KAREN FOLEY

Jamie Colter is a combat-hardened Marine who’s back in Glacier Creek recuperating from a mortar attack that left him with a busted leg and a serious case of cabin fever. He just wants to get back on his feet and rejoin his unit, until the one woman he’s never been able to forget walks back into his life. The last time she saw him, he was a scrawny teenager. Now he has just two weeks to make her see him as the only man who is perfect for her. 

With her marriage in ruins, Rachel McCafferty returns to Glacier Creek to nurse her wounds and make a fresh start—one that doesn’t involve someone who will eventually abandon her, the way her ex-husband did. When Rachel catches sight of Jamie, she’s dumbstruck by his good looks and brash confidence. He’s no longer a boy—he’s a man, and when he makes it clear he’s hers for the taking, she finds herself rethinking all her rules about younger guys.



MY REVIEW:
     There wasn’t a time when Jamie could remember when he wasn’t in love with his best friend’s older sister, Rachel.  He was a month short of fourteen and she was twenty and home for a visit from college.  He declared his love for her and also that one day he would marry her.
     When Rachel finished stirring the lemonade she was making she poured him a glass and pointed out the age difference.  Yet, she could tell by the look in his eyes he could care less and he meant every word.  She didn’t have the heart to dash his declaration so she just stared.  “I’ll be an old maid by then if you expect me to wait fourteen years for you, you’re only twelve.”
     He said don’t worry in fourteen years we’ll be married.  He was so sure about it she didn’t know how to respond.  Thank goodness her brother cam in all mad at him for not coming upstairs to get him.  He was annoyed Jamie was hanging with his sister.  Dylan says if she was your sister you wouldn’t like hanging around with her and living with her.
     As they leave to go and Jamie gathers up his skateboard so they could meet some friends to go skateboarding he tells her that he, thank God daily she’s not his sister with the wickedest grin ever.  As if he knew something she didn’t.
     Now, twelve years later after being deployed in Syria and being injured severely.  Jamie’s staying with his parents when he’s about to go crazy from his mom fussing over him twenty-four-seven.  He finds out that he and his dad finally talked his mom into keeping their plans to go on their cruise with there good friends the McCafferty’s that live across the street.  Dylan and Rachel’s parents.
     As he’s out getting the mail the day before they are to leave using his crutches to get around.  He sees a Porsche Carrera GT pull into the McCafferty’s driveway.  When sexy as ever Rachel gets out wearing a pair of white short shorts with her dark hair long and glistening he goes hard as hell. 
     She looks even better than she did the last time he saw her three years ago in a trendy restaurant waiting on her sleazeball husband to come back with her drink.  But he was flirting at the bar.  So, he just admired her from afar.
     When they were done catching up and making nice with each other and turning to go into their parent's houses when Rachel hears him say “Great seeing you, Rachel.”  To which she says, “Yes, we should do it again, soon.”
     Rachel’s only problem is her hang up with age.  She was older than Deke by three years.  He had done a number on her at the end of the relationship.  Other women and then when she went to him to end it he belittled her in front of all his friends.  Calling out all of her weaknesses and if they weren’t weaknesses they are now.
     Five minutes with Jamie made her feel sexy and desired so she feels so conflicted and lustful.  Follow this couple as they both find a way to heal.  Him from almost being buried alive.  Rachel from an ex-who liked the chase better than the marriage.  Can they teach each other to feel at ease with one another and not allow the world to crowd them?

     I loved how we saw this so much from Jamie’s POV.  How he loved Rachel for so long and that no matter what it didn’t fade.  Not age, not wrinkles, not an idiot of an ex-husband either.  He loved, Rachel.  Yet, he stood up for himself to not allow himself to be used either.  He would not be her dirty little secret.  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  
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COME HOME TO ME

COME HOME TO ME                            LIZ TALLEY

Summer Valentine has returned to Moonlight, South Carolina, a very different woman from the naive wallflower who left years before. These days she’s straightforward and savvy, determined to do right by her son, David—even if that means cashing in her struggling music career in Nashville and returning to the town that drove her away. Sure, she took a fall. But at least she now knows where she stands…

Despite her anger over the past, Summer believes David deserves a relationship with his father, Hunter “Hunt” McCroy. Though Hunt’s illustrious career has faded, the privilege still protects him from his worst mistakes.

