After retreating to Cape Brendan in defeat and humiliation, Nunie Doyle's only hope was to make the best of forced retirement. There, in this quaint tourist town on the shores of Lake Ontario, she earned the love and respect of new friends and neighbors—and put her talent for helping women to good use.
With the mutual goal of making Caper Madness the best ever, Nick and Nunie fight tooth and nail on the personal level, each discovering a new side to the other, sides that make them consider making drastic changes for the rest of their lives.
This attraction: complete madness—or sheer magic?
We had an open spot on the calendar this week so Nick agreed to fill in at the last minute. We're always in the mood to spend time with a hunky older man ala Tony Denison from The Closer and Major Crimes.
Good morning, Nick, tell us a bit about Caper Magic. As you can see by the blurb, I came to Cape Brendan to help my Uncle Hank run this annual lunacy called Caper Madness. He's not been feeling well and I needed to spend some time with him before . . . you know.
Yep. Been there, done that. What did you think the first time you saw Nunie Doyle? That she had the longest legs in the known universe.
Not bad, kid. And your second thought? I wondered how that velvet fall of hair would feel as it brushed against my skin.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Hell no. Once she opened her mouth and that Irish brogue sang out, a nasty tingle ran up my back. Then Hank said her name. Never in a million years did I think I'd run into the Crone of Crozier College in the middle of Cape Brendan. Believe me, her legs could stretch from here to Long Island; her hair could burn me live with its fire. Love is the last emotion I'd ever feel for this . . . dame.
What do you like most about her? As it turns out, she's got more guts than most guys I know, and more integrity. She's a wonder, my Nunie.
How would you describe her? Caring, tireless, gutsy, loyal. Forgiving.
How would she describe you? A skeeving git.
What made you choose legal investigations as a second career? I retired from the Syracuse Police Department a few years ago but boredom set in real soon. One of the biggest law firms in town hired me as Chief Investigator. The pay is good; it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars; plus, it pays the rent. And I'm rarely bored.
What is your biggest fear? That I'll lose my uncle before I have the opportunity to tell him how much I respect, admire and revere him for all he did for me and my sister when we were abandoned by our parents.
How do you relax? When I figure that one out, I'll let you know.
Who's your favorite fictional character and why? Mitch Rapp, the CIA operative in the political thriller series conceived by the late Vince Flynn. The man has an ego as big as all outdoors with a heart to match. I'm so sorry there won't be any new adventures for old Mitch.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? On the day I graduated from the police academy Uncle Hank told me to listen to my gut, then my heart and make a decision. Don't drag your ass, boy, he said. If it's not the best decision you'll always have the opportunity to go back and make things right.
Thanks, Nick. Can't wait to show you what we've got in store for you in the next Cape Brendan story. Unh oh. Do I get antsy now or wait?
We'll let you know.
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