Behind the Book: Worth the Wait by A.J. Pine


Jeremy Denning was never meant to be a hero. He was a convenient secondary character in book one of the Kingston Ale House series, The One That Got Away. Some extra comic relief in what was already a romcom, a character able to provide an outsider’s perspective on the hero (Jamie) and heroine’s (Brynn) relationship, especially since he’d known both characters from high school. Hell, he wasn’t supposed to show up again until at least book three, Annie and Wes’s book, because he was, after all, Annie’s little brother.

But then Six Month Rule (book two) came along, and there was Jeremy. Showing up when I didn’t expect him to, being all charming and funny. By the time readers finished this book, I was getting messages on social media asking if Jeremy’s book was next. I read reviews where readers speculated—and hoped—for Jeremy’s story. And I realized that I was starting to wonder what Jeremy’s story was. I was trying to figure out how I could plant the seeds for that story in Three Simple Words—and how I could convince my editor that changing direction from my original book four idea was the right move because Jeremy wouldn’t get out of my head. He needed his story. Luckily, she agreed that Jeremy had to be our final hero—and she even gave the thumbs up to the huge obstacle I wanted to put in my hero and heroine’s way.

A man cleanse.

That’s right. My heroine, Grace, because reasons, is following a self-help book that promotes a six-month, full-body cleanse—including NO sex. And with Jeremy being a self-admitted commitment-phobe, getting him to want to commit to a woman he couldn’t even kiss would be a challenge.

But this series is sexy, and I didn’t want to jump the shark in the final book, which meant keeping the heat factor dialed up along with Grace’s cleanse would be another challenge.


I won’t give away how, but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say this book is pretty damn steamy—even before we get to well—you know—what Grace and Jeremy (and hopefully readers) have been waiting for.

Will they? Won’t they? How can they?

Guess you’ll just have to read and see if it’s all Worth the Wait.

worththewait-500About Worth the Wait:

I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…

I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.

I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.

I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.

Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 The One That Got Away
Book #2 Six Month Rule
Book #3 Three Simple Words
Book #4  Worth the Wait


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About A.J. Pine:

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

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