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The Men of Lakeside Book 2

February 2019
On Sale: February 11, 2019
Featuring: Katie Dixon; Carter Colburn
ISBN: 1640637656
EAN: 9781640637658
Kindle: B07MYWWGXR
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Also by Natasha Moore:
The Standby Guy, February 2019
The July Guy, November 2018
The Cottage Next Door, September 2014
Playing for Real, February 2014


One of the best things about writing romances is that I get to delve into my favorite tropes (back when I first started writing romance, in the olden days, we called them hooks) and wallow in their awesomeness. I can explore those fun fantasies I love to read and put them into my own stories.

One of my favorite tropes is Friends-to-Lovers. When emotions start to change between longtime friends it can throw them for a loop, especially when theyíre not sure if the other oneís feelings have changed as well. Then thereís the worry that if they do take the relationship to the next level, will it ruin everything they had? Is a romance between friends worth the risk?

In THE STANDBY GUY, Carter and Katie are not just best friends, they live next door to one another. Yeah, the Boy Next Door/Girl Next Door trope. I canít help it, I love that one too. So thereís the added pressure of what would happen if things didnít go well. Not only could they lose their friendship, but theyíre going to run into this person all the time. Talk about awkward. Again, is it worth the risk?

Another favorite trope of mine is the Pretend Relationship. While I was writing this book I got to throw two people together who need to appear comfortable with each other when theyíre out in public, and not in a just-friends way. They have to be comfortable touching each other. Kissing each other. My pretend relationship trope-loving heart races at the thought. When unexpected emotions have been simmering beneath the surface, all that together time is going to have those feelings steaming before too long. And whether Iím reading or writing, I canít wait for them to boil over!

And then, of course, itís a Small Town Romance. The series title is The Men of Lakeside. The people in this small village get involved in everyone elseís business. The Lakeside rumor mill is notorious. And whether it comes from a place of love or mischief, their interference can throw a curve ball in any relationship, especially one thatís based on a lie. I love the complications that friends and family in a close-knit community can throw into an already complicated relationship.

There are even a couple of other hooks in THE STANDBY GUY . Katie is a single mom and Carter is a reformed bachelor/ playboy. I love to take a number of familiar tropes and weave them together into an emotional and sensual story with relatable characters and a heart-warming ending. Itís fun.

There are many tropes that hook me as a reader, ones that when I run across a book description, I canít help but click that link to find out more. Readers look for the tropes that work for them, those hooks that make them want to read right now. †I sure canít put them all in one book, but Iíll keep writing and playing with as many as I can. What are your favorite tropes? They just might end up in my next book.


THE STANDBY GUY by Natasha Moore

The Men of Lakeside Book 2
The Standby Guy
For the last fifteen years, Katie Dixon has been focused on her responsibility as a single mother, raising her son and making ends meet. Now her sonís off to college, her photography business is stable, and sheís more than ready to embrace her ďme time,Ē including a romantic fling or two. The only problem is that she hasnít dated in years and needs a little help finding her confidence again.

Carter Colburn has been her next door neighbor and closest friend for years. So when he needs a date for a business dinner that could boost his law firm and help keep the family business on solid footing, she offers to pretend to be his girlfriend. Heís funny, sexy, and a confirmed bacheloróthe perfect guy to help her find her mojo and nothing more.

But when local residents catch them sharing a tipsy kiss, the rumor mill goes wild. It's fun to pretend to be dating for a while. But when Carter starts to take the idea of settling down with his best friend seriously, Katie is terrified by the prospect of losing her precious "me time" all over again.

Romance Contemporary [Entangled: August, On Sale: February 11, 2019, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781640637658 / ]

About Natasha Moore

Natasha Moore
Natasha Moore fell in love with the written word as soon as she could read. As she grew up, she discovered romance and now enjoys the chance to add some extra sizzle to her stories. She lives in New York State with her real life hero who is happy to tell everyone that heís her inspiration. They travel in their RV whenever possible. The great thing about writing is she can take it anywhere.





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