Friday, March 17, 2017

Guest Post & Giveaway ~ LEGALLY CHARMING by Lauren Smith

Legally Charming (Ever After, #1)
by: Lauren Smith
Series: Ever After
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Publisher: Lauren Smith

A workaholic lawyer comes home during a Halloween party and finds a princess sleeping in his bed. Find out what happens next in LEGALLY CHARMING, first in Lauren Smith’s newest #contemporaryromance #newadultromance series, Ever After!


Felicity Hart has one goal: Completing her masters in art. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. She reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween party with her best friend. After sneaking away from the party and falling asleep in an unoccupied room, she wakes to the sexiest pair of eyes she’s ever seen. Eyes that belong to the one man who could turn her well organized world upside down. When he flashes that wicked, panty-melting smile at her the vow to not fall in love seems impossible…


Jared Redmond used to be the ultimate bad boy. But now his legal career is taking off and the partners of his firm are trusting him with high-dollar real estate transactions. Jared’s king-size bed is empty. But when he arrives home on Halloween to find a princess sleeping in his bed – his all work and no play attitude goes out the window. There’s nothing he wants more than to explore the hidden desires of this mysterious beauty and show her just how much of a bad boy he really is by fulfilling her every fantasy.


Underneath the glitter of this fairy tale romance, Felicity and Jared might have found true love. But the mounting pressure of their real lives takes hold again and Jared and Felicity are pulled further and further apart. Can they find their fairy tale ending or will they be left with the dying embers of what could have been?

I adore fairy tale stories and I especially love reading fairy tale retellings. When I set out to write the Ever After Series I had three goals. The series would be set in modern times, no magic, no fantasy, just simple love stories with real people. The second goal was to make the fairy tale aspects very subtle. I wanted the readers not to focus on which fairy tale they were reading and just to embrace the sweet happy ever after story lines as they come about. This series will focus on wealthy heroes and generally hardworking heroines of varying incomes. The heroines are all realistic and experience a lot of “firsts” in their lives such as first loves, first jobs, which tends to make this series fit well with readers who enjoy New Adults stories without dark romance premises.

My third goal and most important goal was to take a story and provide a sexy romance but not use an Alpha jerk style hero. I love a good alpha male jerk as much as the next reader, but lately it seems overdone. I wanted to show readers that even good gentleman guys could still be sexy as heck and just as much an Alpha hero while still treating the heroine with love and tenderness.  When Jared and Felicity came into my mind, I knew right away they were the couple destined to be the first book in this series because Jared was a great guy, rich yes, a great job yes, but when you get right down to it, he’s a sexy, sweet, man who will do anything for his woman.

One of the best and little known facts about the Ever After Series is probably how the opening scenes for Legally Charming came to be. When I was in law school with my best friend Amanda, she and I hosted this big Halloween costume bash as a relaxing way to escape the pressures of law school. I dressed up as Anne Boleyn and she dressed up as Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. We threw the party in Amanda’s boyfriend’s house, a sprawling beautiful home in Toronto. I was going to spend the night and ended up taking Amanda’s boyfriend’s brother’s room for the night. He was away at college but it was very strange to sleep in a strange man’s bed. And as I stripped out of the queenly Tudor gown that had made me feel like a princess, I wondered what it would have been like for a heroine in a romance novel in the same position as me, but for her, the bed’s owner would come back early to find her… a princess asleep in his bed. A princess he couldn’t help but wake with a kiss… And that is where the inspiration for Felicity and Jared was born!

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Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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