I welcome today my Kensington/Lyrical sister Kristi Rose with her new release “The Girl He Knows.” First a blurb then we’ll move on the three reasons:
She wants one night, he wants forever.
Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, a guy she’s known her entire life.
Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code, and from his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment. Two things Paisley has had enough of.
When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. She can enjoy him while still embracing being single. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less.
Now, take it away Kristi…
Hi Sharon. I’m very excited to be here. Thanks for having me. I love the idea of highlighting three reasons because I think, sometimes, certain things can get lost in a story. Or maybe overlooked is the better word.
Therefore, here are my 3 reasons why you should read THE GIRL HE KNOWS:
Because my story is told in first person and from the main character, Paisley’s, perspective, the story has chick lit elements. So it just as much a story about her finding her way as it is a romance (alliteration unintended).
- Friendship- This story contains a strong element of friendship in various stages. New friends, life long friends, friendship that might become a romance, and how full life is and can be when a person is surrounded by people they love and trust. Hank, the hero of the book, has known Paisley since they were in diapers and the girl he sees before him is not the girl he’s always known. He’s enough of a friend to say the hard things she needs to hear so that she might be able to get her life on the right track.
- Fear- Paisley’s life has thrown her several curve balls, as life tends to do. Her father died while she was in high school and that loss and how it affected her mother and their family actually plays a large part in the decisions Paisley makes as a young adult. Decision such as marrying the wrong guy because she wasn’t expected to give all of her heart over to him.
- Freedom- Paisley’s path is about learning how to be herself, trust her instincts, and to stand up for herself. Once she’s able to do that she’ll be set free from her fears, her past, and can overcome any obstacles life might throw her in the future. Oh, and on a different note- Hank is a Naval Officer so if you like Hot Men in Uniforms, I got one for you right here.
“Wanna get together again next weekend?” he asks.
I swivel my head to look at him. “Are you serious? No, I don’t want to get together next weekend. This”—I gesture in the space between us—“cannot happen again.”
“Why not?” He grins and wags his eyebrows.
“It’s a disaster in the making.”
“What do you mean?”
“Jeez, where do I start? This whole thing is wrong. My friendship with Gigi, our friendship. It could all go up in smoke. Is it worth it?” How does he not see this?
“I’m just talking about going out together.”
“Sure, you make it sound harmless. But the last time we got together it led to sex. When I get around you, my judgment gets out of whack and I might do something stupid.” OK, perhaps I should say I might continue to do something stupid. Stupid has already come and gone.
“As I see it, if you’re gonna do something stupid, who better with than your old pal Hank? I can think of a thousand stupid things to do together.” Does he really think it’s that simple? He turns toward me, rests his hand on the top of my seat, and gives me a toothy grin.
I want to laugh or shove his shoulder because he’s being flippant but he needs to know where I’m coming from, that I was once broken.