Hi there! Let’s meet Mealnie Munton and find out the inspiration behind her new book Reasons Why Not to Date Public Enemy CEO in this tour stop hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Read the guest post from Ms Munton and find a link for a giveaway at the end of this post.
Guest Post – Reasons Why Not to Date Public Enemy CEO: the Inspiration
I LOVE coastal living! Plain and simple. I grew up in rural Missouri, so all I ever wanted when I was young was to get out of those land-locked states and find the beach. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know of my obsession. My husband and I have lived in various parts of North Carolina, and are now settled (for the time being!) in Savannah, Georgia, which I absolutely adore. So many amazing settings for romance! Because I’ve fallen so hard for all the areas we’ve lived in throughout the Southeast, I knew I had to base a series around them. Fictional Shell Grove, SC is basically an amalgam of the quaint towns and gorgeous places I’m surrounded by out here along the southeastern coast. These real-life settings were my biggest inspiration for Reasons Why Not to Date Public Enemy CEO and the Shell Grove series, in general.
The series really started to take shape after I read It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey, who is my HERO. I’d been planning to write Shell Grove since 2018, but after I read her bestseller, I was like, “Why am I not writing these stories now?!” Tessa did such a phenomenal job of throwing the reader into the charming world of Westport, WA that it further motivated me to push up my sleeves, travel to the opposite side of the country, and finally bring the world of Shell Grove, SC to life. I know I’ll never write as good of a grump/sunshine story as Ms. Bailey—who’s arguably the Queen of the trope—but I’d been wanting to take a whack at writing one for a while, and so, Reasons Why was born.
There were definitely some personal inspirations for writing Reasons Why, as well. The year 2021 was a rough one for my husband and I. On top of work-related stress and having to say goodbye to the first dog we ever owned together, we also suffered a miscarriage. Throwing myself into writing a lighthearted romantic comedy set in a beachside paradise after all that was a form of therapy for me. The story was my sunshine during some dark days, so this particular book will always hold a special place in my heart. The world of Shell Grove has been a welcome escape for me, as I hope it will be for all of my readers!
– Melanie Munton
About the book
Reasons Why Not to Date Public Enemy CEO
(Shell Grove, #1)
Publication date: June 21st 2022
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
What happens when the most hated man in town goes after everyone’s favorite girl-next-door?
Reason #1: Big, bad CEO Aiden Beaumont wears his grumpy mask every day like a badge of honor. Mia Sparks wants nothing more than to honk his nose or throw a pie in his face, à la The Three Stooges, just to see if he’s capable of smiling. Unfortunately, she can’t. Because he’s technically her boss, and she’d like to keep her gig at the new five-star beach resort for longer than two weeks.
Reason #2: Everyone in her small hometown of Shell Grove, SC hates the man. He brought big business to their little beach town, and as far as her fellow citizens are concerned, that makes him the devil incarnate. But he won’t be staying forever, which works for Mia. She doesn’t go for the flashy city types anyway. She’s quite happy living her quiet life in Shell Grove. The faster the cranky—albeit stupidly hot—CEO is out of her life, the better.
Reason #3: Every time Aiden frowns at her, it hits her like a thousand-watt smile. He has a language all his own, and it’s starting to make way too much sense to her. She can’t avoid him in a town the size of a postage stamp, and it finally hits her that…she doesn’t want to escape him. This always-irritated, too-serious businessman couldn’t possibly be the stable safe haven she’s been looking for. Could he?
Aiden knows there’s a million and one reasons to stay away from the sugary sweet Mia. But who runs away from sunshine after living their entire life in a secluded cave? And when someone from her past unexpectedly emerges and tries to drive a wedge between the two of them? All bets are off. Aiden has never lost a fight in the boardroom, and he’s not about to lose the fight for the woman he wants to deserve. He just has to prove to her that he’s not the PUBLIC ENEMY CEO everyone thinks he is.
About the Author
Melanie grew up in the Midwest, but she loves living in the Southeast (where the beaches are!) now with her husband and daughter.
Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.
She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.
At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.
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