Beverley Kendall is best known for her historical romances and her amazing website for romance readers, but she’s branching out and has just released a contemporary new adult novel, When in Paris… This week, she’s giving away THREE digital copies of the book to my blog readers. Woo hoo! (And if you want more than a book, visit her website where she’s giving readers a chance to win an iPad mini!)
Take it away, Bev!
Zach Pearson is the hero in my first new adult romance, WHEN IN PARIS…. He’s young (18 then 19) and definitely possesses a sense of himself. He’s not conceited but is honest enough to admit that girls (and women) find him attractive. He’s also honest enough to admit that the fact he’s a star athlete and his brother is the star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys sweetens the pot for girls impressed by those things. But that’s not the kind of girl Zach wants. No Zach wants—has always wanted—the one girl he can’t have. Olivia Montgomery.
That’s my hero in a nutshell. Drool-worthy. Swoon-worthy. When a reviewer described him as an alpha-male-in-training, I had to laugh. I’m not sure I thought of Zach so much as an alpha male. But if an alpha male is confident, then yes, check. If an alpha male doesn’t suffer from false modesty, then yes, check. If an alpha male wants something in his mate that goes beyond the superficial, then yes, check. If an alpha male knows how to turn a girl’s knees to rubber, kisses like an angel and the devil, and makes loves like the best erotic dream ever, then Zach is not an alpha-male-in-training. Don’t let his youth fool you, there’s no training involved. He’s a certified alpha male.
Here’s a little excerpt of Zach being…well Zach.
After a moment of silence, Olivia jumps to her feet, pushes her tray to the other side of the table and takes the seat April just vacated.
“It would look ridiculous for us to be sitting on the same side,” she explains.
I dig into my breakfast and it takes about twenty seconds for me to notice she’s just staring at the strawberry yogurt, banana and orange juice on her tray.
I swallow. “Look, if eating with me alone makes you uncomfortable, I’ll leave.”
Okay, it’s obvious she regrets what happened last night. But the crazy, hair-raising attraction between us is real. And maybe she doesn’t want to explore it but I haven’t been able to think about anything else since last night.
The sunlight catches strands of her blonde hair when she raises her head and looks at me. “Don’t be silly. I’m not uncomfortable with you.” And as if to prove it to me—and herself—she tears the foil lid off the yogurt carton, picks up the plastic spoon on her tray and begins to eat. But her attention is too focused on eating and her slender fingers look like they’re gripping the white plastic spoon hard enough to snap it. She’s aware of me.
I compress my lips to keep from smiling. Okay, so we’re not going to talk about what happened. But not talking about it isn’t going to make it go away. Not by a long shot.
A beat of silence elapses before she says, “About last night…”
I think I’ve heard too many bad connotations when it comes to the term alpha male, I feel the need to clarify what it is. That alpha males, in my definition, are not asshats. They are assertive, confident, not pretentious. But they are loyal, kind and loving. And when they fall, they fall hard.
What about you? How do you define an alpha man? I’m giving away 3 digital copies of WHEN IN PARIS…. Comment to enter to win.
I’ll randomly choose the three winners on Tuesday January 22nd. Leave a comment below to enter. Good luck!
College freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs—in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia’s newfound peace, and the feelings she’d thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can’t shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile…but has never given her the time of day.
Zach’s good looks may have always gotten him his pick of girls, but it’s the star quarterback’s skill on the football field that gives him his pick of the Big Ten colleges. To escape the crushing demands of his win-at-all-costs father, Zach opts for a private university in upstate New York where…his present and past collide. And the one girl he’s always wanted but can’t have—and a class trip to Paris—turn out to be the ultimate game changer that has him breaking every one of his rules.