Rarely have two characters competed to tell me their side of the story. Nicole wanted me to be absolutely clear that she was not attracted to the latest assistant and that she had a specific suggestion as to what I could do with my oxytocin induced love spells. Lily would insist on detailed recountings of Nicole’s dismissive habits and add her own suggestions with what I could do with the sexual attraction torment I’d arranged for her as the days and weeks of their journey wore on.
This was a delightful book to write – importantly, it offered many excuses to spend hours on research as I planned the journey that Nicole and Lily would undertake. With a little nudge from pianist Paul Halley’s “Bohemian Cowboy” I was able to imagine the Russian countryside and its unexpected Wild West. Can’t picture it? Then I think you’ll have to read the book!
A grand thank you to the readers who have already posted reviews of Love by the Numbers. Your word of mouth recommendations are the best way to spread the good word about good books.
As a behavioral scientist, Professor Nicole Hathaway’s work strips away the foolish mystique that surrounds the human mating dance. When her academic tome is treated as a viral “love manual” her ecstatic publisher books her to appear all over the U.S. and Europe. Worse yet, her quiet, managed life has been shattered by a series of incompetent assistants. And she’s certain this Lily Smith creature isn’t going to be any less a burden than the last assistant they sent her. Or the one before that. Or before that…
Lillian Linden-Smith needs this job. With a relentless TV lawyer and public mob still out for her blood for crimes committed by her “American royalty” parents, getting out of the country is her only hope for anonymity. If that means cleaning up and presenting an antisocial know-it-all Ph.D. for bookstores, clubs and lectures, fine. Dr. Hathaway may have succeeded in driving away all the others, but not this time.
From their first meeting the sparks fly, and each is thinking: She has no idea who she’s dealing with.
It’s hate at first sight in this love adventure from the author of Above Temptation, Roller Coaster and dozens of other best-selling, award-winning novels.
© 2013 • 285 pages • 95,000 words