By: Daire St. Denis
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Some other favorites are Easy ‘A’ starring Emma Stone (love Emma Stone, she is so funny!), inspired by The Scarlett Letter and 10 Things I Hate About You the 1999 remake of The Taming of the Shrew starring Heath Ledge and Julia Stiles.
I love remakes so much, I decided to loosely base Mustang Sassy on The Taming of the Shrew as well. Both the original and the 1999 movie get a nod in the book. While the heroine, Sass Hogan, is as feisty and unpredictable as the character, Kate, in Shakespeare’s version, there’s no ‘taming’ going on, rather there’s a growth or transformation, for Sass and the hero, Jordan.
The book opens with Sass catching her boyfriend cheating and paying him back by taking a tire iron to his classic Mustang. Not only does she smash the windshield and headlights, dent the doors and the side panels, she does a little flamenco dance on the hood, she is that upset. The problem is, Sass has made a huge mistake, she’s destroyed the wrong car and the owner, the sinfully handsome Jordan Michaels, expects her to fix it. Now Jordan may be hot and lovable but he’s no saint. He’s in the small town of Greenview under false pretenses, with the intention of ruining Sass’s family run auto body shop. To make matters worse, the two share an instant chemistry that neither of them want to acknowledge yet seem incapable of denying. In the following snippet, Sass and Jordan are dancing at the local saloon, trying to pretend like it’s just a dance, like they aren’t attracted to one another and like nothing’s wrong.
“Yeah.” He smiled crookedly. “I design cars. You know, the art thing?”
“You design cars?” She knew people who rebuilt cars but not designed them. “I’d love to see some.” Shit! She didn’t want to get to know him, no matter how easy it suddenly was to talk to him. She was only pretending to like him. She didn’t really want to like him. Except, she sure as hell liked the way his hand was making little circles between her shoulder blades. That felt nice.
No. No, it did not feel nice and she wasn’t going to hook up with him. This was all just for show. “About that kiss…”
“Yeah?” he said softly into her hair.
“It’s not going to happen again.”
“Okay.” One hand slid lower, just above her belt loop.
Somehow her head had come to rest against his chest and it was just as muscular as she’d imagined. Warm, too. She could even hear the slow, steady thud of his heart. Sass took a deep breath, inhaling his cologne. Mmm, nice. Like lemons or licorice or something else tasty. She licked her lips. “I just don’t want you to get the wrong idea.” She rubbed her cheek against his shirt. So soft.
“Yeah. That would be bad,” he whispered. “We don’t even know each other.” His fingers found their way beneath her shirt, and he caressed the bare skin of her lower back, right where her tattoo was hiding.
A thrill of pleasure woke up every nerve ending starting from her tailbone to the base of her skull.
“Hogan! Steak’s up!” Sam called.
As if waking from a dream, Sass’s head snapped up. She backed away from Jordan, slowly, unable to tear her gaze from his face. In a flash, his heavy lids opened wide, like he’d been caught in the same dream—or was it a nightmare?—and was only now coming out of it.
The theme of taking something old and making it new is woven throughout the story. Set in an auto body shop, Sass not only restores old cars, together she and Jordan create new hybrids. This is a metaphor for the changes they are going through internally. After growing up without a mother and spending every day in the family shop, Sass is a little rough around the edges and has a hard time navigating what it means to be female. Jordan is the black sheep of the family who runs from one screw-up to the next, constantly trying to prove himself in the worst possible way. Together, they end up on a crash course for disaster but after everything falls apart, they are given the opportunity to make something new of their lives. The question is, will they take it and in the end allow themselves to love and be loved?
Daire St. Denis is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She’s an adventure seeker, an ancient history addict, a seasonal hermit and a wine lover. She writes smoking hot, contemporary romance where the pages are steeped in sensuality and there’s always a dash of the unexpected. The best way to spice things up is to check out her new series of interactive tales, WICKED WAY INTERACTIVES, a fun new format in sexy storytelling.
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With a degree in archaeology, Daire St. Denis was sure she was destined to be the next female Indiana Jones.That didn’t quite pan out but she still managed her fair share of exotic adventures. Some of her most daring escapades include, skydiving in Canada, being trapped in the Great Pyramid of Giza, searching for tigers in the foothills of the Himalayas, touring Germany by motorbike, scuba diving off the coast of the Philippines, meeting Medusa in the bowels of Istanbul and climbing her way to the top of a number of mountains and crags in Canada and the US.
Daire loves to pen erotic tales full of passion and unexpected adventure and her colorful past has provided ample inspiration for her muse. She now lives in the wilds of Canada with her two poorly trained dogs, two insufferable cats, two spirited children and one extremely patient husband.
When Sass Hogan catches her boyfriend slow-dancing and doing the tongue-tango with Tori Double-D-Cup Hunter, she pays him back the only way she knows how—by taking a tire iron to his beloved ’67 Mustang Fastback. There’s only one problem. She’s destroyed the wrong car.
Jordan Michaels wants his car fixed, now, and he wants Sass’s auto body shop to do it. But the handsome blond has a secret−he’s really Jordan Carlyle of Carlyle’s Classics, Hogan’s biggest competitor, and he’s determined to prove himself to his family.
As Sass and Jordan get to know each other, the depth of the attraction has them falling in love. But a relationship based on lies will only leave them primed for the worst wreck of their lives.
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