Katherine McIntyre has a new FF contemporary romance out: Opposed Desires. And there’s a giveaway!
Closet Romantic falling for the Hookup Queen? Never gonna happen… until one memorable vacation changes it all.
When it comes to women, Aubrey Moore believes in no-strings-attached hookups and keeping things simple. On her beach trip, her plan is clear—hit the bars and find single hotties. What she doesn’t bargain on is the phone call from her sister. Distraught, Aubrey would like to have a breakdown in private, but the one woman who’s never fallen for her slick lines takes her by surprise and blurs her simple rules.
The last thing owner of the Renegades bar, Selina Beckett, expects to see on vacation is Aubrey Moore in the middle of a personal crisis. Every time they meet, they clash—whether Aubrey was picking up women at Selina’s bar or flirting to try and get her attention. Selina’s not interested in flings, cheaters, or womanizers, so she’s made a point to avoid Aubrey at all costs. But this raw, real side of Aubrey convinces her to bend those rules, just a little.
The more Selina gets to know Aubrey beyond the bravado, the more she begins to fall. But each day closer to the end of their vacation marks a return to reality—one where this entanglement between them won’t survive.
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They reached the edge of the boardwalk, the sand and the sea stretching before them in a pale strip that clashed with the inky darkness of the waters. Something loosened in Selina’s chest at the sight. The ocean always calmed her, especially at night when most of the daytime rabble had retreated. She was used to being surrounded by people, but sometimes she preferred the solitude.
“I’m sorry for dragging you away from your friends,” Aubrey said, loosening her ponytail to run her fingers through her hair. The moonlight highlighted her deep brown strands, and the way they fell down to her shoulders made her seem a little softer than the sharp, pointed woman Selina’d come to know. She found this side of Aubrey far more alluring.
“I could’ve done this by myself,” Aubrey admitted. “I just lost my mind a little bit back there.”
“I wouldn’t have left if I didn’t want to.” Selina shrugged. “Bars aren’t really my scene.”
“Said the bar owner.” Aubrey gave her the side-eye. “Why even own one then?”
Selina swung her arms by her side, staring at the half moon overhead. It glowed with pearlescent promise, a steadiness she’d always longed for. “Spend your whole life traveling from one town to the next and you get desperate to set down roots. I wanted to create a safe space for folks like me, and I needed to stay in one place. Renegades ensured that.”
Aubrey shook her head, a throaty laugh escaping her throat. “I’ve known you for four years now, and I’m pretty sure that’s the most you’ve ever shared about yourself.”
“Well, we’re having a truce tonight,” Selina said. “Tomorrow I can go back to loathing you, and we can return to the usual witty repartee.”
Aubrey pointed at herself. “Me? Witty? Glad you think so, doll. I don’t keep track of half of the things that leave my mouth.”
“Good to know,” Selina murmured, a smile nudging her lips. The earnest note in Aubrey’s voice had her warming up to the woman far faster than she had in years. The lack of an agenda helped too. Selina slipped off her sandals to hold them in her hand, walking barefoot on the sandy shore. “Won’t the girls be wondering where you went?”
Aubrey shrugged. “They’ll assume I took someone home. It’s my MO when I pull the vanishing act.”
“That sounds pretty lonesome.” The words slipped out before she could help herself. Selina licked her lips, not knowing what to say. The salt air wove past her, caressing her senses.
“Different bed every night? How could that be lonely?” Aubrey joked, yet her voice scraped over the words like a tire crunching uneven rocks. She cast Selina a sideways glance. “Maybe a little,” she admitted, her dark eyes somber in the surrounding dark. The slight gleam from the moonlight only enhanced that sharp, vibrant beauty. This version of the woman, framed by moonlight and unguarded with her hair down, struck Selina as far more gorgeous than the sweet-talker she regularly saw at the bar.
Aubrey bent down to slide off her sneakers, and Selina couldn’t help but follow the motion. Those long legs were on full display, all corded muscle and defined calves, and the red shorts she wore showcased a gorgeous sculpted ass. Selina never argued that the woman was hot—Aubrey Moore undeniably, unequivocally raised her temperature, but she was also the exact sort of person Selina needed to avoid.
She wanted someone to settle down with. Someone who wouldn’t get bored, or cheat, or ditch her when the routine got too monotonous. Been there, done that. She’d learned her lessons well and committed them to heart.
Opposed Desires Playlist
One of the things that motivates me when I write is music, and for each series I construct a playlist. It helps me capture the vibe of the series and get in the right headspace, even if it’s been a bit between books. However, each individual book in the series usually has me listening to songs or adding a few more new ones to the list, and Opposed Desires was no different. Hope you enjoy diving into a slice of what inspired the book!
- South of the Border- Ed Sheeran and Camilla Cabello
This was my song I’d go to for a lot of the sensual scenes. There was something seductive and summery about it that made it a perfect fit for this vacation romance.
- Any More- Koethe
There were quite a few Koethe songs in rotation while I was writing Opposed Desires. There’s something a bit somber yet hopeful that I thought captured some of the deeper emotions of the book, the more serious scenes between them.
- Sail Away- Koethe
Another Koethe song, except this one has a bit more speed to it than some of the other ones. The tentatively joyous music with the dip of darker notes really captured my attention, and it worked so well for Aubrey and Selina as they circled one another.
- I’ll Be Good- Jaymes Young
This was another one for the quieter moments that unfolded between them. Between the banter, each of the girls was struggling with some massive stuff, so I needed to tap into that vein when diving into those scenes.
- Magic- SAINT PHNX
This was a more high energy song that fit a lot of the other scenes between them. SAINT PHNX tends to have a bit more of a punchier vibe to their songs that worked well for this enemies to lovers romance.
Katherine McIntyre is a feisty chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—and there’s an equally high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women.
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