Bonus Five Facts - You Can't Hurry Love by A.N. Verebes #mature #romace #australia #ameading
Fact 1: The novel is set -for the most part- in Brisbane, Australia. I chose to do this because most Australian romance novels I’ve read have either been set in a country town or in one of the more well-known cities (Sydney, I’m looking at you). Focusing on my home state of Queensland has been fun because I’m comfortable here, and I think that comes out in my writing.
Fact 2: Being able to properly redeem Charlie was incredibly important to me. In Handle With Care we only see him from his younger brother’s perspective, so You Can’t Hurry Love was able to delve into why Charlie behaved the way he did. He’s a good man, and I am so excited to see him come to life in this book. I hope readers will fall in love with him as much as I did.
Fact 3: Family and communication are key themes that are recurrent in the Jukebox Collection series. While some of Charlie and Sara’s issues echo Everett and Gemma’s (from Handle With Care), their approach to dealing with them is quite different. I really enjoyed playing with that concept as a writer, and it was a thrill to ‘watch’ the new plot play out with the different dynamics in action.
Fact 4: You Can’t Hurry Love was actually intended as Book 3 in the series, but when I sat down to write what was originally scheduled as Book 2, You Can’t Hurry Love poured out instead. I thought it was amusing, because it just seemed very typical of Sara to put herself front and center in my head, shamelessly derailing my plans to suit herself. She’s lucky I love her.
Fact 5: Like many Aussies, I swear a lot…and so do my characters. I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but when it feels authentic to the characters and their dialogue, F-bombs drop easily. This is one of those #sorrynotsorry things for me.
Sometimes love is worth the wait.
Sometimes love is worth the wait. Sara Carlisle and Charlie Rhodes are complete opposites. Oil and water. Chalk and cheese. Before Sara even meets Charlie, she hates him. He's insulted her best friend -a woman Sara considers family- and that is unforgivable. In person he proves to be just as obnoxious and insufferable as she'd anticipated. And, as far as she's concerned, the fact that he's tall and muscular with an accent to die for is not enough to redeem him. Charlie Rhodes is an arrogant A--hole (with a capital A!) and that's all there is to it! For his part, Charlie thinks Sara is a conceited pain in the arse. A prissy princess to the nth degree. It becomes his prerogative to get under her skin for the sheer pleasure of riling her up. He feels genuine enjoyment in the face of her frustration, and he makes no secret of it. Besides, she gives as good as she gets! Fundamentally opposed in every way, it's obvious to those around them that they're not going to get along. But unfortunately, thanks to their respective families, they are stuck in each other's lives for the foreseeable future. Being civil is as good as it is going to get...or is it? When their relationship turns from reluctant acquaintances to red hot lovers, they find it's good. Really good. What could possibly go wrong? In a slow-burn romance that follows hot on the heels of Handle With Care*, Sara and Charlie discover that you really can't rush romance. *Both Handle With Care and You Can't Hurry Love can be read as standalone novels in the expanding Jukebox Collection series.
“So, tell me,” Charlie directed the question her way once she’d made her promise to Gemma, the glint in his eye seemingly payback for her smugness at his own telling off, “why doesn’t your boyfriend ever attend these family get-togethers?”
“Roger marches to the beat of his own drum,” she answered easily with a shrug. “Sometimes he comes along, other times he doesn’t. We don’t need to live in each other’s pockets.”
After a couple of years of doing the whole on-and-off/casual relationship thing, she was used to it. Besides, Roger didn’t pressure her to attend events with him, either. Which was a good thing, because his snobby parents couldn’t stand her, and vice versa.
Sara felt as though things were pretty equal in that way.
“I couldn’t imagine him in a low-key restaurant like this, to be honest,” Jeff chimed in, chuckling. He stuck his nose in the air and assumed a haughty tone as he looked down at his menu, “Sara, darling, I don’t see a single main here over twenty-five dollars. Outrageous! We’re truly dining with the commoners tonight.”
Balling up a purple paper napkin, she threw it at her friend, even while she smothered her own giggles. “Stop it,” she chastened, “he’s not that bad.”
Gemma snorted. Sara levelled her with a glare, but all Gemma did was raise her glass of water to her twitching lips and sip primly. “Sorry,” she said, sounding anything but apologetic, “but that impression was spot on.”
“You both suck,” Sara sighed, shaking her head.
“Sounds like you could do with a real man in your life,” Charlie was having far too much fun at her expense, and it ruffled her feathers the wrong way.
It was one thing for her friends –who also worked with Roger in the hospital– to playfully tease Sara about him, but altogether different for this random English wanker to do so.
“I hope you’re not suggesting you’re a viable option,” she sassed back, “because I don’t think you fall into that category either.”
Okay, so it was a bit flat and ridiculous as far as comebacks went, but he scowled back at her, so she took it as a win, nonetheless.
“Don’t flatter yourself, love.”
“Aww, diddums, did I hurt your feelings?”
They were interrupted by their names being snapped on either side of them. He was cowed by his mother’s frown, while Sara sighed and apologised to Gemma.
This really was going to be much more difficult than she’d initially thought.
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Anita (A.N.) Verebes is a daydreamer, writer, and author of the debut contemporary romance novel ‘Handle With Care’. As a civil marriage celebrant, Anita makes a living telling other people’s love stories and celebrating real romance! Also armed with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Anita is a qualified -but not practising- High School English teacher who loves to read anything she can get her hands on, including fanfiction. (And, yes, she’s written her fair share of that, too.) Living directly between Queensland’s sunny Gold and Sunshine coasts, Anita spends her days exploring the Great South East with her husband and their two rambunctious sons. When at home, she’s also a slave to two cats and one very spoilt Great Dane X.
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