"A bad boy with a heart of gold and a woman living with a life-altering mistake gives this second-chance romance enough tension to chew on. Every page had me aching for Easton and Violet!" - Kelly Siskind, author of NEW ORLEANS RUSH
Not all people need a second chance at love. Some need a second chance at life.
To Violet Foster, the past ten years have been a continual replay of an ill-fated night in high school. Without warning, she went from Downriver’s sweetheart to unintentional adult film star, her most intimate moments shared with the world in ten-second loops. She's lost friends, been forced to change career plans, and had to stop dating because of that one indiscretion. The last thing she wants is to return to the scene of the crime, but with her grandma’s health failing, she doesn’t have a choice.
Easton Cole is a walking, talking bad-boy cliché in blue mechanic coveralls. He's always known his trailer-park-kid shadow would follow him into adulthood, but building his auto repair shop into a successful business means he has a chance to change that image. People in Downriver have long memories and getting them to forget his past is an uphill battle. The last thing he needs is the trouble Violet could bring. She's a lightning rod for gossip, with a reputation that precedes her. So what if he's been crushing on her practically since puberty?
Violet’s only planning on staying a month, even if the good memories of Downriver have started to overpower the bad, and Easton is dead set on making new ones…together. But the internet is forever, so there's no chance of Violet having a future unblemished by her past. And when the stain of her damaged reputation resurfaces, Violet knows it could destroy everything around her…including Easton.
POP THE CLUTCH is a full-length contemporary romance novel from USA Today bestselling author Ellis Leigh writing as Kristin Harte. It's the first book in the Second Gear series featuring stories of blue collar heroes and second chance romances.
"Downriver felt like a real place that I loved spending time in as Easton and Violet found their way back to each other, and I know you'll love spending time there too." - Jen DeLuca, author of WELL MET
The sweet and spicy first contemporary romance in Harte's Second Gear series is an ode to second chances. Violet Foster never intended to return to Downriver, Mich., the small town where she spent her traumatic youth, but after her grandma is diagnosed with cancer, she agrees to come home for a month to help out. A sex tape of Violet as a teenager was circulated when she was in high school, making Violet feel like the town pariah. Though she tries to stay as isolated as possible, Violet runs into her middle school crush, Easton Cole, who still lives in town and, as the owner of the local auto shop, has deep roots in the community. Though Violet can't wait to get out of Downriver, and Easton has no plans of leaving, the pair can't resist their mutual attraction and enter into a romance that both assume will be doomed. Harte's characterization of Easton successfully walks the thin line between alpha male and jerk, and his unwavering support of Violet is sure to endear him to readers. The sexual tension that develops between this down-to-earth couple as they navigate their history and look toward their future makes this a promising series opener. (Self-published.)