by: Dani Collins
Series: Feuding Billionaire Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
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From irresistible beast in the bedroom…
to father of her child!
The first time Javiero Rodriguez sees CEO Scarlett Walker after their impassioned night together, she’s in labor with his baby! No matter how shocking the surprise, Javiero won’t let his son grow up in a broken home like he did.
Scarlett has worked hard for independence and she can’t accept empty vows. Yet the scars Javiero gained in a jaguar attack haven’t lessened the tycoon’s rugged appeal. Which means every day is a heated reminder of the pleasure they shared…and could share again!
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Hi Kim, thanks for having me back. I’m thrilled to be here. I hope you and your readers are all staying well during this trying time.
Beauty and Her One-Night Baby is the second book in your duet series called the Feuding Billionaire Brothers, the first book being A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him. What can you tell me about this series?
When I first conceived of the duet, I knew I wanted it to be about two half-brothers who share a father and wind up in a rivalry. I wanted the father, Niko, to somehow know that each of his sons had a hidden heir. He leaves his fortune to the babies instead of his sons, which is how the men learn they have children. Spoiler alert: Niko was not a very nice dad.
I was surprised to realize that both A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him and Beauty and Her One-Night Baby are both second chance, surprise baby stories. I was also surprised by the connection between both of the couples. Did you set out to have this series be so closely intertwined?
Yes. And when I first pitched the duet to my editor, I was like, “Is it too weird if they both have newborns?” We worked out that one would have a toddler, the other a newborn.
Beauty and Her One-Night Baby released on June 1st, what can you tell me about that story?
Initially, I only foresaw it as Book Two in the brothers duet, but while I was still working on Val and Kiara’s story, my editor asked if I wanted to give book two a fairytale spin. In June, all the Presents/Modern titles will be fairytale-inspired. It actually worked out beautifully to add beastly scars (and bitterness) to Javiero.
Can you please tell me who Javiero Rodriguez and Scarlett Walker are?
Niko married Javiero’s mother despite knowing his mistress was pregnant with Val. He quickly got his wife pregnant. Javiero is the legitimate son, but Val was born first. Niko recognized his sons equally yet pitted them against one another. Javiero tried very hard to be the ‘good’ son, but when Val rejected Niko’s fortune, Niko turned on Javiero and left him to fend for himself.
Scarlett came from a very difficult family situation and wound up at Niko’s mercy, begging him to help her profligate father. By then, Niko’s sons were ignoring him. He admired her loyalty to her father so he hired her. She is still supporting her family and knew that as Niko’s protégé, she would ultimately be tasked with running his conglomerate so she stuck it out. It didn’t hurt that that threw her into Javiero’s orbit since she was fascinated by him.
Who is the Javiero that no one ever sees?
From an early age, Javiero was forced to take responsibility for the care of his family. It is such an intrinsic part of him that he goes into crisis when he realizes he misses the fact that Scarlett is suffering post-partum depression. He’s also still freshly scarred and it impacts his view of himself, not that he wants to be vain, but it’s a big step into accepting he will always look different.
When you start to read Beauty and Her One-Night Baby there’s a part of it that gives the impression Scarlett wanted to get pregnant, in order to have some of Nikolai’s money for herself. I mean she did go to see Javiero to inform him about what Nikolai planned to do with his will. Is this actually the case?
I had to be very careful here. Scarlett did want to inform Javiero. She didn’t plan to fall into bed with him, but when she later learned she might be pregnant, she didn’t take any steps. She wanted to let the universe balance the ledgers between the brothers and it did.
The two stories share similarities. But how are they different?
This was very hard for me! The heroes have very similar backstories and that core trope of a secret baby is hard to keep fresh, but having two men interpret a defining moment differently was fun to explore over two books. They each went in their own direction (with their own baggage) as a result.
The heroines are best friends, but very different. Kiara is an artist with a daughter. Scarlett is a dedicated businesswoman with a newborn son. Val insists on marriage while Scarlett holds off with Javiero. The heroine’s back stories bring different conflicts into their relationships, too.
Each romance stands alone, but reading both stories gives the full picture of how Val and Javiero settle their differences.
Why doesn’t Val or Javiero have their father’s last name?
Great question and I probably could have given Javiero Niko’s surname. Val is illegitimate so he has always used his mother’s surname. In Spain, it’s common for women to keep their own name. Javiero is very close with his maternal grandfather and pretty ticked at his father so he sticks with his mother’s family name.
I gather that both Val and Javiero are men who have chips on their shoulders and something to prove to the world and themselves. They both, in the beginning, seem to be hard, cold, jaded and cynical. This might be a difficult question to answer, but which one of them is really the caring one?
By the end, both! Ha. I would say that for most of his life, Javiero has been the most obviously caring one. He had a grandfather who mentored him and has relatives who were kind and loving, even if his parents were embittered and cold. He knows how to love, he’s just so angry with Scarlett, he can’t show it.
Val believes himself devoid of the ability to love, but one look at his daughter does him in. When he loves, he’s all in. I think that’s really endearing.
Do the two stories take place simultaneously?
When a reader finishes reading A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him and Beauty and Her One-Night Baby, what do you want and hope their final impression of these characters are?
As with all my books, I hope that the reader comes away with the sense that we’re all flawed and make mistakes in the moment, but people who are willing to grow and learn and try to do better are worthy of love.
Dani, thank you so much for answering my million questions.
It’s been my pleasure and my honor. Thanks for your interest in my Feuding Billionaire Brothers.
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The Feuding Billionaire Brothers Series:
A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him ~ Review
A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him ~ Interview
📚 You can read my review of Beauty and Her Oe-Night Baby here. 📚
Beauty and Her One-Night Baby is also the second book in the Once Upon a Temptation series, a collection of books by eight authors inspired by fairytales.
The Once Upon a Temptation Series:
**All books release June 1, 2020**
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