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Hi! I’m Marina Ford. Thank you for looking in on my blog tour for my new novel, Marry Him. It’s an MM romantic comedy with steam and with humour.
My protagonist, Joe, is really fond of lists. He writes them to comical effect. In his own words, in list form, please find the reasons why he is absolutely, categorically not in love.
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Ways to know that you are not, in fact, in love.
- You are a reasonable person, who wouldn’t lose your head for a wanker in a swanky suit whose ex hasn’t yet fully moved out. That would be stupid and you, my friend, are not stupid.
- You want to continue working for said wanker. Falling into bed with the man who signs your pay-cheques would be pretty dumb and let me refer you to point 1 on that.
- You are entirely incompatible! The man’s a freak. He bosses everybody around. And when he doesn’t smile, he could freeze people with those eyes of his. It’s a no-go. You’re obviously wrong for each other. Moving on.
- Okay, but sometimes he does smile and then, through no fault of your own, you do become a little horny. That’s fine. It’s cool. Just relax, and remember to keep your wits about you. Don’t make it worse, like that time when your friend’s nephew told you that he was afraid of sinkholes, and he fretted about a sinkhole so big that it would swallow the whole planet and then you decided to tell him about black holes and your friend stopped talking to you.
- If you do make it worse, by developing certain unwanted, unreasonable and entirely inappropriate feelings, don’t indulge them. You’re not in love. Sex and love are completely separate things.
- Don’t go to restaurants with him, don’t meet his family, don’t have repeated, mind-blowing sex with him until you go cross-eyed with ecstasy and don’t, for the love of God, get your hopes up. Because you’re not in love, so why would you, anyway?
- But that won’t be necessary at all, okay, because you’re not in love, and this isn’t even a thing, so relax. Jesus.
- I mean, it’s not like he’s coming over tonight, again, or anything. Wait let me check my phone. No, he’s not. So, yeah, there’s nothing to worry about. You’re zen.
- Okay, he said he’s going to the pub after work, and you might swing by, but that’s only because there’s a 2 for 1 offer on and you do fancy a drink. Or two.
- See, that’s why it’s okay for you to go, because you’re not infatuated, and so you can totally chill with a friend, over a pint, or two, and there’s no danger whatsoever to you or your heart. Especially your heart. That thing you’re feeling? That’s coffee.
About the book:
It was meant to be a one-night stand, not “I do.”
Joe Kaminski likes to go with the flow, a good trait to have as a young artist living in London. His laidback approach to life makes him a fish out of water when he’s hired at P&B Designs, a high-powered PR agency. The money’s good, but with his poor planning skills, he doesn’t see it lasting.
Harry Byrne likes his life the same way he likes his PowerPoint presentations: structured. Known for his dynamic personality, Harry suffered a blow when his seven-year relationship fell apart, souring his mood. The last thing on his mind is getting into another relationship, especially with a man who can barely make it to the office on time.
They’re not even supposed to like each other. But five years later, Joe and Harry are getting ready to tie the knot. They should’ve known it was only a matter of time before everything starts to fall apart: obstructive friends, well-meaning but meddlesome family, a hovering ex, international incidents, fires, pregnancies, and an airport chase. It seems their “I do”s were doomed from the start.
Pleast note: This is a revised second edition, originally published elsewhere.
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About the author:
Marina Ford is a thirty-three-year-old book addict, who would, if permitted, spend all of her time in bookstores, libraries, or in her own bed with stacks and stacks of books. Luckily, she has a husband and a dog, who force her to interact with humans of planet Earth from time to time. In fact, she so enjoyed falling in love with her husband that she can’t resist evoking those same feelings in the love stories she writes. She does not believe in love at first sight—but she does believe in the happy ever after, though it must be earned. She likes her stories to be light, since real life can be miserable enough without making up more of it in fiction.
She lives in England, loves rain (gives one an excuse to stay at home and read books, right?), long walks (when it doesn’t rain), history, Jane Austen, the theatre, languages, and dogs. It is her dream to one day possess an enormous country house in which each room is a library (okay, maybe except for the kitchen), and in which there are more dogs than people. A smaller and perhaps more realistic dream is to make people smile with the things she writes.
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