Someone Like You
You can’t program love…or can you?
Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant “compatibility app,” a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he’s proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?
Someone Like You Excerpt – FRIEND TO LOVE
Strong hands slid into hers, and Kayleigh shivered with pleasure. “I wondered where you went.”
She forced herself to meet his kind eyes. “I’m sorry about that, Niall. Sorry for what I said. Sorry for lots of things. You’ve always been such a good friend to me, and I treated you badly.”
“A friend?” His eyes searched hers, and she felt her heart open up to him like a flower touched by dawn. He wanted more than friendship. She couldn’t predict how this would go, but after years of knowing each other, they had a good start.
“No. Not just as a friend,” she admitted, and felt herself melt at the passionate flare in his eyes. She angled her head and leaned closer, aching for his kiss.
“We have to get out of here,” he said suddenly and stood, pulling her with him.
“Huh? Why?” His words broke through her romantic fog, and she flushed, embarrassed. Had she misread the situation? Either way, she wouldn’t regret it. But another look into his soulful eyes reassured her. She was right about him. She knew it down deep.
“Because I can’t kiss you here.” His eyes slid to Gianna’s open door then back to her, and heat raced up her neck and flooded her cheeks.
He lifted her fingers to his lips, then pulled her out the door.
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. With her co-author, Joanne Rock, she’s penned the CAMP BOYFRIEND series with Spencer Hill Press under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. She also writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Enterprises. Her wholesome romance, Heartwarming novels have won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. When she’s not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes and hiking. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love.
Guest Post by Karen Rock
More and more people are forgoing the club scene for online dating meet-ups. The good news is you won’t spend an evening in an over-priced dress swilling cheap beer. The bad news is you’ll have to put in more time than sitting on a bar stool and batting your lashes. There are thousands of men online looking for love, but you’ll have to spend time learning to figure out who is serious, who’s a player, and most of all, who is right for you. Here’s my crash course on the DOs and DON’Ts of cyberdating.
DO post a recent photo, and be honest in how you describe yourself. No need to make your potential date imagine a Jessica Alba look-a-like. The most attractive thing is confidence.
DON’T assume that his photo is as up-to-date and accurate as yours. Search for clues in the picture. If he mentions his son is a teenager, but he’s posted a pic with a five-year-old-boy, you can bet that snapshot is a decade old.
DO learn dating profile euphemisms such as:
•”cuddly” = “chubby”
•“People tell me I’m very handsome.” = His mom compliments him.
•“Executive in a Major Corporation.” = Works for himself in his basement.
DON’T get fooled by tired old, phony, over-the-top lines. You are looking for real men, not posers who say what you want to hear. Men should sound like men and online daters with smooth lines have done their homework because they are players.
DO some math if he sounds too good to be true:
•Take three inches away from his height.
•Multiply his weight by 2.
•Divide his income in half.
•Add ten years to his age.
DON’T pick dates solely on profile pictures. Real men don’t look like movie stars. But it’s those adorable imperfections that are endearing to us when you fall in love. Besides, if you’re like me, you’re profile shows you’re not perfect either, but that doesn’t make you any less loveable!
DO switch an online conversation to the cell phone. A back-and-forth conversation is so much more telling than email messages.
DON’T give away your address or personal information that might include a way for you to be traced to your home… especially if you have children.
DO take things slowly, no matter how great the chemistry. Meet in public places for the first couple of dates. Once you’ve learned more about him, then he could pick you up or drop you home. Only… don’t invite him in, no matter how much you’d love to extend the date. If this is love, it’s not going anywhere so take your time and enjoy your courtship!
DON’T behave like one of those kinds from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- rushing around from one dating profile to the next. When you are lucky enough to meet a stable, nice, caring man who makes your heart beat faster, time to stop your site membership. You’ll get distracted and imagine possibilities instead of focusing on someone who could be Mr. Right J
In my current Harlequin release, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, Kayleigh Renshaw and her best friend Niall Walsh create a mobile dating app. Kayleigh’s sure it will help her find true love, even with the perfect man could be sitting right beside her!! Have you ever dated online? What experiences have you had- good or bad?
Autographed copies of WISH ME TOMORROW, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL, and SOMEONE LIKE YOU as well as a $100 Amazon Gift Card.