As the creator of the Billionaire Bride Pact, Erin Parker is determined to see it through. And now that wealthy, gorgeous Brennan Avery has been cast as her costar in a play destined for Broadway, things couldn’t be better. But Erin’s best friend, Matt Walters, isn’t ready to give up on her. He has a plan to escape the friend zone and prove to Erin that there are more important things than money and fame.
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love the idea of a bunch of different personality types all trying to accomplish the same goal. And since I write romance, of course that goal needed to be love.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Erin was easy, she’s a lot like me! I used to do community theater and dream of Broadway. So I get to live vicariously through Erin when she goes to New York.
Matt was harder. I struggled to come up with something for him to do. I tried several different career options such as computer programmer, physical therapist, teacher, etc. but nothing clicked. It wasn’t until I turned him into a glass artist that he really started coming alive.
“As long as I’m at it, I may as well congratulate you on your boyfriend,” Matt said, not bothering to keep the bitterness from his voice.
“He’s not my boyfriend,” Erin replied.
It was the wrong thing to say. “Really?” Matt scowled. “I couldn’t tell.”
Erin flicked her hair away from her face impatiently. “Look, I’m sorry things didn’t work out the way you seem to think they should,” she snapped. “But I have some say in this too. It is my life.”
“That’s not the issue,” Matt shot back. “You won’t even give it a chance.”
“Yes I did. We went out … Pittsburgh, rock climbing … we had fun.”
“Fun. And that’s all it was to you? Our kiss in the park was just in fun?”
“No … I mean …yes it was. But it didn’t mean …” Frustrated, she stopped, then tried again. “I can’t give you what you want. I’m sorry.”
“You can’t, or you won’t?” he demanded. When she didn’t answer, he continued. “You have this idea falling in love is supposed to be some big, dramatic … I don’t know what. But if it’s not just like that, you won’t even consider it.”
“Falling in love?” she stared at him.
He hesitated for one second, as if trying to decide whether to go for it. “Yes, Erin,” he plunged ahead. “I love you. And you won’t even give it a chance.”
“I don’t …” Her mind was a jumble, her emotions a confusing mix of panic and elation. “We never said anything about love,” she finally whispered.
Matt’s eyes softened. “Don’t you think it’s high time? We’ve been dancing around it for years. I can’t let you slip away without knowing how I feel.”
He stood still in the center of the room, hands hanging slack at his sides, barefoot, wearing a pair of old sweats and a faded t-shirt. This was Matt, someone she knew, someone she trusted. Someone who loved her.
But this wasn’t how it was supposed to go. She was going to New York with Brennan, the man of her dreams to be a star, like she’d always wanted. Matt wasn’t part of the plan.
Tears ran down her cheeks as she shook her head. “I’m sorry.” She wrenched the door open and fled.
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