With: Miranda Liasson
THE WAY YOU LOVE ME is my new small-town romance release this week, Book 2 in my Angel Falls series (but easily a stand-alone)! I would love for you to love it!
In the back of all editions is a fun bonus novella by Alison Bliss. Check out Alison’s fun story and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter book giveaway below!
In addition, I’ll give away 3 e-copies of my first Angel Falls book, THEN THERE WAS YOU, to commenters on this post who tell me if they have a favorite single-dad romance.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?
Gabby Langdon is a successful but unfulfilled lawyer who’s made some bad decisions—in picking a career she doesn’t like and a self-absorbed ex-fiancé, for instance. She’s determined to make better choices but is afraid to trust her heart—so she’s vowed to follow her family’s advice and pick someone uncomplicated who meets their approval.
Her secret dream of being a writer makes her sign up for a writing class with a bestselling novelist who happens to be really hot and gorgeous, but is also, unbeknownst to her, suffering from the world’s worst case of writer’s block. He’s also a single dad whose reputation is in complete shreds from his divorce.
So he’s anything BUT uncomplicated!
Cade Marshall is trying to do the best for his little daughter Ava after his ex accused him of stealing her ideas for his book. He’s given up on writing completely and is focusing on teaching to give his daughter a stable life back in his hometown of Angel Falls.
Neither Gabby or Cade expect to fall for the other—Cade doesn’t want to have anything to do with anyone who writes anything for a living. Plus the last thing he needs is to jeopardize his new job, no matter how tempted he is by Gabby.
My books always have some fun and complicated family issues going on, this time revolving around secret romances. If you’ve enjoyed Nonna from the first book, she’s back, as well as Gabby’s hunky firefighter brother Rafe (whom I adore), whose book will be next.
WHY SHOULD YOU READ THIS BOOK?
For a fun, heartwarming love story with family and friends to help and hinder along the way.
I had a lot of fun unmasking the real Cade from the serious, Heathcliffish professor he first appears to be. Gabby is just the kind of spirited, fun burst of sunshine to make him see that life isn’t all that bad. And who doesn’t need that? While Gabby has flitted in the past from interest to interest, Cade calls her out on that and makes her stop running away—and helps her see she can achieve what she really wants.
Also, Gabby is a seeker, and aren’t we all? Aren’t we all looking for the best ways to use our talents and pursue the passions that soothe our souls? How many of us are lucky enough to find our passion early in life and pursue it with all we’ve got? I feel that this book shows that there is always time for a second look at your life and a second chance.
One of the themes of the book is that being able to pursue your passion is a gift. One that should not be taken away by other choices you’ve made (Gabby has status and makes great money as a lawyer, but she’s unhappy) or by other people (Cade’s ex accused him of stealing her ideas in an effort to steal his happiness and his success—and this has shaken his self-belief and dried up his creativity). Both my hero and heroine must stand up for what they want, as we all must in order to determine how we live our lives.
Gabby Langdon has always tried to make people happy. She even went to law school to please her father, and now she's a highly successful-albeit bored-attorney. But Gabby secretly dreams of being a writer, so for once she does something for herself-she signs up for a writing class taught by best-selling novelist Caden Marshall. There's only one problem: her brooding, sexy professor is a distraction she can't afford if she's finally going to get the life she truly wants.
Recently divorced and suffering from the world's worst case of writer's block, Caden is in Angel Falls to get his life back on track. He's focused on teaching and providing a stable and loving home for his young daughter, Ava. The last thing he needs is to jeopardize his new job, which means keeping plenty of distance between himself and his talented new student-no matter how tempted he is by Gabby's beauty, kind heart, or the sparks that fly whenever they're together.
Includes the bonus story "Meant to Be" by Alison Bliss!
Angel Falls series:
Then There Was You
The Way You Love Me
Cade runs into Gabby outside of the classroom, at the wedding of a mutual friend:
Cade. She’d called him by his first name without even realizing it. The sound rolling so easily off her tongue did something visceral to him he couldn’t quite describe. So he focused instead on taking an hors d’oeuvre from the offered tray. It was decadent, buttery, and flavorful. “Wow, that is good.”
