by: Grace Burrowes
Series: Sweetest Kisses
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Hannah Stark has set her sights on corporate law to assure her a career of paperwork, predictability, and conservative suits. Contracts, finance, and the art of the deal sing to her, while the mess and misery of the courtroom do not. But her daughter needs to eat, so when Hannah is offered a temporary position in a small town firm's domestic relations department, she reluctantly accepts.
Trent Knightley is mightily drawn to his newest associate, though Hannah is as protective of her privacy as she is competent. When their friendship and attraction heat up, Hannah's secrets put her heart and Trent's hopes in double jeopardy.
James stood beside Mac at the window in Mac’s office, watching the head of the domestic relations department escort his newest associate to her car.
“Why isn’t that idiot sneaking in a little kiss here and there?” James asked. “He’s not even touching her. Didn’t offer his arm, hasn’t got his hand on her back.”
“Some of us appreciate a more subtle approach,” Mac said. “Some of us with a little discretion and tact.”
“I about sat her in my lap at lunch earlier this week. She said I was flirting my eyelashes off, and laughed at me.”
“Laughed?” By a little blue Prius, Trent handed Hannah her briefcase. “You have my condolences, James. You must be losing your touch. We depend on you to carry the Knightley standard into the bedroom of western Maryland, but it looks as if at long last – well, one hopes it’s long last-”
“Shut up,” James smacked Mac’s shoulder for good measure. “It’s just as long and lasting as it ever was, but Hannah Stark has been inoculated against my devastating charms by the only thing that has ever protected a female from falling for me.”
“Common sense?” Mac drawled. “A functioning brain? A sense of humor? An accurately calibrated ruler?”
“She’s fallen for him,” James said, gesturing towards the parking lot. “We have reason to hope.”
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Generally you write historical romances. Did you find it more difficult or easier to write a modern day romance?
Neither, simply different. Language is easier, world building a little harder; plotting easier, character arcs a little harder. Both are tremendous fun.
Was there anything about Hannah and/or Trenton that surprised you?
Trenton is a single dad, and I realized that he’s not my first single dad, but I haven’t used enough single dads in my historicals. They can be TERRIFIC guys.
What's your writing process like? Do you have to write the difficult emotional parts first?
My writing process is I turn on the computer, put my hands on the keyboard, and hope something worthwhile shows up on the screen. I have a general idea where the book will go, but books progress scene by scene, and often when I go to bed at night, I have no clear notion what the next scene will be. I read over the day’s material last thing before lights out, then set the alarm a little early in the morning. I lay in bed, wondering where the next scene should start.
If I get an inkling, I’m out of bed and at the computer.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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