Please welcome guest author Kait Gamble to the Cafe!
When I started the Long Way Round Trilogy the characters and their relationships popped into my mind they were almost fully fledged making the first two books a breeze to write. It wasn’t until I reached the final book that my pace slowed. Chelsea was already there in my head but what I didn’t have was the perfect hero for her.
With Cara and Natalie it had been simple. They’d known Jason and Sebastian for years and their relationships were already well developed when their stories take place.
Chelsea, on the other hand, was a whole other story. She had been through a lot by the time we meet her. Like the others she had been with her guy for a long time. Unlike her friends, it didn’t work out as she had imagined. She had dropped everything and moved to the other side of the planet to be with a man who turned out to be a louse in designer clothing and all the promises he’d made, false. After dumping her by text he couldn’t even man up to talk to her afterwards.
Chelsea ends up a little relieved that she didn’t end up marrying him, but comes away with a wary stance on men from the experience. He leaves her alone to deal with the fallout and to rebuild her life. Having to move back and restart her life, Chelsea’s humiliated, chastened and more than a touch jaded.
My dilemma was that I had to create a man that would challenge her self-imposed embargo on all men. One who fulfilled all her expectations of what a man should be like but who wouldn’t send her running the other way. What she needed was someone handsome, commanding, mysterious, and talented. And that’s when I realized we might have already met him. Daniel Rosetti, Cara’s head chef.
Daniel ticked all the boxes. He’s commanding, as head chef he definitely had that quality. To be trusted for such a positon by Cara he had to be talented since she would never accept anything less in her restaurant. Then there’s his private life. No one really knows anything about him. And the more time Chelsea spends with him and the more she learns about him, as little as that is, she finds herself more and more drawn to him.
Then, of course, is the crackling chemistry that sparks between them. Unable to keep their hands off Daniel, Chelsea is overwhelmed, and at the same time—wary, of the ferocity of the need she feels for him. He might just be the man for her.
But is she willing to open up? Can she? And what about the secrets he seems to be keeping?
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Blurb for Scorch, book three in The Long Way Round series:
Chelsea had a plan for her life. She worked for it. Played by all the rules, did what was expected of her—only to be left starting her life over from scratch.
Luckily, she has great friends who help her out, which leads to her becoming the hostess of one of the hottest restaurants in the city—one with an even hotter head chef.
Aloof and mysterious, Daniel is as disciplined as they come. But when he sees Chelsea’s growing interest in him, he directs his full focus on her. He knows it will take time and patience to crack the walls she’s erected around herself, but when he finally does, it will be worth the effort. Then maybe he can let her know the real him.
But can Chelsea break her rules and let Daniel in?
General Release Date: 6th October 2015
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About Kait Gamble:
Kait was born and raised in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest and started writing to entertain herself during the long winters as a child. Insatiably curious with a love of learning new things, she’s picked up many random skills including three languages and two martial arts. After travelling three continents (the other four are on her bucket list), she settled in England with her family where she spends most of her time cultivating her daughter’s love of reading and writing, scribbling ideas on every available scrap of paper, and trying out dialogue on her cat.