Kat swore off dating many years ago, after her marriage ended in a catastrophic mess. Having moved to the Canary Islands for a fresh start, she has never had much time for romance, channelling all her energy into managing all-male dance troupe – the Heavenly Hunks.
With golden beaches, sparkling blue water and relaxing after work with a glass of sangria – or three – for Kat, it’s summer all year round. But despite life being postcard perfect, Kat can’t help but wonder if she is missing out on the most important thing of all… love.
The dancers are all well-known for their flirtatious antics and aren’t looking for anything serious… except Jay. Sitting by the pool, watching the sun reflecting in the water, Kat feels like she can tell him anything.
Handsome, caring and a good listener, he ignites a fire in Kat’s heart that scares her witless. But her relationship with Jay should stay strictly professional… right? There is absolutely no way that she can be his boss and his date.
As the temperature rises, will Kat be able to take the plunge, let go of her past and find romance in paradise?
- Which character would you like to be in this book?
Although being the manager of the Heavenly Hunks would be fantastic, I think I’d prefer to be Andrea. She has her ducks in a row, knows her own mind and has the sort of settled life in the sun I’d be content with. I like that she speaks her mind and doesn’t mince her words.
- Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
Pretty much, yes. I love long car / train journeys because I get to do plenty of reading. The only time I don’t have a book with me is when I know there’s no chance I’ll get to sit and read a few pages.
- Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Probably the bad one but it depends on how bad. I love writing bad characters in romantic comedy that add an element of fun, shock, surprise or frustration to the story and would love one to be named after me. A bad character in a Stephen King book or a James Patterson thriller, however – no thanks! (laughs)
- Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
As a writer, when I finish the last chapter or Epilogue the story ends there for me. The next phase of the characters’ lives are assumed to be ‘happy ever afters’ with the expected bumps in the road. The only book I ever felt I could have written a sequel to was The Holiday Cruise as there was scope for Hannah’s past to catch up with her and provide a real problem for her and Ben. As a reader I’m generally drawn to standalone books because there are so many stories out there I want to read and not enough time. Having said that, when a series grabs me – I do become completely addicted.
- Where can I find you when you are reading?
Usually in bed or on the sofa in the orangery. It’s hard to find a quiet spot in our house and there’s usually an element of hiding.
- Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
In the lounge watching TV, working on my laptop or in the kitchen. When we’re not in lockdown we’re usually out doing something as a family somewhere but I can’t for the life of me remember what anymore.
- Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Not usually. If I’m in a hurry to get somewhere though, I might just look in the window.
- What are you most proud of?
All of my books. They all represent a dedication I always doubt I have. I’m also proud of my debut, The Secret to Falling in Love because it’s been optioned by a production company and is currently in development for screen adaptation. In this situation, you never know if filming will actually commence, as there are so many hurdles to overcome to get to that point, but that fact a Hollywood producer has seen potential in the book is amazing to me.
- What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
A mixture of admiration for how a jumbled Word document ever became something so pretty, and relief at the fact editing is definitely over.
- What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t be put off by fear and doubt. All writers experience this when they’re writing a new story and you just have to push through and believe in it. The first draft doesn’t need to be great and if you have it written down you can work wonders with it. Invest in some books on story writing (Save The Cat is great) and see if there are any on-line courses available to you.
Thank you, Victoria Cooke and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016 which was selected for onscreen adaptation in April 2020.
Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.