Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She’d kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff—but no. She couldn’t leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.
But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents’ roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.
What June doesn’t expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life—all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn’t exactly be “dating material,” even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always loved Byronic heroes, but one day I realized they’d be really out of place in a contemporary setting–and make for bad boyfriends! So I wanted to write a book about a reading-obsessed young woman who has to come to terms with that.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
June is supposed to be sort of a modern-day Jane Eyre. She doesn’t act a lot like her, but her physical attributes (short, blonde and a little plain) are taken from her, as well as her name. Everett Rockford is physically based on Mr. Rochester and an amalgamation of Rochester, Darcy and Heathcliff. Other characters are lightly based on some from Jane Eyre.
About the Author:
Joy Penny is a pen name for a writer who adores books. She also writes YA under a different name. A Love for the Pages (June 2014) is her new adult romance debut.
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