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Author Interview & Book Review: Xavier’s Loving Arms, by KT Grant

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on March 4, 2012

Author Interview & Book Review: Xavier’s Loving Arms, by KT Grant

Xavier Marks has the looks, great job, and more than enough money to throw around. The only thing missing is a woman by his side. He hasn’t had much luck in love since he caught his fiancée cheating on him, and isn’t too happy about his current bachelor status. But that may all change when a cute barista from a coffee shop catches his eye. Perhaps she can help him lick his wounds?

Life hasn’t always been too kind to Rebecca Price. With a grandmother suffering from dementia, and the threat of foreclosure on her childhood home, she may have no choice but to turn to a possessive ex-boyfriend who won’t settle for anything less than marriage. She hides a shameful secret that still threatens to destroy her. She’s ready to give up all hope when a suave, yet seemingly kind-hearted man enters her life and comes to her rescue.

Rebecca is wary of placing her trust in Xavier, who wants to be more than a shoulder for her to lean on. But as the two grow close, Rebecca’s guilt over her past discretions continue to haunt her. Xavier wants to show Rebecca that the one place she can feel whole and at peace is in his loving arms.

This book was a refreshing love story. I usually do not read romance novels because I do not like when a female swoons over a guy that she feels she can’t have (which happens to be most of the romance novels I read). KT Grant’s characters are real, and act the way I would imagine people would.

Before work every day, Xavier visits the coffee shop across the street from where he works to see the cute woman that works there, Rebecca. For the longest time he just talks to her and never lets her know about his true feelings.

One day Xavier can see that Rebecca is having a bad day and stops to talk to her to try and make her feel better. Rebecca thanks him for his kindness, and Xavier says he can repay him later.

Although Rebecca is attracted to Xavier, she has no place in her life for a boyfriend. She works two jobs to pay the bills so the bank will not foreclose on her house and so she can pay the medical bills for her grandmothers dementia care.

Not to mention Rebecca’s possessive ex-boyfriend, Devdan, that will not leave her alone. While they were dating, he continued to made comments about her weight. Rebecca became extremely self conscious and developed an eating disorder. It became so severe that she was hospitalized. It is something that she still struggles with.

Devdan wants to help Rebecca and pay off all her debts, but she has to marry him first. He wants total control over Rebecca, but she’s not willing to give up her independence or go back to him. However, she can’t seem to stay away him from.

One Friday after work, Xavier and the rest of his department decide to go to a bar and watch a local band play. While there, he notices Rebecca sitting at a table with some friends. Xavier goes over to say hello, and Devdan stands up to introduce himself and Rebecca. Xavier gets the ‘back-off-my-property’ vibe from Devdan, and goes back to his own table.

Rebecca has enough of Devdan and his antics and needs some fresh air. She sits outside on a bench to take a moment to herself. Shortly after, Xavier notices that Rebecca is missing and goes to find her. They begin to talk and really hit it off.

Xavier asks if Rebecca wants to go across the street for some ice cream. At first she doesn’t want to because of her eating disorder, but she really wants to spend time with Xavier. They are at the ice cream shop longer than expected, and Devdan comes in to find where Rebecca disappeared to. Devdan immediately makes Rebecca leave with him, but not before Xavier slips Rebecca his business card.

After a rough day, Rebecca isn’t sure who to turns to. After a long debate she calls Xavier. They go on wonderful dates, spend lots of time together, and really begin to fall for each other.

Xavier decides to take the next step and invite Rebecca to his house to meet his family. Rebecca is extremely nervous, but Xavier’s family accepts her with open arms. She couldn’t feel more welcome… until Devdan finds out where she is and decides to crash the party. Devdan makes a scene and fights with Xavier. Rebecca is so embarrassed that she runs out of the house and takes off.

Xavier tries calling Rebecca, but she ignores his calls. She knew that she was right and should not have a boyfriend at this time in her life, and has come to accept that. She swears off all men, and focuses on her grandmother and trying to save her house.

While visiting her grandmother at the hospital, Devdan shows up. He apologizes for his actions, but Rebecca doesn’t know whether to believe him or not. She’s heard him apologize so many times that she’s stopped believing him. This time he genuinely seems sincere, and admits that he has moved on. Rebecca is truly happy for him, and hope that Devdan has in fact turned over a new leaf.

