FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED
While this story is the fifth in an ongoing series or saga, it will easily read well as a stand-alone. It does have people from the other stories, but as in any book, they are blended into this one in a way you don’t feel like you are missing something, it is a smooth transition. There is a rather large secondary cast of characters, but the two main characters, Duncan Flyte and Thea McKay make up this tale of family, failures, memories, and protectiveness.
Thea McKay knows about Duncan Flyte and his vlog, after all, she is one of her six-hundred-thousand followers. But that doesn’t mean she particularly likes him and even refers to him as a man-whore. She sees him as flighty, a handsome charmer and overwhelming. Thea has returned to Bohemia after the death of her mother to be near her father, work with him in his business, and create her pop-up paper art.
Duncan Flyte comes across as carefree, humorous and a man who devotes his time to his video blogging. While many would consider it a hobby, it is his job and way of life, well supported by fans and sponsors. With his sexy Scottish accent, good looks, he is definitely a charmer.
The plot will have Duncan attending a play where Thea is and interviewing her on camera for his vlog. She is sarcastic, and before she knows it, she is coerced into a one week deal to spend time with Duncan away from the camera. The week will be awkward because she is leary of him and his motives, but he surprises her with what the week will entail. When he sees her ring, learns it is a family heirloom, he helps her learn more about it. One thing about Duncan, he knows people and places.
“You’re my divine ginger angel, you are.”
“Stay calm, Thea. This is all part of the fantasy. The handsome price for rent. One week, and you’re out. I was his latest distraction. No, worse. His latest clickbait.”
The week is a week of learning more about each other and what makes the other tick. But Duncan is more reserved in being completely open. Is he just using Thea for a week of entertainment and sex? What will happen to her when their week is over?
“This week was a storm blowing through my life, powerful and wonderful. Though it would leave a whirlwind’s worth of debris behind, I had to admit that maybe I’d needed the rain.”
The past will make itself present to Duncan when his father shows up, and before he knows it, he and Thea are saying hurtful things to each other. Her heart is shattered, and she retreats to her father which will open more of her past. Duncan must confront his childhood and face the one person he runs from. But will Duncan and Thea be able to survive the truth?
“I think what we had was a failure to communicate.”
With the encouragement of Duncan and Thea's friends, she will enter her pop-up art creation into an art show, but it will go beyond just a display. Collaboration, friendships, and coming together will help her see that many people have various talents and yet together, it is truly a labor of love.
“It was all pretty overwhelming. All of a sudden I wasn’t just an artist in my little studio. I was the leader of a complex collaboration.