(Holbrook Cousin’s Saga, #1)
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
He’s gone from the battlefield to the boardroom; now this billionaire has to win his girl.
Hot tempered Grant Holbrook has just returned to the states and he’s already in trouble.
In jail and estranged from his adoptive parents, Grant thinks his luck is turning around when Kate, his birth father’s gorgeous assistant walks into the police station to bail him out.
As the newly discovered heir to a multi-billion dollar fortune, Grant is the talk of New Cardiff, his father’s exclusive New England hometown, and not everyone is happy that he’s there.
Deemed the most eligible bachelor in America, Grant has to run an international corporation and fend off the woman that want him.
But there is one woman who won’t throw herself at him—Kate.
How can he convince her that he needs her in his life not just for a night but for the rest of his life?
Sleeping with the boss’s heir is not in her job description.
Kate has sworn off men. After a string of bad relationships culminating in the absolute worst night of her life, Kate promised herself she was going to concentrate on her career and bury all of her bad decisions.
But when her billionaire boss asks her to find his long lost heir after a Holbrook family tragedy, Kate finds herself falling for the volatile Grant—but she cannot give in. She would lose her job and ruin her reputation if she were caught sleeping with her boss’s son.
Kate is the executive assistant of billionaire Walter Holbrook, and she prides herself in achieving the impossible. But when Grant starts pursuing her, he may be the one problem Kate won’t be able to solve.
As secrets from her past start to resurface, will it drive her into his arms or will she ultimately resist Grant Holbrook?
The Successor is book 1 in the Holbrook Cousins Saga, but can be read as a standalone novel. This 80,000 word steamy romance novel has no cliffhangers but a very happily ever after.
💻 Interview 💻
Alina, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
S: How do you select the names of your characters?
A: Before I name a character, I try to first figure out a character’s family and geographical background. In The United States, different immigrant groups settled into certain areas. It helps to ground a character in a particular region if their name, especially their surname, can pay homage to that history.
S: What did you edit out of The Successor?
A: Quite a lot actually! Originally I was thinking it would be a trilogy following the characters, but then I decided against it. It’s nicer to wrap up at least the courtship in one book, since this is a romance and we all want a HEA. I compromised by giving Grant and Kate a bit more screen time in subsequent books that follow the other Holbrook cousins so that people who have fallen in love with these characters can have a peek into how their relationship grows and evolves over the years.
S: What do you find more fulfilling, being an architect or a writer? Why?
A: This is a tough question but I like it! Both writing and architecture are fun and involve elements of creativity and elements that are a bit drier. The thing I like about writing is that I have a lot more control over the final product. Architecture is not art. I can’t just design a building however I want—I am beholden to the client, to the building codes, and to construction costs. These factors can be severely limiting to creativity. (Sometimes, though, constrains can foster inspiration.)
By contrast, when writing a novel, I can pretty much do whatever I want. Obviously I’m constrained by the rules in the world I have created, but if I want to write a series about people who fly and live in the clouds, for example, I can do that!
S: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
A: The most difficult part is learning about the characters, who they really are, what motivates them, what they’re afraid of, and what they want out of life. Once I figure that out, I find it much easier to write. However, developing a good rapport with a character takes time.
S: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the good or bad ones?
A: I do read all the reviews I receive, and they haven’t been too harsh so far. All the criticism I have seen has been fair. I probably have a much thicker skin than many people simply because architecture school is very tough. During design reviews of our work, outside critics would routinely scream at us and tell us how horrible we were. People would sob in the bathroom. One girl was so upset she had to be hospitalized. It was awful! I don’t think online book reviews will ever be as bad as that!
Alina is an architect by day, writer by night. Her favorite thing to do is curl up with a hot drink and a good book. She lives in a large Southern city in an old house with an old dog.
Alina Jacobs is a pen name.