Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.
Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.
Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck
Thank you for having me here today to talk about my newest release, LEAN ON ME. It's a contemporary romance. I love writing suspense but there's no suspense in this one. It's about a heroine who returns to her hometown after a string of bad luck and runs right into the guy who had a crush on her in high school.
A reader emailed asking if this was a friends-to-lovers romance or a reunited lovers romance. The real answer is neither. See, the hero's crush was unspoken in high school and they never dated. I think that takes the book out of both categories, But the question got me thinking about contemporary romance categories. There are many more in addition to the two above, like second chance at first love, star-crossed lovers, coming home and marriage of convenience (one of my favorites, but really hard to pull off in a contemporary romance).
I'm thinking LEAN ON ME is a hybrid of a couple different categories. I actually didn’t think about it or try to define it while I was writing it. I wanted a hottie hero, a realistic heroine and zinging tension. Honestly, I kind of want that in every romance I read, too. But, for me, it all starts with the hero. In LEAN ON ME, the heroine (Cassidy) described it best when she saw Mitch (her future hero) for the first time in years:
He had a five-o'clock shadow at two in the afternoon, and, boy, wasn't that the sexiest thing ever.
Why, yes. I think it is. :)
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