Spotlight & Giveaway: Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips

Posted August 7th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 73 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips to HJ!

Hi Carly Welcome to HJ! If you are ready let’s get started …

5 Random facts about you?

CARLY PHILLIPSI eat peanut butter on whole wheat bread for lunch every day.
I love milk chocolate.
My iPad mini is my best friend (w/the Kindle app).
I wanted girls and I have two great daughters.
Erotic romance is my favorite “go to” genre to read.

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your Novels?

Characters who are defined by what happened in their pasts and have to meet the right person in order to get beyond it and live happily ever after. Emotional depth mixed with humor and lightness.

What is your favorite trope to read, one you will never get tired of?

Not really good with “tropes”. To me, a good book or story just grabs me.

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?
The damsel in distress. I love the rescue theme. Rescue me, take me away and make me fall in love with you ☺

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading an upcoming Macy Beckett for a quote. It’s an advanced read and a lot of fun!

If you had to summarize Perfect Fling for the readers here ….

PFOn one hand, Perfect Fling is good girl who meets bad boy story, but Perfect Fling is deeper. It tackles the subject of what happens to someone who is raised to believe he’s no good? How can he be convinced otherwise when that voice in his head overrules what his heroine sees? Cole Sanders has spent years under cover and barely knows who HE is. He likes it that way, distant from everyone and not letting anyone close. Until a one night stand with good girl Erin Marsden leaves them with the closest connection of all – a baby! Then Erin is threatened and Cole steps up to protect her forcing them to come to terms with each other. And love.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Erin is the good girl. She’s always done the right thing and pleases people. She’s sweet and giving. Suddenly everyone around her is settling down and she feels lost. This leaves her open to bad boy Cole who returns to town, also lost in his own way. He’s been deep under cover and barely knows who he is anymore. They come together at this vulnerable time in both their lives … and suddenly nothing will ever be the same!

What scene did you have most fun writing? Why?

I loved the scenes where Erin stands up to Cole’s father and defends him. It’s so heartwarming to watch her go to bat for someone who’s almost stopped defending himself against his father’s misperceptions and verbal abuse. She’s so strong that way and I adored her. (Please see the scene below)

Who would who cast in the role of hero and Heroine if your book was optioned for a movie?

Easy for the heroine – A slightly younger Bridget Moynihan who stars in Blue Bloods – also playing Erin, the daughter of a cop. ☺ Not so easy for the hero – he’s just a sexy as all hell dark haired hero. I didn’t have visual inspiration for him in my mind.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

Not sure what’s up next … I’m working on that now. 2013 is all about Serendipity:
~ Hot Summer Nights Anthology (Dr. Alexa Collins’ story in Perfect Strangers) – out now
~ Perfect Fling – obviously out now…
~ Perfect Fit – (reprint) – part of Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign – READ PINK! In September 2013
~ Perfect Together – February 2014 – Sam Marsden’s story

Where can readers get in touch with you?

You can join my newsletter via my website at so you’ll be first to know.  I also post at Facebook: and on Twitter: .

Thank you for stopping by HJ!

Thanks for having me! It’s been a lot of fun!


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Reprinted by arrangement with Berkley Publishing Group, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Carly Phillips, 2013.

