We met one of the leading ladies from I CAN HANDLE HIM last week, now let's meet the other.
Law student Tory Taylor has a classic-trendy style, a sharp-witted tongue and a messy bed that is rarely made. She’s just arrived back in San Antonio for the summer, excited to spend time with her best friends Quinn and Daniel. Soon Tory finds her legal-mind-in-training spinning with questions as she helps her former co-worker Nick sort through some suspicious facts from his recent accident. But when she takes an internship with Nick’s competitor, their special friendship is tested. Then when Nick’s world comes suddenly crashing down, Tory rushes to his side, defending him with everything she’s got, even if it risks her being fired. She owes Nick and their history together comes into play as Tory begins to uncover more than the shocking truth.
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Read what BlueInk Reviews says about I CAN HANDLE HIM:
Debbie K. Lum’s spirited romantic thriller features two best friends and the troubled young man they both care for.
Quinn Corbin has returned from graduate school to her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where she has a job lined up as an elementary school teacher. Before school starts, she is enjoying spending time with her best friend, Tory, back for the summer before her last year of law school. Quinn is also looking forward to reconnecting with Nick Allen.
Although handsome and sensitive, Nick has a bad reputation among Quinn’s and Tory’s set. Among other worrisome incidents, he recently had a car accident that caused his passenger’s death. Many in the community have not forgiven him. Nick also stirs up resentment by opening a coffee shop and bookstore that rivals the one where he, Quinn and Tory formerly worked. Nevertheless, Quinn is smitten with Nick, despite his insistence that he wants to be just friends.
When tragedy strikes Quinn and Nick, Tory becomes convinced Nick is being framed. Putting her legal training to use, she investigates who wants Nick out of the way and why. Meanwhile, she grapples with a traumatic past event and a creepy ex-boyfriend who seems unwilling to let her go.
I Can Handle Him fits squarely within the “new adult” genre, which features recent graduates figuring out work and love amid dramatic circumstances. Lum’s writing style and eye for character lend the narrative much charm. Tory’s friend Daniel, who has an over-the-top love of tacos; the protagonists’ witty quips to each other (e.g., “Smells like work” when they enter a coffee shop that provokes memories of their former employment); and evocative scene-setting ensure readers a good time. Although it quickly becomes clear which characters are made for each other, multiple plot twists keep readers racing to the satisfying conclusion.
I Can Handle Him is a fresh, enjoyable tale that should have great appeal to new adult fiction and contemporary romance fans.
Let's meet one of our leading ladies in I CAN HANDLE HIM, coming April 7:
Quinn Corbin’s warm, caring hugs could melt even her bitchy mother’s heart. Quinn has just arrived back in San Antonio after finishing her master’s degree and landing an elementary school teaching job. The twenty-four-year-old’s first order of business: find her former co-worker Nick Allen, who has suffered a series of tragedies. She had a big crush on Nick back when they worked together at San Antonio’s famous Indigo Exchange coffee house. Now Nick runs a rival coffee house, and Quinn soon finds herself facing Nick’s enemies.
Drama has always made her nervous and choosing to be on Nick’s side may come at a cost. But every chance she gets to spend with Nick is worth any risk. Even if it means defying her parents, and risking her life.
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I CAN HANDLE HIM is coming April 7 and it's time to meet some of the characters! Let's start with our bad-boy Nick:
Some say Nick Allen is trouble. And bad luck does seem to follow the 24-year-old. His parents were killed in a car accident, and not long ago his girlfriend died in an explosion while driving his car. He’s trying to upright his upside-down world by pouring his energy into his business. As the owner of Faze, San Antonio’s hottest new coffee house, Nick is as popular with the ladies as are the famous cinnamon rolls he serves at Faze. But he has enemies, including one who wants revenge. Luckily for Nick, two old friends—Quinn and Tory—are back in town, both eager to reconnect with him and prove to everyone that Nick isn’t trouble. But when tragedy strikes again, Nick finds himself battling for more than his reputation. He must fight to protect and win his true love.
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Releasing April 7 and available for Kindle pre-order NOW, here's more about my new novel, I CAN HANDLE HIM.
Quinn Corbin’s got nothing to lose – except her life.
She’s finally got the attention of the man she’s always loved, Nick Allen. But Nick has a reputation for trouble. And after a car explosion killed his last girlfriend, many people in San Antonio, Texas think Nick got away with murder.
But Quinn, a twenty-four-year-old elementary school teacher and bubbly optimist, believes Nick is innocent. So does her best friend Tory, a law student and sarcastic realist. Soon Quinn and Nick find their relationship growing when suddenly their world upends. Now Nick is in major trouble again and Quinn may have made the biggest mistake of her life.
With incriminating evidence mounting against Nick, Tory works to prove his innocence. But Nick finds himself in a bigger battle when he must fight to protect, and win, his true love.
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