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One of the fun things about writing for the same publisher, having the same editors look at your books, is that by book three of any series, everybody has an idea of who the last heroine should be. And in the Donovan Brothers novels, it was no different! We all had an opinion about which of the local, Harmony Hills women would be Devon Donovan’s perfect match.
I have to admit, I hadn’t even put Isabelle Cooper, manager of Buds and Blossoms flower shop, into the mix. But before I even started book three, my editor, Stacy emailed me and said, “You know, we’ve been talking and we think Isabelle Cooper is Devon’s perfect match.”
Isabelle Cooper? The florist?
“Yes!” they said. “Didn’t you notice how she gave Devon the funny look when she pinned on his flower at Cade’s wedding…We think she has a crush on him!”
Huh. I’d written that. And when I went back and looked at it I wondered if my subconscious wasn’t telling me what my editors were seeing. Isabelle had a crush on Devon.
When I started considering Isabelle for the book, with Isabelle exactly as we left her in book two, a few things popped out. First, she was like Finn Donovan from book 1. Everybody knew her and everybody loved her. Including readers. Second, she was kind of frozen in time. She still looked the way she had in grad school and, third, she was brilliant and underused because there just isn’t a lot of demand for MBAs in a small town.
But the best thing about storytelling is, the more problems a character brings to the table, the more interesting the book! LOL
So I knew Isabelle’s story was going to be a good one.
And I knew Devon wasn’t going to know what hit him when I let her loose on Donovan, Inc. …even though she was supposed to be his protégé.
From their very first scene together I knew a romance between them might be fun but it was going to be messy. Not just because Devon and his brothers had suffered abuse at the hands of their father, but because Harmony Hills is like any small town. They like their gossip hot. News travels fast, and very few of them can turn down the opportunity to try to win a little money by betting on who’s sleeping together and who isn’t.
So, grab a cup of coffee, load HEAD OVER HEELS FOR THE BOSS on your e-reader and watch as Isabelle comes into her own as a business woman and Devon gets surprised by real love – so surprised, in fact, he almost lets love pass him by.
Here’s an excerpt!
Set up…Devon finally trusted Isabelle to send her on a business trip, but he’s also hoping that once she’s out of sight, she’ll be out of mind! He couldn’t be more wrong. LOL
He returned to a cold, quiet office, not feeling the joy he’d expected freedom to bring him. So he opened the drapes to see the pool that rarely got used, the furniture no one sat on.
Since that was depressing, he forced himself to work.
The sun went down before his stomach growled for supper. He’d gotten so accustomed to eating after nine that he hadn’t even thought of food.
He went into the cool white kitchen and rummaged for dinner, but there was nothing in the refrigerator. He found canned goods in the pantry, but nothing piqued his interest except a can of beans. So he opened it, got a spoon and took it to the fancy formal living room. He sat on the white sofa and spooned out some beans.
Wow. Geez. Seriously? Was this freedom? A lonely man eating beans out of a can? And couldn’t he at least turn on a light?
Wasn’t he stronger than this? Tougher than this?
Suddenly a beam of light passed by the front window. He heard a car door slam.
He put his beans on the coffee table, confused as he stepped out of the black and white room and into the foyer space—though none of it was defined. Half the downstairs was a big open space that freaking echoed.
The doorbell rang. He slowly walked over to answer it, not sure who the hell would be coming this far out of town, this late at night.
He pulled the door open, and Isabelle threw herself into his arms.
After a quick hug, she pulled back, put both hands on his face and kissed him.
Title: Head Over Heels for the Boss
Author: Susan Meier
Tagline: Fantasizing about the boss is one thing. Falling in love with him is quite another…
Isabelle Cooper’s in big, big trouble. Her flower shop? Well, it was just bought by the man she’s had a crush on forever. Her new boss, Devon Donovan, is a tall glass of melt-in-your-mouth hotness. The problem? Devon is definitely not interested in love. No ifs, ands, or buds about it.
Devon knows Isabelle has been crushing on him since college, but buying her business shouldn’t be a problem. Not only is she his employee, but as the eldest Donovan brother, he’s too busy protecting the family fortune for romance. But tomboy “Izzy” is all grown up now. And he’s finding it impossible to resist her, no matter how hard he tries…
Thank you for this great guest post, Susan!