My new romantic comedy, Secondhand Love, comes out on September 7.
It's the story of Zoe, who doesn't quite believe true love will ever happen for her. Until, of course, it does in a way she least expected it to.
Here's a conversation she has with her roommate and best friend, Bella, at the start of the book. She's just told Bella about the pitch she's going to make to her editor at the magazine where she works. For a new column about breakups:
Leave it to my roommate to knock the wind, or water, or enthusiasm, right out of my idea with the simple wave of a nail polish brush. "It's too depressing, Zoe. I mean, do you think people will really want to read about breaking up?"
"Of course they will. You love hearing about my bad dates and crazy exes." I raised my eyebrows in triumph because it was true. Bella would listen to all my stories as long as I provided the chardonnay.
"That's because I'm trying to help you," she answered without an ounce of sarcasm. "By the way, what happened with Ryan?"
Case in point, the night before Bella had fixed me up with a client of her fiancé’s, a stockbroker who made the Wolves of Wall Street look like a puppy pack. I groaned. "He took me to the Palm, ordered up some fifty-dollar steaks and then spent the whole night with his ear glued to his cell phone. I think he should have asked the phone out to dinner."
Secondhand Love is the latest Annie Hoff Romantic Comedy. And it has a lovely new cover! The book will be coming out soon with Dream River Press. Watch this space for more details!
Zoe Markham believes the words I love you only spell trouble. A child of divorce, her family is a cautionary tale littered with broken hearts. She’s never had a relationship that lasted longer than the blink of an eye. In fact, she writes about breakups weekly for her column in New York Today. The only exception to the rule might be Zoe’s friends, Bella and Henry, who have been engaged since college.
Zoe’s first date with a new man, Derek, ends up with him making her breakfast, and she finds herself hoping the affair might be more than a one-night stand. But when Bella shows up at the door crying, the engagement ring she’d so proudly displayed gone from her finger, Zoe is again convinced that true love is impossible. Bella persuades her to write about the breakup with Henry and Zoe does it reluctantly Meanwhile, she sets out to prove she’s wrong about true love, particularly as it pertains to the two best friends she’s ever had. She does everything in her power to get Bella and Henry back together. In the process, Zoe discovers some surprising truths about herself and what she’s been looking for all along.