Title: You Can’t Hurry Love
Release Date: ebook: March 24, 2022, print: March 6, 2022
Rating: Explicit/Mature Audiences Only
Sometimes love is worth the wait.
Sara Carlisle and Charlie Rhodes are complete opposites. Oil and water. Chalk and cheese.
Before Sara even meets Charlie, she hates him. He’s insulted her best friend -a woman Sara considers family- and that is unforgivable. In person he proves to be just as obnoxious and insufferable as she’d anticipated. And, as far as she’s concerned, the fact that he’s tall and muscular with an accent to die for is not enough to redeem him. Charlie Rhodes is an arrogant A–hole (with a capital A!) and that’s all there is to it!
For his part, Charlie thinks Sara is a conceited pain in the arse. A prissy princess to the nth degree. It becomes his prerogative to get under her skin for the sheer pleasure of riling her up. He feels genuine enjoyment in the face of her frustration, and he makes no secret of it. Besides, she gives as good as she gets!
Fundamentally opposed in every way, it’s obvious to those around them that they’re not going to get along.
But unfortunately, thanks to their respective families, they are stuck in each other’s lives for the foreseeable future. Being civil is as good as it is going to get…or is it?
When their relationship turns from reluctant acquaintances to red hot lovers, they find it’s good.
What could possibly go wrong?
In a slow-burn romance that follows hot on the heels of Handle With Care*, Sara and Charlie discover that you really can’t rush romance.
*Both Handle With Care and You Can’t Hurry Love can be read as standalone novels in the expanding Jukebox Collection series.
Guess Who’s Back? (Someone You’ve Never Heard Of)
When I wrote Handle With Care, I wrote for myself. I wrote because I could feel some sort of countdown clock hanging over my head. I’d graduated high school in 2002, and the twenty-year deadline I’d given myself to become a published author was looming. So I wrote and then published it -silently, without fanfare- without any idea of what I was doing.
I just NEEDED to get it out there.
I thought that would be that. I thought I’d wash my hands of it. I’d ticked my bucket list goal off my list (an entire year early!) and I could sleep easily from there, right?
Writing has always been an escape for me, though I stuck to the realm of fanfiction for years. Despite changing fandoms a lot (I’m a fickle cow), I’m comfortable in the fanfic community. The anonymity of it. Borrowing pre-existing characters and worlds…but then I developed my own, and suddenly I’m in love with them.
So in love, in fact, that I couldn’t actually leave Handle With Care as the one-shot that I’d intended it to be. Instead, Charlie and Sara’s story begged me to put it to paper. It flowed so easily -easier than its predecessor- and not long after that an entire series of plot bunnies started bouncing through my head.
And that brings us here. You Can’t Hurry Love is my second release, a follow up (but easily stands alone) to Handle With Care. This time, I wrote not just for myself, but for other readers: people who had emailed me and asked me if I was going to delve into Charlie and Sara’s story, people who have offered feedback and ideas that have honestly helped improve my writing.
I won’t lie – I’m more anxious this time around. With my first novel, I had hoped other people might like it, but the goal at the time was simply to prove to myself (and the 17-year-old version of me who dreamed big things) that I could do it. This time I want to entertain other people. I want people to fall in love with Charlie and Sara, to laugh at their antics and wonder what’s next in the series. And I think that I might have achieved that. Maybe.
It’s A Small World Afterall
So, I’m back with a new contemporary romance novel, once again set in my backyard of Brisbane, Australia. For the most part, anyway.
Aside from writing about a location that I’m familiar with, I guess I chose South East Queensland as my main setting for the Jukebox Collection series because most Australian novels I’ve read have sort of skipped my little corner of the world.
And I get it. I do. Brisbane’s pretty much unheard of. Most people, when you say “Australia”, automatically imagine the outback or Sydney or Byron Bay. (Ugh. Byron. I’m not a fan. It’s overrated. This is the hill I will die on.)
But South East Queensland has so much to offer. We have beaches that are far superior to Bondi or Byron (fight me), rainforests to explore and mountains to climb, zoos, and theme parks, and a cultural centre in Brisbane which -while it is admittedly nowhere near as good as Melbourne- is steadily growing and improving over time. Hell, we even have movie studios on the Gold Coast. Oh, and the subtropical climate here is generally pretty awesome. (Let’s not consider the recent flooding and months of rain. That’s a once-or-twice-every-decade sort of deal.)
It seemed only natural to set a series of novels here. My little urban paradise.
I’m aware that I spend a bit more time describing the local setting in Handle With Care (Book 1 of the Jukebox Collection), but in You Can’t Hurry Love we venture a bit further north to explore Hervey Bay, and also take a short flight across the pond to visit Charlie in London.
And I love that. I love that novels can take us all over the world, without ever leaving our homes. That’s something I’ve relied heavily on since a certain pandemic happened. As much as I’m looking forward to travelling again, I’m glad I can do it from my armchair…and I like to hope that, through my writing, I can share the gift with other readers, too.
Anita (A.N.) Verebes is a daydreamer and romance novelist. As a civil marriage celebrant, Anita makes a living telling other people’s love stories and celebrating real romance! Also armed with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Anita is a qualified -but not practising- High School English teacher who loves to read anything she can get her hands on, including fanfiction. (And, yes, she’s written her fair share of that, too.) Living directly between Queensland’s sunny Gold and Sunshine coasts, Anita spends her days exploring the Great South East with her husband and their two rambunctious sons. When at home, she’s also a slave to two cats and one very spoilt Great Dane X.
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