Love Me for Me by Kate Laurens‏

Kate Laurens is a proud Canadian who loves beer, coffee, kickboxing and books. She writes New Adult Romance and falls a little bit in love with each hero that she writes.

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A fresh start...

It’s been three years since Serena King learned to say no—no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal.  The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want... make her want everything.

A new guy...

Alex Blackthorn is a bundle of contradictions, a sexy dark haired badness who goes slow... deliciously slow. And despite the iron will that has gotten her through the last few years, Serena finds herself unable to ignore the heat that sizzles between them whenever they’re together.

A dark past...

Serena never thought she could be involved in a relationship, but Alex makes her long for things she thought were out of her reach forever. When he finds out her secret... when he finds out what she did to keep herself sane... will he still want her, or he will treat her just like everyone else?

And Alex has a secret of his own.
Recommended for mature readers aged 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I’m not sure that any one thing inspired it. I was casting around for an idea for a new adult romance, and it just slowly grew.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took about two weeks to plot, then two weeks to draft. I write quite quickly.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love looking back over the finished product and thinking, “Wow, I wrote that!”

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Sometimes I’ll be on deadline, and the story isn’t coming. I have to push through, and it can be really, really, really hard.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’ve always been fascinated with Grace Kelly, ever since I did a report on her in school, many many years ago. So I guess I would be here—I would just love to know what her life was life, a talented actress, a mother, a princess.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I think we have some salad dressing that expired in June 2012.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Definitely more new adult romances! Kaylee and Maddy will have their stories told, and then I plan to return to Serena and Alex. I don’t think I’m quite done with them!