In High Heels & Bicycle Wheels, pro cyclist hero, Jackson, meets heroine, Bryony, when she does a TV interview with him. As soon as these characters marched onto the page, I knew this was going to be a book full of summer.
I do admit the inspiration for Jackson came from a set of pictures of the awesome David Ghandy looking very summery and wearing very little, but the next bit of inspiration came from closer to home. When my partner and I took up tandem riding, I found it was big on the hair raising and short on the romance. With a pro cyclist hero, I couldn’t resist sending him off for a short tandem ride with the heroine, just for the fun of it. Cue a lot of screaming – all based on my personal experiences in the early days of tandem riding. I’m happy to say I enjoy it much more now, and Bryony gets to like it too by the end of the book.
With two seriously headstrong characters on my hands, I wanted to throw them together in a way that would push their smoldering chemistry to the point of explosion. Years ago I used to have a VW camper van, and I still drool over them at VW shows. Given that I wanted this to be a book to have an all-summer-long feel, I decided a road trip in a vintage VW camper van, along the south coast of England to idyllic Devon and Cornwall, might be just what was needed.
So for High Heels & Bicycle Wheels think beaches, camper vans, balmy evenings, and even hotter clinches…I hope it’s a perfect read for summer.
High Heels & Bicycle Wheels
Meet Bryony: She’s a fun-loving, very single TV production assistant whose idea of sport is the Jimmy Choo sales scrum
Meet Jackson: Cycling’s bad boy superstar. Injured and out of racing this summer, without his training he’s looking for another distraction.
Bryony’s facing a triple whammy – her last single friend just named the day, her mother’s offering to have her eggs frozen, and the guy she’s loved from afar, forever, just got hitched. So she’s more than happy to accept the offer of a totally out of character but seriously steamy one night of no-strings fun. Especially when the guy in question is so attractive he even looks good in Lycra!
Jackson’s on the look out for a new career but if the opportunity to work on TV means a fortnight with the most uptight woman in the world, he’d rather not bother. He never goes in for seconds – and who in their right mind would head off in a camper van with a woman who irons her knickers?
Add in a tandem (yes, a tandem) and fast forward to double trouble for a summer neither of them will ever forget!
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