Someone else is back in Moonlight too: Rhett Bryan, the golden boy of Hollywood, who’s taking stock of his own life after a tragic accident. As his rekindled friendship with Summer quickly deepens, she must reconcile the painful history that ties her to both men—one she’s finally forgiven, one she’s afraid to love—to claim healing and happiness. 


MY REVIEW:
          This was an intense book.  The characters were so complicated and wonderfully flawed.  You will find yourself at times saying “What?” out loud or at least I did. 😉 Then, cheering or laughing and tearing up all of a sudden.  So, all I can say is buckle up.  You need to be aware that a sexual assault will occur during a date.  This author handles it with just enough info to make the point and make you the reader uncomfortable enough to know how real this has become.
     What I love most is how the author chooses to take the assaulted character through as a fighter, not as a victim.  Has her go through the explaining to her old friend the growth cycle she has had to go through for herself and for her son.  She shows the sad truth of how the assault could often times if reported, make the victim be made into the target again. 
     Yet, Summer upon choosing to keep the child and raise it was still shunned, called names, and other things.  As well as her family due to the actions of the boy who wouldn’t take responsibility, so his parents having money and power slowly made it hard for her and her family.
     Hunter is the star pitcher and a son of privilege and wealth.  But he just got dumped by his longtime girlfriend right before senior prom.  Not happy and not planning on going to the prom, Rhett, a boy Summer has been tutoring tells his girlfriend.  Who comes up with the idea to do a makeover on Summer the geeky overweight girl and make her into a swan for the prom so Hunter to star pitcher can take her.
     Didn’t go so well.  Throughout I wanted to like Hunt I did.  But he kept surprising me.  Even makes me tear up.  He sees himself in a different light.  Amazing transformation with him compared to the high school version.  Well, played out on the author’s part of how to present this character in a new light.
     On the other hand, Rhett goes from being a cool guy to a guy who used Summer in a different way.  One so his girlfriend could say, “Look how I turned a sow into a swan,” and Two, so his boy Hunt could have a date to the prom guaranteeing a party at Hunt's house after the prom. 
     The heart-wrenching event that drives him home will gut you.  Yet, again he uses Summer and runs off to LA. Where he leaves a note to explain.  I found myself disliking him almost as much as Hunt although his finish was sweet.
     Grampy is a hoot and David is a handful who needed a wake-up call because he was becoming very cocky and disrespectful to Summer.  What happened was a ‘Come to Jesus moment’ for sure.  No person should have to go through but if it works all the better.

     You will go through a lot of different emotions as you read this book.  But I will tell you what.  You will not want to stop turning those pages once you start.  You will get a HEA, but know that in order to get it pain, heartache, and tears come first.  I give this: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

HEARTSTRINGS (Lone Star Burn Universe)

HEARTSTRINGS                                   CASEY HAGEN

Ryan Ward is desperate to escape her soul-sucking life. Between catering to the work demands of her ambitious father, a popular Washington senator, and extricating herself from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Ryan yearns for the life of which she once dreamed: that of a country singer/songwriter. But how does one of Washington’s elite shed the slimy skin of politics for cowboy boots and a Taylor six-string? And can she do it incognito?

Slade McCall traded money for passion when he left his high six-figure income for a Texas ranch to indulge in his love of the land and, more importantly, his autistic young daughter. With an intractable ex-wife and ranch demands beating him down, the last thing Slade needs in his life is a troubled woman with a fading black eye, the voice of an angel, and a dubious past. But when need outweighs common sense, he hires the would-be country singer for a short stint of housework at the ranch.

Ryan and Slade know tangling their hearts is a bad idea—she has a past to escape and a dream to pursue, and he has a ranch to build and a daughter to protect. But they can’t deny their desires or their hearts, and as their love strengthens it is put to the test. Someone is intent on physical harm, and Slade’s ex is determined to reconcile. Will the pressures destroy what Ryan and Slade have started to build? Or will they follow the sounds . . . of their Heartstrings . . .

