Author on the Couch: Babette de Jongh

Today I’m conducting a session with… Babette de Jongh


Babette is giving away an autographed copy of ANGEL FALLS and a coffee mug with the slogan, “Don’t make me kill you off in my next book, because I will.”

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Congratulations to Babette!

She’s a Finalist in the Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice Contest!


Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Babette: In my freshman year of high school, I auditioned and was invited to attend The Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham as a dance major for my sophomore year. The big-city boarding school environment was a seismic shift for a country girl who’d never been out from under her mama’s coat-tails.

Back then, ASFA rented its classrooms and dorm space from Birmingham Southern College. We ASFArts (as the college students almost-affectionately called us) assimilated into the college crowd, ate in their cafeteria, hung out where they hung out, and enjoyed almost as much freedom. Though our dorm had curfews, we felt free to ignore them. Many of us ran wild most of the time, but as dedicated creatives, we did show up for class. Also, the dance department’s director, Dame Sonia Arova, was downright scary. It was widely known that if you skipped class, she’d come to your dorm room to make sure you were actually sick.

We were allowed to take a class in one of the other disciplines, so I took an art class. I noticed then that the art majors had a lot more fun than the dancers. While the dancers rehearsed late into the evenings, the art majors painted murals on the classroom walls. While the dancers sweated and taped-up their bleeding toes, the art majors lounged around with their sketchbooks, accompanied by the music majors’ impromptu jam sessions. By now, I was more committed to having fun than to becoming a ballerina, so I submitted my art portfolio and auditioned, and was allowed to change my junior-year major to art.

Of course, we also had to take academic classes, many of them college-level because of the incredible teaching staff. My brilliant English Lit teacher also happened to be an actor. He didn’t just read the Canterbury Tales, he performed them, belting out the Old English lines in a way that made the bawdy bits hilariously clear. And, his creative writing assignments unlocked a new avenue of creativity for me.

He might have succeeded in his efforts to seduce me over to the creative writing department for my senior year. I loved art, but I was tempted because I loved writing, too. Before I had to make that decision, my parents finally realized how much fun I was having, and yanked me out of ASFA. I let them drag me home, but I wasn’t planning to stay. I was too used to freedom to crawl back under the thumb of parental supervision. So I obtained early-admission to college, where I refocused my energies on art and dance.

The creative writing seed had been planted, but because I missed out on a senior year at ASFA, it didn’t get watered for a long, long time. I didn’t start writing seriously until I was in my 40’s, but I might not have written at all if I hadn’t gone to ASFA.

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Me: What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Babette: My mind is heavily right-brain oriented. I’m a creative thinker with a huge imagination and a passionate enthusiasm for new projects. I’m always wondering, what if? The first book I wrote was born from the question, What if the good-looking rich guy (Richard Gere) in the movie Pretty Woman turned out to be a psychopath? That book will be the third book in the Angel Falls series.


Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Babette: Do I have to pick just one? 😉 I’m too much of a perfectionist. I’ll tweak something until it’s black and blue. I’ll write almost to the end of a manuscript, then decide I hate it, gut the whole thing, and start over. Or, it’ll languish while I hop over to a different project. That’s where book two of the Angel Falls series is right now. Book three is done, book four is nearly done, and book two lies eviscerated while I’m completing the final edits on Hear Them Speak, my non-fiction manuscript about telepathic animal communication.

The fact that I have several projects to choose from stems from the flip side of my extreme creativity. I have trouble focusing on only one thing because every idea I have seems like a great one. And those ideas won’t let me go until I at least make a start on them. I never seem to suffer from writer’s block because if one story stalls, there’s always another to work on. It’s both a blessing and a curse.


Me: What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest, on cloud nine, flying high? What happened?

Babette: I’ve had a few high points as a writer, moments when I thought “This is it, the magic bullet that’s going to get me there!” (Wherever there really is. I’ve realized that there keeps moving out ahead of you, no matter what milestones you achieve.)
I hit cloud nine when I was a Golden Heart finalist in 2011. I was flying high when a senior editor at Harlequin called me at home to chat about one of my books and ask for revisions. I was over the moon happy when Angel Falls got its first 5-star review. And again when Angel Falls won the New England Readers’ Choice Award.


Me: What was your low point as a writer—a time when you questioned your path, a time when you felt really crappy about your writing? What happened? How did you get over it?

Babette: I’ve never questioned my path as a writer, mostly because I’m incredibly stubborn. I got a late start, but I’ve put a lot of time and effort into it by now, and I’m not going to allow that time and effort to be wasted. I haven’t set the world on fire (yet), but I’ve made a good solid start. Angel Falls has been well-received, and it was a huge relief to know that my critique partner wasn’t lying to me when she said it was good-to-go.