When Rebecca needs to get away, she walks around her neighborhood… and this day runs into Xavier. He was waiting for her to take a walk and couldn’t stand her ignoring him any longer. She can’t deny it either, and jumps into his arms.

What makes a good book for me are strong characters that are relateable. KT Grant does a fantastic job of developing Rebecca and Xavier: solid back stories, admirable qualities, and loving people. You’re rooting for them to get together the entire time, but understand that there are outside circumstances that prevent this at first. Rebecca and Xavier prove they can overcome these obstacles and live happily ever after.

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KT Grant is an amazing woman, and was kind enough to do an interview to go along with this blog post.  Enjoy!

KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well- known book reviewer and blogger who doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and known for writing “out of the box” romances. KT has been mentioned in the Guardian.UK, Publisher’s Weekly’s Beyond the Book and at Bookseller.com. KT is a top ten best-selling author at Amazon, as well as being a multiple All Romance Ebooks best seller and a Night Owl Reviews Top Author Pick.

Check out KT Grant here:
> website: ktgrant.com
> blog: http://kbgbabbles.blogspot.com/
> Twitter: https://twitter.com/katiebabs
> Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kate.garrabrant

Obscured Vixen: How long have you been writing?
KT Grant:
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager where I started by writing poems and short stories. Eventually I would write longer stories but never thought I would publish any. Then around 2009 I decided to write a full length book, a Lesbian Contemporary Romance titled Lovestruck. A year later Lovestruck was published in June 2010 with Noble Romance (https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/134/Lovestruck) and since then I’ve published eleven more books and short stories.

OV: In Xavier’s Loving Arms, Rebecca suffers from an eating disorder. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder yourself, was this story difficult for you to write?
KTG:
Writing Xavier’s Loving Arms was very emotional for me because Rebecca’s issues with food and her weight, and how she deals with her disease is something I’ve gone through for most of my life and still deal with everyday. I hoped to show how a disease like anorexia or bulimia can nearly destroy a person not just physically, but also emotionally and damage their self esteem. But I also wanted to show that there’s hope and a way to overcome this struggle. Xavier Marks is Rebecca’s hope.

One of the hardest scenes for me to write was the one where Rebecca is in the bathroom, hanging her head over a toilet, deciding if she should stick her finger down her throat. She just had a horrible confrontation with her ex-boyfriend and the only way she knows how to find calm down and find a balance is to make herself vomit. I had to decide whether to have her induce vomiting or to stop herself and have her take a moment to think about her actions that could cause a major setback for her. Writing a character like Rebecca was a therapeutic experience for me.

OV: This story is the third in the ‘Sweet & Sinful’ series. Do you have any characters that have been your favorite?
KTG:
Xavier is my favorite. Conner from For the Love of Mollie holds a special place in my heart because he’s based on my big actor crush- Ryan Reynolds. I also adore Suzie from The Claiming of Suzie because Suzy is everything I would like to be. She’s one awesome chick.

OV: Have you ever written something, reread it and thought, “Wow! That was great!”
KTG:
When I’m writing a first draft I always think it’s horrible and hate it. But then I end up surprising myself when I will start editing and revising and think what I’ve written isn’t as bad as I first thought. Usually this happens when I re-read my love scenes. I love writing hot sex scenes.

OV: And I love your hot sex scenes! Which of your works are you most proud of?
KTG:
Xavier’s Loving Arms is the one I’m most proud of. I’m also very proud of The Prince’s Groom, a historical M/M romance I have with Ravenous Romance (http://www.ravenousromance.com/m/m/the-prince-s-groom.php). I was thrilled I could write a middle-aged bald pirate who finds love with a younger, somewhat shy gentleman.

OV: You write a steamy scene with popsicles and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Are these scenes from personal experience? If so, details please! : )
KTG:
I have experience eating popsicles and ice cream! I love coffee ice cream, but not a big fan of mint chocolate chip. As for eating ice cream in bed and with a hot man like Xavier, well that’s where my imagination is used ; )

OV: Rebecca’s ‘safe place’ seems to be her bright blue Snuggie. Do you own one? I have a leopard print one!
KTG:
I had a baby blue snuggie and love it. I was given one as a gift a few years ago. I wear it more like a robe though. I bet there are many people out there who have their own Snuggie.

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