Good morning, help me welcome J J Sorel to CoffeeTime Romance. J J  is the author of Take My Heart.

Could you please tell us about Take My Heart?

After being arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Bronson, a dark, stormy figure, is driven to take revenge on the person responsible. Apart from clearing his name, his other mission is also to find his real parents.

Ava is not only dating the guy responsible for Bronson’s incarceration but is also employed by a wealthy loner, who has a heart trapped in secrets, some of which relate back to Bronson.

Driven by revenge, Bronson seduces Ava, who, captivated by his considerable masculinity and brooding aura, finds herself unable to resist his charms. And while he attempts to quash desire, Bronson soon finds himself falling hard for the sassy-spirited Ava, which only complicates things considering that was never his intention.

Adopted at the age of five, Bronson unravels hidden secrets about his beginnings stored away in a penthouse on Fifth Avenue guarded by Ava’s eccentric employer.

Conflict soon sets in, and a mystery starts to take shape, for it seems as though history’s repeating itself.

Is Ava and Bronson’s connection a setup? The answer to this turns out to be far more complicated than either of them could have imagined.

Just as Bronson surrenders to his heart’s desire, he stumbles upon a gruesome clue to his birth hidden in a closet, which opens up all kinds of questions. Mainly… was his meeting Ava a coincidence, or a plot to lure him there in the first place?     

In this intense and gripping romantic suspense, the reader is swept into a whirlpool of adventure as the pair battle with trust issues and suspended disbeliefs, while their chemistry proves so off the charts, they can’t take their hands off each other. Since at the core of this story is love, of the eternal nature.

Can you introduce us to your hero and heroine in Take My Heart? What makes them tick?

Bronson Lockhart is a slightly tortured and deep soul, who suffers from abandonment issues due to not knowing who his real parents were. From the outset, he has one thing in mind, to exact revenge on his stepbrother for setting him up, and having him sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. When he meets Ava, who’s dating his awful stepbrother, Bronson’s intention, like any bad boy, is to seduce her, have his way with her, and then walk away. But the game changes when he gets to know her, which creates inner conflict for Bronson, given that they can’t keep their hands off each other. As the story evolves, we discover a deeply romantic, passionate figure hidden behind that ‘bad boy’ mask.

Ava Rose is an intelligent, sassy girl, who can’t believe her luck after she scores a job reading for an elderly rich woman named Aggie. The older woman is a foul-mouthed, but sophisticated woman, who loves a martini, and talking about sex. Ava is asked to read Wuthering heights, a book close to the English lit grad’s heart. And as the story unfolds, we discover a strange parallel between that classic Gothic romance, Aggie’s life as a young woman, and Bronson’s mysterious beginnings. 

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Bronson, of course. Tall, dark and handsome, with enough gruff to make him a little alpha, he is seriously hot. He’s also got that edgy outlook on life that interests me. And knows just how to please his girl.

If you weren’t writing romance, what would you be writing?

An autobiography. I’ve had an interesting life, or I should say, lives.

When you write, is atmosphere important? For example, do you use mood music or candles? Do you need complete quiet to concentrate?

I prefer a quiet space.

What is your favorite love story movie and why?

Although there are many, the timeless film Breakfast at Tiffanys comes to mind. I loved the clothes, Audrey Hepburn, photogenic New York in the early 60s, and the handsome male lead, George Peppard. And what’s not to love about the story of a slightly damaged, but quirky, stylish girl, who finally meets the man of her dreams, only he’s not that elusive wealthy socialite she’d been seeking, but her handsome neighbor.   

Do you like your books/stories when they are finished or are you overly critical of your own writing?

There’s always something that could be revised, or improved upon. But in order to maintain sanity and productivity, once I hit that publish button, I move on. In any case, I would have read that book at least ten times before putting it out there.

Do you have any hobbies?  

I love to read.

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