Sara Rider writes contemporary romance full of heart, heat, and happily ever after. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and daughters. She spends far too much time in public libraries and never leaves the home without her e-reader stuffed in her purse.
The most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me was that I was easy to be silent with. Those words, whispered by an ex-boyfriend while sitting under the stars, stuck with me even though I’ve long forgotten his name. In romance novels, the sweeping grand gestures and declarations of love are often very loud and very public. But I firmly believe there’s still room for introverts in romance.
Like many writers, I’m an introvert. I prefer to escape into the quiet company of a good book on my sofa than a booming party, but this doesn’t mean I never want to be around people. In fact, my most productive writing time is spent at loud coffee shops where I can zone out amongst the surrounding chaos. This particular contradiction was the inspiration Clementine Cox, the heroine of my new book, Real Kind of Love.
Clem is an extreme introvert who happens to be born into a family of even more extreme extroverts. She makes her living as an audiobook narrator and spends the majority of her time alone in her basement studio. But when she needs a change of scenery, she heads to the local brewpub down the road, which has become a kind of second home to her. It doesn’t hurt that Jake Donovan, the man behind the bar who lets her read quietly while sipping lagers, is the perfect inspiration when it comes to the hero of the erotic romance she’s narrating.
In Real Kind of Love, I wanted to create a romance where the quiet, stolen moments are just as important to the love story as those bigger, bolder ones. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of over-the-top shenanigans and zany humor thanks to Clem’s very large and very loud family—this is, after all, a sexy fake-relationship story that takes place during Clem’s vacation at a secluded lakefront cottage where her entire extended family decides to tag along. But it’s also a love story about two people who fall in love during those stolen moments.
So whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, I hope you’ll find Real Kind of Love is the perfect escape from life’s louder moments.
Title: Real Kind of Love
Author: Sara Rider
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Series: Books & Brews #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 242
Format: Print & Digital
As an audiobook narrator, Clementine Cox has no trouble mastering the voices of space aliens, elven warriors, or even demon-possessed cats. But the moment she tries her hand at an erotic romance, she’s stumped. With her deadline looming, she books a week at a secluded cabin to restore her inner muse, telling her loving-but-overbearing family it’s a romantic getaway with her not-so-existent new boyfriend to keep them from worrying. She never expects them to invite themselves along to meet the new guy. Now, she has less than twenty-four hours to find a pretend boyfriend in order to save her job and, potentially, her sanity.
Workaholic Jake Donovan isn’t interested in a real relationship. After a broken engagement, all he wants to do is focus on keeping his brewpub, the Holy Grale, afloat. But when he finds out his favorite customer is in need of a fake boyfriend, and his business partners insist he take a long overdue vacation, he has no choice but to help Clem out. All he has to do is enjoy the sunshine, play nice with her family, and keep his hands to himself for the week.
But Jake’s not prepared to like waking up next to Clem every morning as much as he does. Or to feel so welcome by her quirky family. And as the line between real and fake starts to blur, he realizes one week might never be enough.