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When the temperatures begin to drop, the days get shorter, and the leaves turn lovely shades of red, orange, and yellow, I am in my happy zone. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Not too hot. Not too cold. It’s just right. My personal Goldilocks zone.
October is the month that builds toward a celebration of the macabre. I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan. I don’t need witches and goblins to up my fear factor. I’ve got plenty of fears and phobias of my own. Some I’ve worked hard to slay. Others I work toward conquering every day. That’s why I’m so drawn to stories in which at least one of the main characters must conquer his or her fears in order to get their happy ending.
Perhaps that’s also why Sloane Sutton, the heroine in my latest release, The Billionaire’s Legacy, is one of my favorite heroines that I’ve written to date. She’s strong, smart, determined, and independent. Sloane’s funny, but she can also be a bit of a smartass. (Which made writing banter between the hero and heroine lots of fun.) But in many ways, she’s also quite flawed. Sloane can be quite judgmental when it comes to her own family. And in her blind determination to be completely self-reliant, she doesn’t always handle matters the right way. But she’s also humble enough to own up to her mistakes and admit when she was wrong.
Sloane comes from humble beginnings, and she worked hard for the success she’s achieved working behind the scenes at a Nashville record company.
An Exclusive Excerpt from The Billionaire’s Legacy
A knot tightened in her stomach. She had a good job and owned a cute little condo that she was slowly renovating in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Nashville. But she was in debt up to her eyeballs. Not because she was a frivolous spender addicted to retail therapy, but because she’d sunk every penny of her savings into helping her mother save their family farm. Then there were the bills that had been piling up since her grandfather’s costly heart surgery.”
Her budget was so tight it had practically squealed when she’d purchased the fancy dress she was wearing, despite finding it on the clearance rack at a designer dress shop.
If there was one thing she’d learned from her grandfather, Atticus Ames, it was pride. She’d work three jobs and sell plasma before she’d ask Benji or anyone else in this town for a handout.
Sloane is so close to reaching the next rung on her career ladder when she encounters her best friend’s younger brother, Benjamin Bennett, at a friend’s wedding. But one incredible night together changes everything for both of them.
Sloane’s situation drastically changes and she finds herself in need of the hero’s help, if only temporarily, it’s an extremely uncomfortable place for her to be. Sloane is forced to confront all of those childhood fears and the demons she’s struggled to allay her whole life.
Another Exclusive Excerpt from The Billionaire’s Legacy:
[Sloane] loved being a mother to the twins. Loved growing into this crazy life with Benji by her side. Sloane honestly didn’t think she could blame it on the hormones anymore, but nothing brought her to tears like seeing Benji interact with their son and daughter or watching how they reacted to him.
It was love, in its purest, rawest form.
But nearly as quickly as she was overcome with joy over her life with Benji and the babies, she was gripped by the throat with fear.
What would happen when the novelty of being a father wore off? Would he resent her? Would he resent the twins?
Part of her realized it was an irrational fear. Benji wasn’t her father and shouldn’t be judged by his standard of failure. Still, that fear had appointed itself as guardian of her heart. And it seemed safer to let it do just that.”
I loved watching Sloane grow into her relationship with Benji and as a mother to the twins. Most of all, I cheered for her as she finally slayed the dragons of fear that nearly made her miss out on the happiness she deserved.
What are some of your favorite stories where a character has to face his or her fears? Tell us in the comments below.
About Reese Ryan
Reese Ryan writes sizzling, deeply emotional romances featuring family drama, surprising secrets and unexpected twists. Reese was inspired to become a storyteller by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and there is a little of Elizabeth Bennet and Jo March in every heroine she writes.
About The Billionaire’s Legacy
Tech billionaire Benjamin Bennett can’t resist a steamy weekend with Sloane Sutton—his crush on her goes way back. But when he tracks her down, she’s pregnant—with twins! Now their fling needs trust to survive. Benji wants a wedding; his family claims she’s a gold digger. But Sloane won’t be bought—or married. Can they find common ground…and a shot at forever?
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