Author: CL Mustafic
Book: Falling for Him
Page/Word Count: 289 pages, 116K words
Categories: Bisexual Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2017
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover: Natasha Snow
Doctor Gavin Addison’s marriage didn’t end on the friendliest of terms, and his estranged wife’s continual harassment has the local police visiting his home so often they’ve started calling him “the doc.” One of those cops, Officer Lex Turner, has a crush on the handsome doc, even though he knows there’s no chance the doc would ever consider dating a man.
A chance encounter on a crowded dance floor ends with both men in the same bed with the same woman—but with questionable results. When the doc wants to try that again, Lex becomes more involved than he’d dreamed possible as he helps his new friend navigate the kinkier side of sex. Knowing it’s just sex for Gavin, Lex finds it hard to keep his feelings hidden. But when Gavin finally figures out he has feelings for Lex that go beyond what a guy should feel for his buddy, will he let Lex convince him to take a chance with him—even if it turns both their lives upside down?
“How much paperwork we got tonight?” Grady asked. He turned on his computer and started digging through his desk drawer, looking for god knows what.
“Not too much. Gotta finish up that report on the doc’s vandalism, and you need to write up that accident report. Then we can get back out there for another fun-filled night,” Lex said, making Grady wrinkle his nose.
“That damn woman makes for a lot of fucking paperwork. I’ve got half a mind to handcuff her to her water heater and forget her,” Grady said with a smirk for his own cocky bravado. “Don’t know how a nice guy like the doc got mixed up with a crazy bitch like that.”
Lex sat back in his chair. That was the question, wasn’t it? The doc seemed like a decent enough guy. Why his ex, one Cassandra Addison, would want to make the poor guy’s life hell was beyond Lex. It was even more fucked up when you added in the fact that, from what Lex had gathered, she’d cheated on him. He just hoped they wouldn’t end up with a Fatal Attraction–type ending with this case.
“Yeah, well, sometimes they hide the crazy until they have you in their clutches; then, bam presto chango, psycho chick is in your bed, and you’re fucked in more ways than one,” Lex said.
“Sounds like you got some experience in that area.”
“Don’t we all?”
Grady’s gaze shifted to something over Lex’s shoulder. “Speak of the devil,” Grady whispered.
Lex turned around, hoping that Cassandra Addison was not, in fact, standing behind him. Nope, not the bitch, but Gavin was, and he didn’t look thrilled to be in Lex’s humble workplace. Lex cast an appreciative look over the handsome doctor. He was one fine-looking man, with blond hair that curled wispily around his head and those deep-brown eyes, where you expected to see crystal blue, got Lex every time. Gavin had the greatest smile, and the dimples that peeked out at the slightest grin made Lex want to dip his tongue in them. He shook his head to clear away the thoughts of what he would like to do to the doc, if the doc was so inclined, that was.
“You got him, Grady. You know you’re better with this kind of crap.” He didn’t tell Grady that he got tongue-tied around Gavin and was afraid he’d make a fool of himself.
Grady stood up, smiled, and gestured for Gavin to take a seat by his desk. “Hey there, Doc, what’s up today?” he asked as if Gavin’s was a social visit.
Color rose on Gavin’s cheeks as he flushed a little before answering. Lex was glad he was sitting at his desk because the doc blushing like that did things to his body that weren’t acceptable in polite company. “There’s been another incident. I can’t be one hundred percent sure she did this, but I can’t think of anyone else who would want to humiliate me so much.”
“So what did she do this time?” Grady asked, “Or allegedly do?”
Gavin handed Grady a little slip of paper. “If you punch that into your web browser, you can see for yourself.” Grady took the paper and turned to his computer to type in the web address. He waited a second, and when Grady’s brow furrowed at what he saw on the screen, Gavin’s blush deepened. Lex itched to see what was on that screen but stayed in his seat.
“Why do you want me to look at your personal ad?” Grady asked.
“Because I didn’t post it, and that little sticky note was stuck to a computer at the nurse’s station on the fourth floor surgical unit where I happen to do rounds every morning. Everyone at the hospital now thinks I’m some kind of kinky pervert,” Gavin explained, visibly upset.
Lex had to see what was on Grady’s screen. He got up to look at his partner’s computer. He instantly understood why the doc had turned pink when he handed over the little piece of paper. Lex shook his head; that woman was pure evil.
About CL Mustafic:
CL Mustafic is a born and bred American mid-westerner who mysteriously ended up living in one of those countries nobody can ever find on the map of Europe. Left with too much time on her hands—let’s be honest here: it was the lack of television channels in her native language–and too many voices in her head trying to fill the silence, she decided to give her life-long dream of writing a novel a shot. So now, between shuttling kids back and forth from various activities and risking her life on the insanely narrow, busy streets of her new hometown, she loses herself in her own made-up world where love always wins.
Interview with CL Mustafic:
- As an author myself, I know inspiration is everywhere and can strike at the most inopportune moments (like in the shower, when you don’t have anything to write with!). So, what was the inspiration behind Falling for Him? I was actually writing another story where Gavin and Lex were side characters. Gavin was telling someone about how he and Lex met, and I just knew I needed to write their story. I still haven’t gotten around to finishing that first story, maybe I will be able to since Gavin and Lex’s voices aren’t quite as loud now that their story has been written.
- What is your writing process? (i.e. plotter or panster, explain) I’m a pantser 100%. I sit down with a vague idea, usually either a character that has something interesting about them or maybe a scene that I can see in my head, and I write the book around that. I’ve tried outlining but usually I end up frustrated because the story doesn’t go where I want it to so I quit doing that.
- What is the hardest part of that process for you? If we’re talking about writing a book, that would have to be the middle. It’s always the hardest thing to get right, beginnings and endings are easy. Over all the whole process, the hardest thing for me is editing. I think I may have slept through every grammar lesson, which is funny because as I recall, I did great in English in school.
- There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? Friends pushing me, that’s what made me submit my first manuscript to a publisher. But it wasn’t an easy road, I wrote a book that didn’t really fit into a well-defined category and it was a tough sell. Lots of rejection which can be tough to handle but it paid off in the end and I’m happy I did it.
- What one piece of advice would you give an aspiring writing considering that leap for themselves? Put your best foot forward, make sure your manuscript is ready to be submitted by editing it and then editing it again, edit until your eyes bleed and then edit once more before you send it in. It will make things much easier on you in the long run. Also, don’t give up, just because one publisher passes on it, doesn’t mean the next won’t love it.
- What do you think makes a good story? I think interesting characters make a good story. I like flawed characters when I read a story. I’ve yet to meet a perfect person in real life and though I read to escape, I can’t connect to a character I don’t think I could plausibly meet in real life. Of course, that excludes paranormal characters because though I think it might be cool to meet a vampire in real life, I’d rather not be anyone’s lunch.
- Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals? I can’t think of anything but then I’m answering these questions in the same environment that I write in. This means that two kids are arguing in the kitchen and the rest of the family is having a discussion around me which I occasionally have to participate in. I guess if ignoring loud noises and writing in five minute spurts is a habit then those would be mine.
- What can readers expect from you next? I have a few books in the works right now, nothing with a firm publication date as of yet.
5 Fun Quickies
- Favorite curse word: Fudgabudget, don’t judge me, I have kids.
- Favorite dance move (video?!?): The sprinkler, closely followed by the running man.
- Over or under (toilet paper, of course): Over of course, what sort of heathen puts it under?
- Weapon of choice: My mom glare.
- Evil mastermind, easily convinced partner in crime, or innocent bystander: I was going to say innocent bystander, but my kids all said Evil Mastermind so we’ll go with that.
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