Jennifer usually has trouble with titles, but this time she said it was easy, as it directly relates to the premise of the story.
“I loved writing this story,” Jennifer explained. “I’m always drawn to “tortured” heroes of some sort and Dan was a doozy. He’s got layers and layers to him that were fascinating to peel away. And Hannah was a great counterpoint to him, since she’s a much lighter character, although she has shadows from her past that keep popping up throughout the story.”
In Addicted to Love, Jennifer wanted to explore a character that has an addiction to something, is working on fixing it, but takes that “fixing” too far. “In Dan’s mind, he will become addicted to anything he enjoys,” Jennifer said. “He’s very much a black or white kind of person. There are no shades of gray and I wanted to explore how to get him to see those shades of gray.”
Addicted to Love takes place present day, in Hoboken, NJ and New York City. “Hoboken, NJ is a small city on the water. From there, you can see across the Hudson River to New York City. There are small apartments, large high-rises, some parks, residential streets and lots of bars, restaurants and shops on the main thoroughfare. The proximity to New York City is a huge draw for Hoboken and it’s a true young commuter town. There is easy access to mass transportation. You can easily get to New York City for work or for play.”
In Addicted to Love we’ll meet the hero, Dan Rothberg, a widowed father raising a teen daughter and working as a forensic accountant. “The death of his wife threw him into a tailspin and he worked really hard to get over it and take care of his daughter. His sole focus is taking care of her and working and maintaining tight control over his life.”
The heroine, Hannah Cohen, is a single young woman who shares an apartment with her grandmother and works in public relations. “She is trying to balance her job, her meddlesome grandmother, her troubled brother and her personal life.”
"Dan’s goal is to raise his daughter well. Hannah’s goal is to succeed at her job and hopefully find a man to fall in love with."
We’ll also be introduced to Tess, Dan’s daughter. She provides teenaged angst and wisdom, challenging both Dan and Hannah along the way. Bubbe, Hannah’s grandmother, who would love her granddaughter to settle down and wants her entire family to be happy and get along. Jeff, Hannah’s brother, has screwed up his life and is making amends, but Hannah’s not sure she can trust him.
Addicted to Love has a few key elements. It’s a contemporary romance with Jewish characters. The hero and heroine are incredibly strong and relatable characters. Tess & Bubbe provide a lot of comic relief.
Jennifer wants her readers to take away the following from her story, “Everyone deserves love, even when they don’t believe it themselves.”
Addicted to Love is the first book in the Serendipity Series. “Other characters from this book will be the hero or heroine of future books,” Janice said.
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Let’s get a closer look at Addicted to Love.
Dan Rothberg struggled after an accident killed his wife and he nearly lost custody of his daughter. He can no longer allow himself to get attached to anything or anyone. Until he meets Hannah.
Hannah Cohen is a young executive with a meddlesome grandmother and a troubled brother. She’d like nothing better than to find her own Mr. Right, after too many Mr. Wrongs. A sexy older man with a teenage daughter was never in her plans.
As they navigate their relationship through adolescent attitudes and grandmotherly interference, they realize age is just a number and love can be right in front of them. But when the terrible truth of Dan’s former struggles is exposed, Hannah must decide if she can get past his deception and allow love to conquer all.
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