by: Christi Barth
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Avon Impulse
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Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone.
The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.
Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.
Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.
THAT IS NOT TRUE.
It is true that I don’t have to squint at centuries old calligraphy. But there are so many things that need to be researched in my books. Never Been Good revolves around three ex-mobster brothers in Witness Protection. Oddly enough, the US Marshals don’t like to publicize exactly how they relocate bad guys and keep them hidden. But I did read a fascinating book written by the man who created the Witness Protection program.
Flynn set her down on the gray futon couch. It was the only seating besides the one-person bench that slid under the narrow table. “No way are you walking up those stairs tonight. Tell me what you need and I’ll bring it down.”
Not bothering to bite back her giggle, Sierra shook her head. “You won’t fit up there.”
“I can bend. You, on the other hand, are semi-broken.”
Thank goodness years of living with dozens of foster families had ingrained into her the need to make her bed and not leave underwear lying around. Because the man was halfway up the stairs before she could open her mouth.
“My pajamas are on the hook.”
A dull thud rang down the stairs. “Holy Mary Mother of God.”
“Are you okay?”
“Yeah. I always wanted a dent in the middle of my skull. Then I won’t need a sweatband when I work out. It’ll all just pool in one spot.”
Little things can suck hours away. What moves are taught in self defense class—that I can actually explain on the page? What MMA move could take down an angry drunk in a bar—that I can actually describe on the page, LOL? What myriad of specialty cocktails will my bartender hero create for each important character in the book? (Okay, that one was fun, too, but I swear there wasn’t any tasting!)
Locations—especially when set in a real town—have to be nailed down perfectly. I’ve fallen in love with Bandon, Oregon, the seaside village where my ex-mobsters finally land. But because it exists—and I’ve never been there—I have to do a ton of research to be sure I don’t (rightfully) piss off anyone who has been there. Including the tedium of mapping how long it would take to walk from downtown to the hospital, etc.
But I’m not complaining! I don’t regret any of the hair-tugging hours spent on research. Because it means Never Been Good is richly detailed, and will be easy as pie for readers to ‘see’ in their minds. If it brings Flynn and Sierra to life, it was all worth it. And I can’t wait to hear from you all if it worked!
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USA TODAY bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.
Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.
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