You’ll adore this chat with Katee Robert about her new book, Fool Me Once! #excerpt #giveaway
Sparks will fly on this roadtrip from hell…
Please help me welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert as she chats about her new release Fool Me Once, the second novel in the Foolproof Love series from Entangled Publishing.
Psst – don’t miss out on the giveaway and the incredibly entertaining excerpt below!
GT: Let’s talk girls & gaming! What drew Aubry to gaming and what’s her strategy for excelling as a badass lady in a male-dominated industry?
KR: Aubry never really fit in with anyone while she was growing up. Her mom was kind of a mess and she’s too snarky for most people to deal with–not to mention she kind of hates people as a general principle. So around the time she hit high school, this game comes out called DeathMatch, which is similar to other first-person shooters you see in the real world, but with some fantastical elements. While you play, you can chat in real time with other players, and during that first game, she found her tribe and never looked back.
It’s really interesting because although gaming is still very male-dominated on the creation side of things, studies have shown that women are actually almost the majority of the player population these days. They’re just quieter about it for a variety of reasons. Aubry is…not quiet.
She runs into misogynistic dudes. It’s a thing that happens, especially since she’s not shy about talking smack or the fact that she’s the best. The woman is afraid of some truly irrational things (zombies, cannibals, zombie mutant cannibals), but some dudes wanting gaming to be a boys’ club are no problem for her to deal with.
GT: To marry or not to marry? How does Quinn feel about commitment?
KR: Through most of the book, Quinn is a very go-with-the-flow guy. He’s got a life he likes a whole lot, and he’s not into the idea of rocking the boat. Ladies intent on rings rock the boat. It’s not so much that he’s opposed to commitment, as much as the fact that his father’s insistence on throwing every approved eligible woman within breeding years in his face has made him a little gunshy.
He likes ladies, and while he has some vague idea of settling down in the future, that’s very much on the horizon. It’s interesting, because he’s not one of those perma-bachelors who breaks out in hives at the idea of being with one woman for the rest of their lives, but he’s not on the search for his lady love, either.
So, yeah, he’s very middle of the road on the whole commitment conversation. In the back of his mind, he’d like to settle down with the right woman, but it’s very much one of those “Someday over the rainbow” things. At least until he gets stuck in a car with a persnickety redhead…
They say opposites attract, but this is just ridiculous.
Aubry Kaiser doesn’t like people—actually, that’s not right. She loathes people. With her crippling anxiety, there’s no way she can demo her favorite video game at a convention with five thousand other people. Maybe if she brings someone to act as a shield…
But the only person available is the sexy cowboy she can’t stand.
Quinn Baldwyn is in a mess of his own. He’s been dodging his wealthy family’s matchmaking attempts—and life advice—for years, but with his sister’s wedding on the horizon, he needs of a shield of his own.
He and Aubry can barely hold down a civil conversation, but in bed…fireworks. And the closer they get to Quinn’s sister’s wedding, the more he realizes that he might actually like Aubry.
Now it’s up to him to convince her she might actually like him, too.
Read an excerpt
“You know, I’ve been thinking—”
“Good God, don’t strain yourself.”
“—and I’m thinking that I need a better nickname for you. Sweet cheeks might be accurate, but no one in my family is going to believe I’d call the woman I’m in a relationship with something that…lowbrow.”
She tilted her sunglasses down to stare at him over the top of them. It made her amber eyes stand out all the more. “How about you call me nothing at all? Because that sounds ideal from where I’m sitting.”
“Nah. I’ve always been a fan of pet names.”
“One—I can tell. Two—save your pet names for your actual animals.”
She’d left that one wide open, but he chose to ignore it. Just this once. He twined her hair around his finger again. “I was thinking bunny.”
“You can call me bunny if you want to provoke me to actual physical violence.”
Yeah, it didn’t fit, either. He relaxed back into his seat, starting to enjoy the idea of this. “Cherry.”
He wondered when she’d noticed that he was still stroking her hair. He hadn’t been lying when he said they would have to put on a good show for his family. That meant he had to get her used to him touching her, at least in these innocent ways. Or that was what he told himself as he kept playing with the ends of her hair.
And touching in the not-innocent ways?
To distract himself, he said, “Peaches. No, don’t look at me like that. You got to pass on three—that’s your limit. And you smell like peaches.” He leaned a little closer, keeping one eye on the road, and adopted his best Nicholas Cage voice, “I love peaches. I could eat peaches for hours.”
He sat back and laughed. “You have a problem with a man worshiping you that way?”
“I have a problem with Nicholas Cage comparing my lady bits to a fruit and, frankly, the image of him down there is enough to kill any desire the act would cause.”
She sounded so horrified that he laughed again. Or he started to. The problem with teasing her like this was he was now picturing himself between her thighs. Quinn shifted, trying to get his instant physical reaction under control. His cock wasn’t in a cooperative mood, though, and his brain kept serving up images of Aubry’s back arching, her fingers digging into his forearms, her head thrown back in ecstasy he was giving her.
About the author
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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