Coming October 27th, 2015 from Lyrical Press!
Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She’d prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero’s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.
Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own.
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An awkward writer in need of a nerdy comic artist for college senior project. Only Adam Hayes need apply.
Reese Carter has been coming to the comic book store Adam Hayes works at like clockwork for months. She is totally crushing on the dude, and she finds her "in" when she sees his drawings one day. Reese puts her big girl panties on and asks Adam if he will draw the comic to her story for her senior project. After reading part of the story and working up a rough character drawing, Adam knows he should stay away. Reese is a beautiful, Caucasian girl who he is positive he shouldn't have anything to do with. Against his better judgment, he agrees.
Shannyn Schroeder knows exactly how to execute a story in this new adult romance. She shows us the shy beginnings, the awkward middle, and the satisfying end of an interracial relationship. I loved the story of Adam and Reese as well as the story Reese created for her comic. It showed so much about Reese as a person and a willingness to let Adam help on a project so deeply personal.
I was a little upset at first of how Adam kept brushing Reese off just because of her race. Adam is bi-racial, but darker skinned, so it is not that easy to tell. Once he overhears a comment about him and Reese when they are out, I began to understand why he was so scared to let a relationship happen between the two. It was that hesitance to jump into a relationship that allowed Adam and Reese to really get to know each other until they could not deny the attraction anymore.
This story is a unique way to show that differences don't always matter where the heart is concerned.
Thanks so much to Shannyn Schroeder, Lyrical Press, and Netgalley for gifting me with a copy of His Work of Art in exchange for an honest review. I can't wait to read about Adam's friends, Hunter and Free, in the upcoming books in the Hot & Nerdy Series!
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Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
Shannyn is represented by Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.
Check out the rest of the Hot & Nerdy series coming soon!
Coming November 24th, 2015
Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.
Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?
Coming December 22nd, 2015
Free Mitchell loves the theater. In his dreams he’s the one taking the spotlight. But so far he’s played against character by following in his father’s footsteps as an investment banker. When he’s masquerading as Dr. Who or Sherlock Holmes to help his brother, he feels he can escape his shy, dorky persona. But nothing’s prepared him to play boyfriend to a gorgeous girl like Samantha Wolf.
Samantha isn’t quite sure what to think of Free. He’s cute, sweet, and quirky, but his outlandish costumes make him seem crazy. However, it turns out Sam has a soft spot for theater nerds. And the more time they spend together, the more their steamy romance begins to take center stage. Only problem is, there doesn’t seem to be a script. And it’s anyone’s guess how this one will end.