By Tracy March
Adrienne Giordano has captivated readers with her romantic suspense novel Man Law. Smitten with Reading Reviews says, “I can’t remember any romance novel that has done so much from the hero’s point of view or done it so incredibly well.”
Security Consultant Vic Andrews lives by his Man Laws:
Never mess with your best friend’s sister.
Never get caught.
Never get attached.
But Vic can’t deny his irresistible attraction to Gina Delgado, a young widow with three kids and plenty of strings attached. Even so, having a physical relationship doesn’t mean they’re “in a relationship.”
Gina lost her husband to tragedy; she is not getting emotionally involved with another man in a dangerous profession. Sleeping with Vic is just stress relief.
Until one of Vic’s assignments goes wrong and the target selects Gina and her kids for revenge. There’s nothing Vic won’t do to protect Gina and the children—the family he realizes, too late, he wants. He’ll accomplish his mission but will he have lost his only chance at true love?
I had the dubious opportunity to meet Vic recently, and the pleasure of chatting with Gina and Adrienne.
Tracy: Vic, I understand you think that Adrienne was smoking crack when she decided to make you the hero of her romantic suspense novel Man Law. Why’s that?
Adrienne: For the last time, I wasn’t smoking crack. Vic always says that and I wish he would stop. It gives people the wrong impression.
Vic: Must have been something else you were smoking then. I mean, what do I know about communicating with women? The fact that we’re five seconds into this interview and you’re yelling at me already proves it.
Adrienne: I thought it would be fun to torture you.
Vic: You nailed that one.
Tracy: I hear you have some interesting ‘man laws,’ Vic. Tell us about those.
Vic: This is another thing women don’t seem to understand about me. I’m not big on rules, but I’ll follow my man laws. I look at them as my own personal code. Is it not a good thing for a man to have a code to live by?
Gina: I’m sorry, but I have to jump in here. He makes me crazy with these man laws. It would be one thing if we were talking about laws pertaining to world peace, but we’re not.
Vic (laughing): They’re for Vic’s world peace. How’s that?
Gina: We’re talking about how a man should never mess with another man’s grill. That particular rule applies to all forms of electronics as well. And, let’s not forget about the driver controlling the radio. That brings peace in Vic’s world?
Vic: If I’m driving, yes.
Adrienne: You two are funny. I’ll admit, I sort of get where he’s coming from with the man laws. I think we all must have personal rules we live by. Vic’s are just a little odd. At least from my perspective.
Tracy: So you’ve never broken any of your man laws?
Gina: Oh, he broke a few. You’re looking at one of those broken laws.
Vic: Never mess with your best friend’s sister. I obliterated that one. Just boom! A few times. I notice the sister—hello, Gina—isn’t taking half the blame for it either. As I recall, Gina was there. And it didn’t seem like a hardship.
Tracy: What do you have to say about that, Gina?
Gina: He started it.
Vic: Seriously? That is lame.
Gina: I’ll agree that it wasn’t a hardship.
Vic: That’s better.
Tracy: What is your favorite man law, Gina?
Gina (rolling her eyes): I think they’re all dumb. He likes them though, so I try to refrain from teasing him about it.
Vic: What? Adrienne must be sharing the crack with you. You constantly break my chops about the man laws.
Adrienne: Um, I think he’s right about that. You do tease him about it in the book.
Tracy: Vic seems like quite a character. Sorry, Vic, I know you’re sitting right in front of me. Give us the lowdown on what he’s really like, Gina.
Vic: Kill me now.
Adrienne: Let her talk. I’m sure you’ll get your turn. Even if you don’t, you’ll talk anyway.
Gina: Can I talk? Please?
Gina: Thank you. Anyway, I always love this question. It scares him.
Vic: No shit there.
Gina: Eh-hem, as you can see, he has a potty mouth. For some reason, his potty mouth makes me laugh. In general, he makes me laugh. I like that he doesn’t swear in front of kids. Or in a business meeting unless it’s only his team in the meeting. Those boys are one giant potty mouth. My ears sometimes bleed from all the swearing.
Adrienne (laughing): Okay, now you’re exaggerating.
Gina: Maybe a little. Vic is also a caretaker. If he loves you, he’ll do anything for you. If someone tries to hurt someone he loves, he’ll take them down. No questions asked. He’s tremendously loyal. I love that about him.
Tracy: Okay, Vic. Tell us about the ‘real’ Gina.
Vic: Easy. She’s a great mom and a great friend. People meet her and usually love her right away. I don’t think she’s afraid of anything. Plus, she always calls me on my crap. She might be mad at me, but I always get another try. She’s amazing that way. Most people don’t take the time to try and understand me.
Gina: It’s not all that difficult. I lost my husband and my children lost their father to tragedy. That experience toughened me up. I’m better at keeping things in perspective since my husband passed. I have to. With three kids to raise, I don’t have the luxury of too much drama. My teenager provides plenty of that.
Vic: Amen, to that.
Tracy: Your turn, Adrienne. Tell us what’s coming up in your Private Protectors Series.
Adrienne: Book two, A Just Deception, releases on September 5th and book three, Risking Trust, is due out November 7th, all from Carina Press. I’m currently working on book four in the series. That’s Billy Tripp’s book and I’m having way too much fun with him. When I was working on Man Law, one of my critique partners asked me to write a book with Billy as the hero. At the time, I wasn’t quite ready to tackle Billy. He’s another handful.
Tracy: Thank you all for chatting with The Big Thrill audience about Man Law. I’m reading my copy now and just love Vic (but at times I’d like to punch him)!
Vic: I’m still sitting here, you know.
Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Chicago area with her workaholic husband, sports-obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaton Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog.
To Learn about Adrienne, please visit her website.