MY REVIEW:
     Slade McCall comes from a long line of wealthy ranchers.  As well as he went out on his own after he went off to college and stayed.  He was in the corporate world for seven miserable years.  Married, had a daughter, and divorced.
     Ivy, his daughter was being bullied for her mild form case of autism, which you barely notice that she in on the ranch.  You see the marriage that should have never been had fallen apart.  He will never be sorry though because he got Ivy, the best part out of the whole thing.
     Although, all that wealth and all it cost to get him where he is would never get back the time with his dad who passed away nine-months-ago.  They had moved from the homestead their family had owned for generations, too many memories for his mom, which was a twenty-five-thousand-acre spread.  They moved onto the spread he now owns.  The place he has and calls home is Rockland Ranch which is fifty-five-thousand-acres.
     Not to mention he had taken on the added responsibility of being a big brother figure to his cousin, Matt.  Whose parents died in a plane crash, and is well on his way to a drinking problem if he can’t get a handle on it.  They had an agreement that he would have a roof, meals, and a job if he could maintain the two-drink max, and stick to drinking at the respectable bar in town. 
     On this night he went to check on him he was not at the bar they had agreed on.  You got it, he was at the seedy bar know for all the wrong you can think of sex, drugs, and rowdy people.  As he was looking for Matt an angel on stage starts singing and catches his attention.
     Which is unusual for him to take notice because he really had not taken notice.  For he had no time for anything or anyone in his life other than what was in his life right now.  This woman was one of the most beautifully simple beauties he had ever seen in a long time. 
     She had a rich singing voice on that echoed in his ear and down to his groining area, it was so soft that it captivated him.  Her fingers gracefully worked the strings of her guitar.  She had the crowd in the palm of her hand.  All the men were watching for sure.
     After her song, he turns to look for his cousin when he hears the crowd take a collective breath together.  The atmosphere changes too making him aware of his surroundings.  He turns to see this woman who had been on stage with Cutter in most instances a choke hold.  For manhandling her friend who couldn't get away from him.  With her being so small and Cutter so damn big it was not an even fight at all.  When Slade sees Cutter reaches back and grabs Ryan in a choke hold and cutting off her airway. 
     Cutter swings her around to the front to get her in a better grip.  He gets both hands around her neck and starts calling her all kinds of nasty names.  Then he starts applying more pressure.  Not one man close to the situation is going to her aid.  So, without even thinking about it, Slade dodges tables.  
     Slade grabs Cutter by the neck and tells him to let her go.  He starts applying the same pressure to his neck as he has on hers.  He’s not laughing or calling names.  When he lets go Slade eases up a little because by then the sheriffs take cutter to the ground but not before he can grab for Ryan’s guitar and break the neck off her guitar.
     As Cutter was being handcuffed he was making threats.  Someone lost their job, got stiffed their pay, and no money to pay for transportation repairs.  Plus, Cutter broke the neck of her guitar so no way to make a living either.  Find out how Ryan plans to make a living while her truck and guitar get fixed.

     Loved this story.  The characters are full of life and totally real.  I loved the strength and true heart that Ryan carried with her no matter what.  That she knew what it was like to be without a mom and to fight for a daddy’s attention.  So, she gave Slade her thoughts even when he didn’t want them.  She stayed true to herself.  Loved Slade’s protectiveness of those he loves but the women in his life for sure.  I give this: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

LET'S WELCOME LYNNETTE AUSTIN AUTHOR OF: MUST LOVE BABIES

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LYNNETTE AUSTIN

AUTHOR OF:




Rad-Reader:  Where did the idea for this book come from?



Lynnette:  I so enjoyed working with Jenni Beth, Cricket, and Tansy as they renovated Magnolia House and turned it into a wedding renovation in my Magnolia Brides series. But the small town really needed a bridal shop. So why not bring Jenni Beth’s roommate in from Savannah to open one? At the end of The Picture Perfect Wedding, Molly meets Brant Wylder. Brant and his brothers are looking for a new location for their Wylder Rides shop, a vintage car and motorcycle restoration business. Why not make that spot Misty Bottoms, Georgia?




Rad-Reader:  What made you say yes this is something I can work with to make into a good story?



Lynnette:  The skeleton was already in place since I’d be staying in Misty Bottoms with all my friends there. Molly would be opening a bridal boutique—and how much fun is that? Surrounded by wedding gowns, brides and grooms, champagne and lace. The idea of it all made me sigh, then smile. Add in three sexy brothers and some babies and it’s the kind of story I love to read—so what better kind to write?





Rad-Reader:  Can you tell us some backstory on Molly and Brant that we might not know that you cut but helped form their characters better?



Lynnette:  Molly walks onto the page looking confident and self-assured. Below the surface, though, are scars from childhood, a feeling of never quite being enough. Brant fights hard to help her understand that she is way, way more than enough in every way. And Brant? Although he’d deny it with his last breath, he’s a fixer. Whether it’s people or his beloved vintage cars, if he sees something that’s broken, he wants to make it right. 





