"[one] of the best contemporary romance novels I have read in a long time!" ~ Kindle Review
"Selena continues to write winners..." ~ Kindle Review
"Awesome story, I just loved the main characters Baby and Joe." ~ Kindle Review
"Awesome suspense and delicious anticipation." ~ Kindle Review
"I absolutely LOVE it, I read it in one sitting!" ~ Kindle Review
"Romance and mystery all twisted up in a cute story." ~ Kindle Review
"Man, I just want to jump this guy's bones!!!!" ~ Goodreads Review
From the Author
But as the characters started telling me their story, I realized that this wasn't going to be a light and bright book after all. There are layers of complexity to the characters and the story itself. And in the end, both characters will be begging for love, pleasure, and forgiveness.
Don't you just love when things come full circle?
I find that incredibly enjoyable, both from a reading and writing standpoint. I love that Joe is the strong, silent type, but he comes out of his shell around Baby. And I love that Baby is so much more than the talkative spitfire we see her as in the first books.
Like everyone, these two people struggle. They have moments where they live in the past and yet, they are hopeful for the future. They have moments of intense dislike and stretches of extreme desire and every emotion in between.
I set out not to only tell the story of Baby and Joe finally finding each other, but to make readers feel the ups and downs, the bumps in the road. Their path to each other is anything but smooth. There are misconceptions, misunderstanding, rejection, even mistrust.
I have a dear neighbor who admitted that she didn't really like her husband the first time they met and I was fascinated by that. They've been married a long time and are obviously still deeply in love. So I wondered what it would be like to write a character like Joe who doesn't like Baby's flirtatious vibe. I needed to see what it would be like for him to fall for her, and for the puzzle pieces to line up just right. I wanted all the deep emotion that comes with disliking someone even as you desire them, the changes that happen when your friends start partnering up and your circle of friends expands and perhaps even contracts as they move away, start families and have less time for Girls' Night.
Ultimately, I feel like I accomplished everything I set out to. And many readers have told me that the Memorial Day scene made them cry. Don't hate me, but I love that. If I've made my readers feel, I've done my job.
Here's a little sample. This scene takes place after Baby's stalker throws a brick through Baby's window and Joe whisks her away to a hotel for the night so she'll be safe. She's tired of his hot and cold attitude and wants to know why he doesn't like her so she confronts him under the darkness of night.
"I went home alone," she said, pushing the memory away. Joe had to believe her. She'd been hurt by his rejection, tried to make him jealous but he was the only man she wanted.
"I know that," he shot back.
How could he know that? She rolled onto her back and crossed her arms over her chest and his gaze followed the movement. He frowned and she frowned right back.
"I followed you home," he admitted quietly.
A delicious shiver erupted over her shoulders. "Why? You can't stand me."
He huffed out a sigh. "Can't stand you?" He leaned toward her until he almost fell off the airbed. "Do you think I'd spend half this much energy on a person I didn't like?"
He had a point. She shook her head.
"Then why are you always so short with me? Why do you make me feel like I'm--" She swallowed. "Like I'm lacking?"
She blew out a slow breath to stop the tears building in her eyes. Crying wouldn't solve anything and besides, men hated when women cried. She didn't want to be one of those sniveling girls who swayed a man with tear stained cheeks.
"I had to see if who you are inside and who you pretend to be are two very different people," he murmured, tucking a strand of her hair behind her right ear. "That night, you proved me right."
"Wow, Joe. You'd just told me flat out you didn't want me. I'm not made of silicone. It hurt. I was hurt. I handled it badly."
"I'm sorry I tried to make you jealous." It hadn't worked. She'd only managed to feel bad about herself and hurt Gretchen and Greg. Even though they were happily in love now, she knew that her friendship with Greg would never be the same. He'd never give Gretchen any hint that he had feelings for Baby and that meant staying far away from her.
"What you see is what you get, Joe. I learned my lesson." Life was too short and she wanted to live it to the fullest, to experience the highs and lows, peaks and valleys.
"You're right. And that's very refreshing."
"Go get in your bed and go to sleep, Baby."
So they were back to this? Her having no idea where she truly stood except that once again, he didn't want her. But hadn't he said he liked her?
Then again, he compared her to his disloyal ex.
"Why?" she asked, needing to know.
"Because you're my client."
"No I'm not. Now go to bed."
"It's a king sized bed. We can share it." There was no need for him to sleep on an air mattress on the floor when she barely took up a quarter of the bed.
"Go to bed."
Well. That answered that, she thought, feeling gutted.
"Okay. But in the future, I think you should call me by my first name. Jessica."
"No one calls you that."
"At work they do. It's more professional and grown up." She rolled away and stood.
"But your friends call you Baby."
She nodded. "But we're not friends, are we Joe?"