Kate Laurens has been one of my beta readers for a while now, and is not shy about telling me what she thinks of my stories. I on the other hand hadn’t been able to read much of her stuff until she finally mentioned a New Adult romance she’d been thinking of publishing. Of course I had to help her with it, and WOW I was blown away. My first text to her was that I hoped to do as well with the genre as she did, and that morphed into me blurbing the story (the first time I’ve ever done that!).
A fresh start…
It’s been three years since Serena King learned to say no–no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal. The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want, well, everything.
A new guy…
Alex Blackthorn is a bundle of contradictions, a sexy dark haired badass who goes slow… deliciously slow. And despite the iron will that has gotten her through the last few years, Serena finds herself unable to ignore the heat that sizzles between them whenever they’re together.
A dark past…
Serena never thought she could be involved in a relationship, but Alex makes her long for things she thought were out of her reach forever. When he finds out her secret… when he finds out what she did to keep herself sane… will he still want her, or he will treat her just like everyone else?
And Alex has secrets of his own.
Me: So why do you like New Adult so much?
Kate: I like New Adult because it taps into the wealth of emotions that a person feels as they enter adulthood. As a writer, this is a cave of wonders to explore.
Me: Serena’s had a pretty rough life. What do like most about her as a character?
Kate: I think Serena’s greatest strength is her ability to open up and love despite everything that’s happened to her.
Me: Now Serena’s story was awesome, but I fell in LURVE with Alex – new book boyfriend!! Why is he perfect for Serena?
Kate: Alex is genuinely fascinated by Serena, and he’s willing to put in the time and effort to get to know her. Because of her past, Serena needs someone who shows her that she is the most important thing in the world to him, and Alex definitely does that. Plus he’s hot, of course
Me: And those tattoos he has are just as dreamy. Do YOU love tattoos?
Kate: I love SOME tattoos, lol. I definitely prefer the tribal kind that Alex has. For Alex though, they’re a symbol. He put his own mark on what happened to him. He made it his own, and there was power in that for him.
Me: So, what’s the future of the series? Inquiring minds and all that… 😉
Kate: Kaylee’s story gets told next, then Maddy’s, and then I’ll return to Serena and Alex. I’m working on Kaylee’s right now, and her hero, Dylan, is quite dreamy, if I may say so myself!
Me: Love the name, can’t wait to meet him!!
You can visit Kate online at her website: http://www.KateLaurens.com.