Man For Me

(A Man In Charge Novella)

by Laurelin Paige

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laurelin Paige comes a new story in her Man In Charge series…

Brett Sebastian is the very best kind of friend.

Who else would get me a job at one of the biggest corporations in America?

And hook me up with his uber-rich cousin to boot?

And let me cry on his shoulder every time said cousin blows me off?

Okay, it’s pretty obvious that Brett cares about me in a different way than I do for him, but he seems fine with how things are, and our friendship works.

Until one fateful night when I’m mooning over his cousin, and Brett utters four words that should make me happy for him, should make me relieved, should balance out our uneven relationship:

“I met a girl.”

Suddenly my world is crashing down around me, and I’m forced to ask myself—am I only interested in Brett now that he’s taken?

Or have I been looking at the wrong man all along?

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An Exclusive Interview With Laurelin Paige:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

I lalaloved Brett and Eden’s story! How did you choose them for this novella?

Thank you! I am so pleased! I had beta readers asking for Brett’s story after the Man in Charge Duet, and it’s hard to say no to the people who are constantly putting in time and effort to make my books better. And I am a big fan of redeeming the bad guy, not that either Brett or Eden was a bad guy in Man in Charge, but there tends to be a bitterness about the “other” woman in romance books, and I love to flip that. Why do we always hate on the poor girl who isn’t the heroine but lusts after the hero? She’s already got the misery of being the woman not chosen. I like to write those women a happy ending because they deserve one too, imo.

Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes to read. What are some of your favorites to write and why?

That’s interesting to me because I find that friends-to-lovers often misses the mark for me. It’s hard to find an obstacle to the relationship, and if you know me, I love a good obstacle, but I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed keeping up the tension in this one. (cue evil laugh).

I tend to like writing the over-the-top, edgy tropes best—arranged and fake relationships, dubious consent, forbidden romance, stories where the characters are out to get each other until oops, they fall in love. You know, the norm.

People may not know, but, man, you can SING and also majored in musical theater. What are some of your favorite musicals to sing along with?

I will sing every line of Evita and Sunday in the Park with George because they are the best musicals of all time. Fight me.

But I love so many it’s hard to name them all. Hamilton is a no-brainer, as is Wicked and Into the Woods. Spring Awakening is brilliant. Hades Town is a recent fav. Fun fact—my cousin is one of the producers of Hades Town. I’m related to someone who has a Tony! I die.

You have some of the best graphic shirts and sport a lot of them in your pics on Instagram. What are your top three favorites you have?

Seriously? It’s easier to pick my favorite book I’ve written. (Insert laugh emoji). Okay I’m going to say:

  1. “You could be great, you know. It’s all in your head.” Dumbledore quotes get me in the feels all day.
  2. “I have mixed drinks about feelings.” A gift from my bestie Melanie Harlow.
  3. “There is purpose to this season.” I need that reminder a lot.

Can you give us a few lines from what you’re currently working on?

Rachel Hathaway owns me.

And that’s all you get because I’m on a break and haven’t written more than that. J

Thank you for your fantastic questions and your enthusiasm for my first attempt at friends-to-lovers. I’m always super thrilled to engage with you, my friend. Xo


USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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