Angel Falls did get a bad review on Goodreads recently, which brought my rating down to 3.something, and that was definitely a low point. I wouldn’t have even known about it if I hadn’t popped over to my author dashboard to link it up with my blog (which I really do intend to contribute to one day soon). I read the whole (extremely long-winded) review, let myself have hurt feelings for a day or two, and reminded myself that art is subjective. Some people just aren’t going to love your work. And a few will go out of their way to be hateful.

I figured I couldn’t do anything about that negative review beyond understanding that it would eventually get buried under better ones. But then the thought of burying bad reviews gave me the perfect recipe for revenge. I went on Goodreads and Amazon and wrote great reviews for some favorite books I had read but not yet reviewed. Because even though I couldn’t bury the ugly review someone gave me, I could help other authors to overcome any mean-spirited reviews they may have received. Responding to darkness with light is really the only thing that works.

Plus! While answering this question, I realized writing about it helps, too. And, when I went on Goodreads to remember exactly what number followed the 3 after the bad review, I found my numbers had crept back up to 5-star again. So that helped.
And wine. Wine also helps.


Me: Which of your characters are you most like? Why?

Babette: There’s a bit of me in every character I create, even the bad ones. There is always an element of “What would I do if I was…” built into each character’s actions and reactions. I was surprised how much I enjoyed getting into a truly evil character’s head and justifying his actions. Because to a psychopath, everything he does is completely normal and understandable.

But the character who is most like me is Casey Alexander, the ballet teacher heroine in Angel Falls, the first book in the series. When I first started writing Casey’s story, I was following the axiom of “write what you know.” I had left my home town to study ballet. So I wrote about a heroine who left her home town to become a ballerina.
I came back to my hometown after graduating from college, and took over a small ballet studio, by invitation of the current teacher who was ready to move on. That’s exactly what Casey did. So Casey’s story was another What if?

Casey left behind a sweetheart she’d never stopped loving. I didn’t, but I could imagine it, right? What if I’d been held back emotionally by an unfinished relationship, moved back home and been granted another chance with my first sweetheart, only to fall in love with a gorgeous, sexy Scot with commitment issues?

And the biggest what if of all was the premise I wanted to explore, because I hadn’t encountered it in any of the romance novels I’d read: What if the heroine had to choose between two equally compelling heroes? Both were good guys. Neither was an asshole or a serial killer. One was a dream of the past, the other a promise for the future. Neither was perfect. Neither was a sure bet. Just like real life. You can’t reach out for one without letting go of the other. I wanted to present the reader with an impossible choice.


Me: Name a writing pet peeve of yours. Something that hits you like fingernails-on-a-chalkboard every time you see it. Why does it bug you?

Babette: My pet peeve (and please, for the love of God, if you’re reading this, don’t ever do it) is when writers use the antiquated and clichéd phrase: She waited with baited breath…. Because first of all, the whole sentence is so stale, any thinking reader would gag before swallowing it. But second, and even more important, the word the writer is seeking is BATED, from the word ABATE, meaning to reduce. The word BAITED refers to the act of putting a slimy worm or other bit of stinking offal onto a hook and tossing it into the water to lure a fish to its death.

My current motto is F#@% it. I find it incredibly liberating. @Babette_deJongh #AuthorontheCouch #Amwriting Click To Tweet

Me: What’s your life motto? Why does that motto speak to you?

Babette: My current motto is F#@% it. I find it incredibly liberating. I published Angel Falls with the mindset that it would be a grand experiment. I was tired of waiting for traditional publishers to see the story as I saw it. I was ready to leap off the cliff into the unknown, just to have it over with. Maybe it would fail. Maybe it wouldn’t. But whatever happened, I would learn from the experience, and the next book would benefit from my education.

The motto F#@% it speaks to me because many of the things I try to control are beyond my control, and always have been. I can’t control my kids. I can’t control my husband. I can’t control my dogs or my cats or the weeds that seem determined to take over the yard. I even have a hard time controlling what I decide to consume in terms of food, or alcohol, or political news shows. But I can control what time I decide to get up each morning and sit down at the computer. I can control what I write, what I delete, and when a manuscript I’ve slaved over is ready to send out onto the stage.


Me: Tell me a bit about your Southern Contemporary Romance ANGEL FALLS


Welcome to Angel Falls, a deep-south small town in the heart of L.A. (That’s Lower Alabama, y’all.)

