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What is the strangest real life situation that is in one of your stories?
I used the story of the three whores in YOURS FOR THE TAKING – Years ago, before I had my kids, I spent some time in Atlanta, Idaho. It’s an old mining ghost town three hours up a logging road from Boise. My boss had a cabin there, he was the airport manager. When I say airport, I mean a short mountain landing strip. Every year my husband and I would join my boss and his wife for a weekend. We’d go to Atlanta, stay in my boss’s cabin, cut the saplings from the landing strip, and chop down our Christmas tree to take home. I was wandering around the cabin—it was one of the original buildings from the mining town—looking for something to read. I found a fascinating, hand written diary dated in the late 1800’s. It was written by one of the miners. In that diary I read the story about the three whores—Ann, Annie, and Dutch Em. He explained that the ladies worked two mines: Atlanta mine and Rocky Bar. The mines had opposite paydays and the ladies followed the money and would cross the mountain pass every week to work the other mine. They were taking the pass over to Rocky Bar when they got hit by a freak, late spring blizzard. As soon as the miners were able, they went to rescue the women. The biographer was one of the rescue team. By the time the miners found them, Ann and Dutch Em had frozen to death. He recanted how Annie had brought her mongrel of a dog with her, and how her dog had kept her warm enough to stay alive. They tied Ann’s and Dutch Em’s bodies to a toboggan and tried to get them down the pass. The steep, icy path followed the river and took a sharp turn. The men lost control of the toboggan and it slid into the rushing river never to be seen again. The men called that curve “whores bend” which gave me an idea for the name of my fictional town outside of Atlanta Idaho—Three Whores Bend. The miner said they were able to get Annie down, she had frostbite so bad on one foot, they had to amputate her leg. He went on to say that one of her customers made her a peg leg and they called her Peg Leg Annie after that.
Do you laugh and cry while writing your books?
I’m told I smile a lot when I’m writing. I spent a day reading what I had written of Trapper’s story – A LITTLE ON THE WILD SIDE and found myself laughing out lout, but I don’t remember doing that while I was writing. When I wrote HAD TO BE YOU, I did tear up pretty often. There are a few scenes that were so emotionally charged I’d have to step away from my computer to keep from crying. I write at Starbucks; crying while writing is frowned upon.
Favorite book or character you have written?
I think Karma Kincaid is my favorite character, followed closely by Grampa Joe and Aunt Rose. Karma never fails to surprise me—which is pretty weird since she’s a product of my imagination.
Do you ever forget that the characters are not real?
My agent and editor think I do because I talk about my characters as if they’re real. I guess, when it comes to my characters, in my head, they are. I’m forever saying things like “Well, you know Karma—she’s...” or “Pete would never do that.” I remember when I was writing TOO HOT TO HANDLE, I was at my doctor appointment and, lucky for me, my doctor has become my friend. I had just written that Annabelle badly sprained her ankle, so I told my doctor about it hoping for free medical advice. I always check anything medical with him to make sure I treat my characters’ correctly. He’s known my kids, Tony, Anna, and Isabelle since they were little—sometimes I’d have to bring the kids with me to my appointment. My friend/doctor has even elicited parenting advice because he said he’s never seen such good kids. When he heard Annabelle, he thought I said Isabelle and got all upset. I asked why he was getting so bent out of shape over a fictional character. Then he got angry with me for scaring him—you’d think I told him she was terminal or something. He made me promise to preface any future medical questions about my characters with “A character in the book I’m writing...” It’s been working for us ever since.
Are you sad to end a series and leave the characters behind?
I think I would be—that’s probably why I have yet to end a series. I’d miss everyone. I have a hard time ending a book too—I don’t want to let my hero and heroine go. It’s like leaving a best friend.
Do you write about places you have lived?
Yes I do. I write about Brooklyn and Boise—I’ve lived in both Boise and Brooklyn but not the specific sections, Park Slope and Red Hook. I lived in the Kensington area of Brooklyn. Writing about Brooklyn, Boise, and the mountains of Idaho helps deal with my homesickness.
Do you read the same types of books you write?
Yes I do, but I read a lot of other subgenres too but Contemporary is my favorite. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Donovan, Rachel Gibson, Candis Terry, Christie Craig... the list goes on.
