#ExclusiveInterview #BlogTour~~The Break Up by Erin McCarthy
About THE BREAKUP
Can two wrongs feel oh-so-right? This bride is about to find out—with the bad boy who makes an epic breakup worth her while.
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Sandy’s 3.5 Blush Review
I suggest you read Book #1 The Hook Up prior to The Break Up.
Bella was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She is not the stereotypical spoiled brat despite her obvious family wealth. Her dream is to be a good wife and to raise a family. She’s a week away from her wedding to the man of her dreams. Bradley Alexander is handsome, successful and perfect in her parent’s eyes. If only she could ignore that nagging little voice that’s telling her something is not right. He’s cheating – her intuition is telling her loud and clear. When she finds the truth via his cellphone it is poor consolation. Now what? Can she go through with this wedding or cause a scandal by being a runaway bride?
Christian Jordan is from the “other” side of town. A bartender with plenty of sex appeal and a little boy that he loves more than anything. His mother and sister help to raise him after his mother abandoned him. Now she’s back and itching to make trouble. Add the contentious relationship he has with his twin brother and Christian is carrying a whole lot of baggage. He has no time for spoiled little rich girls that want to slum it up with the hired help.
Bella is sweet but a prude until a little liquor loosens up her inhibitions. Bradley wants her back. If he wants a dirty girl then she’s going to be one. She even knows the perfect guy to teach her how to let go and do all those men want to do – Christian Jordan.
Christian is not one to turn away a beautiful girl offering herself on a silver platter. Bella wants a little revenge sex and maybe a few lessons in how to be at ease with her body and her sexuality. This should be easy, right?! A few roles in the hay and then they each go their own way. Except she’s getting under his skin and that’s not part of the deal.
The banter between Bella and Christian was my favorite part of their story. Though Christian and Cain mending fences was a good thing. As was, Bella finding her voice and Bradley getting his just desserts.
In the last quarter of the book, I didn’t like him very much and she kind of lost me too. Though it all came together in the end, their reactions didn’t feel authentic to me, based on what we knew about their personalities. Overall, the resolution of The Hook Up felt rushed to me and left me wanting.
Having said that, this was a quick read and I’m a fan of Erin McCarthy’s writing. I have high hopes for the next novella in the series.
Exclusive Interview with Erin McCarthy!
Hi Erin! I’m so excited to read The Breakup.
Hi Sandy, thanks for having me!
You have quite the body of work. I’m partial to your True Believers series. Do you have a favorite?
A favorite from that series? Not really, because I actually love all four for different reasons. True I love because I feel like Rory is so relatable as the awkward girl and because Tyler is the bad boy who isn’t really a bad boy. Sweet was fun to write because of the dialogue between Jessica and Riley. Believe had me bringing two broken characters together and there is something so beautiful about healing together that I love as a writer. Then Shatter is a book close to my heart because I was that girl like Kylie- unexpectedly pregnant in college.
If you weren’t an author, what would you do for a living?
I would flip houses and go hard for my own HGTV show. LOL.
Your favorite children’s book? Why?
It’s been years since I read children’s books but I read the whole Harry Potter series out loud to my kids and those are very cherished memories. I read to them every night after dinner.
How do you react to an unfavorable review?
Honestly, I don’t read reviews that often but when I am scanning through them, I have no issue with well-thought out reviews that explain what didn’t work for them. In fact, those are reviews that I read carefully and try to learn and grow from. I also don’t struggle with generic one star reviews that say “I hated this book.” The ones that bother me are one that are personal, i.e., “this author is a hack,” or “this author is an idiot.” But it’s part of the job. Get annoyed for sixty seconds and move on, it’s all I can do. After all these years I’ve had a lot thrown at me in reviews so my skin is pretty thick.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important to you?
Definitely! Names give different vibes and I want that to come across. Is it traditional, nerdy, artsy? The name tells the reader what to expect.
I’m a total cover whore. Do you have a process for choosing a title and a cover?
My traditionally published books are a collaboration with my editor, the art department, and me. But for my indie books I one, go to my author friends for advice. Two, give a basic guideline then shut up and let the cover artist do her job. I’ve found when I have ideas that are too specific, I seriously just muddy the waters. I’m not a designer, the cover artist is, and I love all my indie covers.
What does literary success look like to you?
Wow, tough question! I don’t know… it’s certainly changed over the years. Before I was published, clearly it was publication. Then it was lists like NYT and the USA Today. But now it’s more about the reader enjoying my story. If someone is entertained or laughs or finds an escape from one of my books, then I call that success.
Inquiring minds want to know what’s next? Is there a New WIP?
Absolutely! I have a new contemporary series launching in October. Think Magic Mike meets The Proposal. Five sexy guys and lots of classic and fun romance tropes.
About Erin McCarthy
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over sixty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.
When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.
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