Series: Fighting Connolly's #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Independent on 27 September 2013
Welcome to In Kelly’s Corner book blitz. This book is strictly 18+ given the steamy content but apparently it isn’t erotica. I have a guest post and a very generous $100 Amazon or B&N gift card giveaway from Roxie to pique your interest in case the rather dishy cover isn’t enough.
Kelly sounds like an alpha male who has the weight of the world on his shoulders. I suspect there will be lots of smexy times as Kelly tries to protect Bee and win the tournament.
So tell us Roxie…
Sometimes I find inspiration in the oddest places. A few months ago, I was trying to figure out who exactly Kelly’s love interest was. I knew she was his best friend’s younger sister but I didn’t have much else beyond that. Then I happened upon the documentary Startup Kids while browsing the instant video offerings on Amazon. Less than five minutes into it, I knew exactly who Bee Langston was.
I found the idea of an internet entrepreneur on the cusp of something big very intriguing. The possibilities for sabotage, blackmail and stalkers was endless. Lately, all the romance books I’d read featuring tech entrepreneurs tended to cast that lead character as male. I found that perplexing because all of the programmers I know are women—and all of them are super successful and highly innovative.
When it came to Kelly’s character, I looked at only one place for inspiration. Three words. Tom. Freaking. Hardy. From the moment I dreamed up his character while writing YURI (Her Russian Protector #3,) I knew that Kelly Connolly had to be that deliciously sexy. Also—it was a fantastic excuse to watch one Tom Hardy movie after another while working on this book!
They found love in a hopeless place…
In Kelly’s Corner is the first in a spinoff trilogy from my Her Russian Protector series. In the HRP universe, the heroes of the first four books share brother-like bonds forged in their very early years living in an orphanage. Ivan, Dimitri, Yuri and Nikolai came to Houston to start over and build better lives—and end up rescuing their damsels in distress from the Albanian mob, a Latin street gang, a shady real estate developers, a Mexican drug cartel and a madman hell-bent on usurping a certain mob boss’ throne. Kelly, one of Dimitri’s employees and Yuri’s former bodyguard, finds himself facing some of those same foes—including two of the most notorious loan sharks in the city.
What can I say? Fictional Houston’s underbelly is a pretty seedy but dangerously sexy place!