Entangled in Romance: Romancing His Rival by Jennifer Shirk

Happy holidays! All month long meet some of our authors and their best selling books.

Today we’re getting to know Jennifer Shirk and her hero and heroine from Romancing His Rival! 


Hi, all! I’m Jennifer Shirk and I’m a USA Today bestselling author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances. There are soooooo many reasons I love the holidays, but maybe the top two would be food and family. During the holidays I will cook and have food that I normally don’t get a chance to eat throughout the regular year, and I also see family during this time that I don’t normally get a chance to see too. Win-win!

Favorite Holiday Song:

O Holy Night

Favorite Holiday Food:

ANY and ALL Christmas cookies!!!!

Favorite Holiday Movie:

It’s a Wonderful Life

Are you the type of person who on November 1st…thinks it’s time to break out the Christmas music or thinks It’s not even Thanksgiving yet folks!

I will break out the music. (In secret) My family is not quite ready then…

Are you one of those shoppers who has gone through your list and are done shopping well ahead of Christmas or are you elbowing people out of your way on Christmas Eve to finish your shopping?

I’m anal, so my Christmas shopping AND wrapping are done weeks before Christmas. Less stress that way, too! Haters gonna hate. 🙂


Get to Know The Characters From Romancing His Rival…

Hero’s Name: Lucas Albright

Heroine’s Name: Elena Mason

What would the perfect gift your hero would give your heroine and why?

Lucas would probably give Elena a drawing pad and new sketching pencils. Elena is an artist but also likes to draw and sketch whenever she’s stressed or needs to think.

What would the perfect gift your heroine would give your hero and why?

Elena would probably get Lucas a book on trivia or useless information. LOL He is a bit of a trivia buff.

Where would your hero or heroine secretly hang some mistletoe to catch an extra special holiday kiss and why?

Mostly like all around The Harbor Light Hotel, where Elena works. I can see Lucas popping in there all the time!

Share an excerpt of your favorite kissing scene between these two characters.

This scene isn’t much of a kiss, but for Lucas, it was a huge realization scene, which is why I like it…

She flipped up the collar of her coat and rubbed her arms. “Will you be able to find your way back to the hotel okay?”

He was tempted to tell her no to get her to stay with him a little while longer, but she looked almost frostbitten. “I’ll be fine. Thanks for taking pity on me and keeping me company tonight.”

“Sure. It was fun.” Then she took a step forward and kissed him on the cheek.

The kiss was warm, quick, and completely platonic, but the way his body reacted he would have thought she’d French-kissed him for a full ten minutes. “What was that for?” he said more gruffly than he’d intended.

She shrugged. “You did say we were friends now, right? Friends can kiss each other on the cheek.”

Yeah. And he was pretty sure that in some parts of the world, friends invited friends into their homes and had wild passionate sex with them, too. Unfortunately, they weren’t in that part of the world—and his depraved little mind should not be having those kinds of thoughts anyway. Not with his friend’s fiancée.


But he took a step back anyway, not trusting himself. “Good night, Elena. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

She shook her head. “No, actually, tomorrow’s my day off.”

Her day off. So…he wouldn’t see her at all. Which was a good thing. A very good thing considering how much the thought of not seeing her was beginning to really bother him. Good grief. The last thing he needed in his life was to get mixed up with Elena. Logically, he knew that. But there was a race between logic and libido going on, and libido seemed to be wearing brand-new running shoes.

“So I guess I’ll see you Monday and we can get down to work then,” she added.


Yes, and that was a good reminder of why he was even here in this town. Of what he really wanted from her. He was here to work on the ad they’d be creating together so he could become a partner at Bold Mine Advertising. How could he have lost sight of that in less than forty-eight hours? He needed to get back to work, focus and do what he did best. What he really could succeed in.


“All right,” he said, backing down the sidewalk. “See you Monday.”

“Wait, Lucas!” Elena called out. Grinning, she pointed the opposite way down the street. “The hotel is that way.”

So much for focusing.

“Thanks.” Then he headed in the correct direction and, thankfully, farther away from Elena, and most importantly, her unrealistic beliefs about love.

He had no business with either.



Be sure to pick up Romancing His Rival on sale for 99¢ for a limited time only!


Hopeless romantic Elena Mason doesn’t often hate people, but she hates her ex-fiancé’s insufferable best man, Lucas Albright III. She just knows Lucas is the one who talked her ex out of getting married—so Lucas is clearly the cause of all her problems.

And now she’s expected to work with him? Oh, heck no.

Lucas Albright wants nothing more than to make partner at his advertising firm, and he knows he works best alone. But then Elena ends up as his partner on an account that could win him a promotion. He had a great reason to end her engagement, not that she’d ever believe him. Still, he’s willing to try working as a team.

Unfortunately, his new “partner” wants him dead.

Elena knows she’s going to have to give in and work with her nemesis, though nobody said it had to be easy for him. But what happens when fighting starts feeling a whole lot like falling in love?

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