Aimée writes steamy, contemporary romance for the 21st century woman who enjoys the 21st century alpha male. She's addicted to reading, shopping and can't go a day without music.
When she's not writing you can find her traipsing up the Ochils (weather permitting of course) or procrastinating on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/aimeeduffyx) and Twitter (@aimeeduffyx).
Part 1 of Summer Flings – a fun, flirty and laugh out loud rom com series of short stories.
Armed with a degree from Oxford that she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, Ciara Bree convinces her two best friends, Elle and Gem to spend their first summer of freedom backpacking across the globe. Now it’s time to shop, sunbathe, think about boys for a change, and party hard…
First stop: LA!
The girls hit Tinseltown for a few days of shopping, star spotting, and even a movie premiere!
But their plan to sneak into an exclusive celeb party in West Hollywood backfires. Elle’s gorgeous older cousin, Zack, is called to the rescue and despite knowing she should stay away, Ciara just can’t seem to resist him.
The ideal summer treat for those relaxing days soaking up the sun!
Sure! The girls, Ciara, Gem and Elle, have all just finished uni. They planned a round the world trip before they start real life and where better to begin their holiday with a bang? It’s all celeb spotting, designer shopping, a glitzy movie premiere and after party. But it doesn’t all go as smoothly as they’d hoped.
Q. If you had a choice where would you choose to live, and why?
America. New Orleans specifically. Well, I did until a good friend told me it was so humid every breath filled your lungs with water. I’d still like to visit though.
Q. What comes first when you write a story?
In this series it was the characters and the theme – the summer abroad with a fling thrown in. I like to start with characterisation. I don’t usually stress about the plot, just let the characters drive the story.
Q. Can you name five characteristics we’re likely to find in your heroes, and same for heroines?
My heroes are usually a little bit cheeky, sometimes hard-headed, but they’re gorgeous, have integrity and generally know what they want from life. Until they meet the heroine anyway…
My heroines vary. As long as I could picture myself being friends with them without wanting to slap them then I’m happy J
Q. What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Depends what I’m in the mood for! Sometimes when the sun shines all day (rare in Scotland) that feels perfect. Other times a spa day, some shopping or a little pampering. I’m easily pleased.
Q. Can you tell us anything about your next book?
The next one scheduled for release, after the Summer Flings series, is What a Girl Wants. It’s the third book in the Indecent Proposals Trilogy, and wasn’t as easy to write as the others. Eloisa’s past is delicate and has made her closed off. But it’s still sexy and fun at times, just a bit more emotional than What’s a Girl to Do? and What a Girl Needs.
Q. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your next choice of career?
Lawyer! Actually, I’m hoping to make that my career too. I start my degree this September. It’s part time though so I do plan to keep writing.
Wow, good luck, I hope it goes well for you.
There wasn’t so much as a rickety floor board in the house so when she heard someone clear their throat behind her she about jumped out of her flip flops. Turning, she prayed again that her face didn’t look like she’d sputtered her way round the London Marathon five minutes before.
‘Can I help you?’ Zack Muir asked.
Thank goodness he was fully dressed this time. She didn’t think she’d be able to force words out if he was still sweaty and half naked.
‘I don’t know what– what’s up here.’ Keeping her mouth shut and staring at him like an eejit would have been better than what came out. Instead of Maths she should have studied English. Or taken a course in how to behave around gorgeous men she couldn’t have.
He cocked an eyebrow. ‘What’s what?’
‘You know, which room’s taken? Elle said you have the master suite.’
Great, now her palms were as sticky as her face. So much for everything the girls had taught her about flirting. She was sweating buckets and getting tongue tied over a man who looked at her like he thought she was about to clear out with all his cash.
Zack closed his eyes and shook his head. ‘That’s Elly all over. She shoots her mouth off without checking the facts. They’re all empty. I’m in my room down stairs. Take your pick.’
‘Okay, thanks.’ Ciara turned before she said something that would paint her cheeks scarlet, caught her toe beneath the cement filled case and took a not-so-graceful nosedive into the floor, cursing like a trucker all the way.
Luckily she caught herself before she cracked her skull but she’d never live the shame of this one down. With her bikini covered bum – hopefully cellulite free – in the air and Zack now on his knees at her side, she’d be quite happy to have knocked herself a good one so she didn’t have to face him.
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Others in the series - click on the titles to find out more!
Misbehaving in Miami
Point us to Paris
Geeks Go Greek
Flirting in Florence
Deliver Us to Dublin
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