Victoria Dahl on Her Sexy New Romance and Summer Flings!
by Victoria Dahl, author of Taking the Heat
I’ve been cutting back on sugar, so I switched from fun, delicious drinks to vodka sodas. Plain. Vodka. Sodas. I assume you can imagine my flat stare of disappointment. No matter how many lime or lemon slices I squeezed in, the drink always tasted too harsh to me.
After months of suffering, I decided on a compromise: a splash of orange juice. There’s a lot of sugar in orange juice, but everything in moderation! The result is a refreshing, sparkling, light drink that’s perfect for summertime.
If it already has a name, I’ve never heard it, so I decided to call it a Summer Fling in honor of Gabe and Veronica in Taking the Heat.There’s something refreshing and sparkling about summer romances, too! My last book, Flirting with Disaster, was a winter book, and it was very intense. Most of the scenes took place in a little mountain cabin in the snow. Close quarters. Long nights. Forced proximity.
But with Taking the Heat, there are sunny walks, ice cream cones, sunset hikes. Gabe and Veronica can go on a date and then take their time getting home, shoulders brushing, gazes lingering. There’s a lightness to a story when the sun doesn’t set until 10 p.m. Plus we get to see Gabe in worn T-shirts and cargo shorts, sweat glistening on his skin. That’s pretty refreshing, too.
Do you think there’s a different feel in summer and winter romances? Do you prefer one or the other or do you like to switch back and forth like I do?
About Taking the Heat:
All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig—writing a relationship advice column!—requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town’s irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out…and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.
Gabe MacKenzie’s heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future’s tied up in his family’s Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights—not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there’s just no going back…and it might be too hot for either of them to take.