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Many thanks to the host of this event: Author Libby Mercer
Since the theme of this blog hop is Sensational Secondary Characters, I thought I’d talk a little about one of my favorites: Gabe Jörgensen, Jason’s dad, in LOVE IS THE DRUG.
Here are a few (just a few) of the reasons I really love this guy:
First of all, he’s a great father. Although he’s found out he’s not Jason’s biological father, he never falters in his love for his son (even though Jason and he are having a little trouble communicating, which makes Jason believe just the opposite is true).
Second, he has a kick-ass sense of humor (just like his son, I might add).
Third, he’s a true romantic. He ends up playing matchmaker in both a small way that his son realizes, and later in a very BIG way that his son doesn’t know about.
Fourth, he knows how to find the joy in life, and teaches his son some pretty big life lessons along the way as well.
Fifth, he has a big, forgiving heart and helps Jason deal with his past, and forces him into a much better, and brighter future as well. (All, of course, with the additional help of my heroine, Julie Del Mar).
Here’s a little excerpt that stars only Gabe, and gives you a little insight into what makes him tick:
He should’ve taken his two-year-old Caddy instead, but it made him feel old and stodgy. And right now, he wanted to feel young and alive. He wanted to feel the warm breeze on his face, in his hair, to enjoy the music and the vintage car and the open road.
Because, once he got to Buffalo Pass, there’d be some somber business to deal with. Something he wondered if Jason had ever even told Julie about, but something that Gabe was hoping, once she knew, would maybe change her mind and make her give his son another chance.
He’d barely gotten to the bank in time before it closed an hour ago. And now, on the black vinyl seat beside him lay the leather attaché, inside of which was the tattered Mork & Mindy spiral notebook that held the story of his poor wife’s secret shame.
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This is the story of Jason Jörgensen, an excitement-loving bad boy and Julie Del Mar, the quiet, romantic dreamer who breaches his devil-may-care façade and helps heal the frightened boy inside.
Conceived during a violent rape, Jason knows deep down that he's no good. So, as far as he's concerned, his plan never to have children is not only sound, but also the right thing to do.
Julie, orphaned at twelve, has now lost her surrogate parent--her older sister--to suicide. Returning to the only real home she ever had and someday making her own family is her most profound wish.
Uncontrollable desire brings them together, but will a pregnancy test tear them apart?
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