Book 3 in the Rebound Series
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Max, disappointed that Cate didn’t call after their night together, is thrilled to run into her again, even if it is at work.
Intrigued by this beautiful, self-contained woman, he is determined to draw her out of her shell and get her to open up to him outside of the bedroom as well as inside.
Will Max be able to overcome Cate’s distrust? Or will her ex’s infidelity make it impossible for her to trust a man again?
My question dies before it finishes when I realize Max is right there. He pulls the drinks out of my hands and sets them on the counter at my back without a word. His hands return to my hips where he pulls me against him, his mouth coming down on mine once more.
This. This is what I expected in the hallway. His mouth is firm and demanding, and he nips at my lower lip with his teeth. With a gasp at the unexpected sting my mouth opens, and his tongue sweeps in. He tastes like strawberries.
His hands run up my back under my shirt, kneading and caressing my skin. I’m swept away by him, by his kiss, by his commanding presence, and it seems like all I can do to hold on, my fists clutching his shirt my only anchor.
He breaks away from my mouth and runs his lips down my jaw to my neck, biting and sucking at the place where my neck meets my shoulder. I shrug my shoulder to discourage that. It feels good, but I don’t want a hickey. I’m twenty-two for God’s sake, not a teenager in the first throes of lust. I didn’t even let boys give me hickeys then, especially not with two older brothers watching all the guys who were interested in me.
Max raises his head, a wicked grin on his lips and mischief dancing in his eyes. Before I can react he lifts my tank top, and my arms raise to help him strip it off me. He tosses it to the side, his eyes on my breasts. I look down and realize I’m wearing the most boring bra imaginable—beige cotton with zero decoration. It’s not like I expected to show off my lingerie for anyone today.
I open my mouth to explain away the bra choice, nerves getting the better of me. Before I can say anything he traces one finger along the edge of the cup. “You’re beautiful, Cate.”
I guess boring lingerie doesn’t faze Max. Both hands come up and cup my breasts. His large hands engulf them, the upper curve just spilling over his grip. He circles my nipples with his thumbs, bringing them to attention, absorbed by what he’s doing to me.
He tugs one cup aside to expose my now-hard nipple. Bending down, he takes it in his mouth and sucks deep, a groan rumbling in his chest. I can’t stifle the gasp that escapes from my mouth, and I clutch at the counter behind me so I don’t fall from the sensation.
His hands reach behind me to unhook my bra, and he stands up so he can pull the straps down my arms, letting it fall to the floor at our feet. His eyes flick up to my face for a moment to check in with me, and he leads me by the hand to the bed. Sitting on the edge, he brings me to stand between his legs. “So beautiful.” His hands run up my torso and caress my breasts, teasing the nipples, sliding to my back to bring me closer so his mouth can play with them some more. In this position his head is at the perfect height to reach my breasts. The longer he plays, the weaker my legs get, and I clutch at his shoulders so I don’t fall, his hands on my ass holding me up.
Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I’ve always written in some capacity. And I was one of the weirdos that liked when my English teachers had us write stories rather than essays. But I’ve written in a journal for the majority of my life. I started dabbling in fiction, actually writing down the fragments of story ideas that popped into my head, about three years ago. I got more serious about it at the beginning of 2015. I went to a mini conference in March 2015 put on by my local RWA chapter, and that was so educational and inspiring. And it gave me enough courage to finish the novella I was working on.
Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I do almost all my writing on my laptop (the exception is when the words are coming and I have to get them down before they vanish and I don’t have my laptop, then they go in Evernote on my phone). Basically anywhere that people will leave me alone for a chunk of time. Usually it’s in my office, but I like to go to the Starbucks near my house for a change of scenery and fewer opportunities for distractions from my kids.
Where do your ideas come from?
The ether? The universe? I don’t know. They just show up. I don’t question it. I just write them down.
Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
Sometimes. Sort of. But mostly not. To get started, I like to know the names of the characters, how they meet/the first scene, and the main conflict. From there I try to figure out the major plot points. I’m not a huge plotter—I don’t have detailed outlines or anything. I have a sketchy framework, and usually I’ll jot down a scene list to get me from where I am in the story to where I know it needs to go. But I’m mostly figuring it out as I go. My scene lists rarely go beyond the next plot point.
What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
The Rebound Series is contemporary romance and my Players of Marycliff University Series is New Adult romance. Those are primarily what I read. For the NA stuff, there’s so much going on in a person’s life around that age, and there’s so much angst and drama to pull from.
What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Is it boring to say that I don’t dream cast my books? Probably, but that’s the truth. I do think it would be fun to know who readers would like to see cast as the different characters.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I read all the time. Like, every chance I get. I have some writer friends who don’t read much while they’re drafting a book. I’m not one of them. First off, I’m almost always in the middle of writing something (if I’m not writing, I’m editing, sometimes I have one book in edits, and one in draft simultaneously). Reading happens mostly at night in bed or squished into opportunities during the day. My youngest is still nursing, so I read a lot while I’m nursing him, and I don’t watch much tv. It’s on, but I prefer to read usually, especially since I rarely get to choose what we’re watching. As for favorite authors, that’s a tough one. Diana Gabaldon has long been a fav. Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore for humor. Julia Kent for romantic comedy. And Kate Canterbary’s Walsh Series has latched onto me and not let go. I read her latest one last month and just discovered books 6 and 7 are on preorder on iBooks, so I’m looking forward to getting those.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m almost done with Nothing Else Matters by Blair Babylon. I’m reading it (and the three books that precede it in its series) for the second time. So good.
What is your favourite book and why?
I’m terrible at picking favorites. So I won’t.
What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Don’t be a chicken, and just write. It can be helpful to read some books or take a class on story structure. Most writers write on instinct, but you need to know how it should fit together so it’s not a meandering mess. And knowing how story structure works gives you names for the parts of the story that you already know you need, but maybe can’t articulate. Also, finish something. Maybe not everything, especially at the beginning, but have enough stamina to make it to the end. It makes it easier next time.
What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
I’m most active on Facebook and Pinterest (www.facebook.com/jericamacmillan and www.pinterest.com/jericamacmillan) but I am on Twitter (@jericamacmillan) and always update Goodreads when a new book comes out (www.goodreads.com/jericamacmillan). The very best way to stay up to date, though, is to join my Book Club—www.jericamacmillan.com.
Other Books in this Series
Jenna just needs a little rebound therapy …
Jenna is still stuck in her grief a year after her fiancé died in a tragic accident. She exists, going through the motions of living, her former spark gone. Her best friend Amy drags her out to meet someone, convinced she needs a rebound guy to have some fun and start living again.
Brian is the hot owner of the wine bar where Amy takes Jenna. He has a mischievous grin that he wields like a weapon to convince Jenna to give him a chance.
Always the bridesmaid …
Amy’s best friend Jenna is engaged … again. And she’s asked Amy to be her maid of honor. Amy can’t help but feel jealous that Jenna’s ready to walk down the aisle for the second time, especially when her own love life is virtually nonexistent.
Adam has wanted Amy since she first walked into his wine bar. After he finally got the chance to take her out, problems from his past got in the way. Now she’s dating someone else, and he’s jealous of the lost opportunity.
Will Adam and Amy work out the issues from the past and present that are keeping them apart? Or will their jealousies ruin their relationships and keep them apart forever?
About Jerica MacMillan
Jerica MacMillan is a lifelong reader and lover of romance. Nothing beats escaping into a book and watching people fall in love, overcome obstacles, and find their happily ever after. She was recently named a semi finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write competition.