Jesse's Girl by Tara September

A small town romance

Small town Texas romance based on the song Jesse's Girl

Jesse's girl

Successful Texas lawyer, Reade Walker, curses that damn song every time it plays, all too aware of the irony of its lyrics. After all, he has been secretly and painfully enamored with Jesse’s girl, Gwen, for nearly a decade. It was love at first sight for him, but sadly she’s not his girl. She belongs to the one man who betrayed him and knows Reade’s hidden family secret. Yet Reade can’t seem to love anyone except the one woman he can't have. Or can he make her mine? 

When Gwen Clark’s senator husband runs off with his intern and all their money, the ensuing scandal turns her life upside down. Deserted, penniless and desperate to provide for her six-year-old daughter, Gwen has no one to turn to but Reade Walker. The one man her heart desperately wants, but her pride dreads having to ask for help. Despite welcoming them into his home, it seems like Reade can barely stand being in the same room with her anymore, let alone under the same roof—in the same bedroom. But Gwen is determined to get her life back on track. It is past time to rediscover her own dreams…if only she can keep her aching heart from breaking all over again. 

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Romance / Western

Language: English

Keywords: romance, small-town, romantic comedy, texas, contemporary, friends-to-lovers

Word Count: 37,500

Sales info:

#4094 in Contemporary Short Stories
#2312 in Romantic Comedy (Kindle Store)

-2018 Orange Rose First Place Winner for Best Romance Novella by
-2018 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest 1st Place Winner for Contemporary Short
-The Catherine 2018 2nd Place Winner from Toronto Romance Writers 
-2018 Unpublished Maggie Awards Finalist
-2018 Golden Rose Contest Finalist – 2nd Place 
-2018 Unpublished Maggie Awards Finalist
-Maine Romance Writers 2017 Strut Your Stuff Finalist
-Pages from the Heart 2017 Finalist – Third Place

Sample text:

What the hell had she been thinking? Gwen Gallo-Clark hadn’t been, obviously.

It would only have taken a few measly seconds to reach up on her tiptoes to look through the peephole before opening the oversized front door. Maybe then she would have been better prepared. Not that she could possibly have prepared herself for the sight of over a dozen reporters elbowing each other as they surged toward her. She wiped the sweat from her palms on her pants and prepared for the worst.

Thank goodness Maddie isn’t home. Her daughter would have been terrified by the mob that confronted her at their door. Luckily, Gwen had just dropped her off at school.

She flinched from a particularly blinding flash of light from an expensive-looking camera with a lens so long you’d think the man was photographing Mars. Black and yellow spots appeared along the corners of her vision. Bringing her hand up she lowered her head to shield her eyes from the blaring lights. Being in the public eye was part of being a politician’s wife—one of the things that Gwen detested. However, the press had never shown up at her home unscheduled or uninvited. And why were they looking for her husband, the Senator, here at his Texas residence and not at his offices or apartment in Washington, D.C.?

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Marie-Pier Deshaies
Already translated. Translated by Matteo Serrago
Already translated. Translated by Laura Truan and Ludmila Fukunaga
Author review:
Great to work with! Easy communication, speedy translation. I had my friend from Brazil check the first chapter and she confirmed it was very good. Thank you!
Translation in progress. Translated by Jorge Ledezma

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