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Need You: The Garner Brothers #1

Stacy Finz

ISBN 9781420141900
Publish Date 7/25/2017
Format Paperback
Categories Contemporary, Zebra Shout

He paddled them toward calmer waters so he could collect himself, afraid if he didn’t, he’d lose control of the boat. Considering these were Class II+ rapids, intended for novices, he’d never hear the end of it.

“Those were pretty big, huh?”

“Not bad. There are more up ahead. Let me know when you’re ready.” He’d never gotten so much pleasure from another person’s enjoyment. It made him yearn for more. To watch her light up like that . . . well, it was everything.

“Okay.” She stuck her hand in to feel the water. “It’s cold.”

“It’s worse in winter. You ever go out in the lake?”

She shook her head. “We were going to get a boat but . . .”

Not for the first time, Colt wondered about Robert. What kind of guy let another man make a pass at his wife? He wanted to ask why they’d broken up but he didn’t know her well enough to get that personal. Besides, it didn’t pay to become too involved. She was here to restart her company. As soon as that happened, she’d leave.


The Garner brothers are poster boys for the ski resort town of Glory Junction, California. But as much as they love outdoor thrills, they know how to create indoor thrills, too . . .

Colt Garner thrives on adrenaline. As Glory Junction’s police chief and the co-owner of Garner Adventure, he knows where to find danger and excitement. Unfortunately his new neighbor, fussy, transplanted city girl Delaney Scott, is anything but a thrill, even if she is as gorgeously curved as a killer ski slope. They have nothing in common but a shared driveway they’re arguing over . . . and a mutual attraction neither of them can fight.

Starting over was not in designer Delaney’s plans. But now that her rotten ex has walked away with the rights to her brand, she needs to reinvent herself, and fast. It’s not easy with bold, brash Colt next door, too handsome for his own good, and, she’s sure, too unreliable for hers. But as small town life throws them together again and again, Colt and Delaney find that simple romance may be the most exhilarating gamble of all . . .

“Well paced, well-written, a romantic delight!” —Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author

About Stacy Finz:

Stacy Finz is an award-winning former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After twenty years-plus covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she had enough material to write fiction. She is the 2013 winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Readers can visit her website at stacyfinz.com

Photo Credit: Laura Finz.

Q&A for GOING HOME

Q: Is there an actual Nugget, California? If not, what town or place is Nugget based on?

A: If there is a Nugget, California, I’m not aware of it. Nugget is loosely based on a number of towns in the Sierra Nevada, but particularly towns in Plumas County. My aunt lives there and we go a couple of times a year to visit. The views are stunning and we’ve spent many amazing days just inner tubing down the Feather River. Because it’s so rural where she lives, the community is close-knit, which served as good model for Nugget. I like the idea that everyone knows everyone else in town and everyone is up in everyone else’s business. I grew up in a small town; we even shared a telephone party line. My sister and I used to listen in on other peoples’ conversations (terrible, right?), but it soon became apparent we weren’t the only ones doing it.

Q: In Going Home, the heroine, Maddy Breyer, is obsessed with the Donner Party. What inspired you to put such a macabre piece of California history into a romance novel?

A: I think a lot of Californians are intrigued with the tragedy. When you think of California, you think sunny, warm, beaches and palm trees. You don’t think of pioneers getting trapped in the snow and having to eat each other to stay alive. Now ski resorts surround the area where the Donner Party got stranded in the 1800s. Every time I’m up in those parts I wonder where it happened. Is this where pioneers feasted on their fellow travelers? Maybe I’m a little warped, but I think it’s human nature to be curious about really bad things, and Maddy is a little quirky to begin with.

Q: Going Home’s hero, Rhys Shepard, is a complicated guy. Tortured, yet bound by an innate sense of duty to take care of everyone around him. Is there a story behind his character?

A: I liked playing on the theme: can you go home again? Nugget has miserable associations for Rhys. His dad was the town’s odd ball and people wrongly assume the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. But Rhys’ sense of duty brings him home and forces him to stay at least long enough to do the right thing. I’ve known people like him, people who couldn’t wait to get out of Dodge and reinvent themselves, and despite finding new surroundings and new people, still don’t feel like they belong.

Q: What’s next for the town of Nugget?

A: Rhys’ best friend (and Nugget heartthrob) Clay McCreedy is about to meet his match.

Q: Will Rhys, Maddy and other characters from Going Home make appearances in Clay’s book?

A: They are all making cameos, but I’m also introducing some intriguing new people.


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