Book Nerd Guest Post
The Creation of Characters
Luke and Taycee were such fun characters to create--especially when it came to the situation they were thrust into. You've got Taycee, with her deeply-rooted crush on Luke, who had spent the last decade trying to forget him with no luck. And then there's Luke, newly returned to the town he grew up in, only to bump into the girl he used to think of as a little sister. Love that dynamic and thought it would be fun to share a few excerpts. Hope you enjoy!
From Taycee's POV:
Taycee’s eyes travelled up his body. Toned calves, plaid shorts, dark T-shirt, beautiful eyes. Why did he have to look so good? Why couldn’t he have hair growing from his nose? Nasty warts covering his face? Why couldn’t he smell like the animals he took care of?
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Luke scanned the shop. “Nice place you got here. I’d never have pegged you for a florist.”
The fry turned bitter as she swallowed it. Wow. Did Luke really not remember? The goodbye present? Her strange fascination with flowers that he used to tease her about? She’d relived those memories over and over and over again. Every word, every look, every smile. But had Luke? Apparently not. Taycee suddenly felt as memorable as a blade of grass.
From Luke's POV:
When Luke had first bumped into her, it was like a “welcome home” banner. Taycee Lynne Emerson still lived in Shelter. Who would have thought? Her being here had given him hope that things really could be like old times. Romping around in the summer. Snowball fights in the winter. The slow, easy-going life he’d come to crave so much the past couple of years.
Unfortunately, Taycee had changed. Or Luke had. Either way, things were different. The brother/sister relationship they used to have was gone, replaced by a whole lot of something else. Awkward tension mixed with an unexpected attraction. Taycee had always been cute, with her wild dark hair and hazel eyes, but now she was way beyond that. It caught him off guard—as did the way she kept him at a distance.
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Luke nodded toward the grapes. “How do you know that grape you tried tasted like all the others? Maybe you just picked a bad one.”
She hesitated, as if seriously considering the question. Finally, she said, “Well, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve done that. Night, Luke.” With that, she steered her cart toward the checkout counter.
Luke watched her go, feeling like she’d just told him something important. Something he should be able to decipher and somehow understand. But whether he was too tired or just plain clueless, he had no idea what she was talking about.
Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.
Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.
But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?
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