When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.
After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.
It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.
Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.
But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.
Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.
He’s become . . .
The Outsider Chronicles is my latest series (the first book, HARD KNOX, was released in August) that will bounce between the New Adult and Adult Contemporary Romance realms. Each book will highlight different couples, and will not need to be read in any kind of order. Each book can be read as a standalone. There won’t be any particular mold for the heroes or heroines (I’ll have the whole spectrum of male leads, from Judes to Jesses!) but the love story for each couple will be fraught with seemingly insurmountable odds and a gauntlet of obstacles. The steam factor will range from light to heavy with each book as well. Whereas HARD KNOX was in the mid range, DAMAGED GOODS amps it up a bit. Basically, each story will be something different than the previous ones, but I hope each couple will resonate with readers in some way.
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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