In The Rebound Girl, my heroine is a plastic surgeon opening a medical spa with her friends. Because I like to be thorough (and because it’s never a bad idea to start thinking about Botox), I figured it would be worthwhile to visit a medspa to get a feeling for the setting. I wanted to know how the business was set up, what kind of services they offered, the technology they used… You know. The usual.
I assumed a few local places would be willing to help. I mean, I’m not exactly famous, but who wouldn’t want a chance to help a romance author out? I pretty much live for the rare opportunities when someone asks me a question I actually know the answer to. Who doesn’t?
I called half a dozen places in my area—and got shut down each time. The people I talked to on the phone were nice enough, but there was always some sort of legal or business complication in the way. It went against HIPAA regulations. It was company policy. There were issues of sanitation to consider. Tours were open to prospective clients only.
CUE THE SCREECHING HALT. Prospective clients, huh?
Now, I’m not proud to say that I lied and coerced my way through the doors, but that’s exactly what happened. With a professed interest in liposuction (which, let’s face it, carries a respectable plausibility), I booked my tour and got to see all the dirty secrets.
I know it wasn’t fair of me to take up the receptionist’s valuable time when I had no intention of actually having any work done. And the poor woman probably thought I was a touch crazy, scrambling to take notes and drawing an eerily detailed map of their facility while I was there. But research is an author’s best friend, right? No matter what lengths she must go to get it?
Hey—we should all just be glad I didn’t have a police ride-along turned down. Can you imagine what I might have to do to sneak a ride in the backseat of a cop car?
Plastic surgeon Whitney Vidra knows all about getting over a cheating ex. She followed her boyfriend halfway around the world before she found out about his infidelity. Now she’s focusing on her career and her friends, and using men just for single-serving, no-strings fun. Until she meets charming Matt Fuller.
Newly single Matt is captivated by the vibrant Whitney, in every way the opposite of his cheating ex-wife. When he confesses to Whitney that he hasn’t had sex since his divorce, she volunteers to be his rebound girl. But Matt’s not a no-commitment kind of guy—he’s either all in, or all out.
Whitney is determined to remain attachment-free, but Matt is equally determined to prove to her that what they have is more than just a rebound fling.
Tamara Morgan is a contemporary romance author of humorous, heartfelt stories with flawed heroes and heroines designed to get your hackles up and make your heart melt. Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them.