Stuck with You by Christina Mandelski
Publication Date: September 2, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
When Caleb Gray heads to the Texas coast to mentally prepare for a future he isn’t sure he wants, the last person he expects to see is Catie Dixon. Yeah, their mothers have been planning their wedding since they were born, but he and Catie are most definitely not friends. He can’t see her as anything but the annoying kid who followed him everywhere. Except, it’s really bothering him that everyone is staring at her in that bikini…
Catie got over her crush on Caleb ages ago. So why can’t she see past his ripped body or how unsettled he seems? She’s got her own problems, though. Her future has been set for years and now she’s dreaming of pulling the plug. A week at their families’ beach house is just what she needs to pull herself together, and she has no intention of letting Caleb back into her heart…which would be a whole lot easier if he’d put on a shirt.
But a forced week of togetherness full of beach parties, waterslide mishaps, bonfires, and roller coasters sparks more than an understanding. What do you do when the person standing in the way of your future is the one person you grew up hating…but now don’t?
Road to Publication
Hi there, thanks for having me on today to talk about my latest book, Stuck With You!
Stuck With You was a true collaboration with my fantastic editor Heather Howland at Entangled. After hinting around at the super sweet and hot but unlucky at love Caleb’s character for the first two books in the world, we both really wanted his luck to turn around.
I was also really excited about the idea of moving this book from the fictional town of Edinburgh, Florida to a real-life setting of Crystal Beach on the Gulf of Mexico very close to Houston, Texas, where I live. I hadn’t spent a lot of time in Crystal Beach, so my husband and I headed down there for a little trip last fall, when I started writing Stuck With You.
It’s a wonderful little beach town, full of quirky little businesses and beach houses, some ramshackle and some very grand. The area is even more impressive once you realize that most of it was wiped off the map, literally, during Hurricane Ike in 2008. The main characters in the story were little kids when it happened, but the storm left its mark on them nonetheless, (as they do) and that’s dealt with in the book. It’s something my family and I are familiar with, as we watched many of our neighborhood’s homes, restaurants and schools devastated during Hurricane Harvey two years ago.
It’s an important topic, yes, but of course, this is primarily a romance–the story of Caleb and Catie, who grew up together at the beach house their families share, and who have long since grown apart. A week stuck at the beach does wonders to remedy that situation, though, and let’s just say, Caleb might just finally get the girl.
I hope you enjoy Stuck With You, and thanks so much for having me on the blog!
*One (1) winner will win a signed copy of all 3 books in the First Kiss Hypothesis series by Christina Mandelski*
About the Author
Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.