Because This is Forever by Lena Hart
The decision that tore them apart...
Former hopeless romantic, Mia Trent, is crushed when the love of her life, Nate McArthur, reveals that he doesn’t want to get married—or have children. But it’s too late. Mia is already pregnant and her dream of “happily ever after” is sharply put to an end when she decides to keep her pregnancy a secret, refusing to force him into a life he doesn’t want.
The compromise that made them a family...
Five years later, Mia must reach out to Nate for help or risk losing her home and shelter for their son. Stunned and outraged by the sudden news of his child, Nate proposes a compromise: give him the summer to get to know his son and he’ll save her home. Yet with Mia back in his life, Nate isn't willing to lose her—or their son—again. What starts off as a temporary arrangement soon becomes a chance at rediscovery and becoming a family. Only Nate must convince his jaded dreamer that his love for her is true…and will last now and forever.
Lena Hart writes sensual romances with a hint of mystery and suspense. Together, her alpha heroes and smart, sexy heroines tell a story of incredible love with unforgettable passion. A Florida-native, Lena currently lives in New York City with her two calico kitties, Duchess and Daisy. When she's not writing stories of happily ever after, she's reading, researching, or conferring with her muse. Lena Hart writes sensual romances with a hint of mystery and suspense. Her bestselling debut novel, BECAUSE THIS IS FOREVER, was released October 2013. To learn more about Lena and her work, visit www.LenaHartSite.com or find her musing out loud at www.scatblogging.blogspot.com.
InterviewQ: Is there a specific reason for wanting to write a realistic fiction novel?
A: I wrote Because This Is Forever in response to someone who tried to make me feel foolish for believe in “happy ever afters”. Ultimately Mia and Nate came to me and through their story, I wanted to present two people whose view on love eventually matures when they realize what it truly means to be in love.
Q: What do you do to gain inspiration? Do you listen to music, eat a certain food? What is your secret?
A: It’s weird but most of my inspiration comes whenever water is involved so story ideas or scenes tend to flare when I’m washing dishes or taking a shower. But it’s when I least expect it or not actively thinking about it, that inspiration seem to come.
Q: Is realistic fiction the only genre of writing that you enjoy or was this just a book that you wrote for fun?
A: No, I love to read in all genres, particularly historical and romantic suspense. I have a few stories that are in a range of different genres, including a time travel and a light paranormal.
Q: How hard was it to come up with characters and their personalities?
A: Not hard at all. I normally create character profiles when I start a project but for Because This Is Forever, their story—and personality—just flowed out naturally. Though I did have to do a bit of research on Mikey to be sure I was staying true to his 4-year character, particularly when it came to his dialogue.
Q: What is your next novel about? Do you plan your books ahead of time or do you just "go with the flow?"
A: I have many stories and my head and not nearly enough time to write them. As scenes and dialogue come to me, I write on each whenever I can. But I’m currently working on a project that will be a steamier then my current stories. It’s about four women, who are “queens” in their own right, finding love in the City of Sin.
Q: Does this book, or any of the characters in it, reflect anything about you personally?
A: Despite what we see and hear about relationships in our “real” lives, I—like my heroine—am a hopeless romantic and I still believe in happily ever afters.♥
“Sorry,” Nate whispered into her ear. “I didn’t mean to scare you. I thought you heard me.”
She turned off the running water and leaned against him. “No, I was lost in my head. What did you say?”
Nate leaned down and kissed her on the back of her neck. Mia shivered. No matter where or how many, his kiss always left her lightheaded.
“I asked what’s for dessert,” he repeated, kissing her again.
Mia turned in his arms, laughing. “That’s so cliché, you know.”
“What do you mean?” he asked with mock disbelief.
She rolled her eyes. “Oh, please. You say ‘what’s for dessert’ then I say something ordinary and then you say something cheesy like wanting me for dessert.”
He looked down at her, thoughtful. “Hmm, that does sound like something I’d say. But this hungry man could actually still eat.”
“Oh,” Mia said, a little embarrassed by her rash assumption. He was serious. Nate wasn’t a small guy and could honestly still be hungry. “Well…” she began lamely, “I don’t have anything else to feed you.”
Nate’s eyes sparkled. “Yeah, you do,” he whispered. He placed his hands on the counter to either side of her, trapping her between his solid frame and the sink. “I said I could still eat.”
Mia paused, confused. Then she laughed, recognizing the heated suggestion in his eyes. “You’re bad,” she murmured, shoving at his hard chest.
He leaned in closer, his lips only a breath away from hers. “And you like it.”
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