Author Heather Thurmeier Talks The Hookup Hoax #Romance @hthurmeier
In THE HOOKUP HOAX Sawyer would do almost anything to win the deed to his family’s cabin—including entering into a fake relationship with his best friend’s gorgeous little sister. The cabin means so much to him. It’s the place he feels most connected to his family, past and present, and the place he hopes to continues to call home for years and years into the future.
In some ways, I can relate to Sawyer. My grandparents had a cabin when I was young. It’s since been passed down to my aunt, and I haven’t been out there in years, but my memories of the place are still clear.
While Sawyer’s cabin is directly on a lake, my grandparent’s cabin was just a short walk away from one. I remember walking the path to get to the lake and wading into the cool water for what felt like a mile while it was still only waist deep. It was awesome! Days we swam, ran around the yard, caught frogs, climbed trees, played card games. Nights we had bonfires, caught fireflies, and cuddled under blankets. It was pretty great!
There’s a whole section of the book where Sawyer and Olivia are visiting Gran and Gramps at the cabin and I LOVED writing it! It was so fun to draw on my memories of the cabin I knew from my childhood to create this amazing place for Sawyer. While the cabin, the location, and the people are completely fictional in the book, the feeling of peace and family were definitely something I didn’t have to make up.
As an adult, I sometimes think it might be nice to have a family cabin again some day. Let my children have some of the same experiences as I had. There’s something so appealing about the idea of having a little place in the woods somewhere, hopefully looking over a lake, eating s’mores by an evening fire, and spending lots of time together without the distractions of our regular lives.
Of course, I could get all of those things with an ocean-front beach house in the Caribbean too, right? LOL. A girl can dream.
Do you have a little place to escape to? A cabin or cottage or beach house? Maybe even a favorite place to go tenting? Do you want a place to escape to or is your home your own little oasis in the world?
Title: The Hookup Hoax
Author: Heather Thurmeier
Tagline: The perfect guy. The perfect girl. The perfect lie.
Sawyer Sterling needs a girlfriend. With the family cabin up for grabs, he's desperate to prove that he could be the guy to “pass it on.” Of course, Sawyer also has a tendency to treat relationships like a contagious stomach flu that should be avoided at all costs. Now he needs a girlfriend-for-hire. Someone he can trust. Someone he could never, ever fall for...
Someone like his best friend's sister.
Sawyer's offer is exactly what Olivia Morgan needs. After traveling around the world for the last five years, the promise of a job and free accommodations is heaven. And sure, maybe Sawyer's a super-hot, charming guy with dimples made for kissing, but he’s not willing to be the guy—or relationship—she needs.
Turning her back to Sawyer, she opened the cabinet and reached up to the middle shelf. She never really thought of herself as short until she had to perch on the balls of her feet to reach something, feeling the stretch through her entire body, like a yoga instructor. Just as her hand circled the glass, a cool breeze blew across her right butt cheek.
Her exposed right butt cheek.
Why did I wear a thong today? Couldn’t I take two seconds to put on pants?
Quickly, she lowered her arm. As she did, the soft cotton of her nightshirt slid back over her rear, covering her. She swallowed hard.
Did he see? Please be looking anywhere else...
She turned, gripping her newly acquired glass.
His gaze hit her right around the tops of her thighs then slowly traveled up the length of her body before settling on her eyes. Every nerve ending came to life under his scrutiny. His jaw muscle bulged as if he was clenching his teeth.
Oh, he saw. Everything.
“I...” she said, then closed her eyes while trying to think of something appropriate to say. Sorry I just flashed you my ass? Thongs, huh? Can’t depend on them for coverage!
She bit her lower lip and forced her eyes open. She was a big girl. Surely she could face a minor awkward moment head on. Olivia met his gaze while pulling a quivering breath into her tight lungs.
“I’m going to bed,” he said quickly, holding her gaze. His eyes sparkled in the bright kitchen lights, like the sun reflecting off the ocean. “I have an early meeting. Tomorrow, I’ll get everything sorted out for your new job and bring home any paperwork you need to fill out. You can start first thing next week, okay?” He stared at her for a moment before pushing off the counter and walking out of the room with what she thought was a sigh.
Could’ve been a quiet groan.
“Thank you,” she called weakly after him, thrilled for the change in topic, and for his chivalrous behavior concerning her wardrobe malfunction... until she realized that not only had her platonic, fake-boyfriend and roommate just seen her naked ass cheek—so had her new boss.
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders and a reality TV junkie. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and pets, Heather’s writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes that make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments and always a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers on social media and her website at heatherthurmeier.com!
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