My name is Gail Chianese and I love reading romance (all genres) and writing it. Fiancé for Keeps, book three in my West Side Romance series, is a story of second chances. Or in this case, third chances because if it’s really meant to be, you never truly give up on love.
Let’s Get To Know Gail Chianese
Q: What are the top five books that have influenced your career?
A: Name five books that have had an influence on my writing career? Wow, that’s hard as there’s been so many. But here goes: TROUBLE ME, Laura Moore; UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, Kristan Higgins, PLAYING DIRTY, Susan Andersen, NIGHT KEEPERS, Jessica Andersen; and FULL MOON RISING, Keri Arthur. All of these were written by amazing women, smart, talented women who write smart, strong female leads and show us we can do this, what ever it is we want.
Q: What’s the funniest thing a reader has ever said/emailed to you?
A: Someone wrote to me and told me they were “about to pop their cherry” because they’d never written a review before, but they were going to for my book. I laughed so hard I cried.
Q: Pick a super-power and tell us what you’d do with it.
A: I love this question—transportation, without a doubt. I’d be popping all over the world seeing the sights. Breakfast at home, lunch in Italy, dinner in London and back home to sleep in my bed…all in one day or weekend. No more packing, high airfares, or lumpy hotel mattresses and still get to see the Seven Wonders of the World.
About Fiance for Keeps by Gail Chianese
With one cancelled wedding, one weekend fling, and a lot of history behind them, can a career-minded former couple finally get on the fast-track to true love–with each other?. . .
Tired of working long hours with no one to come home to, ER doctor Denise Saunders accepts a chance to compete on a reality dating show. But there’s only one person she trusts to review the contract–attorney Brody Nichols, the man she left at the altar five years ago. Needless to say, Brody is floored. Unable to convince her to opt out, and unwilling to stand by while she risks getting burned by the spotlight, he can only think of one way to protect the woman he’s never stopped loving…
Denise expected some surprises on Finding Mr. Right, but she’s beyond shocked to meet the last contestant: Brody. She doesn’t know whether to feel punk’d, pissed, or relieved. Yet as a series of hot hijinks and dueling bachelors ensues, Denise can’t deny he’s The One–and always has been. She knows she’ll have to come clean about their past to the show’s other contestants–and to Brody. But once she tells him the real reason she played the runaway bride, Brody may be the one to walk. Is honesty a risk she’s brave enough to take?. . .
She looked good, sun-kissed on her face and especially her nose, in her flirty dress, a rarity for the woman he knew.
Denise stole Brody’s water bottle. “Making friends, I see.”
“He seems decent, unlike a few of the others.”
“What are doing here, Brody?”
“Where’s the camera crew?”
“I don’t know. Either they’re all busy with the guys or they’re letting us talk off screen to keep the viewers in the dark. So tell me,” she turned to him, “how is it you came to step out of a limo three thousand miles from home?”
Brody turned to face her, resting his arm over her head, ignoring the bark cutting into his skin. He leaned in close enough to smell the chocolate on her breath, to notice the goose bumps dancing down her arms and watch her pupils expand and eat up the green.
“I’m here to make sure you don’t get hurt.”
“Brody, I’m a big girl. I can protect myself. Been doing it for several years now.”
Whether she knew it or not, she shifted, bringing their bodies in contact.
“This is different. The show thrives on drama and conflict. That’s not you. How many guys have you dated?”
She handed the bottle back to him. “Are you saying I’m naïve?”
He took a long slug of water. This was dangerous territory and he didn’t want to piss her off the first day, or for her to send him packing.
“No, but I happen to know under that tough I-can-take-care-of-myself exterior is a soft heart that always wants to believe people mean what they say.”
She took the water bottle back, finishing it off. A few of the guys had turned their attention to them. He didn’t think Denise realized how intimate they looked to the others, standing off in the shade, half-concealed from the world, sharing his drink.
“Brody, I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. You didn’t need to come out here, especially not as one of the bachelors, to save me. I’ll do the right thing at the ceremony and get you out of here. I’d better go. I still haven’t talked to Roan and a couple of the others, and I know they’re going to pull me away soon to get ready for the grand finale.” She took a step out from under his arm and stopped. “Smile. A few more hours and you’ll be on your way home.”
She walked away from him. Again. He watched her hips sway and the skirt swing and wondered what the hell was he doing here. He should take the out, go home and get back to work before he didn’t have a practice left. Denise slowed her steps and looked over her shoulder at him. The smile didn’t reach her eyes, eyes that he’d swear hadn’t looked glossy a few minutes earlier.
Screw it all.
Brody went after her, reaching out to touch his fingertips with hers. She spun around and looked up at him with those soft green eyes of hers that killed him every time.
“Maybe I have other reasons for being here.” Brody pulled her closer, not caring that they were causing a stir among the other contenders.
“You think that’s a good idea?”
He didn’t know what he thought anymore and that was the problem.
“Excuse me, Brody. Mind if I steal Denise away?” asked Roan.
He hadn’t seen the guy walk up. He kept his gaze on the woman of the hour, never looking away as he answered.
“Sure, be my guest.”
My favorite quote from Fiance for Keeps is:
My favorite quote from Fiancé for Keeps is from Brody to Denise:
“You’re never simply anything… except frustrating.”