Today, I’m spotlighting my brand-new release, Playing It Safe. It tells the story of Ivy Walker and Deacon Sullivan, who meet when Ivy – a travel nurse – comes to Dallas for short-term stint at Parkland Hospital. Deacon is a former firefighter turned 911 dispatcher, and the two are assigned to work with one another to help find sponsors for a community health and safety fair they are both volunteering with. They rub each other the wrong way right from the start, but sometimes mutual dislike and mutual affection aren’t that far apart.
I chose Ivy and Deacon’s story because I wanted to explore nontraditional characters, particularly nontraditional heroes. I wanted to explore the idea of a Top who wasn’t necessarily physically strong and dominant. Deacon is paraplegic as a result of an accident that ended his firefighting career, but his injury didn’t change who he is. He’s still a Top. He’s still the same stubborn, protective man who fought fires for a living.
When travel nurse Ivy Walker comes to Dallas for a three-month stint working in the emergency department at Parkland Hospital, a relationship is the last thing on her mind. She just wants to do her job and see a few sights before moving on to the next job. However, when she is assigned to work with former firefighter turned 911 dispatcher Deacon Sullivan to find sponsors for a community health and safety fair, she finds herself falling hard for him. Despite being paraplegic, Deacon doesn’t want her to take care of him. He wants to take care of her. He introduces her to domestic discipline and gives her things she never knew she needed – love, boundaries, and protection. Yet even as the two fall ever deeper in love, the time until Ivy must leave grows shorter. What will Ivy do when her contract ends? Will she walk away from a lucrative career to stay in Dallas with Deacon or leave behind the greatest love she’s ever known for the sake of her career?
Want to try before you buy? Get a sneak peek at Chapter One.