Elyse Fitzgerald is on a blind date from hell in Brooklyn’s historic waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook when she stumbles into a childhood friend—and childhood crush. She knows Simon would never be interested in his little sister’s friend, even though she’s all grown up. So it’s a lucky break that he doesn’t recognize her…
Simon Sprague is an artist who picks up bartending shifts at a local family-owned pub. To the artistic Simon, the women he usually meets at work are uninspiring. Except for the dark-eyed goddess who just walked into his bar. He feels an instant connection with her, and the mysterious angel seems to know him. Quick on his feet, Simon goes along with the ride… but will he lose his heart to a hometown girl along the way?
It would take a miracle for Storm Decker to return to Red Hook – or a tragedy...
The neighborhood holds too many painful memories of his troubled childhood, including the mistake that sent him running from the ex-cop he’d come to consider his father. But when Pete suddenly falls ill, Storm is called home to face the past he tried to leave behind long ago…
Breanna Collins never expected to see Storm again after he left town without a word, breaking her heart. She’s angry that he can’t seem to appreciate the changes in their neighborhood. But she still feels a powerful connection to her old flame. And unless she can remind him of all the reasons to stay, she knows he’ll never stick around long enough to give their romance the second chance it deserves…
Logan Blaise expected to be taking a quick break from his successful vineyard in Napa to visit his hometown of Brooklyn. But what he finds is a complete mess: His father is sicker than he’d imagined, and Logan is responsible for keeping the family restaurant running smoothly. When the chef quits, he’s forced to hire the first person who applies for the job—Skye Maxwell, a beautiful enigma with great skills and gaps in her résumé.
Skye is determined to make it on her own, without trading on her famous family name. Working in the community of Red Hook offers the perfect opportunity to stay out of the limelight while pursuing her dreams. At first glance, charismatic Logan seems exactly like all the shallow men she knew back home. But as she notices his small-town roots and strong family ties, the Brooklyn bad boy and his restaurant start to feel exactly like where she really belongs....?
The last place he expected to find lasting love was back in his hometown....
Slater knew tragedy from a young age, but with the support of his foster family, he turned his life around. Now, back from a stint in the Navy, he's packed up his motorcycle and returned to Red Hook to help to run the family restaurant--a job that comes with a tantalizing upside. Her name is Rocki.
Flirty, sweet, and outgoing, Rocki brings in crowds as the lead singer of the house band. And although she's unable to resist the charms of this intense bad boy, she refuses to open her heart to him. Until a family crisis shatters Rocki's easygoing demeanor, exposing something from her past she'd always hoped would stay hidden.
But Slater knows a thing or two about family secrets--and he sets out to prove to Rocki that their relationship could finally give them both a future worth believing in.
Rosalie Ronaldi doesn't have a domestic bone in her body...
All she cares about is her career, so she survives on take-out and dirty martinis, keeps her shoes under the dining room table, her bras on the shower curtain rod, and her clothes on the couch..
Nick Romeo is every woman's fantasy-tall, dark, handsome, rich, really good in bed, and he loves to cook and clean...
He says he wants an independent woman, but when he meets Rosalie, all he wants to do is take care of her. Before too long, he's cleaned up her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog...
So what's the problem? Just a little matter of mistaken identity, corporate theft, a hidden past juvenile detention and one big nosy Italian family too close for comfort...
Dr. Mike Flynn would love to have a woman to take care of...To Dr. Mike there's nothing like vacuuming or doing a few dishes to help a guy relax.
Annabelle Rinaldi would never cook if she could order takeout. When they meet at her sister's wedding, Mike is sure this the woman he wants to take care of forever. While Mike sets to work wooing Annabelle, she becomes determined to sniff out the truth of the convoluted family secret that's going to turn both their lives upside down..
Rich, the epitome of anti-domestic, can't cook to save his life, and his idea of cleaning his apartment is to invite his mother over. But he's ready to settle down, and he can't stop thinking about the ex-girlfriend who got away. When he notices that his soon-to-be-married friends cooked and cleaned their way into their women's hearts, he asks his friend Becca to help transform him into a nurturing man to win back his ex.
Rich is the only guy who's taken the time to know Becca for herself. She decides she'll give him the makeover he's asking for, though she'll be damned if she's going to turn him into a domestic god for another woman. She wants Rich for herself, but how can she convince him that her kitchen and her bedroom are the only domestic locales he desires?