He shook his head. “I had breakfast with Ella and Simon. ‘Course I knew you were here playing bodyguard. Despite it all, I figured you’d take decent care of Erin but damn it all? Couldn’t you keep it in your pants?”
Cole grabbed his father by his good arm and pulled him inside. In a public condo unit, he didn’t need Erin’s older neighbor coming outside and getting an earful.
“None of this is any of your business,” he said, shutting the door behind Jed.
His father ran his good hand through his hair. The cast had been removed on his other arm, leaving him with just a sling. “You feeling okay?” Cole asked him.
“What do you mean it’s none of my business? She’s the daughter of my best friend, the ex-police chief of this town. Not to mention an assistant DA.”
“Still don’t see where it’s your business,” Cole said, then mentally counted to ten to calm his temper. “Do you think I planned this? And before you ask, of course I used protection so don’t go there.”
“You’re still a Goddamned moron. Who do you think you are touching a girl like her?”
Cole set his jaw. “She’s a woman, dad. It was mutual.”
“She’s a damned nice woman,” Jed barked at him. “You should have known better than to lay a hand on her. You’re just going to hurt her when you leave her high and dry.”
“That’s between Cole and me, don’t you think?” Erin walked down the stairs, dressed for a day at his cousin Nick’s cabin on the lake. “Sorry. I couldn’t help overhearing and there’s no way I’m going to let him pin all this on you.”
Cole’s head began to throb. “Erin, go back upstairs.” She didn’t need to hear his father beat up on him once again. And he didn’t need her sticking up for him or attempting to fight a battle he’d long since learned he couldn’t win.
She shook her head. “It’s my house, that gives me some rights. Jed, if you’d like to stay and congratulate us on having a baby, that’s great. If you came to cause trouble, I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”
Cole was torn between admiration and frustration.
“Erin, I’ve known you since you were a little girl. What were you thinking?”
She tipped her head to one side, eyeing his father as she would a defendant in a courtroom – much like he envisioned her going after a bug she wanted to squash. Cole decided his father deserved whatever he was about to get.
“I was thinking I couldn’t find a better man than your son to sleep with when I was lonely.”
Cole didn’t know which admission hit him harder, that she found him a good man even then? Or that she’d gone to Joe’s that night because she’d been looking for company.
He didn’t have time to chew on either because she wasn’t finished with Jed. “And until you can find it in yourself to see Cole the way I do, you aren’t welcome here.” She stepped around Jed and opened her front door, making it perfectly clear she wanted the older man gone.
“I see my son’s manners are rubbing off on you. Your mama would be disappointed.”
“Actually I think she’d applaud,” Erin muttered as Jed made his way to the door.
“Now you’ve got a woman fighting your battles,” Jed said, getting in his parting shot at Cole.
“Go home, dad.”
“He’ll break your heart just like his mother broke mine, mark my words.”
“But I’ll be a better father than you ever were,” Cole said, getting face to face with the man who’d fathered and raised him but never ever liked him. “And I’ll have Brody to thank.” Cole slammed the door behind Jed before Erin could take the pleasure away from him.

73 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips”

  1. Karina G.

    My favorite book is usually the first book of the series, so Serendipity #1 is my favorite book so far. I like when I get introduced to characters, but I have to keep in mind that my first impression of someone is usually wrong. I can’t wait to read about the rest of the Barron brothers!

  2. Janice Hougland

    Hello, Carly! I guess I’d have to say my fave book in this series is the first book of the series, Serendipity. I like second chances (I am the beneficiary of one–my second husband) and the story of Ethan and Faith just clicked with me. BTW, I like the series because I love small towns, having grown up in one and reaped the benefits of knowing everybody in town–like an extended family.

  3. orchid7

    I have the first several books from this series in my TBR pile. I need to go pull them out! This post reminds me of why I thought they looked good. 🙂

  4. Sue G.

    Serendipity is my favorite. I just LOVE Ethan Barron! Sigh 🙂

    Don’t pick me for the contest…I already own the book.

  5. Joanne B

    I’d have to say Serendipity. I always love the first book in a series when we meet and get to know the characters, the town, and everything else.

  6. Vicki Powell

    Probably the characters from your first book in the series…where the older brother comes back to town…names elude me right this minute. But I definitely want to read this book!

  7. Leanna

    I think I liked Faith best. She had to go back to Serendipity after her father had schemed money from so many people. She held her head high, helped Ethsn with his new sister and started her own business.

  8. Cari White

    I just finished Perfect Fling and LOVE Erin and Cole. My fav is usually the one I’ve just read, but have to agree tha Ethan and Faith’s story and characters are my fav.

  9. roslyngroves

    I’ve enjoyed all of the books so far, therefore it would be difficult to choose which one I enjoyed the most.

    I will however say my favourite character so far has probably been Tess. I’ve enjoyed seeing how she has changed and grown since she’s been a part of the Barron clan.

  10. Ada

    I’ve enjoyed all the books so far but I’d say my favorite would be Serendipity. My favorite character though, would probably be Ethan. I love his story of redemption and I love how protective of his family including Tess.

  11. Michelle Huang

    I haven’t read any books in this series yet but they are certainly in my TBR list!!

  12. Anita H.

    My favorite of the series would be Nash and Kelly’s story because I love the interconnectedness of the family and how they deal with each other as they’re relationship grows.

