Today I have an excerpt for you from THE WEDDING PACT,
book #2 in Katee Robert’s sexy, romantic suspense series, The O’Malleys.
Welcome to CABR Katee. I’ve been looking forward to chatting with you about CHASING MRS RIGHT (CMR) 🙂
Let’s get right into it. Tell us about the story in CMR
CMR picks up shortly after the ending of WRONG BED, RIGHT GUY (WBRG). Ian is back in town and he’s not all that happy to be swept up into the events his sister is planning (the first being a welcome home party). He’s got borderline PTSD, and is having issues stepping back into civilian life. The last things he expects is to run into a gorgeous brunette who quiets all his issues just by being there. One hot night later and he discovers she’s actually his little sister’s best friend, Roxanne–and wants nothing to do with any kind of future. But Ian isn’t the kind of man to walk away from something he wants, so he sets out to convince Roxanne to give this thing between them a chance.
What inspired you to write about a military guy in pain?
Ian didn’t start out that way. I knew he was military, since that thing was set up in WBRG, but figuring out that he was in some serious pain came later. I have the deepest of respect for all our military men and women, so taking on this level of tortured hero was a little daunting–I really didn’t want to botch it! But his pain and the things he’s gone through were what helped him connect to Roxanne and get through her seriously substantial barriers, so I think it worked out for the best.
What was your favourite scene to write in CMR?
My favorite scene actually ended up cut from the book, but a close second was near the beginning when Roxanne tells Ian to come get her and… Well… 😉
His gaze raked up her body, as if memorizing the path some part of his body would take later, and he rose with a predatory grace. “Go.”
There was a threat and a promise in that one word. From the way he moved, he was going to take her when he got hold of her, regardless of where they were.
Oh, hot damn.
A bolt of pure desire shot through her body as she backed away, bumping into a chair as she did. She ignored the pain radiating through her hip and kept moving, stopping just inside the elevator doors.
“Come get me,” she mouthed.
His eyes flared and he started making his way to her, but the doors slid closed before he could get there.
Holy. Crap. Roxanne took a shuddering breath. As the elevator descended, she smoothed her hair back and tried to look like she just hadn’t had a top- five orgasm in the middle of a club with all her clothes on. What to do when she reached the ground floor? Should she bolt? Would this man really put that much effort into chasing her? And if she ran, where could she go to make sure he found her?
Five floors left.
Obviously, she was putting too much thought into this. She’d just walk out the front door. If he caught up with her, he caught up with her. If he didn’t, well, at least she got a fantastic orgasm out of the deal.
Oh, the lies she told herself to be okay. The numbers ticked down.
Two floors to go.
Roxanne tried out a smile in the reflective surface of the doors, but it looked shaky at best. Then the doors rolled open and there he was, leaning against the wall across from the elevator as if he hadn’t just sprinted down ten flights of stairs. A slow smile spread over his face at the sight of her.
It varies with each book, although I’ll admit that CMR should have been called Murphy’s Law. Nothing was particularly easy about it. There are books that flow so quickly, it’s everything I can do to keep up with the writing. This book… Not one of them. But I love how it turned out, so it was worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. 🙂
How did you come up with the idea for the Come Undone series?
It started with me promising my editor I’d write her a wrong bed book that didn’t involve infidelity. From there, things sort of spun out of control. I have this nasty habit of writing secondary characters that demand their own books. Roxanne and Ian were one of these stories that needed to be told and, of course, there’s Nathan. Don’t tell the others, but his book is my favorite (and I can promise it will be well worth the wait) 😉
Favourite ways to relax?
A glass of wine and a bloody game of Call of Duty.
What an unexpected yet very cool combo! 😀
Pantser or plotter?
A bit of both. It varies from book to book, but I’m becoming more and more of a plotter as time goes on.
If you could be anyone in history for a day, who would you be and why?
That’s a good one. I’m thinking Cleopatra because… Mark Antony. Also, it’d be fascinating to see the world through that woman’s eyes.
Thanks for chatting with me here on CABR Katee 🙂
Thank you for having me!
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It was only supposed to last one night…
Roxanne Stokes doesn’t believe in love. She does, however, believe in the sexy-as-sin stranger who literally knocks her off her feet in front of a nightclub. The chemistry sparking between them takes her breath away, and she’ll do anything to ease the pain in his eyes…until she realizes the handsome stranger is her best friend’s older brother who’s just come home from war.
Ian Walser had no idea the gorgeous woman he slept with the night of his homecoming party was his little sister’s best friend—or that she’d be gone before morning. Roxanne’s touch soothes him in a way nothing else can, and he’s not ready to walk away from that yet. Not when spending time with her gave Ian a glimpse of everything he’s ever wanted.
When his sister unwittingly pushes them together, he sees his chance. But convincing a woman who doesn’t believe in love that she’s his Mrs. Right might be harder than any mission Ian’s undertaken. Good thing this soldier likes a challenge…
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert, learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.
Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.
Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?
She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.