A Wife in Every Sense by Joanna Walsh
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: September 14th, 2015 by Entangled Publishing
Kate Burrows is crushing on her boss big time. Aleksei Aleksanou is tall, dark, and every inch the image of a classic Greek god—if said Greek god was incredibly sexy, rich, and a complete player. The only way she can get over him is by quitting her job and seeing the world...once she indulges in one wickedly-hot night with him.
Only now she's pregnant.
Aleksei is furious when Kate arrives on the small Greek island of Naxea and tries to hide the truth for him. He takes matters into his own hands—by announcing the pregnancy to his family and asking her to marry him. Now Kate must decide if she can marry the man of her hottest, sexiest dreams...knowing she will never be the wife of his heart.
About the Author
Joanne Walsh became hooked on romance when her grandma gave her a copy of Gone with the Wind for her birthday. The teachers at her strict girls' school didn't approve of reading such a 'racy' novel and confiscated it. But Joanne had been introduced to Rhett Butler and so began her life-long love affair with the rogue alpha hero. She became a voracious romance reader and, later, enjoyed a long career as an editor for one of the world's leading women's fiction publishers, where she collaborated with some wonderful writers.
These days, Joanne lives in the south of England and divides her time between working as a freelance fiction editor and writing romance, and spending time with her very own real-life hero...
1. When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
I come from a family of journalists, so words and books were very much part of my upbringing. I knew I wanted to write by age 7, and started with short stories and plays. The first thing I ever wrote was a play based on the life of our pet cat, which my sister and I performed for our long-suffering parents. My sister was Toby, our cat, and I was Biggs, the neighbor’s very aggressive tom. I recall making cat ears out of cardboard, scraps material and glue as part of our costumes. Happy days!
2. Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?
I do read reviews, as I value their feedback as really interesting and helpful for developing my writing. Readers give you gut reactions, let you know what your strengths and weaknesses are in a sincere, genuine way. Generally, the reviews I’ve received so far have been pretty nice, and even the not-so-nice ones were constructive. Occasionally, there has been a really scathing one; unfortunately, there are trolls out there. Those reviews are often more telling about the person writing them—all their disappointment and bitterness laid out to the world—I find them kind of fascinating in a weird way!
3. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Creative, individual, kind.
4. Do you have a book in your house that's just destroyed because you've read it so much?
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. My grandmother gave me her 1936 first edition when I was 10 years old, and it’s been my constant companion since. Comfort, inspiration, emotion, familiarity…It gives me all of those things. ‘Tomorrow is another day’ is my motto!
5. How much of the characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
Kate, my heroine, has elements of me—she’s calm in a crisis, can be pragmatic and is tenacious, but also easily hurt. My hero, Aleksei, is based on an ex-boyfriend who was part Greek and gorgeous, though also very stubborn and a little controlling (which is why we split)!
6. What is your favorite holiday?
I love the Mediterranean, especially Italy and Greece. My idea of the perfect holiday is lots of beach time, reading and napping, eating and drinking, with a little sightseeing thrown in. I will be on vacation in Greece when A Wife in Every Sense launches, on the island of Kefalonia--can’t wait!
7. Describe your main character in six words.
My heroine, Kate, is reserved, pragmatic, loving, loyal, sensitive and determined.
My hero, Aleksei, is dynamic, powerful, passionate, sexy, stubborn and charismatic.
8. What are you working on now?
I’m working on the follow-up to A Wife in Every Sense, which is Lydia’s story. Lydia is Kate’s best friend, and she falls for her Italian boss, Luciano D’Angelo, who is a business acquaintance of Aleksei.
9. Can you share a teaser of A WIFE IN EVERY SENSE with our readers?
Silence ensued, Aleksei staring at her.
It reminded her of the calm before a thunderstorm, when the birds stopped singing and the heavy became warm, thick and heavy.
“I’ve got to go and get dressed,” she blurted out. She made to go past him, but his outstretched hand stopped her in her tracks.
“Kate.” He slid his hands up her arms to her shoulders, stopping her mad dash.
She looked up at him, mesmerized by his dark eyes.
He raised one hand from her shoulder and brushed a lock of hair from her face. “So this is how you really are—without your smart business suits, tied-back hair, and makeup. Fresh, vulnerable, and so very tempting.”
A tremor shook her, but not out of fear. She forced her eyes downward, thrown so far out of her comfort zone and wanting to run to safety. The way he was touching her, looking at her, she knew something was going to happen, but for the life of her, she was powerless to call a halt.
He lifted her chin, forcing her to meet his gaze again. “I want you,” he breathed, then he lowered his mouth to hers and kissed her gently.
His lips sipped at hers. Lifting his head back an inch, his eyes roamed over her face. “I’ve been wondering how you would look naked. What it would be like to uncover your skin, make love to you.”
He brushed her lips with his again, silencing her. “You’ve seen me naked. I think you liked what you saw.” He pulled her to him again and captured her mouth, coaxing it to open. His tongue swept in, exploring her mouth, slowly at first, then with a raw need that knocked the air from her lungs.
She yielded to the strength of him, pressing her body urgently against his. Giving up the battle to keep her robe covering her body, she let it go and raised her hands to his head. His hair was softer than she’d thought it would be, and she delighted in running her fingers through it.
The robe fell away, and his hands swept down the length of her spine to cup her buttocks.
“Christos, Kate, you have no idea how much I’ve needed to do this.”
10. What scene was your favorite to write?
I think it has to be the final scene, at the hospital, after Kate has given birth to her and Aleksei’s baby prematurely by emergency Caesarian. For a while, Aleksei thought he was going to lose both his wife and child, and that has finally brought home to him how much he loves Kate. He breaks down and, for the first time in his life, is able to say “I love you.” I love bringing my alpha heroes to their knees!
I would like to thank Joanne for the interview!