Itâ€™s never easy being a middle child, and thatâ€™s kind of how I think of book 3
in my McCauley Brothers series. RUINING
MR. PERFECT deals with Cameron, the youngest McCauley sibling, but the
book is sandwiched between two books that made me cry at times when writing them.
Itâ€™s a challenge to write a story about four brothers and not have them all be
the same. Theyâ€™re raised in the same house, by the same people, but must have
different flaws and vulnerabilities. Yet they canâ€™t be so polarizing that
theyâ€™re caricatures instead of characters. Big difference.
In book 1, THE TROUBLEMAKER NEXT DOOR, Flynn is a charming,
decent guy who hasnâ€™t found Ms. Right yet. Enter Maddie, stage left.
In book 2, HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER, Brody has some secrets
that have molded him into the man he is today. Heâ€™s sexy and funny, but wounded
emotionally. Abby is just the woman for him, because she wonâ€™t take less than
she deserves, and that she knows he can give.
Book 3, RUINING MR. PERFECT, pits Cameron against a stubborn
woman with a hard heart and a troubled parent with a hard head. Cam has always
been the odd man out in his family. His father and brothers all work with their
hands. Plumbers and construction workers. Cam is a financial genius working in a
white collar world, and while his family loves him, they donâ€™t always understand
Then we cut back to book 4, WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY, where Mike has to fight
his inner demons, handle his son, and deal with grief and loss before moving on
with his life. But the woman who wakes him up is nothing like the woman who was
once his whole world.
Lots of angst bookending Camâ€™s story. While Brody and Mike delve into emotional
quagmires, Cam is more straightforward. Cam and Vanessa are awesome
characters, because theyâ€™re so different from the others. Cam is more refined.
Vanessa cold and logical, a female Spock or Sheldon, if you will. (Fans of
Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory will understand the references.)
Yet they both have warm hearts and just need the right person to understand who
they really are.
In the end, family rallies around them both, and thatâ€™s the strength in this
series. Itâ€™s about family and the relationships we make and sometimes take for
Iâ€™m also a fan of the McCauley clanâ€™s parents. Just because people get older
doesnâ€™t mean they donâ€™t need love, sex, and understanding. I had a blast
continuing James and Bethâ€™s story in RUINING
If you havenâ€™t read the first two books, you can still read this one and
understand the plot. But itâ€™s a richer read if you can continue from events that
occurred in books 1 and 2.
Hereâ€™s a short teaser from RUINING
MR. PERFECT. Enjoy!
Excerpt from RUINING MR. PERFECT
As she rummaged in the cabinet for her organically grown corn
kernels and oil for popping, the backdoor rattled. She turned to see Cameronâ€™s
face in the window, and her heart raced.
Exhaling a long breath, she forced herself to be calm and unlocked the door. â€śYes?â€ť
It was either move back or be walked over, so she stepped back while he entered
and shut the door behind him.
â€śJust checking on the little guy,â€ť Cam said in a low voice. â€śMike is such a
dweeb about the kid.â€ť
She frowned. â€śReally?â€ť
â€śNo, not really.â€ť Cameron smiled at her.
How sheâ€™d ever called him average with a straight face, she didnâ€™t know. The man
was her every fantasy made flesh. A great body, handsome face, and amazing mind.
And God, he could kiss. As much as she wished she didnâ€™t continually
replay their embrace, she hadnâ€™t forgotten that kiss at Christmas.
â€śOh?â€ť Damn, she sounded out of breath.
Cameron stalked her until she realized heâ€™d backed her against the corner of the
kitchen, away from the view from the hallway.
He planted his hands on either side of her on the counter. What the hell?
â€śThe guys are on break while we order pizza. The crap kind from a chain.â€ť He
sighed. â€śWhat can you do?â€ť He glanced at her popcorn and grinned. â€śOh, thatâ€™s my
favorite. Just a bit of oil and it pops up a storm.â€ť He looked back at her
mouth. â€śGreat taste. I just came over to say what a good job you did being firm
He moved in closer.
â€śCameron?â€ť she squeaked on a whisper, for some odd reason not wanting the others
to know he was here with her.
â€śYour lips are so red. So pretty. Do you wear lipstick?â€ť He leaned in and kissed
her before she could answer or even think to refuse.
Hell, who did she think she was kidding? The moment heâ€™d put his hands on either
side of her, all thoughts had just stopped. Vanessa stood still, letting him
control the kiss, his lips soft yet firm, his tongue sipping then penetrating
slowly. No rush, but a leisurely exploration that turned her knees to jelly.
He moaned low in his throat and deepened the kiss. Not enough to overpower her,
but enough that she felt to her toes a raging lust to wrap her legs around him
and hold on until the storm passed.
Instead she remained frozen, her hands somehow on his waist, her mouth under his.
He eased back. His blue eyes looked cloudy, his lips slick from their kiss. He
smiled, and the curl of that grin shook her foundation, made her want with a
passion that shocked her.
About RUINING MR. PERFECT
It's not easy being right
Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. Sheâ€™s fit,
successfulâ€¦and decidedly lonely. She canâ€™t stop thinking about the youngest
McCauley brother, Cameron. Heâ€™s just like her: smart, attractive, and usually
rightâ€”except when dealing with her.
â€¦But someone's gotta do it
Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too much. Sheâ€™s a blond goddess with a
razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a
grudge and is stubborn to a faultâ€”also like him.
A past disagreement has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to
shake Vanessa upâ€”get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it?
About Marie Harte
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times
and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte is a confessed bibliophile
and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around
town, or hanging at the local tea shop, sheâ€™s constantly plotting to give
everyone a happily ever after. Visit her website and fall in love.
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