When I set out to write the second book in my Sons of Kane series, Don’t Blackmail the Vampire, writing a heroine with a lot of baggage wasn’t the plan. If you’ve read Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, you know that this series is light and fun. You can probably tell from the titles that the stories aren’t exactly super dark paranormals with murder and mayhem. But somehow, my heroine’s past became a lot more complicated.
I blame it on her sister.
No, no, that’s not because I do that naturally. Everyone who knows me knows that I automatically blame things on my brother or husband, whoever happens to be closer to the scene of the hijinks. But my heroine’s sister is a big focus in Don’t Blackmail the Vampire. Rachel (the heroine) is doing her darndest to get her sister out of a toxic relationship, which inevitably led to the question: Why is her sister with this loser to begin with?
I had a vague idea, after all, the sister and her slimy man were characters in the previous book. But I had to dig deeper this time. After all, what affects one sibling is likely to have impacted the other. Because let’s face it, childhood issues are the ones that really tend to stick with us.
So I dug. And I ended up with a heroine with a little more serious hang-ups than I’d planned. (Can you say trust issues?) Luckily for her, the hero might just be the right vampire to help her work through them. And I think the book is better for her slightly-more-serious-than-I-intended problems.
Rachel Davis will do anything to get her sister out of a bad relationship with her fiancé. Even if it involves a few fibs, a little breaking-and-entering, and blackmailing the fiancé’s potential boss, Charles, for his help. So what if the handsome Charles happens to be a vampire?
Charles Wright has found the perfect way to trap the man threatening his brother’s wife: cozy up to him, get invited along on the skiing trip, and then search for incriminating evidence. How much better that audacious but gorgeous Rachel is just as eager to nail the bastard. As far as he’s concerned, there’s nothing wrong with a little blackmail between two consenting adults. Especially when it’s time for Rachel to pay up.