Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Abandoned as a child, he was raised with bookies and gamblers. Dev runs and lives above a trendy club the mob subsidizes for him, enjoying the good life and mindless sex with a string of women all too ready to please him. Until, one night, he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people. . . .
Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken, Rena’s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.
Dev reawakens something primal within her—and something protective within himself. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.
One of the coolest things about Devlin’s book is that, for me, it was unchartered territory. I’d never written new adult, and while I’ve attempted (in private) to write in first person, I’d certainly never delved into dual first person. So when I sat down to write Devlin, it was in a sneaky pocket of time where I had no deadlines but an idea I desperately wanted to try.
In four weeks, I had my coveted sh*tty first draft. I sent it to my agent and said (and I quote) “I have no idea what I have here.”
And I didn’t. I had either gotten this book horribly wrong or nailed it, and I honestly was sure it could go either way. This was in 2014, right before I put pen to paper on Evan’s book. My agent’s response to Devlin?
She loved it, and I hope you will, too!
So there you have it. One wild idea, an urge to try something different, and a year plus of waiting for him to find a home and Devlin Calvary is about to meet your e-reader come November. Sometimes when a flash of inspiration hits, you just have to run with it.