There’s no way Lydia–oldest and most responsible of the tight-knit Rodriguez clan–is going to let her nosy family find out about the uncharacteristic work screw-up that landed her a paid suspension. To keep busy and avoid panic, she enrolls in a life enrichment class. The first guest speaker is a handsome artist with a wicked smile and eyes that melt right through her.
Even the “ice princess” can’t help but feel an immediate spark that lights her blood on fire.
Isaac Ortiz is unquestionably the sexiest man Lydia has ever met. The talented son of a famous Spanish artist, he’s constantly moving from one new glamorous city to another, working if and when the muse visits him.
He also has a stare that makes Lydia’s heart race and hands that look more than capable of making her scream with pleasure. She shouldn’t be attracted to this free-spirit who makes all his own rules–but she is.
There’s just one hiccup….Isaac is nineteen.
Lydia has lived her entire life firmly inside the box, and being with a younger man is definitely outside the safe confines she enjoys.
So why can’t she stay away from him? And why is she seriously considering his proposition to take off to a place she’s never been…just because?
When Lydia is invited back to work with a cleared name, she should be overjoyed.
But the reality is, Lydia doesn’t know what anchors her life anymore…or if she wants to be anchored at all. Should she travel the world with Isaac? Or continue down the road that she’s worked long and hard to pave for herself? Choosing one means losing the other, and Lydia isn’t sure if she’s ready to drift with the current that’s pulling her by the heart.
1. Lydia is the star of DRIFT. How did you come up with Lydia’s character?
Lydia has always been the intense, older sister of the series and readers have expressed again and again how they love to hate her. One of the best things about writing a companion series has been showing characters in a completely different light. For some readers, Lydia has been a bit of an enigma, but there’s more to her than the snippy remarks and stone cold stares. We really wanted to show readers the flip side of her.
2. Isaac’s age seems to be a near deal breaker for Lydia. What about her personality makes this such an issue?
Lydia, while professionally successful is still a bit insecure and whether she wants to admit it or not, she still cares what other people think and molds her outer persona to fit that. Finding out that Isaac was much younger than her threw her. She has had a career, a typical adult life and a very strict set of rules and guidelines for how she lives her life, and Isaac fell way outside of those limits.
3. What are some of the places Isaac has been? Are any of those places important to you personally?
Isaac is Spanish, so his roots are in Spain but he grew up traveling the world with his artist father and his mother. In DRIFT, several places are mentioned that he has lived: Chicago, Italy, off and on in LA, Eastern Africa, and South America. While we’re both pretty well traveled, we didn’t select the places Isaac has lived or vacationed for any particular reason other than they fit the story well.
About the Authors
She’s repped by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.Steph’s works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits and coming soon: Riptides & Drift.
Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.
She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren’t really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter’s incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.
She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).