Friday, June 1, 2018

New Book Love @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

You know what authors totally love? Publishing a new book. So I'm thrilled to finally have Second Chance Bride, Book 2 of All Brides Are Beautiful, published and available for readers.


My biggest problem in writing this book was redeeming Constance Quinn, the cold and unloving stepmother to Maddie Quinn, who was introduced in Book 1, April Fool Bride.

I had emails from readers who hated Constance! Could Constance be redeemed?

Maddie, now happily married to Jake Becker, thought so. (Pardon me if I treat these characters as if they're people I know. *g*) I guess you'll have to read this sexy, heartwarming romance novel and decide for yourself.

About Second Chance Bride

Constance Quinn is the Ice Queen—can Alex Martinez turn her ice into steam?

She left town at eighteen, wanting to leave behind all the pain and heartbreak. She reinvented herself as wealthy, successful Constance Quinn. The only problem is there's no room for love or relationships in her rigidly controlled existence.

Now older and wiser and having made peace with her stepdaughter, she's determined to find the part of herself that got lost in her transformation.

A blonde with curves in all the right places.

That's what Alex Martinez thinks when he sees Constance. When they touch, something hot and urgent passes between them. Their attraction is mutual. Their desire is palpable.

Although Constance cannot resist a kiss from Alex, she knows she's playing with fire because he is the one man she can never have.

Second Chance Bride is Book 2 of All Brides Are Beautiful. Here's an excerpt I hope you'll enjoy.

Excerpt, Second Chance Bride

Despite the sultry evening, Constance Quinn felt chilled. This was the house. His house. Every room blazed with lights. The air vibrated with pounding music, accompanied by loud splashes, girlish squeals, and booming laughter. She should leave.

Yet, she remained rooted, staring at the house for several more minutes before she turned—and literally bumped into a man. A startled gasp escaped her, and she gave a nervous laugh. “Where did you come from?”

He took a step backward, as if knowing she felt threatened, and pointed toward the house she’d been studying. “From across the street.”

His voice captured her attention despite the noise in the background. When he stepped forward, into the pool of light cast from a street lamp, her eyes widened and chill bumps swept over her arms as she realized who he was.

His online photo didn’t do justice to his unruly dark hair and warm brown eyes. He didn’t look like anyone’s idea of a history professor. Not with those broad shoulders, lean waist, and carved biceps. Unexpectedly, a wave of heat flashed through her, chasing away the chill.

“I’m Alejandro, but just about everyone calls me Alex.” He pointed again to the house across the street. “That’s my house. I hope the noise and lights didn’t disturb you.”

His easy smile made her breath catch. She could only shake her head in response. She found herself taking a step toward him. Oh, dear. She curled her hands into fists to keep from reaching out to touch him. Her pulse beat erratically. Suddenly, she felt threatened by…what?

His intense masculinity?

She took a deep breath and made herself articulate what she was feeling, rather than stuff her feelings into the hole in her soul and pretend they didn’t exist. What was she feeling?

Attraction? Yes. But also...desire.

No! That was crazy. She was the Ice Queen. She didn’t feel desire—especially not after just meeting the man a few minutes ago. She bit back a groan. Why this man?

Even if she wanted him, he was the one man she could never have.


Thanks for reading this excerpt. Now, I'm back to writing. Have a great June!

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance.

All of her books have the same underlying theme: It's never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State.

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  1. Good luck, Joan. I don't know how you're getting it all done!

    1. Thanks, Liz. It's a challenge. I'd love to say I thrive on challenges, but why lie? *LOL*


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