BY MACKENZIE CROWNE
As an author, all of my characters steal a little piece of my heart, but occasionally, one comes along who claims a chunk. Tuck, the hero of To Win Her Trust, is one of these. I’m a sucker for a rascal, and Tuck is a rascal on steroids, but he also has a good heart. That’s not to say he wasn’t a challenge to write. Let’s face it, in the romance genre, the formula calls for some level of angst, but unlike so many romance heroes, Tuck didn’t come with baggage. There were no dark secrets from his past, or failed relationships scarring his soul.
You can see my dilemma. There was no angst, and what is an author to do with a man who is more than content with his charmed life? A happy hero? His story is a romance, so of course he needed a heroine, and my solution was to knock him flat with the idea of “Love at first Sight”. He wasn’t such a happy hero over that concept. What man would be? But we had our angst. Problem solved.
In my experience, love comes along when you least expect it, and whether it hits you between the eyes, as it did for Tuck, or slips slowly into your heart, true love’s arrival changes everything. I fell into the latter category when I met my true love. What about you? Have you met “the one” and were there immediate fireworks or did you experience that lovely slow slide into forever?
Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie lives with her high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Phoenix home because the southwest feeds her soul. Though her friends claim she’s a princess, she disagrees. After all, one can’t raise two rambunctious boys to wonderful men without getting a little dirt under their nails. A lover of the romance genre, her resolve to share her stories with others was sharpened by a bout with breast cancer. Today she is an award-winning author and eight year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will, too. Connect with her at http://mackenziecrowne.com, https://www.facebook.com/MackenzieCrowne and https://twitter.com/MacCrowne.
To Win Her Trust
Can she trust this player with her heart?
Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost?
Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust?
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