Victoria Parker on life in the fast-lane and taking risks
by Victoria Parker, author of The Woman Sent to Tame Him
It has been over two years since I gathered enough courage to risk my pride once more and face the prospect of heart-breaking rejection and defeat by submitting the book of my heart. A great risk with a beautiful pay-off because that book led me to one sun-drenched September afternoon and ‘The Call’ from the lovely Megan Haslam making my publishing dreams come true.
It was during another call about my second book, A Reputation to Uphold starring Eva St George and Dante Vitale, that Megan and my now editor, Kathryn Cheshire, asked me if I would please, please write Finn St George’s story.
Cue panic as I was faced with another risky endeavour. Because I knew Eva’s brother would be an almighty hand-full. An unpredictable force of nature. A racing car driver who lived in the fast lane to escape his past. A lothario of the highest order.
I suppose I should mention here that generally it’s the dark brooding type that reduces me to a puddle of lust and the thought of tackling a suave playboy to the ground did nothing but fill me with trepidation. Could I really pull it off? Did I have the guts to even try?
But since I adore my editor and truly believe she’s an insightful genius, I decided to give it a whirl and oh my goodness, I am so glad I did! Because shockingly, Finn St George has turned out to be my favourite hero of all time and his leading lady, Serena Scott, is an unforgettable force of nature all by herself. Put this feisty big-hearted tomboy – who wouldn’t know a skirt from a negligee – and a debauched womaniser in the same room and the result is a tsunami of fireworks!
Writing their story was an absolute joyride. I literally had to fasten my seatbelt as Finn and Serena whisked me through an adrenaline-infused rush of emotions and spun a delightful love/hate web of a romance as they discovered how to deal with the choices they’ve made in their lives, how to forgive and how to fight for a better future.
Finn takes many risks in his life too. Professionally at least. He gambles with his survival, taunts mortality, pushes every self-destruct button he possesses, uncaring that his recklessness takes on a perilous bent. Death doesn’t frighten this man but loving another certainly does. Question is; is he strong enough and brave enough to take the biggest risk of all and surrender his heart? After all, nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy. I can certainly vouch for that! But oh the pay-off is mighty fine. 🙂
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken in your life and was it worth?
About The Woman Sent to Tame Him:
Resistance is futile!
Serena Scott knows that Finn St. George is trouble with a capital T. Gorgeous? Yes. World-class racing driver? Yes. Shameless lothario bent on self-destruction? Definitely! But Finn has finally caused one scandal too many—and Serena is charged with getting him back on track!
Finn loves his playboy lifestyle; after all, immersing oneself in beautiful women is much more pleasurable than raking over the bitter truths of the past. Serena’s unheard-of—and infuriating—resistance to his charms begins a battle of wills. Can she tame this bad boy, or will Serena become entangled in the sensual power of his hedonistic temptation?