Geoffrey de Graville is a man of honor. The code of chivalry to which he subscribes demands it. He is expected to become a warrior, and to produce the next generation of his family with a suitable wife. When he falls in love with the wrong woman, a woman he cannot marry, her death in childbirth crushes his soul, and leaves him to raise an illegitimate child alone. His honor refuses to allow him to marry another or to risk seeing another woman die bearing his child. He safeguards his heart with a layer of ice as thick as the walls of the castle built by his father, as impenetrable as his armor.
But every suit of armor has its chinks, and even the thickest layer of ice can be melted.
When Eric Hanson left the Navy, he knew the transition to civilian life would have its challenges. The faint threat of PTSD symptoms taunt at the edge of his psyche, and he hopes that entering civilian life will help banish those demons.
Civilian life requires a whole new set of lifestyle skills. Finding work in the field he loved was easy. Finding a place to live in the small town of Avalon on California’s Santa Catalina Island proved to be a challenge.
When the only person in town that he knew, an angry young woman he’d met briefly while on leave, advertised for a roommate, he was glad to move in, reminding himself that they were Just Roommates. Until they weren’t.
Michelle Diaz is a girl with a chip on her shoulder. Life has dealt her a crappy hand and she doesn’t like it. She uses a bitchy attitude and snotty sarcasm as a shield, to ward off life's inevitable disappointments. Coexisting in an actual human relationship is something she has no experience with.
To top it off, if she wants to keep her house, she’s going to have to take on a roommate to share expenses. When an annoying sailor that she’d literally run into the year before answers her ad, she takes a chance on sharing her home with him. They were after all Just Roommates. Until they weren’t.
I've created a short video trailer of my novel Chivalrous.
Please watch for insight into this book and its hero, Geoffrey de Graville.
I had a lot of fun putting it together!