{Interview} with Jenna Sutton, author of Coming Apart at the Seams (with Review)

We love the Riley O’Brien & Co. Series and are so excited that we got to sit down and chat with romance author extraordinaire Jenna Sutton today. We’ll also be sharing our thoughts on the book with you today. Let’s get right to our interview with Jenna!


Thanks for stopping by to chat with us today, Jenna!

Thank you for having me. It’s both a pleasure and an honor!

Tell us a little about Coming Apart at the Seams. Was it a fun book to write?

It was so much fun! But it also was the most challenging book I’ve ever written. Once I started writing it, I just couldn’t stop. I barely stopped to eat, sleep, and shower. I thought about the hero and the heroine almost constantly. They completely took over my life. Of course, having an incredibly hot guy in my head all the time wasn’t exactly a bad thing!

It’s one of our faves! What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?

I have Googled so many crazy things while researching my books. I’ve thought more than once that if my web searches crossed the NSA’s radar for any reason, they’d definitely flag me for suspicious activity. One of my most memorable Google searches involved the average length of an erect penis. I found this awesome infographic showing the average length of erect penises by country. It was like this starburst of penises. Admit it… you want to see that infographic now, don’t you?

hahahahaha We totally do. But we’re not googling that 😉 Do you have more plans for this series (We the first book!)?

Oh, I am so glad you loved All the Right Places. As my debut novel and the first book in the series, it’s special to me too. I originally planned for the series to be a trilogy with each of the three heirs to the company getting a story. After I finished the third book, I decided to write a trio of novellas tied to Riley O’Brien & Co., and right now, I am working on the first book in a new series.

Ah, so excited! Okay, now about these awesome characters. How would you introduce Teagan to readers?

Well, for those of you who read All the Right Places, you know that Teagan was the antagonist in that book—the villainess, if you want to be dramatic about it! She created some problems for Quinn and Amelia, and she behaved badly. A lot of readers judged her very harshly, never stopping to wonder why she acted the way she did or what motivated her. But I loved her from the moment she stepped on the page. She’s a very complex character with a lot of wonderful qualities. She’s smart and strong; loyal and loving. But she’s also stubborn and unforgiving. And she’s afraid—afraid of the intensity of her feelings for Nick. I think she’s a heroine with whom all women can identify.

Honestly, we were surprised she was going to be the star of the next book. But now we totally get it. Why will our readers swoon over Nick? We want to know all the things!

I’ve read thousands of romance novels, and I’ve read some seriously swoon-worthy heroes. I know I’m not exactly objective, but I think Nick is one of the swooniest (is that a word?). On the surface, Nick’s life is perfect. He’s the best wide receiver in the NFL, so he’s got an incredible body, he’s immensely talented, and he’s obscenely rich. And on top of all that, he’s gorgeous. He has everything—everything but what he really wants: the ability to speak clearly and the woman he loves. He has a serve stutter, and as a result, he’s emotionally isolated and has very little self-worth. He doesn’t see any of the qualities that make him so extraordinary—his determination, his loyalty, his kindness, his intelligence. But ultimately I think readers will swoon over Nick because of his love for Teagan and how much it changes him.

We agree. He is totally swoonworthy. If you could introduce one of your characters to another character from any other book, who would it be and why?

Oh, this is a fun question. I just read Lisa Kleypas’ newest historical, Cold-Hearted Rake, and one of the characters in that book, Rhys Winterbourne, is a self-made man, a commoner, who now owns England’s premier department store. I was utterly fascinated by him. I’d love to introduce Rhys to Quinn O’Brien, who is the heir to a global denim empire. Rhys is trying to create a legacy, and Quinn is trying to preserve one. I think they would complement each other like peanut butter and jelly.

We think that would be a totally interesting meeting! Got a playlist you want to share

I do have playlist for Coming Apart at the Seams, and it’s posted on my website. The songs are sexy and intensely passionate. Two in particular really capture the mood of the book, both of them by Meg Myers: “Desire” and “Sorry”.

Just look at these lyrics to “Desire”: Baby, I wanna fuck you/I wanna feel you in my bones/Boy, I’m gonna love you/I’m gonna tear into your soul.

And here are a few lines from “Sorry”: My heart is wasted and cut up like a drug/And your tears – they taste like vinegar and blood/And these conversation choke us ‘til were numb/No matter what we’re saying, it never seems enough

These songs… God, they’re perfect for Nick and Teagan.

*fans self* That’s a pretty intense playlist! How would you describe yourself in three words?

Pragmatic. Curious. Loyal.

What is the one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?

I love spoilers, especially for movies and TV shows. Actually, it would be accurate to say that I need spoilers. If there’s any question that there might not be a happy ending, I want spoilers. If something bad is going to happen, I need to prepare for it. In fact, one of my must-watch TV shows, Nashville, recently killed off my favorite character, and it was ridiculous how heartbroken I was. I mean, come on, he was a fictional character! But I hate investing in characters only to have terrible things happen to them. That’s probably one of the reasons I read romance almost exclusively. And that’s why I’m not going to watch Nashville any more.

We’re almost insulted that you think it’s ridiculous to be so emotionally invested in fictional characters. Dude. That’s our whole lives!! We totally get you, though! What is your most anticipated upcoming book-to-screen adaptation?