Injury shatters Casey Alexander’s dream of becoming a prima ballerina, so she opens a dance studio in her home town of Angel Falls. Among her students are the daughters of her high-school sweetheart Ben and his wife Melody, Casey’s ex-best friend.

Witnessing Ben and Melody’s happy-ever-after on a weekly basis fuels her determination to find someone of her own to love. But eligible men are scarce as hen’s teeth in the quaint little town on the backside of nowhere. Until a sexy Scottish editor, Ian Buchanan, buys the town’s failing newspaper.

Ian is hot and hunky, intelligent and interesting, easy to fall for. And Casey does fall, hard. Then fate returns Ben to Casey. Torn between the might’ve beens of the past and a new dream of the future, Casey must choose between one man she never stopped loving, and another who holds the power to heal her wounded heart.


Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from ANGEL FALLS.


Set-up: She’s standing at the kitchen sink with her back to him, and he has just told her that she has a sexy backside:

Ian reached around me from behind. His arms bracketed me for a moment then curved to hold me close. With my sexy backside cradled by his sexy front side, I was surrounded by his warmth, his spicy scent, and some mysterious, magical pheromone. I let my head drop back onto his shoulder. He kissed my neck, then turned me around. He lifted me up until I half-sat on the edge of the kitchen counter. I wrapped my legs around his waist, hooked my ankles together, and rested my thighs on his hard, muscular forearms. My you-know-what was right up against his, and the iron-hard blast-furnace of his erection just about melted my panties.

What I like most about this passage is the fun I got to have with words. It starts with the imagery of the paragraph—can’t we all remember a time when we were embraced from behind, prolonging the anticipation of what would happen once we turned around? Then there’s the parallelism of with my sexy backside cradled by his sexy front side. The use of multiple senses; his scent and heat and muscularity. The coy term you-know-what followed by the more explicit iron-hard blast-furnace. And the fun imagery of melted panties.


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  1. Linda Herold - August 30, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations on this!

  2. Tara Davis - August 29, 2017 Reply

    Congrats on being a finalist!

  3. patty - August 28, 2017 Reply

    I can’t wait to read this Book !p

  4. Jana Leah - August 27, 2017 Reply

    That’s a great paragraph. I want to read more.

  5. Carol Luciano - August 27, 2017 Reply

    Great interview. Sounds like a great book.

  6. Cait Day - August 27, 2017 Reply

    I love the tweetable quotes and the book sounds really good!

  7. Teresa A Thompson - August 27, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like something I would love!

  8. Jenny C - August 27, 2017 Reply

    Awesome interview and sounds like a great book!

    • Babette - August 27, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Jenny,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, and I hope you’ll read the book, find me on Facebook, and tell me what you thought about it! Keep in touch!

  9. jacqueline v - August 25, 2017 Reply

    sounds like a great book!

    • Babette - August 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Jacqueline! I think you’ll like it! I hope you’ll read it and let me know what you think!

  10. Saira M - August 25, 2017 Reply

    Awesome interview! Loved your tweeted highlights.

    • Saira M - August 25, 2017 Reply

      This book sounds amazing and fun, with their sexy fronts and backs… that slogan for your mug sounds perfect. Your a new author to me. 😊

      • Babette - August 25, 2017 Reply

        Hi, Saira, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and the tweets Abbie chose to highlight. (Thanks, Abbie!) I’m happy you found a new author to follow, and I found a new reader! (Again, Thanks, Abbie!) Please let me know what you think when you read Angel Falls–and I hope you will! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Mary Preston - August 25, 2017 Reply

    This sounds and looks wonderful.

    • Babette - August 25, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Mary! I think the cover does give a good indication of what’s inside. Every element of the cover was carefully chosen: The strength of the hero, the flirtiness of the heroine’s outfit, the serious stare of the dog, the lyrical-yet-fun font (I think the font style is actually called ‘dancer’) and the stark background with the darkness at the bottom of the cover. All together, they show that the book is sexy and funny, with moments of drama and suspense. I hope you’ll read Angel Falls, and when you do, let me know what you think!

  12. Shannon Capelle - August 25, 2017 Reply

    Wow sounds like a good book!

    • Babette - August 25, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Shannon! I had a lot of fun writing it, and then slaved over it in a lengthy editing process! I think those two elements are a reliable recipe for writing a good book.

