Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Choc Lit UK author, Kathryn Freeman to CABR
Find out more about her novel, DO OPPOSITES ATTRACT?, then enter the giveaway 🙂
There’s no such thing as a class divide – until you’re on separate sides.
Brianna Worthington has beauty, privilege and a very healthy trust fund. The only hardship she’s ever witnessed has been on the television. Yet when she’s invited to see how her mother’s charity, Medic SOS, is dealing with the aftermath of a tornado in South America, even Brianna is surprised when she accepts.
Mitch McBride, Chief Medical Officer, doesn’t need the patron’s daughter disrupting his work. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks and has led life on the edge, but he’s not about to risk losing his job for a pretty face.
Poles apart, dynamite together, but can Brianna and Mitch ever bridge the gap separating them?
Guest post by Kathryn Freeman:
Thank you so much for inviting me onto Caribbean Accent Book Reviews. I love the Caribbean. I’ve had many a happy holiday there and last year I introduced my cricket loving family to it, too. Now they’re clamouring to go back.
But I’m not here to talk about my holiday plans (maybe next time?!). Instead I’d love to share with you a little about my debut paperback novel, Do Opposites Attract?
In a way it links back to what I’ve been saying because as a Brit living in South East England, you can’t get more opposite to our built up towns and cloudy, rain filled skies than the sun-kissed Caribbean beaches. Am I attracted to the opposite – you bet!
The hero and heroine in my novel are attracted to each other, too, and they couldn’t be more different. Mitch McBride is a strong alpha male with a chip on his shoulder thanks to his rough childhood. Brianna is a beautiful, classy heiress looking for a purpose in life. He’s had a tough life; she’s had a charmed one.
The following is a scene from the book that I hope highlights this contrast. The conversation takes place after a traumatic day spent helping rescue villagers from a horrific mudslide.
‘Doesn’t it make you sad, or angry, seeing so much death?’
‘I used to get angry, on the battlefield. When I saw the body bags build because of a pointless war, it really got to me. This is just nature doing her thing. It’s tough on those caught up in it, but then life is tough.’ He gave her a sideways glance.
‘At least it is for most people. That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it?’ Temper rippled through her, mixing with the sadness and anger he saw in her eyes.
‘Yes,’ he agreed, keeping his voice deliberately calm. He sensed she wanted to fight, but tonight he didn’t fancy being her punchbag. ‘Most people do have a tougher life than yours.’
‘You don’t know anything about my life. How can you stand there in judgement?’ He raised an eyebrow, daring her to continue. The temper fled as quickly as it had arrived and she sighed. ‘Okay, you’re right, I have had it easy.’
‘I didn’t say your life was easy,’ he qualified. ‘But I don’t think it has been tough.’
‘My first car was a Porsche,’ she admitted.
Mitch felt his lips curve upwards. ‘Impressive. How long did it last?’
‘Two days. I crashed it into a ditch going round a corner too fast. I was grounded for a week.’ She caught his grin and smiled. ‘What was your first car?’
Mitch settled further back against the tree. ‘Owned or borrowed?’ he countered.
‘Let’s go for borrowed.’
‘A Ford Capri, when I was twelve.’
‘I take it the owners didn’t realise you’d borrowed it?’
He just grinned, a flash of white teeth in the moonlight.
‘Did you give it back?’
Mitch thought back to the Capri that had landed in the ditch, mangled by a tree. He and his two mates had been lucky to get out of it alive. ‘I crashed it. I don’t think the owners would have thanked me for returning it.’
‘At last, we’ve found something in common. We’re both bad drivers.’
The laugh whooshed out of him. It had been so long since he’d had a really proper laugh, he was surprised his body still remembered how to do it. ‘In my defence, lady, I was only twelve and couldn’t reach the damn brake pedal.’
Despite their differences – or because of them? – Mitch and Brianna are drawn to each other. But is their attraction sustainable? That’s the question I hope you’re asking yourself 🙂
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathryn Freeman started her working life as a retail pharmacist but it didn’t take long for her to realise that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her. Next she joined the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications, doing a lot of writing – about medicines. However what she really wanted to write about was romance.
In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
She lives with two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
Her first novel, Too Charming, was published in September 2013 (digital) and her second novel, Do Opposites Attract? will be out in July 2014.
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