Do you have a best friend? Or maybe a friend you’ve known for a very long time? I met my oldest friend when we were in kindergarten together. We haven’t always lived in the same town, but we’ve kept in touch over the years. We know each other’s likes and dislikes, strengths, and quirks. We remember events from the distant past, but usually not the same ones. It takes time to build a friendship like that.
That’s something I wanted to explore in my books, Courting Trouble and Courting Innocence. The stories are hot romances, but beyond the love stories, I also wanted to explore the relationship between the heroines. Sienna and Erin have been best friends since childhood. They’ve laughed together, spent time with each other’s families, supported one another, and are now young adults entering a new phase of their life and friendship.
Because friendships change, too. And sometimes you don’t tell your best friend when you’re doing something you know she won’t approve of… Or seeing a new hot guy who’s not really your boyfriend… Friendships can be as complicated as romantic relationships.
That’s why I gave a story to each friend, and then added new friends in the following books in the series. These women have each other’s backs, even when they might be being bad. Because who better to court trouble with than your best friend?
Note: Kimberly was a contributor for both First Response: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology Book 5 and Stranded (Boys Behaving Badly Book 4).
Sienna is bright, articulate, and woefully underemployed. In order to get by, she signs a contract with Luxxor Escort Services. A contract that strictly forbids any sexual contact with clients… But then she’s assigned to accompany former hockey player, Jason. The chemistry between them is hot, and soon Jason is tempting Sienna to break all the rules.
Excerpt from Courting Trouble…
Setup – Jason shows up at Sienna’s apartment right after Erin has been dumped.
Still in a crouch, Jason rested his elbows on his bunched thighs. He glanced around the room, and Sienna became uncomfortably aware of the wadded-up tissues, the empty ice cream carton, and the general state of her crummy apartment.
“Looks like you’ve been at this a while,” he said.
Hours. It had been hours and hours of Erin crying and asking why.
He cocked his head. “So, are you pissed off yet? Or do you need to stew in it for a while longer?”
And there was the Jason she knew, virtually poking her friend with a rude stick. Sienna counted to ten.
Only Erin responded in a way Sienna had never seen before.
“Of course, I’m angry,” she snapped, fire lighting her eyes. “Why would you say that? I have every right to be angry.”
“You bet your ass you do.” Jason clapped his hands against his thighs and pushed himself to his feet. He grimaced halfway up. “You want to do something about that?”
Erin’s hair tumbled down her back as she looked up at him. She was enthralled with the stranger who’d just walked in and taken over. “Like what?”
“Work off some steam? Pump out some aggression?”
Aggression? Sienna rolled her eyes. Erin didn’t have an aggressive bone in her body.
Erin surprised her again by throwing the pillow to the floor. “Yes.”
Erin starts using matchmaker Luxxor Limited, not realizing that the company is truly an escort service. She gets more than she bargained for when she’s set up with another client, lawyer Colton King. Her big brother’s best friend.
Excerpt from Courting Innocence…
Setup – The women of Luxxor are trying to figure out who to pair Erin up with, while keeping the real nature of the company secret from her.
“Omigosh. He’s a client?”
Both Nina and Rielle swiveled their heads around fast. Sienna had grabbed the paper and jumped to her feet. “That’s it!”
“Who?” Rielle asked. “What’s it?”
“Him.” Sienna slapped the piece of paper back down on the desk and pointed at the first name on the list. “Set her up with him.”
“Colton King?” Rielle pulled back. “He’s sexy and you know—huuuh—but for Erin?”
Nina’s eyes narrowed. “He’s too tall, and, if he has a sense of humor, I’ve never seen it.”
Yet she could practically see the energy that was flying off Sienna in a ray of colors. Surprise and excitement tingled in the air. The icy blonde was usually much more contained. “What is it you’re not telling us?”
Her employee sat down fast.
“Erin has wanted him forever,” she shared conspiratorially. “He’s her older brother’s best friend, but also the kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Her parents would never let her see him.”
The three of them leaned in like girls around a campfire sharing stories about the cute boys at school.
“Did he want to see her?” Rielle asked.
“Does it matter?” The gears in Sienna’s brain were turning fast. It was clear on her face. “You’ll either give Erin the thrill of her lifetime, or he’ll put an end to her using a matchmaker so fast, her head will spin. I know he will.”