We’ve brought the ladies of Rivers Bend, VA here today to tell us what it is that makes Mick Evans, of the new release in the Rivers Bend trilogy Love is Lovelier, so dreamy. They’re a lively, outspoken bunch, and Heather has mixed up some cocktails for them, so this should be interesting….
Q. Heather Braden, since you have a long, complicated romantic history with Mick, let’s start with you. What attracts you to Mick?
(Heather squirms in her seat and her cheeks flush. She attempts to laugh, but it sounds a mite hysterical). Attracts me to Mick? Whatever makes you think I’m attracted to Mick Evans?
(Bethanne Cardoso, one of the town librarians, and Heather’s oldest friend, flaps her hands dismissively) Bless her heart, Heather is so far down the River Denial on the subject of Mick that she can see the pyramids. We can tell you about him. First off––he’s handsome.
(Deidre Anderson, Heather’s older sister, interrupts) And hot! Like surface of the sun hot.
(Bethanne nods in agreement. Actually, there is a general murmur of agreement from all the women, except Heather. Bethanne continues) He’s tall, a former NFL player, so you know he’s built! Brown hair, amber eyes, cheekbones so sharp, you could cut paper with them. He’d almost be pretty, if he wasn’t so masculine.
(Magda Horvath, fiancée of Heather’s brother, Jeff takes a sip of her cocktail, and says dreamily) He’s all man. You know what Mick reminds me of––the male cover models on romance novels.
(Mrs. Wilson, elderly housekeeper of the Retreat at Rivers Bend, where Heather and Mick both work for her brother Jeff, looks thoughtful) He is all that they say, but what I like most is the way he dresses. His suits are all custom-made and fit that hard body like a glove.
(The other ladies all laugh, and Caitlin Anderson, Heather’s college-bound niece shrieks in horror) Mrs. Wilson! What are you doing looking at Mick’s hard body?
(Mrs. Wilson rolls her eyes) Please, child, I may be getting a little older, but there is nothing wrong with my eyes, and that man is fine.
(Heather bites her bottom lip, and makes her first contribution to the discussion) There’s more to Mick than his looks, you know. He’s smart––he went to Stanford University, and he’s done very well in the business world since his knee injury ended his NFL career.
(Bethanne inclines her head) You’re right, Heather. There is more to Mick than his oh-my-gawd hotness. My husband and I have a baby son, and Mick is terrific with him. Whenever I see that big, strong man holding baby Cisco, I melt a little inside. He’s so gentle with him.
(Joyce Braden nods) My first impression of Mick was about his amazing handsomeness––
(Heather interrupts, aghast) Mom!
(Joyce waves her hand dismissively at Heather) You can’t help but notice, honey, I’m sorry. What I was going to say is, he’s so serious. When you first meet him, you don’t expect him to be so good with kids, or to have a sense of humor. But he does. He’s a lovely man––inside and out.
(All the women nod in agreement, and Heather speaks so softly, we can barely hear her) He is all of those things, and more. He’s good to his momma, sister, and brothers. He’s great at his job––
(Caitlin interrupts) He drives that cool convertible!
(Heather smiles at her niece, and continues) He does have a smoking ride. And he can cook, which is bonus for me, since I survive on takeout. He doesn’t let himself get close to too many people, but once he does, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for you. Any woman would be lucky to have him.
Hmm…sounds like Heather might be ready to give in to her feelings for Mick? Will things work out for them? Read Love is Lovelier to find out!
Heather and Mick have a long history together, and Heather wants to leave it in the past where it belongs. Yet, here Mick is, very much in her present, thanks to her brother Jeff, who hired Mick to be her boss at the Retreat at Rivers Bend.
It wouldn’t be so bad, except Heather and Mick are still attracted to each other like metal to a magnet. Oh, and her brother is considering offering Mick a partnership in the Retreat, which by rights should be hers. And even if they act on their attraction, Heather is a small-town, country girl, and proud of it, whereas Mick can’t get far enough from his West Virginia coal-mining roots.
Will they be able to get a second chance at their first love and find their happy ending together in Rivers Bend?
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About Donna Simonetta:
My career has been a winding road. I worked in the business world for years, got my MLS and worked in a school library, and am now living my dream as an author. I love to read and write contemporary and fantasy romance. I live in Maryland, with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. We both enjoy traveling to visit our far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.