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Earlier today I was crossing a riverbed. To get from one side to the other, you have to step from rock to rock. Unfortunately the riverbed has fallen apart, scattering the rocks down the stream. Getting across each day is difficult and today I fell. Not once but twice! I hope someone caught it on video. It was hilarious but at the time, I spat out a few choice words. Swear words. I'm not a saint. I swear. Sometimes it slips out. Other times I'm on a rant and the words just seem appropriate for the amount of anger I'm feeling.
There are two schools of thought about swearing in books. Some think that it is not allowed. But others feel that it lends to a realism in the story. After all, if we would swear in that instance, our characters should too.
Isobel Reed's latest release, EXPIRY DATING, has swearing. Her hero, Brady is a former military man who is stepping away from active duty and takes on a badge in a small town. Alice is a feisty woman who gets so frustrated when she deals with Brady. Sometimes the words simply fly out of her mouth. Passion and anger seem to go hand in hand with these two. And the sparks do fly.
How do you feel about swear words in your books? Are you for it or against it?
EXPIRY DATING is now available in ebook and print. You can grab a copy for yourself and check out the sparks and language as Alice and Brady find their own happy ending.
Sparks start more than a fire… They start an explosion.
Alice is not happy. Her ex screwed her over, literally. One day her mother is dreaming of a white wedding, the next, Alice is hurling hardbacks at a naked boyfriend caught in bed with her best friend. So she did the only logical thing she could think of. She got the hell out of there. In fact, she left the country.
It’s not long before she discovers the perks of small-town living, and she even finds herself a job. There is just one thing stopping this all from being perfect though. One infuriating person she just can’t seem to shake. Brady Mitchell. It figures that the hottest man she’s ever seen also just so happens to be the most annoying one on the planet.
Brady is back home and trying to come to terms with life outside the military. Adjusting to a new job and new limitations from his injury, he expected to settle into a slower pace of life, maybe even a quiet one. That was until Alice Hart came bulldozing into his world. The woman was anything but quiet. Loud, angry and sexy as hell, yes. But definitely not quiet.
Alice and Brady ignite inside and outside the bedroom. But will they survive the burn?
EXPIRY DATING- the second book in the Bluestone Series is a funny, wild romp along the lines of Stephanie Berget’s cowboy romances or Sarina Bowen’s True North series. EXPIRY DATING features a retired marine and the feisty young woman who steals his heart. While it is a part of a series, Expiry Dating can be read as a standalone. Grab your copy today.
“Woman, for the love of God, will you stop running away from me?”
Being crowded against the cool brick wall gave her some serious déjà vu. His hand was next to her head again and his face was tipped down and just inches away from her own.
“Woman. It’s woman now?”
His eyes narrowed. “Grow up, Ali.”
Red. She saw lots of red. It wasn’t the comment that did it though. No, it was everything. The way he was looking at her, the way he touched her, the smell of pine mixed with his own natural masculine scent that was currently hitting the back of her throat. She’d had enough. Brady Mitchell needed to f**k right off.
“Me? I should grow up? Are you being f**king serious? If anyone needs to grow up, it’s you!”
“Oh yeah?” Even the calmness in his voice p***ed her off.
“Yeah. You’re the one throwing tantrums, Brady. You’re the one mourning the loss of your former career and taking that sh*t out on me. So you can’t be a marine anymore … boo-f**king-hoo. You have no idea how lucky you are. You could have died for f**ks sake. You could have been paralysed or lost your damn leg!”
“Oh, that’s rich, darlin’, coming from you.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“You’re one to talk. Your boyfriend cheats on you, and what do you do? You run away. You quit your job, quit your life, you leave the f**king country! That’s some real mature sh*t right there, sweetness. And you’re telling me to grow up?”
“F**k you, Brady!” She pushed at his chest. The exasperating man didn’t even move as she continued to push at his rock-solid chest. “F**k you!”
He all too easily pulled her off him, clasping both wrists in just one hand. When she finally dared to look up, their eyes clashed. The normally light brown stare was darker than she’d ever seen. His eyes were black, so black they made her pulse quicken.
The longer they looked at each other, the shallower her breathing became and the fuzzier her brain felt. For a split second, his eyes darted to her mouth, and she couldn’t stop herself from wetting her lower lip. When her gaze met his, she knew there was no turning back.
About the Author:
Isobel was born and raised in London. She still lives along the River Thames with her husband and her substantial book collection. Ever the hopeless romantic, she fell in love with the genre from a young age and was inspired to write her own stories. When she's not feasting on romantic comedies or binge reading her hoard of contemporary romance novels, Isobel is writing.