When foul-mouthed, tattooed, vegan Marie Diaz-Austin accepted a summer internship on a ranch north of Santa Barbara to work with underprivileged and special needs kids she was expecting hard work. She wasn't expecting the gorgeous, but conservative rancher, Will Thrash who wants nothing to do with left-wing hippies like her.
While they both may be stubborn when it comes to climate change, they're much less rigid about considering a summer fling. Although they hate each other’s politics, they can't deny their immediate and growing attraction to each other. But when the stakes are raised and they're forced to make a choice what will give? Their principles or themselves?
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Marie Diaz-Austin, 32, takes a summer internship working with kids at a ranch, while completing her most recent degree. Will Trash, 34, owns said family ranch after his parents retirement. On the surface, they are about as opposite as it gets. Marie is a tie-dye loving, tree hugging, vegan, liberal while Will is meat eating, taxes hating, cowboy, conservative.
“We were two galactic bodies orbiting each other, pulled by gravity, but repelled by an equal force.”But their largely opposite viewpoints and approaches to life doesn’t halt the attraction they feel towards each other.
“It felt dirty. I mean, how naughty would it be to fuck your political opponent, literally?”Well let me tell you that it’s quite dirty! If you’re looking for steam, this book is full of naughty fun…and a kinky cowboy!
“‘I don’t know whether to spank you or fuck you for this.’”It’s a great mix of sex and romance. In fact, it really is what romance is all about—getting to know each other, accepting each other for who you are and for your differences without changing the other person. The conflict came with their values, not contrived outside sources. It’s a great light-hearted low angst love story that I didn’t want to put down.
Told via Marie’s first person point of view, both of the main characters are really cute. Marie is a strong, feisty heroine. And while I wouldn’t have been attracted to Will’s politics either, he still had my heart too—an honest, adorable guy with a lot of integrity, and I liked the way he pursued her.
The dynamics between them was pretty original and quite timely in an election year. But don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of politics, the author handles it very well and keeps it light with cute touches of political humor.
“But damn, if Fox News wasn’t on, it would’ve been perfect.”The Stars in the Sky is book 2 in the Giving You series. I haven’t read the first one so this can easily be read as a stand-alone. Amelia and Ryan, the couple from book one, make appearances as supporting characters and were a nice addition to this story.
5 Questions with Will & Marie from Lesley McAdam’s The Stars in the Sky
Welcome Will and Marie to the Book-Bosomed Book Blog! Thanks for being here.
So let’s get started and our first question puts Will in the hot seat…
Q1. Will, if Marie was elected president, how would you feel about being the First Man, and what would your platform be?
Will: (Stares at interviewer.)
Marie: (Laughs and gives Will a shove.)
Will: (Stares at boots.) Shit.Marie: Answer the question, dude. It’s no fun unless you answer the question.
Will: (Raises an eyebrow at Marie. Shakes head. Looks at Marie.) So this is how it’s gonna be?
Marie: Yep. Your feelings, big guy. What are they? I’m in charge. You’re First Dude, I mean First Man. How do you feel?
Will: (Mutters.) Shit.
Marie: (To interviewer.) Hang on for a second. (Grabs Will’s hand and pulls him out of the room. Returns seven minutes later, both panting and hair messed up.)
Will: What was the question?
Interviewer: If Marie was elected president, how would you feel—
Will: Yeah, okay. Most important thing is that we take care of things for the future.
Marie: (Looking at Will in astonishment, whispering.) You got that answer right.
Will: (Touches her cheek.) I know.
Marie: But how would you feel about me being in charge?
Will: Darlin’, you’re in charge and you know it. How I feel about it don’t matter much.
Marie: (Satisfied.) Yeah.
Marie: Wait. No. How. Do. You. Feel?
Will: (Pauses.) Lucky.
Marie: (Melts into chair.)
Q2. Living in California, you know both what it’s like to be woken in the middle of the might by an earthquake. Marie, using the Richter Scale, rate the last quake that woke you up screaming in the middle of the night. ;-)
Marie: Oh, that’s hot. Uhhh, off the fucking charts.
Q3. Back to Will—have a little fun with completing this sentence. “I have to admit Marie looks pretty hot when wearing tie-dye_______ and cowboy __________, eating _______, and listening to ________.”
Will: I’d have to admit Marie looks hot in anything.
Marie:: (Looks at him, combo of amused and hard look.) Can you answer any question directly?
Will: (Looking at Marie while answering.) She looks hot wearing that damn tie-dye shirt and nothing underneath. ‘Specially when it’s tied up so you can see her belly and her tatts. I’d like to see her in those Rocky Mountain jeans, you know, the ones with no pockets to get in the way of the view? If I got her to wear my cowboy hat and those jeans and nothing else? That’ll do. Eatin’? She can eat—shouldn’t say that in public. Uh. Liked watchin’ her with that ice cream cone.
Marie: Listening to?
Will: George Strait. “Love Without End, Amen.”
Marie: Oh, that’s so sweet!
Will: (Shrugs.) True, though.
Q4. True story, I once had a bumper sticker that read, “Who Ever Heard of a Good Piece of Elephant?” Now Will, given how much you enjoy Marie’s company, I think you might actually have to consider getting one of those ;-) Meanwhile, Marie, you’ve crossed to the other side—at least in the bedroom. Aside from an elephant, what other animal would you use to describe Will’s trunk?
Marie: (Bursts out laughing.) Dude, he’s hung like a horse.
Marie: It’s so fucking true.
Marie: It’s not original but damn. And where can I get that bumper sticker?
Interviewer: They might be vintage by now but if I find them again I'll make sure you get one for your car...or Will's truck ;-)
Q5. This last question is for both of you. If the next chapter of your life came out of one of those old Choose Your Own Adventure stories but with an erotic spin, which option would you choose (and why):
A. Doggie style in a voting booth on Election Day…while voting!
B. Bill & Monica style during a White House Tour while on a trip to DC…before meeting the president!
C. Hands and fingers in the back of the theater at The Hall of Presidents in Disneyland…while listening to Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address! (Hmm, or maybe the animatronics presidents are watching you???)
Will: Not goin’ to fucking Disneyland.
Marie: It’s not what you wouldn’t choose, it’s what you would choose.
Will: Votin’ booth might be interestin’.
Marie: I’m too loud a fuck though.
Will: That’s why it might be interestin’.
Marie: Ohmigod and we could see who changed their vote.
Marie: (Stares at Will.)
Will: (Stares at Marie.)
Marie: Voting booth.
Will: Voting booth.
Interviewer- A big thanks to Will and Marie for being such good sports and to Leslie McAdam for a fabulous story as well as Social Butterfly for coordinating everything. And a reminder to voters in the California area, just remember if you feel the voting booth next to you shaking on election day it's not an earthquake it's just Will and Marie ;-)
~About the Author~
Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she's not in the writing cave you'll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.
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