Suddenly Sexy summary:
Julie Kent is looking for excitement in her life. She wants to save the world--and earn a cool nickname while she's at it--but her crime-fighting career has been more paperwork than perps. And if Eric Ranger has any say in the matter, she won't get out of her cubicle!
Eric is a battle-scarred agent temporarily helping his friend's security business. He wants to protect Julie from the world he knows. She reminds him of what he's been fighting for; he's attracted to Julie, but he won't touch her. He even goes so far as to let her think she isn't sexy enough to be a decoy on their current case.
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Excerpt from Suddenly Sexy
“Tell me the real reason why you won’t let me be a decoy. Do you think I’m smart and sexy?” she said in a low tone. She looked him in the eye and then her gaze skittered away.
This was dangerous territory. “I think you’re reckless,” he answered gruffly. He’d seen how she would jump into a project with unrestrained enthusiasm.
Her eyes gleamed with determination. “I can be cautious.”
Eric rolled his eyes.
“And I can do sexy.”
Just the way her voice got rough was sexy as hell. His body tightened with anticipation. “But you can’t seduce a man.” He wasn’t going to let her seduce a stranger. Not on his watch.
“Yes, I can.”
Eric shook his head. “And you’re not the type who could seduce a man you’re not interested in. You’re too honest.”
Julie thrust her chin out and narrowed her eyes. Why was she taking offense over that statement? “I can seduce anyone when I set my mind to it.”
Eric lifted his hands as if he were surrendering. “I’ll take your word for it, but you still don’t get the job.”
She pressed a finger against his chest. “I can seduce you if I wanted to.”
Susanna talks to HarlequinJunkie about Suddenly Sexy & naming her characters:
I put a lot of thought behind the names of my characters. Sometimes there's a special meaning about the name but I don't bring it up in the story because it's not important to the reader. Usually the meaning is just something to help me develop the character.
I did the same thing for Eric Ranger, the hero in Suddenly Sexy. Eric is a world-weary special agent. I wanted a name that indicated some of his traits: protective and adventurous with a bit of a dangerous edge. The word "ranger" makes me think of a lawman or an official who protects. It also conjures up the idea of adventure and the frontier to me.
How did I come up with their first names? I wanted a masculine name for the hero that had a harsh, almost clipped sound. For the heroine, not only did I want a pretty and feminine name, but I also wanted something that was popular. It was important that I didn't give her an unusual name that would make her stand out.
Occasionally I change a name while I'm writing the story and learning more about the character, but that wasn't the case with Suddenly Sexy. Julie and Eric were very clear to me from the beginning and I hope you'll enjoy their story!
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Susanna Carr has been an avid romance reader since she read her first Harlequin at the age of 10. She has written sexy contemporary romances for several publishers and her work has been honored with awards for contemporary and sensual romance. Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she isn't writing, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online. Visit her website atsusannacarr.com.