Rad-Reader:  What are each of their characters looking for in their lives at the beginning of the book?



Lynnette:  Brant is looking for some peace. He’s had quite a lot turmoil in his life lately, but as the book begins, he’s feeling pretty happy. Life is looking up. One phone call and that all comes crashing down. Molly has a list of priorities and is focused on staying on-target with her life-goals. But you’ve all heard the saying—“Man makes plans, and God laughs.”





Rad-Reader:  When the book opens they are at the end of the friend’s wedding.  Was that when they met at the wedding hoopla for the first time?



Lynnette:  Brant and Molly actually met for the first time—sort of—at the end of Picture Perfect Wedding, book three of the Magnolia Brides series. Brant watches as Molly, fighting to escape the frenzied women trying to catch the bridal bouquet, is hit with it. He wonders at the look of panic that crosses her face as it tumbles into her arms.





Rad-Reader:  Did Brant even notice that twice he said that Molly soothed something inside of him?



Lynnette:  He did. There are some things that bear repeating. For Brant, it was important that Molly know the effect she has on him. What with his sister’s problem, temporary custody of his seven-month-old Jax, and his mom’s recovery from a stroke, his life has been bumpy lately. Molly smoothes out those bumps, and he needs her to understand that.





Rad-Reader:  What was it that finally made Molly decide to call Brant that night after all?  She at first trashed his number she got from Russell.



Lynnette:  She couldn’t forget how he’d looked when he’d answered his phone. In seconds, his world had upended. And…she couldn’t forget how she’d felt when he’d held her close during their dance or how his lips felt. But mostly it was the anguish in his voice. 





Rad-Reader:  Why is it taking both brothers to stay in Tenn. To run the business when they know Brant could really use the help? Especially, when he needs support dealing with his sister’s medical and legal problems but especially the baby?



Lynnette:  They were taking care of business. Although Brant desperately needed help with the baby, he understood this. His brothers had flown to Texas to pick up a barn-find Corvette they’d been hired to restore. After the wedding, Brant had intended to return to Tennessee. Since he couldn’t, Tucker and Gaven had to get things there back on even-keel before heading to Misty Bottoms to help. 





Rad-Reader:  Did Tucker call Molly and say he wanted the truth because Brant takes on too much?  If so, then why didn’t he come?  She told Tucker, Brant needs help yet he still hadn’t shown after days and days. Why?



Lynnette:  Tucker worried that Brant was sugar-coating the situation so the rest of the family didn’t worry. It’s what he often did. He promised he and Gaven would come as soon as possible. A lot was riding on the business—for all of them.





Rad-Reader:  So, are they part of the issue?  They take advantage of Brant’s kindness?




Lynnette:  Brant has always been the one the family looked to for guidance. Even though he’s the middle son, once Tucker left for the Marines, Brant shouldered the responsibilities. I don’t think it’s that they’re taking advantage, simply falling back on old patterns. In families, it’s common for each member to play a certain role.





Rad-Reader:  Molly at first made it sound like her dad abandoned them only to come and find out he funded her business.  So, what’s with that?



Lynnette:  Molly’s father did help her financially, but what she really wanted was his love and his time. To a young child, these are the things that are most important. No amount of money can replace those. He walked out on her and her mother without any warning. 





Rad-Reader:  Why doesn’t her Brant want to claim Molly as his girlfriend?  Yet, when Gavin says can he ask her out he is like not if you like your face.  Why?



Lynnette:  Brant realizes very quickly that Molly is leery of relationships. He’s sworn to take things slowly with her. Gaven, however, plays the bad boy of the family. He dates a lot but doesn’t get involved in any relationships—not since his own marriage ended after only twenty-one days. When Gaven threatens to ask Molly out, he was only pulling his brother’s chain, teasing to find out what Brant would do, giving him a nudge to take that next step.
Rad-Reader: That was so funny.





Rad-Reader:  Why doesn’t Gaven want to live alone?  He wants to live with one of his brothers so badly.



Lynnette:  He’s the youngest of the boys and loves being taken care of. Living with someone else, he has a lot less responsibility. 





Rad-Reader:  Was Brant looking at the end game towards when Jax’s mom got out?



Lynnette:  There are so many times in our lives when we know we’re wearing those rose-colored glasses, but we don’t want to take them off. Brant knew his time with Jax came with an expiration date. That didn’t make it hurt any less when that time came. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
Rad-Reader:  Unfortunately, yes we have. 






