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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fun Facts about the Her Best Friend's Father Series

When I first started to write Roman and Mila's story, I had no plans to actually write an entire series of novellas. Roman appears as an important secondary character in Rapture (The Teplo Trilogy #3). He's this badass ATF agent who helps Tristan Riley throughout the course of that novel. I wanted to get to know him so I could better understand how his backstory leads him into hooking up with Tristan to kick major ass.

Turns out…Roman has his own very interesting story. Not only do he and Tristan share a common enemy, but they've been working the same case from two very different angles. The more I learned about Roman and his story, the more I liked him and Mila. I couldn't resist finishing the story.

Here are a few other fun facts about their story!

·         The covers for Devour Me and Destroy Me are actually two different sides of the same photograph. For Devour Me, we used the left half of the photo. For Destroy Me, we used the right. I love the way they turned out!

·         Because Roman spent most of his adult life working with the ATF's Gang Taskforce, trying to keep guns out of the hands of gang members, some of what I already knew about gangs and gang violence naturally found its way into his story. I grew up in California during the gang wars of the 1990s, and still remember the chaos and fear they caused. When my family moved to Arkansas when I was a teenager, we lived in a very poor area and I saw another side of that coin. My younger sister and I got to know many of the gang members in our neighborhood really well.

·         The titles for the books in the series all come from something one of the characters says or thinks during the course of the series.

·         Trying to write the steamier scenes in this series with police officers constantly in and out of the room was incredibly awkward! I had to write everything by hand and then type it up later because I just couldn't do it. Luckily, I love to write by hand, so it worked out well in the end.

·         I spent quite a lot of time learning about cartels in Mexico and South America during my college and grad school years. In some areas, being sentenced to prison as a cartel associate is a walk in the park. They're very well taken care of inside prisons, so the threat of being locked up doesn't always serve as much of a deterrent. Being able to put some of that knowledge to use in Roman's story was a lot of fun.

·         Roman curses a lot. But it's still probably less than most of the cops and dispatchers I know! Seriously. We're all foul-mouthed and wildly inappropriate.

·         I hesitated to publish this series at all when I finished it. My dad is married to my older sister's best friend. Their story is nothing like Roman and Mila's, but I worried that family and friends would draw parallels that don't really exist. My husband is the one who finally talked me into taking the plunge so readers could see just how Roman fits into Tristan's world.

·         Speaking of husbands, I love that Roman is a monster of a man! My husband is 6'8". Most of my male characters are pretty tall, but it made me happy to finally have one almost as tall as my husband.

·         Roman is named after Rome from The Fast and Furious franchise. I fell in love with the name. It didn't hurt that I have a huge crush on Tyrese Gibson. Have you ever heard him sing? Phew!

·         Mila is named after Mila Kunis. I've loved her name since the first time I heard it.

·         The peaches references are for one of my best friends, Marita, and I still haven't told her about them! I'm waiting for her to find them on her own.

DEVOUR ME is FREE on Amazon through May 17th! 

Don't get caught.
Never fall in love.
And steer clear of his daughter's friends.

The rules were easy enough for Roman Gregory...until Mila Lawson set out to break every single one of them.

When the twenty-two year old lands on the ATF agent's doorstep after a nasty breakup, he knows all too well that she's off-limits. At thirty-eight, he's almost twice her age, she's hurting, and the blonde bombshell is his daughter's best friend.

Mila knows all about wanting what she can't have. For four years, she's lusted after Talia McPherson's scary hot, terminally single father from afar. After walking away from her cheating ex and what she thought was her happily-ever-after, the last thing on her mind is jumping into a new relationship.

Until she find herself living with Roman in Santa Cruz...

Now all she can think about is making all those dirty fantasies come to life. With nothing left to lose, she makes him an offer he can't refuse: Two weeks of no-holds-barred sex. No strings. No commitments. No messy emotions.

Roman has no business agreeing to her insane proposition, but he does anyway.
He can't have her. He shouldn't even want her. But he's going to take her… and he has no intentions of stopping until she's his completely.
If there's one thing Roman knows for a fact, it's that he doesn't lose. Ever.

Devour Me, Book One in the Her Best Friend's Father trio is FREE through May 17th on Amazon! Get it at the link below! 

For more fun facts about Roman, Mila, and the series, don't forget to follow me on Instagram @aydenmorgen.

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