After graduating college, Kelsey Morgan left her small-town Virginia roots to make it in L.A. After years slogging in commercials and music videos, her movie career is finally taking off. But she's still miles behind her current costar, and Hollywood playboy, Patrick Lyons. Kelsey does everything she can to avoid Patrick off-set, hoping to not become fodder for the supermarket tabloids that scour the streets for Patrick, trying to get an exclusive look at him and his alleged woman of the week. Kelsy has successfully kept Patrick at a distance, and her reputation intact, until her drunkard brother-in-law Richard threatens to ruin everything by selling her darkest secret to the highest bidder. Now the victim of blackmail, Kelsey has nowhere else to turn but to Patrick's arms. But, can he be trusted? Or will the past destroy them all before she can find out if he's the hero she needs? "What it Takes" is the first book in the Rocky Creek Series by Kathryn Ascher. Sequels are expected to release in 2015 and 2016.
Born and raised in Virginia, Kathryn Ascher tried her hand at poetry and fiction in high school, but put it all aside when she went to college. After graduating with her degree in communications, she married her college sweetheart and went to work for a local radio station. After the birth of her third child, Kathryn decided to give writing another try. When she picked up her first romance novel, she immediately knew that was the genre for her. Kathryn currently resides in Florida with her husband and three children.
When Patrick arrives at Kelsey's house, he quickly discovers she loves to watch football. Her father almost immediately launched into a discussion about the sport as soon as they sat down to lunch together. In this excerpt, Kelsey is trying to pick which team she'll support that day. The burgundies are the team she grew up watching, her father's favorite team, the Washington Redskins (it's the most local team for them after all). The blues are the team she has picked as her own favorite. Like Kelsey, I grew up a Redskins fan, but as I learned more about the game, I became more of a fan of great players and support their teams. At the time I wrote this novel, my favorite player, Peyton Manning, was an Indianapolis Colt and the blues in Kelsey's closet represent this team.
What It Takes
After they returned from church, Patrick went to Kelsey’s office to check his e-mails and Kelsey went upstairs to change. She put on a pair of gray lounge pants and a white t-shirt then went to her closet to pick a jersey to wear. As her eyes wandered over the blues and burgundies of her two favorite teams, her mind wandered back to their trip to church that morning.