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Secrets can derail even the most powerful attraction.
Logger Sven Larson has never found a man worth publicly coming out of the closet for. But his family has other plans. As a thirtieth birthday gift, his mother hires the online dating service Perfect Match to find Sven the love of his life. To say Sven isn't thrilled is an understatement, but it's too late to cancel, and Jayden Calver arrives.
Perfect Match's success rate is unsurpassed, but they don't come by it honestly: if a client can't be matched, the agency uses a stand-in to fulfil their guarantee and protect their profit.
Tough luck has left Jayden in debt, and playing Perfect Match's deceptive game is his only option. So he travels — sparkling toenails and all — to a remote camp deep in the mountains to meet Sven Larson and pretend to be his perfect match for a few days.
Sparks fly on first contact. But as the two men get closer, Sven grows more and more suspicious of Jayden, and Jayden struggles with guilt over his deceit. They both want a future together, but first they must find the courage to be honest with themselves and each other.
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The mean-spirited romance writer
I get accused a lot of being a pretty mean-spirited romance writer. The very first short story I ever submitted was about a couple dealing with cheating (needless to say, my pitch didn’t go so well, and I learned that cheating is a big no-no in romance). Yeah, so I admit I have a thing for anti-romantic material.
My debut novel is about a romance scam. Perfect Match is a fake online dating agency. If a customer is hard to match from the database, the team creates fake, matching profiles. Nicolas Carter, the owner, finds young men in financial trouble, buys up their debt and then sends them on Perfect Match assignments with a clear mission: Keep the customer happy and distracted for ten days, and then get kicked out. See, that’s what I’m saying…not really romantic…
Just to make it clear, personally, I think online dating is very brave. I know there are a lot of people that think it’s the opposite, because you can hide behind half-truths and outright lies. But for me it’s courageous. You need admit to yourself that you’re lonely and then put yourself (good and bad) on a silver platter and hope that somebody finds you and realizes how amazing and wonderful you are. Online dating is taking action and to me, that’s brave.
Sven Larson’s family decides it’s time for him to find his true love and therefore hire Perfect Match. Sven himself is still very much in denial. He flat out rejects the idea that he is lonely. Instead he’s upset with his family for meddling with his life and hiring an online match making agency to find him “true love”. But, when Jayden crashes into Sven’s life, he puts a magnifying glass on a lot of dreams and hopes Sven has buried deep inside of him–and some insecurities as well. But, just when he is finally ready to admit his attraction to Jayden, his gut keeps telling him that something isn’t quite right. Doubts and suspicion creep in.
So, okay, I guess I’m a bit evil. My heroes don’t get to their happy end easily. They have to work for it, fight for it and take a leap of faith to come out happy-ever-after. Why? Well, because the struggle to claim happiness, when my heroes are at their most vulnerable, is my absolutely favorite thing to write about. And I hope you enjoy reading about it just as much.
About the author:
Eighteen years ago, AG Meiers came to the US for adventure and stayed for love. Currently, she lives in New England with her husband and two awesome kids—balancing work, friends and family, and writing.
When she has some free time, her favorite thing to do is travel and visit new places. Her past trips have already brought her to a variety of countries on four continents. She never passes up an opportunity to experience different cultures, diverse people and amazing locations.
Even though she has been dreaming up stories all her life, she has only recently started to write them down and share them with the world. As a writer she loves to put her characters through a lot of challenges, conflict and heartbreak, before she allows them to find their happy-ever-after.
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