Q&A: Rebecca Brooks of MAKE ME STAY

Make Me Stay Rebecca Brooks

Is it possible for a Q&A to make you fall in love? Or want a new bestie? Because Rebecca Brooks isn’t just an amazing author who is a delight to interview. She also has the best opinions. She is the cool friend. You know what’s even better about this cool friend? She’s got a sexy, heartfelt, completely engrossing book just as great as her called Make Me Stay out right now!

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

I love a mix of funny and heartwrenching, with heroines who take charge of their sexuality and get what they want. There are so many I could think of, but When Harry Met Sally, Dirty Dancing, Jerry Maguire, The English Patient, and Obvious Child are definitely top of that list.


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Obviously the fake orgasm scene at the deli in When Harry Met Sally and “You complete me” from Jerry Maguire! And oh God, when Katharine whispers “I’ve always loved you” as Almásy carries her from a plane crash—GUTTED. I’ll leave two Youtube clips of fun, flirty dance scenes from Dirty Dancing and Obvious Child. I love the Dirty Dancing one because it’s proof that sexy and explicit aren’t always the same thing. And in Obvious Child, it’s a nice reminder that sex and dating are allowed to be fun!



Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

I love writing about heroines who don’t shy away from what they want—especially when what they want is a strong, sexy man to be theirs. I think all of the women in these movies describe that. None of them are backing down!


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

Ulysses by James Joyce and Paradise Lost by John Milton because they’re both so long and involved, they’d last a long time and give me new things to discover. (Clearly my inner English major is showing!) Also What the Living Do by Marie Howe, a book of poems that always makes me cry in the best possible way. Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler because if I can only read five books, one of them has to be hers. And The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, because I’ve read it so many times, why not a few dozen more.



Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?

Cameron Wilder from Instant Attraction (Jill Shalvis) is a scruffy, adventurous mountain man—just like Austin in Make Me Stay. Dylan Daniels from Everything I Left Unsaid (Molly O’Keefe) because he’s protective and alpha without being an asshole about it, and even though Austin isn’t quite as removed from the world as Dylan, they both have physical and emotional scars. Eric Donovan from Real Men Will (Victoria Dahl) because he knows how to have a scorching hot one night stand—one of Austin’s great gifts. And Tom Duncan from Flirting with Disaster (another Victoria Dahl) because even though he’s a little too straightlaced, he’s principled and devoted to others. He and Austin would definitely get along.

Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?

Coach Taylor and Tami Taylor from the TV version of Friday Night Lights. The show is ostensibly about football, but over the arc of all five seasons, it’s really about their relationship and how to make a marriage work. They go through ups and downs, they’re so committed to each other that they find a way to work it out. I love rooting for them and watching them grow.



What was the first romance novel you read?

Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun.


What do you remember about it?

The opening scene is so hot!


What did you like most about it?

It made me realize that romance novels weren’t at all what I was expecting. Yes, we know the characters are going to be together by the end. But there’s a real journey along the way.


What did you like least about it?

There’s a later scene that’s supposed to be edgy and push the characters both physically and emotionally, and that fell a little flat to me. I guess I wasn’t convinced why it was such a big deal to the characters. When I recommend this book to people, I include a disclaimer.


Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?

The same way! I think it starts off really strong, and while it loses a little steam for me, it was an awesome introduction to the genre and one that still makes me want to keep reading and writing sexy, emotional romance.



Darcy or Wentworth?

I want to say Wentworth because he actually works for it, but Darcy’s just hotter.


Christian or Gideon?

Neither. I’m not into stalker billionaires. (Editor’s note: GOOD ANSWER.)


Rochester or Heathcliff?

Rochester. I’ve never made it through Wuthering Heights long enough to see Heathcliff redeemed.


Spock or Kirk?

Kirk. Spock’s too emotionally unavailable.


Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset. Not awake enough for the other one.


Angst or humor?

Angst. I’m all about the feels.


Tea or coffee?



Wine or beer?

Snooty craft beers, preferably ones I’ve never tried before.


Cake or pie?



Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?

Scruff. Yummy.


Blue-collar or white collar?

Blue-collar with big dreams.


Jeans or a suit?

Jeans. Better for butt grabbing.


Car or motorcycle?

Make Me Stay is set in the mountains in the middle of winter, so you’d better believe Austin has a practical truck that can handle those steep, winding roads!

About Make Me Stay:

She’s his…for now.

Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father’s legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There’s one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she’ll take a few risks to get closer.

Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until he shattered his knee. Gold Mountain became his refuge—and now Kane Enterprises is threatening that home. When he meets Sam, he has no idea she’s the one to blame, he just knows the attraction between them is one he hasn’t felt in years. A scorching hot one-night stand is just what he needs. Little does he guess that it will change everything…

rebecca-brooks-headshot-copyRebecca Brooks writes sexy contemporary romance with dirty-talking, rugged heroes and the adventurous women they fall for. Rebecca received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.

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