  13. Jayme

    Serendipity was the first book I read by you. I loved it so much I went and ordered several books. Serendipity will always be my favorite by you.

  14. Melissa Stillwell

    My favorite was the 1st Serendipity book. Love Faith! However, I love all of your books & buy them as soon as they are released. Anxiously awaiting the next book!

  15. Nancy H

    I know I’m suppose to pick a main character, but I really like Mayor Marsha. She is great. She puts people together in situations they are not comfortable with. Thanks.

  16. Grace Augustine

    I loved the Hot Stuff series. I could relate to the media connection so well because of co owninh a weekly paper.

  17. Lyn

    I think that Karma is my favourite among the Serendipity books so far, purely because both the hero and heroine learn to stop beating themselves up over the same event for both of them that happened years ago. However, having said that, it is never a good idea to ask me to pick one favourite as it can change from day to day depending on my mood and what I feel like reading.

    Definitely have to get hold of Perfect Fling and Hot Summer Nights though 🙂

  18. Heather

    I have not yet had a chance to start the new series, but am very excited to read them all. I was luckily enough to receive an advanced copy. I have not yet read a book by Carly Phillips that I have not loved, so I have no doubt this will be as well.

  19. Gina Meier

    What don’t I love about Carly Phillips books! I have read almost all of her books. I fell in love reading about the Chandler bachelors and have been in love ever since. I am looking forward to you upcoming books. I am also a peanut butter junkie and I love chocolate.

  20. Alison S

    The first book is my fav! I love Ethan too and how prtoective he is. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this series as of yet but it certainly is on my TBR list !!

  22. Texas Book Lover

    Well since I haven’t read this series yet I don’t know who my favorite is going to be. But this is the type of series I love and once I start I can’t stop till I am done. I get quickly addicted!

  23. CateS

    I guess it would have to be the first in the series..because it got me started!! Thanks!!

  24. Meridith

    I got introduced to Carly Phillips by way of the media coverage with her book was selected by Kelly Ripa’s book club. I’ve never read a book of Carly’s that I didn’t fall in love with her characters.

  25. Michelle the Romance Witch

    i have to say i have really loved this series but my favorite by far has been Karma… i just loved dare and he was too hot for words… thanks for the chance to win… i’m dying to get to perfect fling as soon as my life stops beings crazy and i can decrease my tbr pile! 🙂

  26. Kirbi Smith

    I love this series!! Just got this book for my birthday and can’t wait to read it!

  27. Kirbi Smith

    My favorite has been Faith though. Her character and story got me hooked on the series.

  28. Sandie W

    Until I have the chance to read them all, I can’t choose the one I like the best…Yet. Working 60 + hours a week is killing me. (taking way too much of my reading time away)!!!

  29. Emma

    I like them all.I’ve never read a book of Carly’s that I didn’t like .Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  30. Mona Kekstadt

    Being new to your books Carly I’m enjoying them one at a time..some really great friends from a street team I’m on can’t believe I just found you…they are the best. The told me I would love each and every book. I already love your writing, and so HAPPY I found your books…I’m waiting patiently for more books of yours that I ordered…each time I went out there was only one copy left…HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, then PERFECT FIT, and also PERFECT FLING, all different stores…funny how that worked out…Thank you and hope I have some more luck, are a very giving and wonderful person…xo

  31. Donna Durnell

    I don’t have a favorite. I may never really have any favorite book of any kind, because I always love the book I’m reading at the time [or, I don’t like it at all, and then certainly that would never be a favorite — not the case with Carly’s books 🙂 ]

  32. amanda hattie

    Do I have to really pick? I love all the stories. But I think Alexis story is great!

  33. Alina D

    Picking just one book is like picking your favorite child. I just can’t do it. I love them all! 🙂

  34. Kathy Rando Giannone

    I haven’t read any of the Serendipity series books yet. I’m looking forward to more personal reading time after I finish some college classes for work. I do, however, love a hero who starts out as a bad guy. I love the image I have of him at the beginning & can see the changes in him as the story progresses. No matter how he is described, he always looks better at the end of the book than at the beginning…..sigh.

  35. Shirley Buchanan

    I don’t have a favorite yet because I haven’t read any of this series. Love the interview and the excerpt. Sound like an exciting and interesting book to read. Just my kind. Thanks for the giveaway.

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