Book of Love by Constance Bretes, on sale for .99¢, this month only.
A librarian, a mechanic, and a psychotic ex. What could go wrong?
When her marriage came to a devastating end, Janice Meyers moved to Montana to try to escape her past and get a fresh start. She's sworn off men, but she didn't anticipate meeting Chris.
After the death of his wife, Chris Jamisen focused all his time and energy on running his auto repair shop and raising his children. He's not looking for love, and when he first meets Janice, the town's new librarian, he never imagines they might embark on a relationship. Sure, he'll admit he finds the smart, sexy blonde attractive, but the frustrating woman expects miracles from him. Her vehicle is practically beyond repair, but she insists he has to keep it running.
As Chris gets to know Janice, he begins to develop feelings for her, but he's reluctant to pursue a relationship. He's Native American, and he worries about the complications of a biracial relationship. He's experienced prejudice first hand, so he knows how difficult it can be.
When Janice's ex-husband shows up seeking revenge, things could reach a horrible end. Will Chris save Janice in time? And will he and Janice be able to set aside their painful pasts and give their relationship a chance?
Content Warning: contains some sexual content
Tell us about your family.
Janice: I came from a middle income family of four, living in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. My parents are deceased, but my sister still lives outside of Detroit and works as a nurse at one of the local hospitals.
Chris: I grew up dirt poor on the reservation. My first wife and I moved off the reservation when we were very young. My sister lives here in Colstrip and helped me to raise my children when my first wife died giving birth to our last child.
What was your first thought when you met the hero/heroine?
Janice: I thought he wasn’t trying really hard to fix my car and keep it running for me. He was the only mechanic in town and I felt at a disadvantage because I knew nothing about cars and car maintenance.
Chris: When I first saw Janice, I was smitten by her beauty. But her car was a nightmare from hell and she was quite demanding about wanting me to fix it and keep it running for her.
Why did you fall for him/her?
Janice: Chris has these endearing qualities. A wonderful dad who loves his children very much. He’s also involved in the community, and he is very gentle, kind and loving.
Chris: Janice has a strong sense of ethics, both professionally and personally. She really brought the town’s library into the 21st century. While at first, we didn’t hit it off very well, I began to see that there was more to her than just her beautiful looks. She was extremely smart and sophisticated.
Why did you choose your occupation?
Janice: My career choice was to be a librarian. I think it’s important that people know how to read and know how to use their libraries. I feel very passionately about this. I also have a minor degree in Music.
Chris: When Cherie and I came to Colstrip. I was about to enter into crime as a way to provide for my family. We had no money and no job. But I met Howie Hauser who was an old time auto mechanic and he showed me the ropes and even paid for my schooling. He left the shop to me when he died.
What is the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?
Janice: After my ex-husband tried to maim and kill me, I had to start over, someplace far away from him and the town we lived in. I had some physical handicaps I had to overcome and faced a lot of these painful hurdles by myself.
Chris: racism and prejudice. Enough said.
See what one of several reviewers had to say about Book of Love:
I found myself utterly enthralled by the wonderful sweet romance with its hints of suspense. Janice wants to start her life over and she finds herself applying for a job in a small town library. She is intent on leaving her past behind her but she is finding that the past doesn't always stay in the past when you have a psycho ex-husband with powerful in-laws. Chris owns the one and only auto repair shop in town and he finds himself fascinated by the beautiful newcomer, Janice. Chris and Janice find themselves unwillingly attracted to each other as he tries to keep her vehicle running way beyond its lifetime.
This is a wonderful romance between two very unique characters. Janice is a strong woman who feels she does not need or want a new man in her life but somehow she has slowly developed feeling for Chris. Chris is concerned that a relationship between Janice and himself would not work as he is Native American and he has first had knowledge of the prejudice and worries that difficulties could arise for Janice if they become romantically involve. This is such a well written and emotional story that I became engrossed in the characters struggles to develop a loving relationship while overcoming their pasts and I recommend it to lovers of sweeter romances that enjoy a blend of drama, humor and suspense mixed in to create a beautiful story.
I have to say I usually read sexier books but this book captured my attention and kept it to the very end!
Beachwalk Press at http://www.beachwalkpress.com/book-of-love
Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense.
After spending many years imagining stories, she began her writing about ten years ago at the encouragement of her husband.
Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She loves to write about strong women and the men who love them.
She’s married to her best friend and resides in Montana with him and a houseful of cats.
When she’s not writing and researching for her next book, she can be found basket weaving, reading, or just plain spending time with her husband.
You can learn more about Connie and her books at her website at http://www.conniebretes.weebly.com. You can follow her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/constancebretes, or twitter at https://twitter.com/conniebretes
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