Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.
My boss is running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting––in a good way. But I can’t even think about him like that because fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.
As if that’s not enough, an anonymous informant with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.
Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.
And now… on to the Q&A!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
Pride & Prejudice (both the Kiera Knightley movie and the Colin Firth series)
The hand-holding and eye contact…smolder!
10 Things I Hate About You
Heath Ledger serenading “You’re Just Too Good to be True” at the stadium. Is there anything better?
Nothing quite like a good grovel from a prince.
This scene kills me every time. I adore Colin Firth and this mangled proposal in Portuguese is the best. “Just in cases.”
The Big Sick
This movie is laugh-out-loud funny – a thoroughly modern romance, plus a true story to boot! This post-coital call an Uber scene is classic.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
Not specifically, though I’m sure the Heath Ledger singing scene in 10 Things I Hate About You inspired a couple of scenes in The Replacement Crush and Resisting the Rebel.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what books would they be?
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell
All of Kristan Higgins’ books (cheating, I know)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Who are your book boyfriends? What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice
Joshua Templeton – The Hating Game
Jase from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I think they all share a sense of sweet protectiveness, and confidence in who they are and what they want.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Forever by Judy Blume
What do you remember about it?
What did you like most about it?
A sneak peek into what sex might be like in real life.
What did you like least about it?
Hiding it from my mom. Ha!
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I haven’t, but I should to see what memories and feelings it brings back.
Darcy or Wentworth? Darcy, of course!
Christian or Gideon? Um…have to confess I have not read either of these books.
Rochester or Heathcliff? Rochester
Spock or Kirk? I wrote a whole book about this dilemma (The Replacement Crush). A blend of the two is ideal, but if I have to choose, I pick Kirk.
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
Angst or humor? Humor, always!
Tea or coffee? Coffee, at least three cups a day.
Wine or beer? I love both, but I drink more wine because empty carbs. Sad face.
Cake or pie? Both! Specifically, my grandma’s “pinch of this, dash of that” chocolate cake recipe that my mom has managed to recreate.
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven? Depends on the guy, but a bit of sexy scruff is irresistible.
Blue-collar or white collar? Depends…can you tell how much I hate deciding?
Jeans or a suit? Ack! Again, it depends! How about a nice jacket and shirt with jeans?
Car or motorcycle? Heh. When I first met my husband he was a leather-jacket-wearing motorcycle guy. Now he’s a respectable car-driving guy. Mostly.
About Lisa Brown Roberts:
Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies. Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people.