'Will you marry me, for a while?'
Adam Santiago's always been a lone ranger. But when the detective teams up with music therapist Julie Chapman to save two young orphans, pretty soon his heart's a goner, too! Julie's willing to do anything – even become Adam's pretend bride – to keep a brother and sister together. But as she falls head over heels for her polar opposite, will this marriage of convenience become an affair of the heart?
About the Author
"English was my least favorite subject in school, but I was always a storyteller," she admits. "Growing up, I was the kid in the neighborhood who decided what roles we would play and the pretend situation were in."
As a single mom with four children, Judy returned to school and graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in social ecology. The new direction helped her confidence grow, and when a hero she could believe in came into her real life, she was even more inspired. Determined to do something about her love of writing, Judy joined Romance Writers of America and met her two critique partners. The trio have worked together and encouraged each other ever since.
Judy likes to take ordinary characters and put them in emotionally compelling situations that make them grow. "It takes some of the stubborn and hurting characters a while to learn there is always a way out," Judy maintains, "but when they realize their options, there's no stopping them."
Her unpublished stories won not only the coveted Emily and Orange Rose Awards, but also earned her the status of a double Golden Heart finalist in 2001. Her first book, Cowboy Courage, sold to the Silhouette Special Edition line, where she seems to have found her niche. "I credit a large part of my success to my critique partners, Crystal Green and Sheri WhiteFeather, who also write for Silhouette," she says.
On those days when a stubborn hero and a headstrong heroine claim her undivided attention, she and her family are thankful for fast food, pizza delivery, and video games. When she's not at the keyboard or in a Walter-Mitty-type world, she enjoys traveling, romantic evenings with her personal hero, and playing board games with her kids.
Write to Judy at P.O. Box 498, San Luis Rey, CA 92068.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Adam Santiago’s always been a lone ranger. But when the detective teams with music therapist Julie Chapman to save two young orphans, pretty soon his heart’s a goner, too! Julie’s willing to do anything—even become Adam’s pretend bride—to keep a brother and sister together. But as she falls head over heels for her polar opposite, will this marriage of convenience become an affair of the heart? This was a pretty good story. I had some issues with Adam (mostly his initial opinion that he only wanted “bad” girls). I really liked Julie right from the beginning. Other than that, the whole premise of helping troubled youth and what the main characters are willing to do to help them warmed my heart. The situation that kicks off their story is very touching. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Detective Adam Santiago was brought up in the foster care system. He was rescued by Stan, a bachelor patrolman who became his foster father, mentor, best friend and roommate. While Adam now mentors himself, he considers himself a confirmed bachelor and only dates women of the same mindset. In contrast, Julie Chapman had a wonderful childhood, until her mother died of cancer when she was fifteen and her military father came home with PTSD. She would sooth him with her music and became a music therapist. After living with her father, she would never date any man who put his life in danger. They meet at a charity event for the Rocking Chair Ranch and Kidville. Adam rescues two homeless children and their dog and manages to get them into Kidsville, a children's home, instead of foster care. He mentors there and Julie has just started volunteering there herself until a paid position becomes available. The two children start to blossom there, but a soon to retire social workers, wants to place them with distant relatives, who are only interested in the money the government provides. Julie would like to be their foster mother, but the social worker is old fashion and does not believe in single parenthood. Adam proposes that they have a marriage of convenience until they are awarded custody and then they can have the marriage annulled. But as they spend more time together and learn that their first impressions were wrong they both start having second thoughts. Can they fool the social worker? Will they surrender to their feelings, or bury them deep? I received a free, advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. I gave this book 3 stars instead of 4, because the end seemed rushed and the end of Chapter 8 did not make any sense. But I received an ARC, so maybe that changed in the final edition.