Tour: I’m Not In Love by Mia Kerrick

I’m Not In Love
Mia Kerick
(Don’t Let Go, #1)
Publication date: June 13th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance

I’m not in love…

I’m not in love…

I will never let myself fall in love with Tristan Wilder.

And maybe if I tell myself this a thousand times, I’ll believe it.

Having lost his parents to a tragic accident when he was nine-years old, wealthy hotel heir Remi (Julian Remington III) refuses to form intimate emotional bonds, fearing a repeat of the crushing loss that destroyed his childhood. This means no deep friendships, no heartfelt family ties, and God forbid should he ever fall in love… Well, it’s safe to say that will never happen.

However, as a senior at the top art college in Garner City—his last year of freedom before he’s required to take his place at the top of the Remington family empire—Remi freely explores sexual intimacy with “distractingly” beautiful men. And he does so with great enthusiasm—how better to distract himself from the temptation to experience tender human connection?

Remi’s plans for emotional isolation are shook up when he meets Tristan Wilder, a nude model for his life drawing class. Stunningly beautiful from head to toe—and inside his heart, as well—Tristan struggles to scrape together enough money to support his twin sister, Tara, and her three young children. Like Remi, “Uncle Tris” is unwilling to enter a romantic relationship—his responsibility to his family is all-consuming. As the men take a chance on casual friendship, Remi comes to admire Tristan’s devotion to his family. And with Remi’s surprisingly doting attention to Tara’s children, he works his way into Tristan’s heart.

Tristan is finally all in, but can commitment phobic Remi lower his walls enough to allow Tristan—and the entire Wilder family—into his heart?

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From the desk of Author Mia Kerick:

Hello! I’m so happy to be here today with my new MM Romance release, I’m Not in Love, where the jaded art student falls for the classroom nude model. 

Thank you so much for warm welcome!!

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Personal tastes vary widely, but in my research about what readers most love and most detest in a romance novel, there were common themes. I asked readers in my author’s group, Mia’s Lost Boys, what they most love and detest in romance novels, and here’s what I learned:

What are we as romance readers obsessed with—what do we LOVE in our LOVE STORIES?

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The top answer is that novels should be realistic. 

Kaje says, “Love when main characters are realistic and face real obstacles…” She adds, “And if the guys stop to make out (or reflect on how hot their partner is) while being chased/shot at, I’m out of there.” (I’m with Kaje on this.)

Conversations must be believable, characters must be sufficiently flawed, and settings must be described in a way that is real enough for the reader to be transported. As stated by Sue, “I love feeling the surroundings (smells, wind, bee sounds).” She also mentions that consequences (for a villain’s bad actions) is another aspect of reality that readers crave. 

“…I love when the Author gives the victims justice.” (I’m striving to improve in this area.)

Valentina sums it up well. “The more realistic the characters and the story are, the better… The downfall of this is that when reality sucks it really sucks so…. I love/dislike the same thing that, in fact, makes a book great: reality.”

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Another characteristic readers appreciate in romance novels is the use of comedy.  According to Sue, “Humor, laughing during hot scenes” is a big plus. (I agree!!!)

Some readers mentioned the tropes they most enjoy. “Flawed characters… enemies to lovers, forbidden love” were Natali’s favorites. Second chance stories are also popular.

Happy endings are critical to romance readers, but there are conditions. “I like happy endings, but I like for the story to reach the HE through realistic events and characters… I don’t like ruthless ppl becoming kitty cats all of a sudden cause that’s not how it would play in real life if they felt in love,” says Valentina. 

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Pet peeves in romance novels? My readers pointed out several serious annoyances they feel rather passionate about:

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Cliffhangers come in at number one. Valentina and Debbie agree with Teresa’s opinion. “CLIFFHANGERS!! Hate them passionately.”

According to my sample, cheating is a topic that is unpopular in romance, and “lots of sad” doesn’t work well either.

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I took several moments to relate my readers’ likes and dislikes to my new release, I’m Not in Love.  So how did I do?

Is it realistic? Remi is flawed. Tristan is financially challenged and overburdened by family responsibilities. Each man struggles to find the other as the relationship ebbs and flows.

Do I use comedy? I try my best, believe me. I sent my chapter 1 to an agent for her commentary and critique, and she wrote in red throughout the sample: “Haha.” “Ha!” “Great line… Ha!” “Nice humor here.” “Ha.” I think I succeeded in making her laugh. I hope I make you laugh too. The three kids in the story also provide for some lighthearted moments.

Happy ending? Since there will be a Book 2 about the same couple, Smitten, it is a HFN (Happy For Now), but I think it is satisfying.

Cliffhanger? NOPE!!

Cheating? NONE!!

A lot of sad? Well, there’s a lot of angst. #sorrynotsorry

I’m so glad you checked out my post today about what readers love and hate in romance novels.  I think you are gonna fall in love with Remi and Tristan in I’m Not in Love as much as I did and be rooting for them to get together!

❤ Mia

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Author Bio:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children–all named after saints–and five nonpedigreed cats–all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:

Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them.

Mia Kerick focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men within the boundaries of blossoming, supportive relationships. She believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. And Mia’s stories are centered around a certain theme: even heroes can be sweet. Sweet, but not completely innocent.

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  1. I’m so happy to be here today with my release of I’m Not in Love! Thank you for sharing my book news and my guest post! I interviewed readers on my author’s group, Mia’s Lost Boys, for answers to the question- What do most love and most detest about romance novels??

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  2. Thank You for spotlighting Mia Kerick. This is an Author that gives everything to the Books and Fans. Always a kind word or a fun joke. Always listens when we share our opinions. A very gracious and wonderful friend to her fans.

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