C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is working on a new book that will feature Tragan Barrett’s friend, Matt Winter. In the meantime she is chatting with us about her smexy new novel A Hot Winter.
What was the inspiration for A Hot Winter?
I didn’t originally intend to write this story, but Matt and Emma seemed to have instant chemistry in my first book, Constructing Us, so I was compelled to explore them as a couple. They ended up being perfect for each other (though it’s a ride to get there!).
What makes Matt & Emma such a great couple?
There’s a current of attraction between them when they first meet, but neither knows who the other is. Once they discover the connection (to Tragan and Andy), they try to dial it back–especially once Matt begins work on Emma’s house. But it’s virtually impossible not to be aware of each other or to keep their distance. That initial attraction is always there–and building every time they’re together, despite Emma’s determination to keep things platonic. Something that works in their favor is that while Matt is four years younger than Emma, he is strong and responsible, with a maturity and a protective nature–exactly what she needs!
If you had to choose, what is your favorite scene?
Well, here’s a very short excerpt from it:
“Jesus, Emma,” Matt rasped, pulling back just enough to look into her eyes. “Why do you torture me?”
Gazing into those intense, dark eyes, Emma became overwhelmed by a longing that was almost painful. She reached up and brushed her lips across his. “I didn’t mean to,” she said softly, and it was the truth. “Don’t go,” she whispered, digging her fingers into his hair and keeping him close. Lightly she bit his lower lip. “Don’t go…”
I love this whole scene; it’s erotic and emotional and represents a major turning point for Matt and Emma. Also, it’s literally just the beginning of their first intense night together…
Can you pick a favorite quote?
Being with Matt did something to her. It brought back a younger version of herself, a younger time in her life.”
This is a theme that’s played implicitly throughout the story and a concept that Emma wrestles with and embraces at the same time. She’s only twenty-seven, but has responsibilities that make her feel older and more settled than that. Matt taps into her youthful, fun-loving spirit and almost makes Emma forget the reasons why they shouldn’t be together…
Did you have a music playlist for this book?
Yes! My “soundtrack” for A Hot Winter includes songs that fit Matt & Emma so well. Like “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry), “Safe and Sound” (Capital Cities), “Am I wrong” (Nico & Vinz), “Everybody Talks” (Neon Trees), “Green Eyes” (Coldplay), and “Everything Has Changed” (Taylor Swift).
What else should readers know?
- A Hot Winter is set in one of my favorite places: snowy Boston!
- Tragan & Andy, along with other familiar faces from Constructing Us, are back.
- Though my books have overlapping characters, they are all standalone novels–no cliffhangers!
In 2015, look for Sky High (Book 3 in The Attraction series). Sky High is a fast-paced, romantic and sexy New Adult romance, featuring Jamie from Books 1 & 2. Stay tuned for more updates, both on Amazon and Twitter (@brightbluesurf) — plus, readers can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: A Hot Winter by C.J. Lake
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
*Story contains explicit/steamy scenes that are intended for mature readers.
**All books in C.J. Lake’s Attraction Series are standalone novels with NO cliffhangers.
It was supposed to be a simple job. A favor for a friend, nothing complicated. But that was before I realized who Emma was. I knew I wasn’t imagining the tension between us–still there and getting stronger every second. She wanted to keep things professional now. I suppose we’d have to try–because if we gave in…once would never be enough…
I never thought I’d see Matt Winter again, and now here he was. Working on my house! Making me nervous, flustered, and almost breathless. Disarming me and making me feel things I haven’t even considered since my husband died four years ago. No, I don’t want to want him. My life was in order before he came, and I’m leaving Boston anyway. Forget Matt. It’s the only logical option. So…why can’t I stay away from him?
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