Author Interview & Review ~~ Lexington & 42nd by Kim Carmody
Lexington and 42nd (The Off Field Series #1)
It was meant to be the job opportunity of a life time.
It turned out to be so much more…
At the age of twenty five, Emma Lexington takes off to New York on a once in a life time twelve-month job exchange with the New York Warriors. Determined to make the most of the opportunity, she prepares herself for life in the big apple—fast paced, exciting and a whole lot of fun. What she hasn’t prepare for though, is meeting him.
The charming Will Jensen is in the prime of his playing career. As the star quarterback for the Warriors, his carefree, football centric life is thrown into disarray when he meets Emma, the beautiful, easy going Australian girl who joins the Warriors staff.
Unwilling to throw her professional reputation away on a fling with the playboy quarterback, Emma turns down Will’s advances, even though she can’t deny the attraction she feels for him. Their pull toward one another grows, but it takes a near disaster for Emma to finally give Will a chance.
Getting together might have been hard, but figuring out how to stay together will prove even more challenging as Emma must decide between conflicting loyalties.
Lexington and 42nd is a fun, sexy romance, set in the exciting world of the NFL in the fabulous city of New York.
BBAUAN: Kim – thank you for your time! I loved your debut book and can’t wait for others to get a chance to read it too!!
Kim: My pleasure! It’s great to be here and have the chance to get to know you all.
For someone not familiar with your book, can you give our readers a brief idea of the story?
Kim: Lexington and 42nd is the story of an Australian girl, Emma Lexington, who gets the chance to work in New York on a twelve-month job exchange with the New York Warriors. She is assigned to work closely with their starting quarterback, Will Jensen, and the story takes off from there. Emma is pulled between her need to keep things professional and being drawn to Will the more time she spends with him. I was very keen to show readers how their relationship develops over time and avoid Insta-love! So if you like a romance that allows you to experience the characters falling for one another (and the crazy sexual tension that comes with it!), then hopefully you’ll love Emma and Will.
BBAUN: In your writing process, do you outline or plot where you want your story to go or is your process more organic with you following the story wherever it takes you?
Kim: I definitely outline. I’ll be honest, as this was my first novel there were certainly elements of ‘learning as I went’ involved, however I quickly realized that I needed some structure to the manuscript if I wanted to take readers on the true journey of Emma and Will. My outlining process involved three key things; character development, plot structure and tone of voice. It could have been really easy to slip straight into high intensity flirting and the physical side of their attraction, but I really wanted to stay true to the slow burn nature of the way their relationship blossoms. It was a hard tone to get right!
BBAUN: Any update on Emma & Will – I can’t wait for Olivia’s story to find out!! Lol
KIM: There are, but if I told you I’d have to kill you ☺
Will and Emma will most definitely be a part of Olivia’s story and readers will have plenty of time to get up to speed with where they’re at (seriously, how could I not re-visit Will??).
BBAUN: Have you always been a reader, if so – what books did you read as a child. If not, what book brought you to reading?
Kim: Always, always, always. My parents found themselves in the unique position of wanting me to read less. If I wasn’t at ballet lessons, then they couldn’t get my nose out of books. From about age seven, I was obsessed with The Baby Sitters Club, but would read anything I could get my hands on. The Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden had a huge impact on me during my teens. I loved those books. They have pride of place on my bookshelf to this day.
BBAUN: You have the chance to meet one author – who do you choose?
Kim: Probably someone like Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games. I’m amazed by authors that can create such ridiculously out there plots and settings and characters and worlds. How do they come up with such bizarre ideas? I regularly have these really vivid, crazy dreams, so much so that I’ve taken to keeping a notepad next to the bed. I write down everything I can remember the next morning – I feel like if I’m ever going to produce a story like that, it’s going to come from a dream (seriously, last week I dreamt that Barbara Streisand and Hank from Breaking Bad were my neighbors and they were trying to kill me).
BBAUN: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Going back to bed on a Sunday afternoon to read (and nap!) once my husband has gone off to football.
BBAUN: Since we read a lot of books that keep us up all night, what are you reading that keeps you reading late into the night?
I just finished The Girl on the Train, and am now indulging Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren. Lucky it’s a novella because I seriously can’t put down those books once I get going!
Rapid Fire Questions:
ManBuns YES OR NO – YES!
Tattoos – yay or ney – yay to a one night stand man, ney to forever man. Because, well, wrinkles.
CHOOSE Only one!! Chris, Liam or Luke Hemsworth. Chris. Definitely Chris. I’ll let you in on a little secret…my family own a tiny little beach shack in the same tiny suburb on Phillip Island that the Hemsworth brothers grew up in….I hang out at the general store an unhealthy amount in the hopes of ‘running into’ one of them.
MENTAL NOTE…visit Kim when I go to Australia and hang out with her and go to the general store!!
If you could visit…NY OR LA? New York…always New York.
Flats or Heels? Heels
Blonde or Brunettes Brunettes…I think?
Leather or Lace? Leather
City or Beach? – To live? City. To holiday, beach. Which is weird, because I live on the beach and am about to holiday in New York…I might need to re-evaluate!
Tea or Coffee Hot Chocolate
Thank you so much Kim for taking the time to talk with me today. I wish you much success and I really enjoyed Lexington & 42nd!!
LOUISA 4 STAR REVIEW
I LOVE finding new authors. This book is a debut for author Kim Carmody.