Rad-Reader:  What do you think Molly’s biggest fear was with regards to Brant?




Lynnette:  She was afraid she’d give him her heart and he’d walk away, trampling it, as both her father and Keith had. It’s that old once-burned fear.  






Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…?

Molly:  Lucy Hale

Brant:  Ryan Paevey

Tucker:  Matthew Daddario

Gaven:  Steve R McQueen

Lainey:  Willa Holland

Lettie:  Helen Mirren



Lynnette:


Molly:  I agree totally with Lucy Hale.
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Lainey:  I agree with Willa Holland. She’d make a perfect Lainey.
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Rad-Reader:  What song or songs best describes your couple or your book as a whole?



“Red Wine & White Couch – Danielle Bradbery”

Molly has so many fears from her past.  She had a dad who walked out on her and a man who had stepped out on her when she thought she had found the one.  So, she had reverted to the list she made at fifteen.  Especially now with a sexy man like Brant in her viewfinder.




“She’s Got a Way – Chris Young”

When Brant looks at Molly even she’s not looking at her he can’t look away.  To him, she is the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen.  Although, he can’t admit it to himself yet he wants her for his forever girl.  He tries to fit it at all cost.  Yet, he sees her and something in his chest shifts.




Lynnette:
For Brant. I like both of these:
  “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks

 “Amazed” by Lone Star

Molly does something to him no other woman has ever done before and, even though it scares him, he’s amazed at her!


Molly: I have to say you hit it right on the head with Danielle Bradbery’s  “Red Wine and White Couch”.  As far as Molly is concerned, letting herself fall in love is a dangerous thing, one she’s afraid of. Yet she just can’t seem to resist Brant. 



Rad-Reader:  What do you say to those readers that said that this too clean of a book with no sex in it?  LOL, seems backward for ones for once.



Lynnette:   I was surprised at this reaction, to be honest! 😊 I write relationship books. To me, it’s all about that connection between my hero and heroine. The characters in the book need to be true to themselves…and they had a seven-month-old baby to work around. I think anyone in that situation understands how tough it can be to find a couple time. Yet they do, and so did Brant and Molly.  They managed some between-the-sheets time and when they couldn’t, they were definitely thinking about it and stealing some smoldering kisses. 





Rad-Reader:  What are three things you can’t leave home without?



Lynnette:  My cell phone (and how bad is that!), a credit card, and a bag of Cheetos tucked in my purse (I’m addicted. What can I say?).





Rad-Reader:  What is the last movie you watched and why that movie?



Lynnette:  Mission Impossible. Why? LOL Because I went with my husband and another couple. Majority ruled. J





Rad-Reader:  Did you use a storyboard when writing this book or anything on the internet like Pinterest to help keep the characters and storyline in place in your mind?



Lynnette:  I actually use both. I’m a plantser—a blend of someone who plots the entire story and a pantser who figures the story out as she writes it. I do quite a bit of plotting and planning before I write with lots of room for detours. Those side trips can add so much depth, but the storyboard (my map) gets me back on the highway so I end up where I (and my characters) need to be. 





Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when will it be coming out?



Lynnette:  Tucker insists his story be told next. It’s titled I’ve Got You, Babe and will be out next year.

When Caleb Wylder heads into work, a hot cup of coffee in hand and a weekend fishing trip on his mind, he has no idea that his life is about to take a major detour. 
At the sound of high-heels on the garage’s concrete floor, Caleb slides from beneath the ‘55 Chevy. The most incredible pair of legs he’s ever seen greets him.  Flat on his back, his gaze traveled up over a body that matched the legs beat for beat, then on to a face only angels could have created.
She swayed and reached out toward the wall.
“You okay?” Even as Tucker spoke, he saw those mind-blowing eyes go blank.
A high-pitched wail split the air. Panicked, his head whipped up, and he glanced toward the beater parked out front. The driver’s side door hung open; in the back, strapped into a child’s seat, sat a little girl with her mama’s pale blond hair—a little girl winding up for one hell of a crying jag. 
And the day just got better!
Rad-Reader: I can't wait!




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Thanks so much for inviting me today. I love to write the stories bopping around in my head and always love talking about them.


Lynnette,
Believe me, it was my pleasure to be able to read your creation.  Even all the clean and squeakiness and all. LOL!  The characters were just the type I just love to read about.  The buddying in and crazy funny and yet just enough melting of the heart and a little aching of the heart with family problems too.  Thanks again for coming back it was great fun talking to you again.
Char

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