Gina Reyez had a tough life. Her mom was a whore and her dad was a drug addict. She began taking care of her sister at a young age. Even now that Tina was married, Gina still wanted to protect and take care of her little sister. And she held another weight on her shoulders, something that happened when she was six and yet she blames herself. She wants to make enough money to buy a home for herself, help her sister, and solve the mystery of her childhood, where she failed. When Ben Walsh made her a business proposition, she could not refuse it. She never wanted to get married but he offered her enough money to solve all her problems. And it would be in name only and maybe for a year or three. Problem was that she thought Ben was something he was not, by the time the truth is out...the marriage was legal.
Ben Walsh was a happy bachelor. He was rich and handsome and had no problems finding ladies to entertain. Then Grandpa Joe stepped in. Either Ben was to marry or Gramps would sell the ranch that had belonged to his deceased parents. All his happy memories of when his folks were alive were at the ranch, so marriage it is. He had met Gina a few times and thought she might fit the bill. She was not his type, short and dark hair rather than tall and blonde but for a temporary marriage she would do. Problem was...Ben did not expect to admire his beautiful wife so much.
Grandpa Joe steps in to help his grandson and causes more problems than solutions. And the cousins don't help Ben out much either. I had read book 5 first, Wild Thing, and this book puts many pieces together but I would suggest reading this series in order as each book has a piece to help connect you to the next one.
Toni Russo is invisible. Even in her Goth clothes she disappears when she is around the super models that surround her, and she is good with that. Bianca, her boss at Action Models has sent her to overlook the photo shoot in Stanley, Idaho and that is not a good thing. Toni is happy in New York with all the noise and crowds, she is not happy in the wilderness at Sawtooth Inn. For some reason the handsome Hunter Kincaid, owner of River Runner's guide service won't let her hide in her room with her fears. The man is relentless and too good looking. Soon enough he should be noticing the gorgeous models rather than her.
Hunter had a thing for Toni the minute he heard her sexy voice over the phone in January. And here she was in person, and more enticing than ever. He was afraid it would be Bianca waiting for him. The owner of Action Models was paying him really well but the week she was out to check out the places for photo shoots she kept coming unto him and he had learned it was best to keep clients out of his personal life. He even made sure his two brothers were here this week to help distract Bianca away from him. Toni was different though and when Hunter saw a book her mom sent her to read, he had his sister Karma get him one. It was on how to find the man you want to marry and he thought it would be funny to read it, only somehow he found himself trying to follow what the book said to win Toni over. Somewhere along the line the attraction become more than physical.
Toni and Hunter struggle through out the book. If it's not Bianca making it look as she has a deeper relationship with Hunter or his helpful relatives giving advice than its Toni's fear of the wilderness. And how can a city gal and mountain man find happiness?
This book is the fifth book in a related series. The previous book, Yours for the Taking, is Hunter's cousin Ben.
Dr. Fisher Kincaid has been a bit off since his twin brother, Hunter, recently married. With his handsome surfer look of platinum hair and his green eyes added to his lovable personality Fisher never lacks for the attention of women. And then he meets her, Jessica. A woman who is more likely to run in the opposite direction to get away from him rather than to run to him.
Jessica James has just lost her prized job as a sports writer in New York. Andrew, her best friend, is letting her stay in his Boise, Idaho home as long as she works on the novel she always said she would one day write.. Only every time she turns around there’s this handsome flirty guy. He follows her as she jogs, goes to Starbucks and at the grocery store. She decides he must be a stalker, although such a handsome hunk of a stalker.
Another great addition to this series. I love how the author brings Trapper, Hunter, Karma, Ben, Grampa Joe and others back into the book on a regular basis, often at very inconvenient times. Robin's characters come to life and pull you into their antics. Yours for the Taking (book 4) is cousin Ben’s story and Wild Thing (book 5) is Hunter's story . You may want to start with book 1 to enjoy all the stories and get to know the characters from the very start.
**Sexual situations and language
**Received through NetGalley for review
Book 2.5: The Goose, The Gander, And Three French Hens
Seven years ago, Jack Bennett gave Mary Claire Coleman an ultimatum: marry me or I’m out of here. When she declined, he kept his word and moved halfway across the globe.