I don’t know when these books might actually make it to the big screen, but I’m dying to see The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. And while we’re on this subject, can I just reiterate how much Gone Girl scarred me? The book was bad enough, but seeing it on screen just did me in. I loved Rosamund Pike in Pride & Prejudice but now, every time I see her, I get chills. If I ever met Ms. Pike in person, I’d probably run from her, even though I know she was just playing a role.

haha We probably would, too. It’s kind of the way we feel about Jason Isaacs. We can’t see him as anything other than evil. Of all the novels that you’ve written, which one do you feel most proud of and why?

I’m the most proud of Coming Apart at the Seams. I took some risks with the book, and I am so grateful my editor supported me. First, my hero stutters, which is not a common theme in romance novels. Writing his dialogue was extremely challenging. Second, the book’s structure isn’t linear, meaning that part of the book takes place in the past. It’s how I envisioned the book from the beginning, and I know some readers are going to love it and some aren’t going to like it much. But I couldn’t imagine telling Nick and Teagan’s story any other way.

It’s awesome, for sure. Do you have any current or future projects you can tell us about?

The next book in the Riley O’Brien & Co. series, Hanging by a Thread, will be out on June 7, 2016. It’s Cal O’Brien’s story, and I’ve paired him with Teagan’s best friend, Bebe Banerjee, whom we get to know in Coming Apart at the Seams. Bebe is Indian-American, and to quote Cal, she’s got a turbo-charged brain. She’s a virgin who’s stuck in an arranged marriage, and Cal, being the helpful guy that he is, offers to assist with her “de-virginization” plan. Who could resist an offer like that?

Ahhh We can’t believe we have to wait until June to read that! Is there ever anything that you always wish someone would ask you, but they never do?

Hmm, I can’t really think of anything, which is somewhat embarrassing since I spent several years working as a journalist and asking good questions was a hugely important part of my job. In fact, there’s a running joke with my friends and family because I’m always saying to them: “You didn’t ask the good questions!”

Well, hopefully that means that we did. Thanks again for coming by, Jenna. We can’t wait to get our ::grabbyhands:: on Coming Apart at the Seams!

Thanks again for having me. It was such a pleasure, and I really appreciate the opportunity! I hope you love Nick and Teagan’s story.

***About Jenna Sutton***

Author Jenna SuttonJenna Sutton is the author of the Riley O’Brien & Co. series. Her debut novel, ALL THE RIGHT PLACES, is the first book in the series.

Writing about hot, lovable guys and the smart, sexy women who make them crazy is the culmination of a lifelong dream, and she feels so lucky to be able to do it.

Jenna spent most of her career as an award-winning journalist covering business-related topics including healthcare, commercial real estate, retail, and technology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Jenna and her husband live in Texas a 103-year-old house affectionately known as “The Money Pit”.

Find Jenna Here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

***About the Book***

{Interview} with Jenna Sutton, author of Coming Apart at the Seams (with Review)Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton
Also by this author: All the Right Places, Hanging by a Thread
Series: Riley O'Brien & Co. #2
Also in this series: All the Right Places, Hanging by a Thread
Published by Berkley on December 1, 2015
Genres: Boss Employee Romance, Contemporary Romance, Friends to More, Second Chance Romance, Small Town Romance
Character(s): Football Players
Pages: 336
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From the author of All the Right Places, a sweet and sexy romance about finding the right words and the perfect fit...

Love can take some time to break in...

Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest. Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans...

Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets...

***Our Thoughts***

Kassiah: Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton combines some of my very favorite tropes: hot, sensitive football player (Sports Romance), friends to lovers, falling for the best friend’s little sister, and second chance romance. It’s total win.

A few years ago, BFFs Teagan and Nick had a thing, and he left. He wants to rekindle their relationship, but friends isn’t enough for him–he wants it all. Some crazy circumstances have Nick working for Teagan and totally determined to win her back. Will Teagan be able to resist his charms or will she give him a second chance?

I loved Nick. He was sweet and crazy hot. Even though he has everything he thinks you should want out of life–fame, fortune, a job he loves–he knows he’s missing something. He stutters, and the insecurity from that has caused him to be vulnerable his entire life. He knows he screwed up with Teagan and I love that he’s not willing to do anything to get her back.

Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton Teaser

After reading All the Right Places, I didn’t think that I was going to like Teagan at all. I’m surprised that I didn’t hate her! I didn’t love her, but I appreciated how Nick felt about her. I just wanted to yell at her a few times, or a lot. 🙂

So what didn’t I like? Well, there are a couple of things. There’s some unnecessary drama in this story, which of course is typical, but here–I just wanted it over already. There were surprising moments of true angst, which I appreciated, but it was a little too much.

There’s also an instance that Teagan slaps Nick. I hate that. I don’t believe in any form of domestic violence–I don’t care if she’s a little “woman” and he’s a huge NFL beast. I just don’t like when that happens.

Overall, though, I thought this was a great story. I really loved Nick and thought he had amazing depth, and I was rooting for him to get the girl just because he was so awesome. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, and I’ll be adding Jenna Sutton to my must-read list.

Report Card
Overall: 4

What do you think, Pretties? Have you checked out any books by Jenna yet?

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