During my college years, I worked as a waitress at a small town pizza place. The hours were long. The pay was minimal. But neither of those factors were why the job was so hard. I am a klutz.
I spilled pitchers of soda on tables, dropped pasta on costumers, and would trip over my own two feet while carrying hot pizza. Despite the hardships, I never gave up. I didn’t actually quit until I’d married my husband and we were moving for his job. I was determined to get it right or be fired trying.
When I started writing Reluctant Mate, I wanted my hero to have that same sense of perseverance. He met his match when he found his mate, Aimee. She stubbornly refuses to accept she has a mate. Jackson can’t let that get him down, however. He’s determined to do everything in his power to win her. If things between Aimee and himself don’t work out, it won’t be for lack of trying on his part.
What did I learn from writing Jackson? There’s something incredibly sexy about a man who puts it all on the line for the woman he wants to share his life with. And a hero is sometimes strongest when falters because we get to see him stand up and try again.
It’s a fate Aimee didn’t ask for and one she’s not at all happy about. She doesn’t want a mate. More to the point, she refuses to accept one. Even if that mate happens to be tall, muscular, and damn good with his hands. He won’t be able to seduce his way into her heart. She won’t let him.
But in this battle of wills, there is no middle ground. Somebody is going to have to surrender.
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