Game On with Kyra Lennon

Author Interview Summer Heat Giveaway

Kyra Lennon

Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.

A small town girl. A sexy as sin soccer player. Welcome to the most intense match of their lives…

What surprised you the most while writing this book?

I think the fact that it got as long as it did! The original draft was something like 130,000 words, but I managed to get it down to a little over 80,000. Leah and Radleigh’s story was a lot more complex than I ever expected it to be!

Why did you pick the setting you used for your book?

I wanted to write about a place that is a tad more exotic than where I live! I live on the south coast of England, which is lovely, but Los Angeles is a lot more interesting!

What is the sexiest trait of your hero?

Radleigh McCoy is a very confident man, which, in itself, is attractive but he is also really good at working out what will make women want him. Plus, he’s a soccer player!

What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?

There is a scene later on in the story where Radleigh invites himself on a day out with Leah’s family, and while she is expecting it to be a complete disaster, it ends up being a huge turning point for her in learning a bit more about who he really is. That moment and the aftermath of it is a huge favourite for me.

What scene did you have to cut but wish could have been included?

I cut an epilogue which I can’t really talk about without spoiling the ending, but I do really wish I had kept it now as it would have been more insight into what happened next for Leah and Radleigh.

Tropes get a bad name, but they’re often the biggest draw for readers. What tropes do you love to write and read?

I write a lot of friends to lovers books. Game On, however, is enemies to lovers, and that was a LOT of fun. I would like to write more in the future.

What are your favorite genres/sub-genres to write in? Are there any you love to read but cannot write in?

I am a huge fan of paranormal romance, and I will soon be writing one which I am really looking forward to!

Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

Dialogue is my favourite thing to write. I love getting into the nitty gritty of character interaction.

Which do you hate to write: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

Love scenes are my nemesis! They are a lot more challenging to write than anyone would imagine as there is a lot of… let’s say positioning, and also describing of body parts that can get quite awkward.

An excerpt from Game On:

Knowing my touch had such an effect on him made me feel … powerful, like it was finally me who was in control. He was always the one in control of our interactions and I hoped he’d keep quiet because I wanted to keep the upper hand for a bit longer.

“What would Miguel say if he knew you were giving me a massage?” he asked. “If I found out my girlfriend had been rubbing some other guy’s shoulders, I’d be pretty pissed.”

With two short sentences, he took the power back again. Just like always.

“First of all,” I said, increasing my force, “until you stop screwing around, that’s something you don’t need to worry about. And second of all, I’m fairly sure Miguel would understand this is a professional massage, nothing more.”

“Hey, take it easy!” Radleigh hunched up at my vice-like grip. “I get the message. I shouldn’t have said anything, and I can’t take an argument right now, so please can you forgive me and maybe ease the pressure?”

I dropped my hands down to my sides and sighed. “Why do you always annoy me when we’re actually managing to have a normal conversation?”

He turned around, fixing me with a grin. “I enjoy flirting with you. I went too far. If you weren’t so damn hot, I’d be able to control myself.”

I tried to ignore the stirring sensation inside me at his words. For a moment, I was taken back to the night I’d met him. I’d seen him from across the busy bar, and when his eyes landed on me, they’d sparkled. He approached me, and the chemistry was palpable from the first words we exchanged.

But he’d ruined it. By trying to move too fast, and then Freya informing me of who he was – he had killed everything completely.

“You’re not a horny teenager, you’re a grown man,” I said.

“There is a teenager inside every man,” Radleigh stated. “Even Miguel.”

“Miguel is nothing like you.”

“And you are nothing like him.”

“You don’t know anything about me.”

An internal battle was happening inside him, I could see it in his eyes. To his credit, he kept his thoughts to himself but it didn’t mean I couldn’t hear and feel every one of them.

The same way he seemed to hear and feel every one of mine.

All Leah Walker wanted when she swapped the English countryside for Los Angeles was a fresh start, away from the ghosts of bad boyfriends past.

Enter Radleigh McCoy.

When the arrogant bad boy makes scoring with Leah his new goal, they become locked in a heated battle of wills that threatens everything she’s built for herself, including her friendships and her career.

As circumstances continue to throw them together, sparks fly, and Leah is forced to ask herself some serious questions. Is she strong enough to resist the man who is the epitome of everything she thought she no longer wanted? Or will he tempt her back to the dark side she’s tried so hard to run from?

It’s Game On.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her. Her first book was released in 2013, and she has gone on to release two successful series’ and a handful of novellas, all falling into the category of Contemporary Romance, with a strong focus on enemies to lovers romance, and friends to lovers romance. Kyra is also a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or enjoying nights out at comedy shows and live music venues.

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