  13. Michelle Willms - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I loved this interview. I’m so glad someone else is annoyed by people who refuse to learn the proper spellings of words they’re using. In addition to the “baited/bated” issue, another that bothers me greatly is when an author writes, “I poured over the documents, searching for a loophole.” I envision a person liquefying him/herself atop paperwork. How hard is it to know the proper word? “I pored over the documents, searching for a loophole.” I always wonder if folks who make such mistakes actually read much. (Another major peeve is the annoying and increasingly common confusion of plurals and possessives. GRRRR!)

    Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Michelle! You’re a kindred spirit, indeed! Poured/pored is another of my peeves, and I also envision the liquefying-person scenario whenever I come across it! You’ve also gotta love it when songwriters use “you and I” vs. “you and me” incorrectly just to make the lines rhyme. Misplaced modifiers are fun to hate, too. And don’t get me going on plurals and possessives.

      Thanks for stopping by and participating! I’ve enjoyed it very much!

  14. Sunnymay - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I can’t tell if you were saying f* it or fake it. Pretending, at times, gives you more time and information to go on. Do you agree? How about when your readers ask where your ideas come from? My answer is everywhere, nothing is off limits except too many words in the two poetry groups I belong to. There each word has to count or the other poets help you lose a few.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Sunnymay, I was saying f#@% it. Because I have reached a point in my life at which I’m more interested in being authentic than trying to please others. I’ve spent too much of my life worrying what people will think (as many southern girls are raised to do) and now that I’ve passed the half-century mark, I want to please myself instead. I want to take huge leaps of faith and allow the experience to be a grand experiment.

      But I do agree that pretending you know how to swim is sometimes the only way to stay afloat when you dive into the deep end! In my twenties, when I was running my own ballet studio, my motto was Fake it till you make it. Straight out of college I owned a business, taught ballet to over a hundred students, and choreographed and managed a huge recital at the end of each school year. It was definitely a trial by fire.

      When my readers ask where ideas come from, I say that each of my books starts out as a “What if?” But the what ifs come from everywhere! And I will challenge your last statement by saying that each word counts no matter what you’re writing. You’ve gotta kill your darlings!

  15. Robyn L - August 24, 2017 Reply

    congrats on being a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice.
    enjoyed your interview.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Robyn! It was exciting to get the news, and now I’ll try to forget about it until the winners are announced! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for taking a look!

  16. Gabrielly - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Loved the interview.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Gabrielly! I’m glad you came to visit today!

  17. Andrea Stoeckel - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I went over to your FB page…what a beautiful furbaby. The book looks great as well

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I have many furbabies–and some feathered ones, too! We’re lucky to live on a farm so we have plenty of room for everyone: 3 horses, 2 donkeys, 1 ram, 4 goats, 2 geese, 2 guineas, 12 chickens, 3 parrots, 6 dogs, and 12 cats. I hope that I’ll be able to keep writing long enough for each of of them to appear in one of my books!

  18. Janine - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I look forward to reading your book. I also love your name. Babette is my middle name and I have never known anyone else who had it.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Janine Babette! I’ve only met one other Babette (besides you!). My first year at the performing and visual arts high school, I kept getting blamed for things I didn’t do, and after about a week, we all realized that there were two Babettes! (She probably got blamed for some things she didn’t do, too! 😉 We ended up becoming friends, and it was pretty fun being one of the two Babettes.

  19. bn100 - August 24, 2017 Reply

    interesting premise

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, bn100. I wanted to write a book with two nearly-perfect heroes for the heroine to choose from, because I’d never read a romance like that before.

  20. Suzie - August 24, 2017 Reply

    LOVED the interview Babette! So proud and happy for you!!!!

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Suzie! Thanks for stopping by and reading the interview! Did you register for the giveaway? I know you’ve read Angel Falls, but do you have a “Don’t make me kill you” coffee mug?

  21. Karen Loomis - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I would love to read Angel Falls. Thanks for a chance to win.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for popping in and saying hi, Karen!

  22. Julie Terry - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I love the interview, love the book cover. Thanks for sharing.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I appreciate that you took the time to stop by and read the interview! I did a happy dance when I first saw that cover. The Killion Group did a great job, didn’t they?

  23. jodi marinich - August 24, 2017 Reply

    enjoyed the blog post today

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Jodi! I’m so glad you dropped by! I hope you’ll find me on social media, because I have every intention of blogging there one of these days! (Actually, I already do, sometimes 😉

  24. Penny Mooney - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I love the cover. It makes me feel relaxed. I can’t wait to read it. xoxoxo

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Penny! I hope you will read it and let me know what you think!

  25. Angelica Dimeo - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like a book I would read

    • Betty Reynolds - August 24, 2017 Reply

      It does sound like a good book, and the dog on the cover really adds appeal!

      • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

        Hi, Betty! I searched and searched for the perfect photo that would capture the character of Lizzie, the dog in the book. Each of my books (still to come!) has an animal character who is just as important as the human characters. In fact, sometimes they’re even more important. I may kill-off a human character in one of my books, but the animal characters are safe from mayhem.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Angelica. What kind of books do you usually read?

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Angelica, I hope this comment shows up where it should! Apparently my reply-button coordination isn’t what it should be! Since you said Angel Falls sounds like a book you would choose to read, I was wondering, what kind of books do you usually read? Who are some of your favorite authors?

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      I think technology hates me. Of course, I’ve thought that for a long time. Trying again, Angelica…

  26. Haddie - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like a fantastic read!

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Haddie! Thanks for stopping by. If you do give it a try, let me know what you think! A few people have claimed to like it! 😉

  27. Nicole Westmoreland - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I LOVE the motto and the saying on the cup!!! I would LOVE to read this while drinking out of the cup!!! <3

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Nicole! I use my motto and idle threats of death-by-fiction on a regular basis! 😉

  28. Angel - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Love the motto!! I am trying to use that one more!! And I love that you never questioned your path to be a writer!! That is awesome!

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Angel, I’m glad you love the motto, and I do encourage you to use it! It really is very liberating! I wondered at first if it was too in-your-face to include, but then I thought, F#@% it! I’m gonna be authentic! See? Liberating!

  29. Cassie - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I liked the interview – thanks for introducing me to yet another new author to me!

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Cassie! I’m glad you enjoyed reading the interview! (And thanks, Abbie, for giving me this opportunity! I’m having a blast!)

  30. Phyllis Lamken - August 24, 2017 Reply

    You know the phrase is actually bated breath, not baited breath. bate means to restrain. But the fishy comment made me laugh.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      I know, Phyllis! That’s why it drives me crazy! I probably wouldn’t fixate on the overused phrase if it wasn’t spelled incorrectly half the time!

  31. Linda Scarchuk - August 24, 2017 Reply

    I have just found you so I am looking forward to reading your books. I love Romance and Suspense so I think I will like your writing. I would love to win the gift card so that I can stock up on some awesome books!!!

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Linda! I’m glad you found me, too, thanks to Abbie’s generous invitation to be today’s Author on the Couch! Angel Falls definitely has some suspense woven-in, along with some laughs, some tears, and a few hot sex scenes (one of which won the 2012 Vixen contest for the best love scene long before the book was published). Of the several books I’ve written that are set in Angel Falls (and waiting their turn in the publication pipeline) each has some suspenseful moments, and one is straight-up romantic suspense. I had a lot of fun scaring myself with that one!

  32. Fran Swarts - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like a interesting book.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Fran! If you like ballet, or dogs, or small town romance, or sexy Scots, I think you’ll like Angel Falls! At the moment, it’s a finalist in the Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice contest! So is Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads! I’m glad we’re in different categories!

  33. Latifa Morrisette - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Love the cover. Sounds like a good read.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Latifa! I love the cover, too. The Killion Group made the cover, and I had a lot of input on its design. I spent all day looking through stock images for the perfect dog! I hope you’ll give Angel Falls a try. If you enjoy reading books that are sassy, sexy, and southern, I think you’ll like it!

  34. Katrina Dehart - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like a great book!

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Katrina! I had a lot of fun writing it! When I get the idea for a new book, it always starts with a “What if?” For Angel Falls it was: What if the heroine had to choose between TWO equally compelling heroes? Both are great, but neither is perfect. Just like in real life!

  35. Nancy Jones - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like a great read.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Nancy! Thanks for dropping by! I hope you give Angel Falls a try! It recently won the New England Readers’ Choice Award!

  36. Jodi Hunter - August 24, 2017 Reply

    Love The Cover.

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Jodi! I love the cover, too! I told The Killion Group what I wanted the cover to look like, and they made my dream a reality!

  37. Stormi - August 24, 2017 Reply

    This sounds like such a cute read! And I love the cover <3

    • Babette - August 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Stormi,

      My favorite thing about the cover is the dog. I wanted her to look like my dog, Molly, and she does!

      I hope you get a chance to read Angel Falls. For my birthday (on the 22nd!) I got a great Kirkus review. Here’s an excerpt: De Jongh’s debut novel hits all its marks and blends romantic comedy, drama, and suspense. The characters are well-crafted—there’s no perfect Prince Charming—and Ben’s kids make for a compelling complication to the love triangle. … A thoughtfully written, rewarding read.

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