We are so excited to have Caitlin Ricci with us today here at Sinfully as she celebrates the release of her new novel About Last Night.
Hi. This is Caitlin Ricci and today I’d like to talk about my new novel, About Last Night, which is book 2 in the Thornwood series. Now, because this series focuses on cheating and one night stands, I’d like to share my view on cheating. This is a bit complicated, since each book in the series deals with a different sort of cheating, and some of it isn’t cheating at all depending on which character you look at the situation from. But in About Last Night there is definitely clear cut cheating in that Rem is with his girlfriend for years and she thinks that they are monogamous while he is definitely not.
In this situation I believe that cheating is wrong and there are consequences that Rem faces for his decisions. He’s young and stupid sometimes, as many of us were or still are on occasion. Because of his lies he hurts the people closest to him and risks his relationships with them. Like an addict, it takes a long time for Rem to come to the realization that he can’t have both his girlfriend and Thomas and continue to hurt them like he has. He likes Angela but he doesn’t love her. While he loves Thomas he can’t be with him. It’s a complicated situation that the three of them find themselves in and Rem has to decide between love and football, but also between what he’s always known and is comfortable with, and a life that could be amazing for him if he’s willing to risk everything.
It’s a hard place for him to be in at first and I wanted to show his growth through the book as he starts to realize that his choices and his actions aren’t making things better for anyone. Thomas can only take so much and Rem doesn’t want to risk hurting Angela but when the truth comes out he knows that’s exactly what will end up happening. Rem starts out as careless and selfish as he has one night stands and random hook ups with guys where and when he can. I hope that by the end of the book readers will be able to see how much he’s grown as a person and how, even though the book is from Thomas’s POV, Rem was able to be redeemed through the choices he makes as he becomes slowly less selfish and begins to see how his actions hurt the people around him.
This is the kind of cheating relationship that I wanted to show in this novel. It’s a gay romance so of course Rem and Thomas end up together. That’s the part that’s a given. But it’s the journey of what they go through and the sacrifices they make and the choices they have to face that I loved writing. Absolute cut and dry cheating is never easy to deal with, especially when both people absolutely love the person who is cheating. Rem can only have one of them and in the end he has to make the decision of how to hurt Angela the least and when that time comes it’s up to Thomas if he even still wants Rem in his life or if Rem needs to do some work to redeem himself before Thomas will have him.
I loved writing the two of them together because they felt real. Thomas is a small town boy who is exactly who he is at face value. He’s kind and loveable and until he met Rem he was pretty honest. Rem is a complicated mess of layers and I believe they play off well together as Thomas tries to balance how he feels about Rem and how much he wants him, right alongside how he grew up and the morals he’s always had.
I hope you enjoy the journey of these two as well. Thank you for spending some time with me today.
About Last Night
(A Thornwood Novel)
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 4th April 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.
Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn't have a conscience.
When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.
Meet Caitlin Ricci
Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful husband and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.