Jamie Beck On Opposites Attract
Thank you for inviting me here to celebrate the release day for Worth the Trouble, the second of my St. James books. For those unfamiliar with the series, it follows the loves and lives of the St. James siblings—David, Jackson, and Catalina (Cat)—through the family saga that unfolds in the aftermath of their mother’s death.
The series opened with Worth the Wait (David’s book), in which readers met all of the key players, including Cat and Hank, the central characters in Worth the Trouble. Cat’s book is a second-chances love story involving two very differing people. She is a couture model who, until recently, has spent most of her time trotting the globe and enjoying a fast and furious lifestyle. Hank Mitchell is a carpenter who works for Cat’s brother, Jackson, and whose dreams of building fine furniture have been indefinitely on hold because he’s been raising his sisters and caring for his sick mother.
At first blush, the differences in these characters make it impossible to imagine any credible way they could end up happy together. Aside from a mutual physical attraction, what could these two have in common?
Well, despite her reputation for confidence and haughtiness, Cat is actually a generous, thoughtful person who reaches out to underdogs and likes to nurture others. Impressed by the way Hank has tirelessly put his family’s needs ahead of his own, Cat starts pampering him. This treatment both surprises and intrigues him. Similarly, most men have always expected Cat to live up to the sexy image she portrays in print. But Hank is not at all interested in that kind of woman. Fortunately, he sees beneath the surface, and understands who she is and what she really needs, which is a first for her.
In addition to that foundation for friendship, Cat is desperate for a major change in her life. When she sees Hank’s fine furniture-making talent, she’s certain they can join forces and—using his skill and her brand—create a high-end furniture company. This brief excerpt sort of sums up Hank’s thoughts about her plans:
It struck him then. Here he sat, next to his fantasy woman, who’d taken it upon herself to make his dreams come true. Even if it never happened, he was grateful for her enthusiasm. She’d reminded him that his life could be more than a string of obligations. That maybe duties and dreams didn’t have to be mutually exclusive.
And how could she not care for a man who believes in her ability to do more than simply smile for a camera? It’s the first time anyone has even given her credit for a talent that didn’t involve her appearance. Naturally, that gives Hank a place of distinction in her heart. In her own words,
“Thank you for believing in me, Hank. This chance to prove that I’m capable of more than looking pretty means everything to me. Absolutely everything.”
At the end of the day, despite their different lifestyles and histories, at heart, Cat and Hank share similar goals and values, and they respect each other, all of which bind them together and lead them to their happily-ever-after.
Cover girl Cat St. James’s picture-perfect life is anything but flawless. Luckily, she’s a master of hiding the truth from the camera. Relying on that skill, she conceals her latest secret from her family while attending her brother’s wedding. Her only trouble now is Hank Mitchell—the soft-spoken carpenter she’d once brushed aside. Seeing him at the reception underscores her private heartache and ignites unwelcome longing, which she promptly drowns in champagne.
Hank is no stranger to sacrifice, having set aside his own ambitions to take care of his family. One thing he won’t forsake is his pride, which Cat already wounded once. But when the maddening beauty’s reckless behavior forces him to rush to her rescue, he sets in motion a series of events that leads Cat to make a business proposal granting him his dream job.
When Cat and Hank mix business with pleasure, promises and secrets unravel, and each must decide if and what they’ll surrender for love.
Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. In addition to writing novels, she also enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Fans can learn more about her on the web (www.jamiebeck.com) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks).
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