Of all my books, then one I was most nervous to write and release was The Worth of a Penny.
I introduced the character Dominic MacKenna is my first book – The Guilt of a Sparrow – and had fun writing his funny, flirty personality. He was always meant to be Maggie’s friend in that book, not her love interest. But so many readers came to me saying they were #TeamDominic. I could only assure them he’d get his own book one day. I had plans for him!
Then it came time to write his book, and I was super nervous about messing it up. Messing HIM up. Since so many readers loved him, all the sudden it mattered that I get him right.
The Worth of a Penny ended up being my “sweetest” book yet on the steaminess scale. But don’t let that fool you, because Penny is dealing with some major issues! Dominic befriends her, takes her under his wing, and helps bring her out of her shell. More than that, he gives her a safe place to land when she’s lived in fear for too many years. They face several obstacles together throughout their story!
Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.
Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?
Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.
Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.