The one secret she can’t stand to keep is the one she can’t afford to tell.
The perfect little rich girl, River Pearl Sutton has always done what her family expected of her. She’d become the perfect little beauty queen, the perfect child model and now her global success locks her into a life she never really chose.
Coming home for the summer to prepare for the Founder’s Day Festival, a celebration of her lauded ancestor, she is tasked by her father to write a speech to be delivered at the end of the party.
Returning to Hope Parish brings her back into close proximity with sweet-talking, skirt-chasing Braxton Outlaw, the boy who always seemed immune to her charms in high school. But now he looks at her with those challenging blue eyes, both intimidating and seductive at the same time. Using research of her family lineage and his as way to get close to this bad boy, they fall into a hot, torrid affair.
She stumbles across a terrible secret that could bring to ruin not only her reputation, but the reputation and standing of her family. But when her infatuation with Brax grows into something that she can’t live without, she must decide what to do. Keep the secret and lose Brax or destroy her family and lose them.
It’s an awful, heartrending perfect dilemma.
I actually came up with the first title for this series while I was sitting at my desk surfing the web. When I saw the title, it resonated with me. I wrote it down on a sticky and stuck it to my computer monitor. There it sat for a couple of months. Sometimes I would hit it and knock it off my monitor and think, oh, yeah, I love that title.
Then a friend of mine asked me to be in a New Adult Christmas Anthology with her and ten other authors. She was calling it The 12 NA’s of Christmas. I told her I’d never written any NA and she suggested some books for me to read.
I read a few and I was hooked. I love angsty characters and I saw how NA could fit well with my writing voice. I also thought that A Perfect Mess would be a great title. That’s when I conceived of using “being perfect” as a theme for all three books.
I had some writing that I wasn’t able to sell to a publisher, but I loved the concept of a payroll gold shipment in the Civil War being stolen and the soldiers escorting the gold murdered. I also knew that everyone swoons over bad boys. Since I was writing a trilogy I decided that it would be fun to make my heroes identical triplets. So swoon + bad boys + triplets = some truly sexy Outlaw hotties. It just came natural to write them as close knit because they were outcasts and really only had each other to rely on for support. I also decided because they were brothers, they would always smack talk each other. But, down deep they were very family-oriented. It was a pleasure in each book to figure out what silly, fun things they were going to do next. Those instance became known as Outlaw antics.
I paired them with the “perfect” untouchable girls because of their bad reputation, thought up A Perfect Mistake for the second book title, and then A Perfect Dilemma for the third that used my idea of the payroll gold and the murder of the soldiers. That’s how I came up with A Perfect Secret Series.
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.