Halfway through writing the first book in the Always series, Unconditional, I told myself I needed to write a romantic comedy next. Unconditional, you see, is about a 22 year old American girl who has early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Unconditional is about Maci and her attempt to never let anyone into her heart or get close. She knows the future ahead of her and she fears no one will want a part of it. Of course, because I write about the power of love, she fails miserably in keeping her heart protected and in the process discovers what unconditional love truly means. But given Maci’s medical condition (and the fact three people in my family all suffer with Parkinson’s) writing Unconditional was an emotional rollercoaster.
I was adamant the next book, Unforgettable, was going to be fun, light-hearted and playful.
Okay, there are moments in Unforgettable that are fun and will make the reader laugh out loud. The hero, Brendon (who had an important part to play in Unconditional) spends quite a bit of time dealing with a soft-toy kookaburra that laughs at inappropriate times. There’s also Dr Parker Waters, who has a unique ability to make people laugh no matter how bleak the situation may be. And then there’s Caden O’Dae’s recount of his thirteen-hour flight from Australia to LA sitting between a very handsy woman in her sixties who seemed determined to find out how big a package he had, and a sizeable gentleman who was determined to show everyone how big his package was by wearing shorts tighter and shorter than shorts should ever be.
Those moments, and quite a few more, pepper Unforgettable. They made me laugh and grin as I was writing them, and I hope they make the readers laugh and smile as well.
There are also moments of soul-moving, heart-pounding sensuality. Brendon, the eternal optimist, reconnects with “the one that got away” (who he refers to as She of the Quotation Marks for a while). Theirs is a love story of great passion and carnal sexual chemistry, and there is a scene in the shower that still makes my pulse race when I think of it.
“I ran the cold water. It was either have a cold shower, or take care of the, umm . . . situation with my hand, and if the thought of being naked in Amanda’s home was messing with my head and body, the thought of masturbating in it . . .
Fifteen seconds later, I stood naked under water nowhere near as cold as I wanted it to be, with my head bowed, my eyes closed and my hands rammed flat to the tiled wall.
Crap. This was harder than I thought, and I wasn’t just referring to my—
The shower curtain slid open. Amanda stood on the other side, still completely dressed, her eyes wide and enigmatic as she looked up at me. “Bren . . .” she whispered.
Without a word or hesitation, I reached out, cupped my wet hand at the back of her head and drew her into the shower with me. She came without resistance, pressed her body to my eager one, tangled her fingers in my wet hair and met my hungry mouth with her own.
We kissed for a lifetime. Reacquainted ourselves to each other’s mouths and tongues. The water streamed over us, drenching Amanda’s shorts and shirt.
I needed to fix that problem. And yet, I couldn’t drag my mouth from hers. So I resorted to undressing her without breaking the kiss. That meant tearing her shirt open – for some reason I couldn’t find the patience to undo its tiny buttons. Amanda didn’t seem to mind. She moaned as I did, and again as I pulled the clinging wet shirt over her shoulders.”
Added to all this, however, is a story of how life can truly, truly take all your plans and hopes and expectations and shatter them before your eyes. That is the story backbone of Unforgettable: what life throws at us and how we cope. It is a story of grief, pain, broken trust, hope and anger. It tore me apart writing it. As I said, after Unconditional, I was determined to write a rom-com.
But by the end of Unconditional I knew Brendon’s story wasn’t going to be a light, playful romp. And it isn’t. It is so much more.
I hope you, the most wonderful readers who choose to go on Brendon’s journey with him, agree. It is, I hope, an unforgettable story (yeah, that was a bad pun. Sorry)
And I…err…apologize in advance for the tears. But I promise, they will be worth it in the end.
Released: October 22nd 2015
Genre: New Adult
Series: Always #2
Published by Momentum
My name is Brendon Osmond. I'm a 25 year old post-graduate student who knows three things with absolute conviction. I know damn near everything there is to know about keeping in peak physical shape. I have a plan to make a lot of money from that knowledge. I'm an optimist who's not easily rattled. But then the girl I fell in love with almost two years ago texts me out of the blue and everything I know is thrown out the window.
Am I rattled?
Not until I fly to the other side of the world and discover the girl I fell for has kept a very big secret from me.
A secret that mocks all my knowledge of the human body and how to keep it healthy.
A secret that shatters my plans for my own personal training business.
A secret with my eyes.
A secret who needs me more than I can comprehend.
Ask me again if I'm rattled.
Now ask me if I'm still in love.
Perfect for fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Nicholas Sparks, Unforgettable is the second book in the Always series that began with Unconditional.
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