What was the inspiration behind this book?
I am a huge fan of friends to lovers stories and marriage of convenience, although seen more in historical romance, are always fun for me to read.Which character spoke to you the most?
I adored Rand because of her sass and “I don’t give a damn” attitude. She was definitely fun to write.What is one of your favorite scenes?
My favorite scene is the first kiss between Rand and Jake that takes them by surprise. Having them get swept up by passion is the best kind of kiss.The idea of having to get married by a deadline, or lose a great fortune, is one that has been done many times. How does your book stand out against the others?
My characters are what make this situation different. For one thing, Rand lives and breathes the ranch her grandfather left her and it’s not about the money. It’s about love for her, and although she has no room for romantic entanglements, the situation she’s thrown into makes her rethink her ideals and the way she sees herself. Jake finds himself changing slowly as their relationship evolves, but everyone has their hangups and even though these two thought they knew everything about each other, when love hits them, it sheds a whole new light on you never really know a person.What is it about this idea that draws in readers?
I love this idea, as a reader, because I get the friends to lovers, ugly duckling to swan, and marriage of convenience all in one.What is the appeal of this popular topic for writers?
It’s romantic as hell to marry someone/or get thrown together with someone and begin to see them in a different light!On what other projects are you working?
I’m working on Drive Me Crazy, Loco Texas #3 and Return of the Bad Girl Rock Canyon #4What lights your fire?
Coffee and country music.What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I once sold sex toys.Is there anything else you would like to add?
I hope you enjoy Loco, Texas and all the crazy characters in it! (:Thank you so much for your time!
Make Me Crazy
by Codi Gary
Miranda “Rand” Coleman has seen the way love can wreck a person and wants absolutely no part of it. When her granddaddy dies suddenly, he leaves a clause in his will that has her married in three months or she loses her inheritance. Unwilling to give up the Double C Ranch, she starts to set her eyes towards the eligible men in town, with little luck in finding a man she can stand for a minute let alone a year. Until she sets eyes on the new veterinarian and enlists the help of her womanizing best friend, Jake, to help.
Jake Hansen is a single guy who likes his women pretty and uncomplicated, with no plans to settle down anytime soon. When he decides to help Rand hook her man, he has no idea the effect watching Rand change would have on him. Especially when she starts letting her gorgeous brown hair down and showing off a body he didn’t even know she had. Before too long, Jake isn’t just lusting after his best friend, he’s feeling downright possessive. But when it comes down to the wire, will he get over his issues and step up to the alter…or lose the only woman he was ever meant to love?
Read an excerpt:
Hell and Damnation, I’m dying.
Rand tried to open her eyes but the early morning light sent shooting pain from her frontal lobe to the back of her skull. Her mouth tasted like a baked cow pie and her stomach was churning painfully. She moved a bit and felt something hard tighten around her waist. Her eyes popped open, despite her body’s protests and she stared into Jake’s sleeping face. She was spread over him like a blanket and it was his arm around her middle keeping her immobile.
Trying to be easy, she reached down to grab his hand, moving it off her waist as gently as she could so as to not wake him. As soon as she was free, she rolled off the bed and stood up, staring down at him in confusion. Jake Hansen, asleep in her bed. They hadn’t shared a bed since the concert trip to Dallas, when Red had refused to sleep with Jake and whined about sleeping on the floor. So Rand had crawled in with Jake and let Red have the second bed to himself. She hadn’t even been aware of Jake that night, just drifted off into a deep sleep, but boy was she aware of him now.
She walked around the bed, stumbling a bit as her stomach lurched. Damn, she was never going to drink again. She slipped into the bathroom, grabbed her tooth brush and brushed her teeth, feeling a little less disgusting as she ran the bristles through her mouth. She tried to remember what had happened the night before, but patches were missing.
An obsessive bookworm for twenty years, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family. Visit her website www.codigarysbooks.com for latest news, social media, or just to say hi!
Codi will be awarding a signed copy of Make Me Crazy to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop (US ONLY) during the tour; and a Grand Prize of a $25 Amazon/BN GC plus a signed copy of Make Me Crazy (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. A randomly drawn host during the tour will be awarded a $25 Amazon/BN GC.