Welcome back to Under the Covers, Lexi. First off, for the readers who aren’t familiar with your new Lawless series, can you please briefly talk about the premise of this series and how you came up with it?
Lawless is about four siblings who lost their parents in a devastating fashion at a young age and then found themselves broken apart. They told that their father killed their mom and then turned the gun on himself, but the oldest knows that’s not what happened. This series is about the siblings avenging their parents and coming back together as a family. In the process, the three brothers also find women they love deeply and are forced to choose between revenge and love.
Describe Brandon Lawless in five words.
Sweet, sexy, chaotic, self destructive, loyal
You’ve written series where characters have very close ties before. What is your favorite thing about writing a series around family?
I love the way the characters connect. I love writing family dialogue because whenever people have long ties to each other, they develop their own language. It’s always a challenge but I love it.
What do you think is key in finding the right balance between the suspense plot and the romance in your books?
Both sides of the plot have to feed each other. The suspense plot is what brings the characters together in the first place so what happens in that plot line needs to move the romance along. The romance moves the characters to different places and that in the great circle of novel life feeds right back into the suspense plot because the characters suddenly are willing to do things they weren’t before because they’ve found love. If you find yourself tossing in a romantic scene just for the sake of having one or blowing up a building because it seems cool but it doesn’t change the characters in any way, you know you’ve gone in a wrong direction.
What is your number one favorite thing about Brandon and Carly as a couple?
I love how the end up lifting each other up. These are two characters who in most other novels would be secondary. She’s got some mousy inclinations and he’s in the shadow of his brothers. But together they find their inner strength and become something they never would have apart.
What’s the last book you read and loved?
I finished up the Dark Protectors series by Rebecca Zanetti. I loved Marked. It was a brilliant way to finish out the series.
When you are not writing, what can we find you doing?
I love to travel. I do it whenever I possibly can. I’m a bit of a TV addict, too. Since I spend all day in front of a computer looking at words, I tend to relax with shows like Arrow and Scandal. My new favorite is This is Us. I love long term story telling that runs across episodes.
Where can readers come meet you in 2017?
I’ve got a signing in my hometown of Dallas in February called Holiday with the Belles. I’ll be at Apollycon in March in Orlando and at RT in Atlanta. I’m really excited to go to Canada for the first time this July for Kallypsocon. Then I’m doing Authors in the OC (Orange County, CA) and Shameless (back in Orlando) this October.
What’s next for Lexi Blake?
My new Masters and Mercenaries book, For His Eyes Only, is coming in February and the third Lawless book, Revenge, will be out on June 20th. I’ve also got a Thieves book planned and my new 1001 Dark Nights books, Arranged, will be out in May. It’s going to be a busy year!
by Lexi Blake
Released: January 3rd 2017
Series: Lawless #2
Published by Berkley
The sizzling second novel in a sexy new contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.
Brandon Lawless is a man on a mission: obtain the information that will clear his father’s name. He’s willing to do whatever it takes—even seduce his enemy’s personal assistant, the beautiful and innocent Carly Hendricks. But with her beguiling smile and captivating intelligence, Brandon soon realizes he doesn’t want to deceive Carly, he wants to win her over—both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
Then a twisted crime leaves Carly vulnerable and Brandon finds himself reeling. The stakes of his mission are now life or death—Carly’s life. And Brandon realizes he’s lost his heart to an amazing woman and his plan must succeed, because the stakes are no longer just revenge, but a once in a lifetime love.