by: Amy Gregory
Series: Finding Perfect
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
In this addition to Amy Gregory's FINDING PERFECT series, Easton Montgomery meets his match in Jessica Pierce. Fans of Fix You by Mari Carr and Carly Phillip’s Karma, will love this funny and romantic addition to the Finding Perfect series.
Easton Montgomery demands control and order. He’s purposely kept to himself, no strings and no nonsense. Preferring to be in charge of his destiny, keeping his life neat and tidy, all wrapped up. Life is perfect, until the bow comes undone and his world completely unravels.
Jessica Pierce left Denver years ago with nothing more than her clothes and a need for a brand new beginning. After planting roots where her car broke down, life was good for a while. Then the ranch owner who helped her rebuild her life threw her a curveball. Now she’s the new girl in Renlend, Kansas on the Montgomery’s ranch, and their son Easton is a constant source of frustration and distraction. Getting her hands around the veterinarian’s neck and squeezing, looks better by the day.
After a week of stepping around each other, dodging barbed comments, and Jessica’s smart mouth, Easton realizes she’s got more fire than any other woman he’s met. Suddenly Easton wonders if this curvy, blonde spitfire might just be the challenge he’s been waiting for.
Easton closed in on her, effectively trapping her between the truck and the open door. He’d meant to intimidate her into speaking, instead he was encircled by the scents of her shampoo and soap, both floral and light. Very feminine, despite the hard work of being a farm hand. Her eyes dilated rapidly before she glanced toward the dessert and away from him.
“Can you please back the hell up?”
“I want to know what you’re not telling me.”
“If you’re so damned concerned, why don’t you ask your father? Better yet, go ask your mother. It’s not my place to say a fucking word, Easton Montgomery. Now stop putting me in the middle, get the hell out of my personal space and quit acting like some macho tough ass who thinks I’m some little lady he can boss around. Never gonna happen.”
“What’s never gonna happen?” He tipped his head. She sucked in a quick rush of air, loud enough for him to read her mind. English was his first language obviously. Sign language, though he was learning, he was far from fluent. But body language—he was a self-professed expert. She hadn’t meant for the last three words to slip from her mouth.
Easton leaned in, “For the record, you’re as gorgeous as you think you are.” She attempted to spin away, but the confined space kept her facing him.
“Unlike you…I don’t think I’m gorgeous, Mr. God’s Gift to Women.”
“Are you saying, you think I’m an egotistical, arrogant ass with a black book for late night booty calls?”
Jessica grinned, her mouth tipped up in a pursed, cute little bow, her hands went to her shapely hips. “I didn’t say it. You did.”
“What are you, ten?”
“I thought I’d better dumb down my vocabulary and sentiments for you to comprehend.”
Easton folded his arms across his chest before he laid them on her. For the first time he found himself surrounded by people and not caring he had an audience. He wanted nothing more than to shut her contrite pink lips up by hauling her up against him and taking control of the situation before she got too out of hand.
“What’s Mom doing?” He tried to pull his thoughts away from the erotic pictures building in his head.
“She’s sitting at the kitchen table writing recipes down for me. Ones she says are in her head. There, are you satisfied, yet?”
The little head jerk she gave to accentuate her point nearly did him in. Easton smirked, holding onto every fiber of not only his temper, but his desire. “Not nearly, darling.”
“I’m not your darling. I’m not your honey, sweetheart, doll face—your nothing. Not now, not ever. I’m here for your mom, your dad and more importantly, Roscoe. If it wasn’t for the fact that in a very short time, I’ve grown to really like your parents and I need a place for my horse—you’d be eating gravel about now.”
Her skin was tinged with the most beautiful shade of pink. Her blue eyes had darkened and her pulse had spiked. Easton knew she was bluffing with every bold-faced lie she spoke. He lifted his chin, daring her to continue. She opened her mouth, he lifted his brow…waiting. She narrowed her eyes at him and clamped her mouth shut.
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Hi, Amy. Thank you for joining me. Tell me about Renlend, Kansas, what's the place like? Was it inspired by a real place?
Renlend, KS—is fictional. However, the town it's based on isn't. The gazebo and town square are real, most of the shops I designed. The exposed brick walls of the buildings, real. Taryn’s homemade chips—real, from the small bar and grill. There are elements I pulled from The Gilmore Girls in building my town such as the candy shop, but when I was younger, the real town did have spinning bar stools at a soda fountain.
You're a new author to me. Can you please tell me what the Finding Perfect Series all about?
The series as a whole is based on finding each character’s definition of their perfect. Life isn't the same for everyone, that'd be boring, the same for books. Each book has a character from the town, the other is brought to Renlend for one reason or another. And by finding family and acceptance when they least expected it, they each find perfect. They each find someone who can look past the flaws and still love them despite the bullies of their past, the nightmares of prior occupations left haunting them, even unloving family.
I love that. When you set down to write the first book, Mike's Way Back, did you how many books you were going to have in the series and who those characters would be?
I carried Mike over from the first book in Racing to Love. He became one of those secondary characters who found an instant fan base. From there I knew he was going back home and developed the town. I came up with about fifteen possible stories based on shops and businesses around the square. The characters took over and I was left with seven.
I love the name of the titles in this series. Do you think the individual titles sum of the books themselves?
It's something I did in Racing to Love and it worked. And I carry my characters throughout the series. Though they're stand alone books, Gabby was introduced in Mike’s book, so the readers knew exactly who was up next. I like short titles, and I think in both series the name alone was enough of a draw to keep people wanting to know more about the characters they've come to know.
I generally find that authors are often surprised by characters or parts of a book. Was there anything about Easton's Everything which caught you by surprise and if so, what?
Well, for me…I don't outline anything so the book always comes out as a surprise. I know there are always twists and turns I didn't see coming and I write with a lot of sarcastic and sassy banter, sexy banter, lots of humor. But for Easton, I didn't know he was going to be shut down for the reason he is. I knew he was very stubborn, opinionated, bossy and a take charge guy. He also melts like chocolate around kids. I didn't see the sign language coming into play at all until it was on paper. I didn't see the fight Easton and Jessica would butt heads over until it was a constant. I also didn't know just how or when Jessica would be able to knock him down a rung or two.
Can you sum up Easton's Everything for?
Easton Montgomery is a girl’s dream, which is why he pushes them away. His career takes a turn he didn't see coming and he's forced to rely on someone which he's not good at. He is a control freak and he can't snap his fingers this time. He had to learn to let his guard down and accept the love right in front of his face, and to be willing to let her help him in ways he had no experience or patience.
Thank you so much for your time Amy. Is there anything you would like to add?
All of my books involve finding family in those around you, most of the time, there's no blood relation. I want people to see that, to know their perfect is perfect for them, don't compare to the millionaires, the movies or even your neighbors. Everyone has problems, struggles and joys. It's how the people around you are there, even when you don't know it…like in Ryan at Last. She had no clue!
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Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions. When she's not rushing her oldest daughter to tumbling, her youngest daughter to music lessons, or sitting track-side watching her son practice motocross, she's taking the few minutes in between to scribble the next pages in her Racing to Love series.
When asked, "When do you have time to write?" Amy Gregory giggles. "In bits and pieces," she says.
Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you'll find shining through in the characters she's created.
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