Friday, December 29, 2017

Flawed Characters in the Last Resort- Guest Blog by Amber Malloy


The Last Resort should have been named The Flawed. All of my characters have some type of imperfection that makes them human. Without defects, they would appear unrealistic. The shortcomings of the couple in Last Resort are front and center throughout the entire story. What makes Cayden Young and Levi Scott’s journey different is that they’ve known each other so long this isn’t an obstacle in their relationship. Of course, other issues take center stage. The couple met as teens and have been in love ever since. Unfortunately, stubbornness and miscommunication drive a wedge in their decade long romance. 

Goosebay Lake Resort is owned by Levi and his family, but is in bad shape when Cayden arrives. Infatuated from the moment Levi lays eyes on her, a thread of doubt that he will never be good enough begins in high school and grows from there. Many things get in the way of this couple’s happily ever after … including murder, jealousy, and money. Most of the issues could be tackled head on, which would be understandable for an adult couple, but for some odd reason these two can’t get over the past. 

The fun thing about this couple is that they’re so perfectly in synch at times but couldn’t be further apart at others. Last Resort is a suspense romance that takes the reader on a whodunnit journey from Levi and Cayden’s youth. Good girl and bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks is given a unique spin. Usually the parents tend to get in the way of these type of relationships, but with Levi and Cayden they have no one to blame for their failed romance but themselves.  Find out how these two flawed, beautiful, and brilliant people find their way back to each other in Last Resort. 

Last Resort
Amber Malloy

Genres: Interracial/BWWM
Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Book Description:

African American socialite and bestselling crime writer Cayden Young returns to her high school stomping grounds to solve a cold case. Unfortunately, her hot business partner is in her way. In love since high school, they couldn’t work out their rich-girl, poor-boy differences. While she attempts to put the past to rest, she ends up unearthing a more than a decade-old secret that could get her killed.

Former Marine Levi Scott is ready to take over his family’s resort fulltime. The only problem is he needs to buy out his partner, who he happens to be in love with. Always on unsure footing with the wealthy beauty, he is determined to get her out of his life for once and all, and decides the best way to do so is offering to help her solve a thirteen-year-old cold case. Soon, they figure out the murderer may still reside in their posh resort town … and Cayden could be next on their list.

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Excerpt:

Since the third step always creaked under foot, he counted to ten before he flipped on the lamp and loosened his tie.
“Holy shit, Levi! What the hell?” She jumped while he bit back a chuckle.
“Isn’t that my line?” Beads of water from her shower gathered on her skin. She wore a pair of barely-there yoga shorts, and Levi could see straight through her tank top. Round, full breasts were easy to make out beneath her stretched-too-thin material.
“There’s no way that event ended this early,” she scolded him.
“Forgive me for ruining your heist … should I leave and come back to let you finish?” Everything about the woman turned him on, starting with her messy bun and black-framed glasses.
No rich-girl representative or spoiled brat came to steal time in his shower spa. Instead, the real girl next door stood in front of him. “My shower was one thing, Ms. Young, but my last bottle of wine?”
She held onto a bottle of Riesling, shipped from the Italian vineyard that wanted the resort to use them exclusively. “Do you not remember telling me to stop taking wine from the resort?”
“There’s this thing called inventory, and if a bottle is missing,” he spoke slowly as if talking with a child, “it is considered stolen. Much like what you’re doing right now.” He pointed to the contraband in her hand.
“I beg to differ. You don’t even like Riesling, Mr. Scott.” She smiled innocently. “So what happened? Did you forget something?”
“Now that you mention it…” Taking off his tux jacket, he threw it off to the side. “What do you think about this couch?”
Cayden shook her head, probably not following his line of questioning. “Heirloom? It doesn’t really go with the d├ęcor.”
“Exactly! I worked my ass off to make this place look … what’s the word?”
“Modern,” she offered.
“Manly. But we’ll go with your term. Look at this craftsmanship … dark, hardwood floors, straight lines, and that kitchen is a work of art. I made that farmhouse table by hand,” he bragged, glad she didn’t interrupt. “Then there’s this monstrosity … a red velvet Victorian. And let’s not forget the piano. No one plays that shit. Why the hell do we even have it? My mother claims it’s too valuable to put in storage, so she leaves this crap here.”
“I’m guessing you want to get rid of it?”
“Of course, but you know Lydia’s weapon of choice is guilt,” he complained while rolling up his sleeves. “I was thinking if I changed or altered it in some way, then maybe I could tolerate it.”
“Hmmm.” She tilted her head to the side while she relaxed her stance. “What do you have in mind?”
“For starters, I’m going to put you on top of it, and eat your pussy until your head explodes. After that, we can wing it.” Levi didn’t know if she would accept his proposition, but he didn’t anticipate the smile that slowly graced her pretty lips.





About the Author:

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

Amber loves to talk to her readers and can be found at www.ambermalloy.com


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