What was your favorite scene to write? Why?
I love the scenes where I can show a real connection between the hero and heroine. It’s not always easy to create those intimate moments and make them feel real and have genuine heart. More than that, I love it when I get a chance to show that my tough guys have a huge heart when it comes to the woman they love. They’d do anything, even bare their souls. Even if all seems lost, they keep trying, because it’s worth the fight for a chance at real love and happiness.
In True to You Dawson King has been working to take down a major player in the Guzman drug cartel. In order to get the job done, he goes undercover to get close to Iceman’s daughter Cara. He hates lying to her and knows a relationship is a bad idea that will only end in disaster. When all is said and done and it seems that everyone Cara loves has lied and betrayed her, she leaves town, lost in grief and anger.
But Dawson isn’t about to let her get away. He calls her every morning, though Cara is stubborn and it’s a one-sided conversation.
I love this scene because it shows both their perspectives, but also how well Dawson knows Cara – so much so that he carries on a conversation with her all on his own. And because he knows her so well, Cara can’t ignore or dismiss him or how much he cares about her.
Excerpt: True to You
Her cell phone rang on the bedside table behind her. She rolled over, picked it up, and checked the caller ID. Her heart fluttered with anticipation. She accepted the call, but like every other time these last two weeks, she didn’t say a word, because she didn’t know what to say or how she felt besides hollow.
“Morning sweetheart.” His deep voice sent a ripple of longing through her. “I’m up early for work.”
Yeah. Kentucky’s two hours ahead of Montana. Light barely seeped through the slit in the motel room curtains.
“I wish I knew where you are. I wish you were here. You feel like you’re a million miles away.”
He paused. She didn’t say anything. “Still not talking to me, huh. That’s okay. Did you sleep well?”
“I didn’t think so,” he answered his question like she’d spoken her thought. He’d become adept at carrying on whole conversations without her saying a word. Because he knew her well enough to guess her part. Which made her think even more about him, what they shared, what she’d lost. What she’d left behind.
Which was exactly his intention. And wasn’t that just a lovely thought even if she didn’t fit into his world. She didn’t feel like she fit anywhere anymore.
“If you miss me one tenth of how much I miss you, you’re probably as lonely as I am without you.”
“I woke up this morning thinking about the way you smell. Coffee and cinnamon sugar donuts and spring.”
You smell like the forest after it rains.
“I can’t go into a coffee shop without a thousand memories flooding my mind. I miss the hours we worked together side by side in the kitchen. I missed you so much yesterday, I made a bunch of cherry tarts.”
“I liked making those the most. Maybe I’ll take some into work for Trigger and the guys.”
Your first day back now that they cleared you for the shooting. Does it weigh on you? Does it wake you in the night in a cold sweat? I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t stop thinking about how close we both came to dying. The thought of losing you…Well, I did lose you. Didn’t I? Do we still have a chance?
“I’m not sure I’m ready to go back. It still feels unfinished.”
Like things ended wrong.
“With things the way they are between us…I have so much more to do to make things right.”
Nothing feels right without you. A hard admission to make because her head reminded her that he’d lied, but her heart warmed with the love he showed her then and still showed her today.
“When you’re ready, I’ll prove to you that all I want to do is make you happy. I will never lie to you again. I say that all the time, but it’s the truth, sweetheart.”
I know. She couldn’t deny the earnestness in his voice or that all the time they’d been together he’d gone out of his way to always tell her the truth even while he lied about being DEA. She understood that he’d had to keep that secret and why. She even believed if he’d had a choice, he’d have confided in her. But he couldn’t risk his life to do it.
You didn’t trust me.
“I had an obligation to the job, even if it went against what I believed wholeheartedly: you’d never do anything to hurt me or put me in jeopardy. Because you’re a good person, Cara. Better than all of us. And you love me. At least I hope you do, because I love you more than I ever thought possible.”
Loving the people in my life nearly destroyed me.
“I know you don’t want to hurt anymore, Cara. It hurts so damn bad missing you, not having you here with me, not hearing your voice, or feeling you next to me. You’ve lost everyone, but you still have me. You will always have me. I will wait as long as it takes, but please, Cara, have mercy, come home.”
He ended every call with those same two words. And she spent the next five minutes staring at the water spots on the ceiling with tears sliding down her cheeks and her heart aching to go to him.
True to You
(Montana Heat #2)
by Jennifer Ryan
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Avon
A Montana Man risks everything for the woman he loves . . .
Undercover DEA Special Agent Dawson King spent five months in a Montana prison establishing a fake identity to take down a ruthless drug dealer and put him behind bars. Except there’s a wild card . . . the killer’s beloved daughter. Cara Potter may appear to be on the right side of the law, but King has learned the hard way to trust no one—even someone as tantalizing as the coffee shop owner. She’s irresistible . . . but is she also dangerous?
From the moment he enters her life, King makes Cara . . . nervous. The handsome drifter says he wants to get his life together . . . but there is something about him that doesn’t quite ring true. Cara wants to believe in him, yet she holds back despite the way he awakens dormant dreams and leaves her breathless with his sexy smile, steamy kisses, his every touch.
When the explosive truth comes out and she’s betrayed by the ones she loves, Cara must decide—can she trust her heart, or should she listen to her head?
Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.