I'm thrilled that Claire was able to interview her character Brandt Dempsey. At Last in Laguna is a PERFECT example of the 'Forbidden Love' trope. And be sure to read the New Release information at the bottom of the post - the third book in the series is ON SALE as a pre-order!
Claire: Where are you from?
Brandt: Laguna Beach, California
Claire: Tell us a bit about AT LAST IN LAGUNA, the book you star in.
Brandt: It’s the story of how my best friend Nick’s little sister, Alyssa, jolted me out of my resolve to treat her like a surrogate baby sister. Little did she know that I avoided her not just because Nick’s the closest thing I’ve got to a family, but because I have a screwed up past and simply didn’t deserve a beautiful, intelligent, perfect woman like her.
Claire: What did you think the first time you saw Alyssa Morgan?
Brandt: Well, she was a tall, skinny, geeky teenager when I first saw her. She was only seventeen years old and wore these thick coke-bottle glasses that obscured her striking gray-blue eyes. Almost. She wasn’t drop-dead gorgeous like she is today. I remember making an extra effort to be kind to her because she was so shy.
Claire: What was your second thought?
Brandt: Once she felt more comfortable around me, I was surprised at her sarcastic sense of humor.
Claire: Did you feel it was love at first sight?
Brandt: Not when she was seventeen! When I saw her again when she returned to Laguna after college, my jaw dropped. She was beautiful and confident. I’m not going to lie, she was hot as hell. I don’t know if I believe in love at first sight, but I wanted her. But, her brother Nick is my closest friend and I couldn’t jeopardize our relationship. He’s like an over-protective father from the 1950’s, probably because they lost their parents when Alyssa was only fourteen and he’s her only family. So, I did my best to ignore her.
Claire: What do you like most about Alyssa?
Brandt: That’s a tough one. Her compassion and warmth draw me to her. She’s really intelligent and I like her geeky side. Her kisses. Well, let’s just say I wish I was kissing her right now.
Claire: How would you describe her?
Brandt: She’s incredible. Her independence and wit impress me and her natural beauty and warmth blow me away. She’s a creative, talented interior designer with an intuitive sense in all she does. I feel like she “gets” me, if that makes sense.
Claire: How would she describe you?
Brandt: The best-looking guy in Laguna. Kidding. More likely she’d say I was a stubborn pain in the butt.
Claire: Why are you building Tearmann House?
Brandt: There’s a whole demographic of people who the system fails. I want to help abused women and children who have nowhere to go and/or need a short refuge to get back on their feet again after tough times.
Claire: What is your biggest fear?
Brandt: You’ll have to read AT LAST IN LAGUNA to find out. ;-)
Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward, lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. He’s tried to ignore how Alyssa has blossomed into a strong, talented, gorgeous woman because as his best friend’s baby sister, she’s off limits.
After they share a mind-blowing kiss, Brandt struggles to fight their undeniable chemistry. His tragic childhood scarred him, but he pushes it deep inside, only allowing the world to see a wealthy, carefree entrepreneur. Forced to work together on Brandt’s latest charitable venture, Brandt and Alyssa’s passion cannot be denied. Alyssa knows he’s the one. Can she convince him they belong together?
SUNSET IN LAGUNA