Published: October 14th, 2013
Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.
Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.
First, I have to say that I love the topic Mythical Books suggested I speak about today. It’s something that comes up a lot and is relevant to almost any genre, but especially mine. See, I write romance. It may be fantasy, historical, or contemporary, but a romance is at the core of every book I write. And this one happens to be my favorite. I fell for the couple while writing the first book in the series, Taste the Heat, and couldn’t wait to tell their story.
Seven Day Fiancé has two of my favorite tropes—bad boy meets good girl, and fish out of water. It’s set in the heart of Cajun country, a heritage I love sharing it with the world. And best of all, it giggled and swooned along with Angelle from start to finish. I love when that happens.
Romantic comedies are my favorite genre. Books, movies, television shows, I love to laugh while I do the happy-reader-sigh. Yes, I know that in the end, the couple stays together and love triumphs all, but it’s the journey to happy ever after that I adore. Knowing that it ends happily never affects my pleasure as a reader, viewer, or as an author. Not if the characters are authentic, the writing pulls you in, and you experience every bump along the road with the couple.
Series romance may have a bit of predictability at the core—as readers, we know there will be a “meet-cute,” a bit of flirtation, a bit of downright steamy, a dark moment when all seems lost, and then the ending that sweeps you up with the giddy flutters. But all stories have a natural progression. They may not all end with a romantic couple getting together, but they’ll have met their story goal, whatever it is. A cliffhanger may appear at the very end to keep you guessing, but at the end of each book, some threat or challenge has been overcome. Answers gained. Adventure, drama, thriller, they all follow the pattern, and it doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. It’s actually when they don’t fall into those familiar patterns and rhythms that I feel disjointed as a reader or viewer.
For me, I actually find enjoyment in the structure. I can relax, knowing that when I pick up a book by a skilled author, I’ll experience ups and downs and in between, along with a satisfying ending. In the hands of a true storyteller, the familiar rhythms both comfort and excite me. And when I, along with the characters I’ve lived with for four-plus hours, reach that “predictable” ending, I set my book down with a contented smile. If only reality could be so predictable.
Thank you, Mrs. Harris
When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.
Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no.
As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?
About the author:
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up late sneak-reading her mama's romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly.
A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.
She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches countless hours of Food Network and reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!