Excerpts, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Excerpt: Reunited with Doctor Devereaux

My latest book is a second chance romance set in a small Southern town. The love interests are former high school sweethearts who now have more of an enemies vibe after their breakup left a lot of hurt feelings.

Anyone else love a good enemies to lovers story?

An unexpected reunion…
A second chance at love?
Years ago, trauma surgeon Danny Owens broke his promise and broke GP Camilla Devereaux’s heart. Now Danny is back. The terms of his late father’s will mean Danny and Camilla have to work together for the next six months. They loved each other once, and it’s clear there’s still something burning between them. Can they leave the past behind and embrace the bright future they deserve…together?

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Excerpt:

He stepped through the open door. Another intense wave of grief rushed over him when he stood in front of the antique walnut desk his father had kept polished to a shine. He ran a finger across the dark, gleaming surface.

Why didn’t you give me the chance to say goodbye to you, old man? Did you hate me that much?

“What are you doing here, Danny? I am perfectly capable of taking care of a child with asthma. I don’t require the assistance of a big-city trauma surgeon.” Camilla crossed her arms over her chest and his gaze flicked down to the hint of cleavage her blouse revealed. Immediately adjusting her clothing, she hissed out, “Keep your eyes on my face and your thoughts to a PG rating, please.”

“Maybe I just wanted to check out my inheritance,” he snapped, trying to regain the high ground with her. He knew he couldn’t afford to let his guard down, but even so, the baldness of those words sat hard on his heart. Maybe it was the heartbreak he glimpsed in her eyes before she shut down and the emotionless facade of their teen years returned to her gaze. But it was too late by that point to retract the words; the harm had been done. “That came out badly.”

He was the one who had hurt her. She had done nothing but love him and she certainly had the right to be suspicious of his motives now. He’d given her plenty of reason. He’d broken her heart because he knew he wasn’t good enough for her. He’d been of no use to anyone, even himself. So, why was he acting so defensively toward her?

Guilt, maybe? His mom had always said, A guilty conscious will stalk you for the rest of your life. If this wasn’t proof of that…

Tilting her head, Camilla scrutinized him. He tried not to let her see what he was feeling, but her time in foster care had made her an expert at decoding faces. She’d always been able to read him like a book, while he’d struggled to name a single emotion from her. She’d kept her feelings close to the chest, burying things so deep he wasn’t sure she even processed them.

When they’d first started dating, he’d tried to get her to open up to him about her past, to discover details about her childhood, but she had shut that line of questioning down fast. Even when they’d been together long enough for her to trust him, there were things she still refused to share, topics that he couldn’t touch without her walking away.

Camilla had a policy that the past was the past and it had no place in her present or future. Knowing that, his last words to her eight years ago had been cold, cruel, and designed to cut straight to her core—the only way he knew how to protect her from himself.

He still hated himself for using that knowledge to his advantage.

In doing so, he had put himself in the position of being her past, and despite being forced together for the foreseeable future, there had never been more distance between them.

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What’s your favorite trope?

Romance has always been my favorite genre. I’ve occasionally ventured into fantasy or historical fiction. I even enjoy a good thriller. Romance always brings me back though.

In a world that’s flipped upside down, I like the comfort of knowing there will be a happy ending when I get to those final pages. I like knowing that despite whatever drama the characters go through, they will live happily ever after.

Still, there are some types of stories that I like reading more than others. I’ll pass on the alpha gazillionaire with his fancy jet, but I can be easily reeled in when the past creates major roadblocks between love interests. High school sweethearts torn apart by something in their pasts and reunited a decade or so later? Enemies to lovers? Yes, please.

My upcoming release is just that – a second chance for former high school loves. Danny and Camilla have each lived a lifetime since circumstances took them down different paths. When they are thrown back into each other’s lives, neither one is happy about it. Well, at least not at first. But that’s the beauty of second chances, right?

An unexpected reunion…
A second chance at love?
Years ago, trauma surgeon Danny Owens broke his promise and broke GP Camilla Devereaux’s heart. Now Danny is back. The terms of his late father’s will mean Danny and Camilla have to work together for the next six months. They loved each other once, and it’s clear there’s still something burning between them. Can they leave the past behind and embrace the bright future they deserve…together?

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Inspiration

“How do you come up with so many stories?”

People are always asking me where I come up with my ideas, where my inspiration comes from. Usually I shrug, because I don’t always know (and let’s face it, I’m an introvert who hates talking about myself). But for my new release, “A Nurse, a Surgeon, a Christmas Engagement,” I do have some clues.

A few years ago, my family and I vacationed in the Great Smoky Mountains and ever since I have been itching to set a story there, but I never had just the right one. Then I began working on Dex and Lena’s story. From the beginning, I knew they would be going back to his hometown, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that their story was perfect to set in the Smokies. The town itself is fictional, sadly, but I hope readers recognize some of the landmarks and that I have captured the spirit of Christmas in the mountains.

Inspiration for Dex’s family home also came from my real-life experiences. Like the Henry family, my own family lives in a log cabin that is far from soundproof. But it has all the same character and homey feelings that Lena noticed when she stepped through the door for the first time. I felt the same way the very first time I stepped through the door here—I felt like I was home.

Christmas is a magical time that should be filled with the warmth of love, family, and home. I hope you enjoy Dex and Lena’s journey towards love this December. And from my home to yours, I wish each of you reading this a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays.

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From emergency wedding date…

To happily-ever-after?

Nurse Lena has serious doubts about playboy surgeon Dex’s request that she be his emergency date to his brother’s wedding… But when he offers to be her fake boyfriend in return to meet her family obligation, she reluctantly agrees. Maybe it’s the heady spirit of the season—or a Christmas miracle!—but Dex surprises Lena at every turn. Could he be the man she swore she never wanted?