If I didn’t know it was her debut novel I would have never known she hasn’t written professionally before. These characters are well rounded, you “get to know them”, each of them, not just skimmed over. From Emma to Will, to all of Emma and Will’s co-workers, you feel as though you are a part of the story.
The nerves that Emma feels coming to America, to her first day at work to the first moment she meets Will – you feel what she’s feeling. And Will, you are expecting a NFL player will lots of swagger and attitude, but what you get is the real Will, the Will in which you will find yourself swooning over. Yes, he’s the IT guy in NYC, he’s gorgeous, he’s rich and is the Quarterback, but he’s just Will when Emma meets him. She goes into their friendship with none of the “back story”, just honest to goodness Will.
I love the “I really shouldn’t go out with him” books and I definelty LOVE angst…this book had a perfect mixture of both.
The back and forth – told from Emma’s POV kept me intrigued and turning those pages. They have up and downs and they even had some serious fun together. The moment that Emma meets Will’s family will have you laughing out loud!
I think we are going to see a great series from Kim in the future. I am already looking forward to Olivia’s story.
An ARC was provided to Blushing Babes Are Up All Night for an honest review.
Excerpt – Lexington and 42nd
“You can ride?”
“Of course I can ride.” I turned to look at Will. It was a mistake, because our faces were now way too close, his dark eyes trapping me in their hold.
He shook his head, a slow grin spreading across his face. “You are just full of surprises.”
I smiled, warmth spreading through my veins.
“Do you have any more photos?” He peeled his eyes away from mine as he nodded toward the phone.
“Plenty, you’ll probably regret asking.”
I continued scrolling, finding some of harvest time, our horses, a video of my cousins and me herding sheep which he found particularly fascinating. He asked more questions than I thought possible, seeming genuinely intrigued by the inner workings of the farm.
It was another utterly charming side of Will Jensen.
I snapped my phone down to my lap as I scrolled onto a particularly hideous photo of my best friend and me in fancy dress costumes.
“Whoa, not so fast there. Show me that photo.” Will made a grab for the phone.
“No! That wasn’t a farm picture.” I moved my body so we were facing each other, holding the phone behind my back.
Will shook his head. “Don’t care. Show it to me.”
“Uh-uh, not on your life, buddy.” I tried to keep my voice level but couldn’t help the small laugh that emerged.
Will sat up. “Emma, we both know this is going to end with me seeing that photo, so you can either hand it over, or I’m taking it from you.”
I backed away towards the end of the bed shaking my head. “This is my phone, and you’re not seeing it.”
He climbed onto his knees, body poised and ready to pounce. “One last chance, then I’m taking the phone.”
I shook my head. I could feel my eyes bulge as his body loomed over me.
“Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Will lurched forward, his arm reaching around my waist as I threw myself away from him, a hideously girly squeak leaving me. He was too quick though, rolling to catch my hand easily. I struggled, squirming as I held the phone above my head. It was useless however, and he pulled me to him effortlessly, his body weight holding me to the mattress.
“Give it up Em, you’re toast.” The ass was grinning above me, clearly relishing this one-sided game.
I eventually did, my body stilling as I realized the fight was in vain. With two broken legs and one arm tied behind his back, Will could still overpower me any day of the week. I watched with fascination as he caught his breath, his smile fading, his chest rising and falling in a steady rhythm. He wore a gray t-shirt that stretched tight across his chest and my eyes followed a vein that protruded from the top, running to where his pulse beat steadily at his neck. I wanted nothing more than to reach out and run my tongue along it.
The room was painfully quiet now, our breathing the only noise. Will’s eyes, which had been focused firmly on the headboard above us, eventually met mine. All my senses were heightened by his nearness. I was so alert to the warmth of his thighs as they encased mine, the way his jaw clenched when my breath caught. He had a pained look on his face, but I couldn’t read its meaning, and when he closed his eyes for a beat, drawing in a deep breath, I instantly missed the heat of his stare.
He had my arms pinned above my head and his grip on me loosened ever so slightly as his hands slowly rubbed up and down the length of them. I felt my skin bloom with goose bumps, unable to stop from sucking in my bottom lip as my skin caught fire.
Will’s eyes lit up when he spoke, his voice pure gravel. “This is how I’ve been wanting you Bambi.”
I could do nothing but watch him as his eyes followed the path of his hands along my arms, down my sides, over my rib cage to rest on my hips.
His eyes met mine again. “Not in a nightclub, not on a football field. Right. Here.”
My breath caught as his fingers squeezed ever so slightly. “What ever happened to just friends?” I whispered.
“Fuck friends. I’ve got too many as it is.”
Kim Carmody lives in Australia with her husband, in a sunny little part of Melbourne that she never wants to leave. Except for frequent trips to New York, she is happy to leave at least once a year for those.
She holds a Masters in Commerce Marketing and while she spent her younger years training to become a professional dancer, she somehow ended up working in the sports industry, where she met her now husband. Never a participant or spectator of sport growing up (she was too busy flitting around in a tutu), she has grown to appreciate, if not love many sports and eventually found herself writing about them too.
As an avid book lover from the moment she was introduced to The Babysitters Club as a seven year-old, Kim never expected to be able to call herself an author, but is beyond excited that she now can.
Lexington and 42nd is her first novel.
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