By Sally Clements
I love writing romance, but I don’t like to be predictable. I like to explore and challenge expectations of ‘the perfect woman’ and ‘the perfect man’. In life, people come multiple varieties, and I like my heroes and heroines to reflect that.
I like turning things around, mixing it up. My latest series for Entangled Publishing, the Under the Hood series, is based around three women who are co-owners of a garage. They’re all qualified mechanics. Alice (the heroine of book one) is a full time mechanic who acts as a female white knight to help a hero in distress whose car needs a jump start. Her hero, Mark, is a more than capable divorce lawyer, used to being leaned on by his clients, but he loves being rescued.
Book 2, Love for Beginners, also features an owner of the Under the Hood garage, this time Melody Swan. Again, Mel bucks the trend somewhat. She controls her world very successfully, and has a truckload of responsibilities. She wants to share her life with someone who will fit into her life—someone she can have a real affection and partnership with. She believes that falling in love will cloud her judgement, will make her vulnerable. Mel’s not your typical romance heroine, but for me she rings true as a person. Her hero, Heath (Alice’s brother) has a reputation for love ‘em and leave ‘em, and a nickname of The Ladyslayer—but once again that’s only part of Heath’s story, he’s so much more than the tag he earned years ago…and when he meets Mel he doesn’t act the way she expects him to.
So far, readers love the premise of the Under the Hood Garage. A place run by women for women. A place where you don’t have to compromise or risk being judged for not knowing the ins and outs of an engine. It’s a typically male preserve, turned on its head and mixed up. Because in life, anything can happen—so I reckon the same should be true of fiction!
Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it!She is a full-time author, who lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’.Always a voracious reader, she considers writing for a living the perfect job—the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!
Make sure you check out Sally Clements’ latest novella, Love For Beginners, just released on May 27th.
She needs a lesson in love, and he’s the perfect teacher.
Mechanic Melody Swan is looking for a man who can share her hopes and dreams, but she swore she would never lose herself to passion. When sexy Heath Starr agrees to temporarily sub in the Under the Hood garage for his sister, Mel sees the perfect opportunity to enjoy being with a man without becoming attached.
Heath came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster. He vowed he’d never break another woman’s heart, and in turn, protect his own. Still, when Mel offers to serve as his outdoor guide, he can’t refuse.
Mel may say she’s only looking for right now, but her body is speaking a whole different language. And Heath’s viewfinder is drawn to her time and again. When the two find themselves isolated in a rustic cabin, they could both break their promises if they aren’t careful…
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