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by Charlotte Stein


St. Martin’s will publish in February 2024

In this steamy, opposites-attract romance, a very Roy Kent-style British retired footballer (grumpy, hairy, wears all black, hates talking to the press) gets roped into writing his memoir. He needs a ghostwriter. Enter curvy, cheery, cute as heck Mabel Willicker who knows just how to sunshine and sass her way into getting every little detail out of Alfie. What follows one of the most sparkling, clever, hilarious, banter-filled relationships I’ve ever enjoyed in a rom-com! This rom-com delivers on all levels: phenomenal sunshine and grumpy characters, fake-dating drama, misunderstandings, scorching sexy bits, and an ending that will shatter you to pieces and then put you back together into an ooey gooey mess.

* Lead title!

* Sold at auction!

* Foreign sales: British, at auction (Pan Macmillan)

* Listen to my short podcast here: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/taryn-fagerness/episodes/Taryn-talks-WHEN-GRUMPY-MET-SUNSHINE-by-Charlotte-Stein-e273epg/a-a5abdvi

About WHEN GRUMPY MET SUNSHINE: When grumpy ex-footballer Alfie Harding gets badgered into selling his memoirs, he knows he’s never going to be able to write them. He hates revealing a single thing about himself, is allergic to most emotions, and can’t imagine doing a good job of putting pen to paper.

And so in walks curvy, cheery, cute as heck ghostwriter Mabel Willicker, who knows just how to sunshine and sass her way into getting every little detail out of Alfie. They banter and bicker their way to writing his life story, both of them sure they’ll never be anything other than at odds.

But after their business arrangement is mistaken for a budding romance, the pair have to pretend to be an item for a public who’s ravenous for more of this Cinderella story. Or at least, it feels like it’s pretend―until each slow burn step in their fake relationship sparks a heat neither can control. Now they just have to decide: is this sizzling chemistry just for show? Or something so real it might just give them their fairytale ending?

About the author: Charlotte Stein is the acclaimed author of over 50 short stories, novellas, and novels, including the RT nominated Never Sweeter. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms, and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and their now totally real and completely nightmarish dog. http://charlottestein.net