The First Word (book one of The Visionaries)
“Lovely writing and a sweet romance make for a promising debut.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The portrayal of several non-neurotypical main characters makes for an interesting, timely, and sensitive read. Rhys’s point of view is especially endearing, as an adult who has struggled with undiagnosed autism-spectrum symptoms. His empathy for his son and his own young self is moving. Andie has demons of her own, and working so closely with Will brings them to the surface… There is a ton of heart in this romance, and plenty to enjoy.” — RT Book Reviews
To stay sane, Andie Tilly must keep her mind on her work. Her job as a pediatric occupational therapist is the perfect distraction from the unspeakable tragedy she experienced as a child. But when she meets alternative-energy magnate Rhys Griffiths and his autistic toddler, Will, she quickly realizes her heart will never be the same. Especially when her name becomes Will’s first word.
After accepting a position as a live-in therapist for Will, Andie steels herself against the appeal of the disconcertingly attractive—and attracted—Rhys. But their chemistry can no longer be denied, and their heated affair seems destined for happily ever after. A destiny Andie’s terrified to embrace.
When Andie’s guilt, Rhys’s awkwardness, and the abrupt appearance of an erratic ex threaten to dismantle their delicately blooming relationship, they must decide if love is worth the challenge. Can Andie and Rhys find their way back to each other? Or will the demons of the past simply prove too strong?
The Visionaries Series
The Visionaries are a group of MIT-pedigreed science and technology entrepreneurs who are blazing a trail to startup glory, even as their love lives threaten to flame out. Engineering guru Rhys, from The First Word, is the first of the group to set his sights on love, but he won’t be the last.
Book 2, coming in 2018, focuses on Rhys’s protegé and hard-driving SVP of engineering Noah Oquist as he returns to his Vermont hometown to find that his world has imploded. His father, stricken with dementia, is nearing his final days. And his hometown fiancée has just ended their engagement on the say-so of an advice columnist who has returned to town with something of a cult following.
Psychologist-turned-advice-columnist Cassandra Drummond has loathed Noah since long before she beat him to the post as valedictorian of their high school class. The two shared what she’d thought was an inviolable bond back when Noah was a painfully shy kid and Cass moved to Temperance as a refugee from her elite Manhattan girls’ school, where she was bullied mercilessly for her Tourette’s-induced tics. But Noah sold her out and she’s never been able to forgive him.
When Noah turns up to pressure her into helping him win his fiancée back, Cass is not amused. But their connection sparks back to life, reawakening memories of idyllic days and stargazing nights, and Noah soon realizes he might just be fighting for the wrong woman. If only he can get Cass to see things his way.