Welcome to the blog, Shanora!
Tell us a bit about Hard to Resist.
Hard to Resist is about a nineteen year old girl that has just graduated high school and is in search of a fresh start after being cheated on by her boyfriend of four years. She moves to Florida with her roommate Harper in search of a fun single life but once she meets Nolan, it becomes impossible. Nolan wants more with Natalie but of course she’s afraid of more after she’s been heartbroken before. Nolan carries a bad rep that Natalie isn’t sure she wants to deal with and as the story carries on, she’ll realize a lot that she didn’t realize about herself, her ex, and even Nolan.
What inspired you to write this book?
Well, it took me two tries to get this book right. It started as two separate books but both were the same. I was unsure of how to write it but as the months carried on, I realized what I wanted to go for. I was inspired to write this book because I could relate to it. I was surprised that it flowed so easily for me and that every emotion I felt for my characters was almost real.
Did anyone influence you when creating the characters of Natalie and Nolan?
My boyfriend and I have a lot in common with Natalie and Nolan. Our relationship is why I started to write this in the first place—but don’t get me wrong. My boyfriend wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Nolan was. (LOL!)
Which character do like the most? Why?
I love Harper because she’s hilarious. I love a good laugh and she could provide that throughout the book. Harper is Natalie’s roommate.
Will this story continue?
There will be a sequel, yes.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’d say expect A LOT! I plan on completing my series, writing the sequel to Hard to Resist, and also release Falling for Trouble which will be here on May 20th. I’m sure more ideas will come with time but for now my book ideas have my hands full.
Why did you begin writing?
Because I found out that I loved it. I was always eager to go to English class or even history because we would always take notes, write, and read. I love reading with a passion and writing means that much more to me. I never go a day without writing something – anything – that will keep my going. I feel as if writing is in my blood. My mother and aunt love to write just as much as I do.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Music or silence. I’m really bipolar when writing. Sometimes I want it dead silent and sometimes I want music to be quaking through the speakers.
What writers have influenced you?
Jessica Sorensen is a HUGE influence. I love her. Samantha Young, Gail McHugh and even Stephanie Meyer.
What is the most recent book you've read?
Up to Me and Down to You by M. Leighton. Great books!
Where are you from? Where do you call home now?
I’m from Matthews, North Carolina and to this day am still residing in Matthews. I don’t know what I will do when I actually end up moving out of this little town.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Read. Read. Read. (LOL) I also love to shop when I can.
Coffee or tea?
Early bird or night owl?
Huge night owl.
Summer or winter?
Tee shirt and jeans or dressed to kill?
Tee shirt and jeans.
Werewolves or vampires?
Many thanks to Shanora for visiting with us today! Keep reading for a review of her book, Hard to Resist!
Natalie Carmichael thought that Bryson Daniels would be her world. She planned a bright future with him, cherished four years with him, and couldn't have been any happier, but during graduation night, all of that changes. Natalie walks in on Bryson cheating on her. One month after catching him in the act, she finally decides to make an escape by leaving for Florida. She wants to start over, have fun, and be free while also finding a way to mend her broken heart but when she meets Nolan Young, her single-life escapade doesn't last for very long. She tries to stay clear of Nolan and his desires but it's impossible for her. Nolan will do everything that he can to have her as his own, but will Natalie accept Nolan along with the problems of his past? Will she let someone else into her heart that may be even worse than Bryson? For Natalie, Nolan will be something completely new to her. And for them both, their desires will be completely hard to resist.
Release Date: February 21, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***
Hard to Resist is a sexy, sumptuous romp in the life of a scorned girl named Natalie Carmichael. This is the first book I've read by the talented Shanora Williams, but after this, I'm putting her on my must-buy list. Williams captures vividly the feelings of a young woman who finds her boyfriend of four years cheating on her. This story follows Natalie and her journey to heal the wounds of her past and learn to love again.
After walking in on her boyfriend, Bryson, having sex with her arch enemy, Sara, Natalie decides to move to Florida where her best friend has a condo. She wants a fresh start where she can begin attending college classes and meet new people. Natalie's passion is writing poetry and she wants to earn a degree to further her dreams. As soon as she gets to Florida, her roommate, Harper, drags her out to a club. Harper is a couple of years older than Natalie and is the consummate party girl. While out, Natalie meets Nolan, a gorgeous man who seems to have only eyes for her. When Natalie leaves the bar and tries to have a one night stand with Nolan, he stops her cold. Nolan tells her he doesn't want a one and done relationship - that he wants something more. Natalie is afraid to commit because of her previous boyfriend. She is nursing a broken heart, and Nolan sees it immediately.
"Well, I was just hoping that you weren't a prostitute," he sighs. "I would much rather you be a brokenhearted girl than a night streaking whore. I can't get through to a hoe but a broken heart - well, those can be easily mended with time."
Natalie is a strong young woman, who is very hurt. Her boyfriend was her life, or so she thought. While scrutinizing her relationship, Natalie begins to see that Bryson wasn't as fabulous as she made him out to be. Bryson makes an appearance after Natalie moves to Florida, as does Sara. It is very angsty. Natalie tries to come to terms with her feelings for Bryson while dealing with the bitchiness of Sara.
I wanted him to be the perfect boyfriend, the perfect friend. I didn't want any of his flaws to get in the way so I ignored them. I ignored everything about him that had made me uncomfortable.
While dealing with her own emotions, Natalie is strongly pursued by Nolan. Natalie tries to put the moves on Nolan several times before he finally gives in, and when he does, it is H-O-T! However, Nolan happens to be my biggest issue with this book. He screams "PLAYER" and has a terrible excuse for why he treats girls the way that he does. He's a bit overbearing in his pursuit of Natalie. While Nolan may not have begun with the best of intentions, he becomes everything that Natalie needs - someone she can share her dreams and her life with. Nolan has his own set of personal problems to deal with. I don't know if Nolan is who we think he is. What we learn about Nolan's past makes me wonder about him. I'm not even sure I like him all that much, but I'll save judgment until I read the sequel to this book. The end of this book isn't a cliff hanger, yet it keeps you wondering what will happen next.
"I don't want to be on the list of your regrets. I want to be the good guy."
I have to talk about Harper, Natalie's best friend. It is obvious that Harper loves Natalie, but is dealing with her own issues. One thing I love about Harper is that she refuses to allow Natalie to feel sorry for herself. When Natalie wants to stay at home and mope, Natalie drags her out into the world. Harper is supportive and always has Nat's back, and provides a sense of humor that all can appreciate. I think there is a story there with Harper that I'd love to see in a full length novel.
Harper tenses at my side as she clutches the bottle of Coca-Cola in her hand. "Is this the bitch that Bryson cheated on you with?" she asks. She then laughs as her eyes scan Sara's extremely mini-skirt, tight pink tank top, and her straight hair. "You've got to be kidding me, Nat. Did he really stoop this low to this worthless broad?"
Shanora Williams captures perfectly something that I think a lot of young women deal with. Breaking up with a first love and moving on, no matter the circumstances, is always a difficult situation. Williams' Natalie is able to mend her broken heart and begin her adult life with grace. If you are a fan of quick, sexy, New Adult reads, then you'll probably enjoy this book. I am looking forward to more of Natalie's adventures!
But with love, there comes a price. Either it's worth it, or it's not."