by Rebecca Brooks
In my new release Wrong Bed, Right Brother, my hero Noah Miller is a Type A, pen-in-hand, map-the-course, Total Planaholic. Raise your hand if you can relate. (Me. It’s my hand that’s waving wildly in the air.)
Noah is a running coach full of discipline and drive. He’s completely focused on accomplishing his goals. He maps each race before he runs it. He plans every move in advance. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, he says, and you’ll eventually get to the finish.
(If this all sounds way too upright, just remember that as a running coach, he also has the abs, biceps, calf muscles, and fitted running shorts that go with the job. ;))
Noah starts the book off with the rest of his future mapped out. Having just gotten through a devastating breakup, he’s going to quit his coaching business, move from NYC to L.A., get a desk job with a salary and benefits, and restart his life.
What’s absolutely NOT in the plan is waking up to his brother’s best friend Amanda Perkins climbing into bed with him in the dark and discovering that the hottest make out session of his life is with a woman he doesn’t even like.
Amanda thought she was climbing into bed with Noah’s twin brother Luke, the guy she’s been crushing on for years. Finally getting into bed with him is even better than she’d let herself imagine… until the lights come on and she realizes the sparks have been flying with Luke’s no-fun twin brother, Noah.
It’s embarrassing. It’s awkward. The two of them swear never to tell anyone. There’s no question that it’s NEVER going to happen again.
Until the next time, up against a barn door. And the next time, in a conference room…
Before long, Noah and Amanda can’t deny that their chemistry is real. And it’s not just physical attraction. What started as an accidental hook-up is turning into a whole lot more.
But the clock is still ticking down on Noah’s move to L.A. And Amanda has her own life in New York. She’s a video game designer with big family responsibilities. She’s not looking for a capital-R Relationship with Noah, especially not something long distance. Double-especially not something that’s grown so serious so soon.
This whole falling-in-love business isn’t supposed to happen at all.
But life has a way of not going to plan, doesn’t it? Sometimes those upsets derail us in difficult ways—a job that falls through, a loved one we lose, a global pandemic that keeps us all at home. But there can be silver linings, too, and ways that closed doors open windows we’d never even looked through before. New opportunities, new relationships, new ways of being together.
I always learn something from my characters, and from Noah and Amanda I learned how to be more open to change, and to listen to what my heart is saying instead of telling it to be quiet and stick with the plan. I love seeing Amanda and Noah’s happily ever after and knowing how glad they are to have taken a risk on each other and jumped into the unknown together.
Next time I’m dealing with an unexpected change, I’m going to remind myself to think of them and smile.
Have you ever looked back on something didn’t go at according to plan and been glad with how it all worked out? One person who answers in the comment section will win a digital copy of Wrong Bed, Right Roommate (Accidental Love Book 1)