5 Things Great Jeans Have in Common
with Great Guys
Hi, everyone! This is my first time at UTC, and I’m so excited to be here!
My debut novel, All the Right Places, just came out. It’s the first in new contemporary romance series called Riley O’Brien & Co., which is a denim empire founded just before the California Gold Rush. Around the world, people wear the company’s iconic jeans, called Rileys.
With their distinctive button flies, seamed pockets, and black pocket tags, the jeans are not only recognizable, they also have a certain element of cool—for guys, at least. Most women don’t like Rileys, and the women’s division is limping along like a three-legged dog.
The hero of All the Right Places, Quinn O’Brien, is the fifth generation of O’Briens to be involved in the family business. He stepped into the CEO role when his dad got sick, and now he has to figure out what to do with the women’s division. He’s thinking about shuttering it, but reluctantly partners with up-and-coming designer, Amelia Winger, to create a new line of accessories.
Amelia tries to keep things professional with Quinn, not just because they’re working together on the accessories, but also because she’s working behind his back to revamp the entire women’s division. Quinn is hard to resist though.
Here’s a snippet from Amelia’s point of view:
In some of her more fanciful moments, Amelia thought Quinn was like a pair of Rileys. At first glance, the comparison might seem unflattering, but the same attributes that made Rileys so special were also the same elements that made him such an amazing man.
The jeans were marketed as “genuine” Rileys, and she thought “genuine” was a great word to describe Quinn. Rileys also were known for their quality, and again, that word fit Quinn perfectly. With the exception of Ava Grace, he was the best person she knew.
Since the whole premise of All the Right Places and the Riley O’Brien & Co. series has to do with jeans, I thought it would be fun to share the 5 Things Great Jeans Have in Common with Great Guys.
Here we go…
- DURABLE—Denim is a sturdy material. It’s strong. It’s tough. It doesn’t need special treatment. Forget dry cleaning or hand-washing. It can hold up under the worst conditions, and you don’t have to worry about it. Denim can handle a lot of abuse, and that’s the kind of guy you want—one that can deal with your PMS without fraying or falling apart. But you also want a little bit of elasticity with your jeans. That elasticity makes your jeans more accommodating for the days when you ate a brownie instead of carrots. You want a guy with some stretch too—one that is willing to bend and flex when you need it.
- WELL-MADE—The raw material (denim) for your jeans is important, but your perfect pair must be well-made, too. Who wants a pair of jeans with crooked seams or misshapen pockets or uneven legs? You have to carefully evaluate each pair, paying special attention to the two Ds: design and detail. When it comes men, you want to one that’s well-made in every way, from the top of his head to the tips of his toes and everything in between. Quality is important.
- FLATTERING—When it comes to the fit of your jeans, you should take a cue from Goldilocks: don’t settle for a pair that is too loose or too tight, too long or too short. You want a pair that’s just right—a pair that fits you in all the right places. Your perfect jeans will accentuate the good things and downplay the bad things. They’ll make you look and feel good, and they’ll complement your ass. The right guy will fit you perfectly, too. He’ll appreciate your good qualities and overlook the bad. Whenever you’re with him, you’ll feel comfortable, relaxed, and confident. And he too will compliment your ass.
- VERSATILE—Jeans are appropriate for almost any occasion. You can dress them up with heels, or dress them down with flip flops. You can wear them to a business meeting or a barbeque. You need a man who can adapt to any situation with confidence and ease. Able do many things. You want a guy that is multi-faceted—one that is just as comfortable drinking beer while playing poker with the guys as he is drinking tea while playing pretend tea party with your seven-year-old daughter.
- TIMELESS—When it comes to jeans, there’s trendy (recall acid-washed jeans), and then there’s timeless (think James Dean in Rebel without a Cause). Jeans that are timeless never go out of style. They never lose that element of cool. The official definition of timeless is having no beginning or end. You want a guy who’s going to stick around, in good times and in bad. You want a guy who stands beside you and has your back—endlessly.
Sometimes you find the right pair of jeans right away. You don’t have to search for long, and the moment you slip them on, they’re totally and completely yours.
But more often than not, you have to try on several pairs of jeans to find the right one for you. You trudge from store to store, spend hours in the dressing room, and with every pair you toss onto the floor, you get more discouraged and disheartened.
But then it happens: you find that perfect pair. The pair that you want to wear all the time. And just like the perfect pair of jeans, once you find your perfect guy, you’ll want to keep him… forever.
All the Right Places is Jenna Sutton’s debut novel.
It is the first book in the Riley O’Brien & Co. series.
The first in a brand new contemporary romance series starring the men and women who are determined to keep the billion-dollar denim dynasty, Riley O’Brien & Co, on top, but aren’t about to let success stand in the way of love…
Amelia Winger is a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a successful designer. So when she gets a gig designing accessories for denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co., it’s a dream come true. Amelia can handle the demanding job, but she isn’t quite prepared for sexy CEO Quinn O’Brien. She’s doing her best to keep things professional, but the attraction sparking between them makes it personal. And so does the secret project she’s working on behind his back…
Quinn’s not interested in the new accessories, but he is interested in the woman designing them. Amelia is smart, sexy, and talented, and he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since they met. Mixing business and pleasure isn’t wise, but that doesn’t stop him from coming up with excuses to spend time with her. He thinks he understands the risk he’s taking when he gets involved with Amelia. But he doesn’t know he’s risking a lot more than his heart.