Imagine Mary Claire’s surprise when Jack walks into her local Boise watering hole—and back into her life—two weeks before Christmas. Although Mary Claire put romance aside long ago to run her successful antique shop, this chance encounter has all the crackling electricity of their previous passion. She tries to keep her emotions in check, but a scorching hot date proves that their chemistry isn’t just in her head—it’s in every part of her body. If she can find a way to move beyond the ghosts of her past, this might be the year that Jack and Mary Claire unwrap the best Christmas presents ever—each other.
Claire Coleman was content in life, she thought. She owned a business with her two best friends and was able to work at what she enjoyed. So what if no man ever could replace the one she lost seven years ago? She was still happy. And then he came back to town, her long ago first love. Maybe she didn't have everything she wanted after all.
Jack Bennett had left Boise, Idaho seven years ago and never looked back. Mary Claire had chose this place over him. When his estranged father dies it's time to return to wrap things up. He had to see her at least once. He soon found once was not enough.
Two people who had to have a secret relationship when they were young because of friction between their families. A friction that led to ripping them apart. Now it's only Jack and Claire and no family to interfere. Can the past be repaired or will they continue as they were...on separate paths? Claire Coleman is a friend of Karma Kincaid, from the Domestic God's series, so of course this book revisits the Humpin' Hannah bar. And a few of our friends from the previous stories.
Bianca Ferrari-ex-supermodel turned successful business woman-seems to have it all: beauty, brains and a career she loves. And she did it all by herself...through sheer force of will and ruthless determination. So when her life is suddenly turned upside down, it's hard for her to admit that going it alone may not be an option...A man who knows what she needs... Sexy, rugged and down-to-earth, Trapper Kincaid has a knack for attracting all kinds of women-mostly the wrong kind. When he finds out that the exhaustingly independent and drop-dead gorgeous Bianca is in serious need of help, he knows he's the man for the job. But Bianca isn't going to make it easy.
Judge Trapper Kincaid, the eldest brother of the Kincaids, is a seventy-two hour guy. That is the longest he gives a relationship before ending it. Sometimes less. Until Bianca. Since he met her back in book five, Wild Thing, she hasn’t left his mind. When someone is needed to go to New York to help his cousin Ben’s wife...Trapper is all over it. Especially since that is where Bianca is.
Bianca Ferrari is an ex-supermodel and has her own agency. Life hasn’t been easy for this beauty. Fame and fortune does not come at an easy price. Now she has a crisis in her life and no time to slow down, until she has no choice. This independent woman is determined not to let anyone in her life. Trapper is determined to change her mind.
I loved seeing all the characters that I met in the previous books once again. Hunter and Toni, Fisher and Jesse, Grandpa Joe, their mom, Ben and Gina and especially Karma. Looking forward to her story!
Cameron O’Leary, a 4th generation firefighter turned arson investigator, thinks he’s the luckiest man in the world—after a year of sickness in the family, everyone’s finally on the mend, and his life can go back to its even keel. But even though Cameron has moved to Boston to be there for his family, some sort of live-in nurse is still necessary, given the demands of his job.
Erin Crosby is financing her master’s thesis in social work by acting as a home health care nurse. Working for Cameron seems like the perfect gig—low key, plenty of time to work on her thesis, and the patient is lovely. She might never have lived with a man before—she’s never found anyone she cared about that much, had barely even considered it—but Cameron is easy to live with, and an easy friendship blooms between them.
But it gets harder and harder for Cameron to keep his hands off of his charming employee—and for Erin to remember that she hasn’t really moved into Cameron’s life.
From the award-winning author of the Bad Boys of Red Hook series, a new novel about finding love where you least expect it…
Jackson Sullivan III has always lived up to his uncle’s expectations, until his career is sidelined, leaving him lost and in need of a retreat to his family’s cabin. But his solitude is interrupted by a beautiful visitor whose combative feelings about the Sullivans lead Jax to a surprising declaration: he pretends to be someone else.
Though she hasn’t seen the privileged scion since she was a child, Kendall Watkins hates everything Jackson Sullivan represents. She should know: her parents have managed the Sullivan estate for years. In need of her own peace and quiet, she heads to the cabin, never expecting to come face to face with the most handsome man she’s ever met. Soon stranded by a violent nor’easter, Jax and Kendall end up sharing more than they dreamed. But Jax knows that when the storm clears, his true identity will be revealed, and Kendall will be left with a betrayal that may be too great to forgive…