When I sat down to write this book, I pitched a completely different hero to my fellow authors. Let me back up and describe the premise.
Like my other Montana Born books, this story is set in Marietta and is part of a multi-author series revolving around a celebrity wedding. A local girl (NancyLynn Pruitt) went on to become a famous soap opera star and comes back with something to prove. She’s staging a huge wedding and our assignment was to create characters Nancy uses for her wedding, so my fellow authors had heroines who are cake decorators and florists, etc.
I decided my heroine would be the high school music teacher who happens to conduct the Marietta community orchestra. My hero was going to be a rock and roll guy, a celebrity friend of the bride and groom, but I wasn’t feeling it.
Then I remembered that Liz in Blame The Mistletoe had mentioned her brother. He didn’t even have a name, but he traveled a lot. He was currently in South America for some unknown reason and he put himself through college by working at their mother’s nail salon.
What kind of guy is this, I wondered? Well, he’s drop-dead sexy, loves women and they love him back. He comes across as completely superficial, but soon reveals he has a lot more going on under the surface. I fell in head-over-heels love with Bastian and hope you will too.
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