A one-night stand, a surprise baby, and a mysterious stalker.
Mechanic Benjamin Starwell can’t stop thinking about Belle Hamlin, the ballsy musician he slept with and skipped out on months earlier. He never meant to get her pregnant, but he’ll do whatever it takes to win back her trust and be a part of his child’s life. His desire for Belle drives him to be a better man, but he’s worn thin with a garage to run and his estranged sister dumping her troubles on him.
Belle’s juggling impending motherhood, her indie rock career, and a stalker who’s determined to see her fail. Even though she’s desperate to get her priorities straight, she pushes aside her past hurt and welcomes Benji back into her bed. She never expects him to slip into her heart.
When the danger escalates, they face the greatest challenge of all—protecting their unborn child.
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Today, the hero from Amber Daulton’s new romantic suspense novel, Arresting Benjamin, is visiting with the ladies of Coffee Time Romance. For the record, what’s your name?
I’m Benjamin Starwell, but since my dad is also a Benjamin, rather a Ben, everyone calls me Benji. Some people snicker about the shortened form of my name because of that movie with the scruffy dog, but I don’t care what people think about me.
Good for you. Give us a visual. What do you look like?
I have blue eyes, a perpetual five o’clock shadow, and shaggy, auburn hair that curls around my ears. I’m pretty broad in the shoulders and chest, and I top out at about six-feet-two.
Yum! Share with us your hobbies.
I’m a workaholic. There, I admitted it. I run my family’s garage, so I’m never short of engines to work on and paperwork to fill out. In my very rare spare time, I like to read some thriller books, watch action movies, and more recently, play my keyboard.
Good. Hobbies are important to detox. Tell us how you feel about being in a novel, and if you are happy with how your author presented you to readers.
I’ve enjoyed it. My relationship with Belle has had it’s difficulties, but I don’t mind sharing it. Maybe some guys out there will learn from my mistakes and treat their women right. I learned the hard way. My author, Amber, did me and my story justice. I’m sad with how a few things ended, but overall, I can’t complain.
Thank you for your honesty! What did you think the first time you saw Belle Hamlin?
Hot. Mouth-watering, screw-me-sideways hot. I don’t mean to get too graphic, but it was like all the blood in my body pooled between my legs and zapped my commonsense. Not that I melted into a puddle at Belle’s feet. I have more self-control than that. But honestly, I was a goner. That’s why I skipped out on her after our one night together. I regret my actions, and I’m determined not to waste my second chance with her.
I see. It was lust at first sight. What is your occupation? Are you any good at it? Do you like it?
My dad opened Ben’s Auto Repair years ago when I was little, and when he passed on, I inherited the business. Everything I know I learned from him. I love my job. Though I’d rather get my hands dirty and work on an engine, I’m usually stuck in the office filing paperwork, calling suppliers, or taking inventory of my stock more often than not these days. That’s the curse of being the boss.
I’m sure it is. Do you own your own home or rent?
I live in a two-story duplex and share a central wall with Lando, my landlord. Crazy name, right? It’s like the man was born to be a landlord, but I don’t have room to talk with a name like Benji. Anyway, he’s the best. Lando hasn’t upped my rent in years, and now that he’s getting older, he deducts my payment when I mow the grass and do general upkeep on the house.
That’s nice of him. Which character in the novel do you dislike the most, and why?
That’s a tough one. My estranged sister, Meghan, comes back to town and acts as though I should drop everything to help her out of a jam. Trouble follows her around, and the men hunting her down don’t fool around. Then there’s the guy who’s stalking Belle. That prick deserves a hospital stay, let me tell ya. I swear, if it weren’t for the women in my life, I’d be bored.
Haha! What’s the rest of your family like?
I don’t have a big family. Mom died when I was a kid, and Dad passed on four years ago. Meghan and I don’t get along, obviously, but her ex-husband, Alan, is like the brother I never had. She had a son with Al—his name’s Danny—and I love that little boy to pieces.
I’m sorry to hear that. At least you have Alan and your nephew. What other character from your book do you think your author should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
You’ll meet three characters in my book that will have a story of their own.
Belle’s friends, Shea and Trevor, will have a second chance romance in Trevor’s Redemption, which was just recently released in the multi-author Dangerous Entanglements box set. It’ll be re-released as a solo book in the fall of 2023.
Arresting Alan, starring you-know-who, will hopefully be released sometime in late 2023 as well. Alan’s no longer hung up on my sister, and I want him to find happiness and love with someone else. He’s been through a lot and deserves only the best.
That’s great to know. Thank you so much, Benji, for chatting with me today.
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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.