“Told you,” she said, taking a last bite. “My goal at weddings is to hunt down and taste every single appetizer so that my appetite will be completely ruined before dinner. Want to join me?”
He laughed. “I can see why Ava can’t stop talking about you,” he said. “You’re…fun.”
She looked at him, seeming a little startled. “You think I’m fun?”
There was something in her eyes that looked like she was hoping for a yes. Gabby with her antique bike and her chicken nuggets and her quiet teasing. And her kindness to Ava and to her grandmother. And to him.
“Yeah,” he said softly, “I think you’re fun.” He held out his plate. “Have another. You know you want to.”
“Hmmm.” She tapped her chin with her forefinger, pretending to be deep in thought. “Okay, if you insist,” she said before snagging the last one from his plate. She popped the whole thing in her mouth and groaned from pleasure.
He chuckled, then grew quiet. Because the look on her face reminded him of another pleasure entirely, and it wasn’t culinary.
“Don’t laugh at me,” she said.
“I’m smiling because you have no idea how beautiful you are.” Oh hell. Had that just come out of his mouth? And he’d only had one drink so far.
She sucked in a breath. “Wait, am I hallucinating? Did Professor Heathcliff just pay me a compliment?”
A sort of inappropriate one, and he’d better watch himself. “Professor Heathcliff?”
“Yes, you know. Dark, mysterious…a little cranky.”
“I’m trying to decide if that’s a compliment.”
“Well, you do sort of have a different personality in front of our class than you do in the wild. Much more intimidating.”
He shrugged. “I wish you’d tell that to my daughter. She’s not intimidated by me at all.” In truth, Gabby had called it exactly right. The fact that he couldn’t screw up his teaching gig, and the stress of returning to town with everyone knowing—and many believing—the scandal about him, had made him crotchety.
He assessed her as she looked around at the crowd. If she hadn’t been in his class, he’d be taking her off to the dance floor or maybe they’d forget the dance floor altogether and just head straight back to his room. This was the first time since his divorce he’d felt such powerful attraction—and wanted to act on it.
All the more reason to go back over to his friends and enjoy the evening with any of a number of women who were single, eligible, and not in his class.
Cade looked around. “Everyone’s taking their seats for dinner. I should go.” Funny thing though, he didn’t want to. But he’d already overstepped his bounds.
In the second that he hesitated, she grabbed his elbow. His forearm muscles contracted under her touch. “Wait. Don’t go.”
He shot her a questioning look.
“I saw you fooling around with your friends earlier and I think you’ve got the moves,” she said. “Prove it to me.”
Dancing. She was talking about dancing, he reminded his sex-deprived brain.
“You promised me a dance,” she reminded him.
“I did, but now I’m thinking maybe that’s not such a good idea.”
She frowned. “Why not? Are you a klutz? Two left feet?”
He smirked. “No, I’m a great dancer.”
“Sprained your ankle? Pulled a muscle?”
“Is it me?” She pulled a face. “You don’t want to be seen dancing with me in front of your friends? I promise I’ll behave from now on with the hors d’oeuvres.”
“Stop. None of that. It’s just that I’m…your teacher.”
“Oh for God’s sake, we’re an hour from Angel Falls. No one cares about that.”
He shrugged. “I care.”
She scanned his face. “Okay, I get it. I respect that.” Her hand dropped from his arm.
He was suddenly free to bolt, the safe thing to do. Yet his body refused to comply. In the background, the clinking of silverware against glasses grew louder throughout the room as people called for the groom to kiss the bride.
“I-I’d better go,” she said with a small smile.
She started to walk away. He noticed the fire department guys watching her, one in particular. And there was his friend Jack, holding a drink, ready to pounce.
“Gabby,” he called after her. Applause and cheers sounded through the room as the bride and groom acquiesced to the crowd’s demand.
She turned and lifted her brows. “Yes?”
“You’re right. I’m taking things too seriously. Will you save me a dance?”
She tapped her index finger on her cheek. “Okay, fine, but you seem a little fickle. And my dance card is almost full.”
He laughed out loud. She was gorgeous, spirited, irresistible. Who could blame him for wanting to spend more time with her?
And it was only a dance, right?
Miranda Liasson is a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the National Readers' Choice Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.
She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids in a charming old neighborhood which is the inspiration for many of the homes in her books.
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