COME WITH ME is the last book in the Baxter Boys series by Mindy McKinley. This story was worth the wait! We finally get Ben's story, the one which has been hinting at for the three previous books. Sexy, brooding Ben. The Artist. The one so different than his brothers.
On her last chance to prove herself at her mother’s publishing company, Kat Dunne is given the job no one wants – handling their most impossible client. Assigned to tag along with a writer on his upcoming North American tour, she quickly finds why no one else wanted the job. Ben Baxter is grumpy, awkward, and downright mean. He’s also the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes on and as his walls start to crumble, so does her resolve to remain professional, and her chance to keep her job.
Broody and irritable graphic novelist, Ben Baxter doesn’t want to go on a book signing tour and sure as hell doesn’t want a company chick tagging along. Especially one that lights a fire in him every time he looks at her. He can see right through Kat Dunne and the lie she’s trapped in. She no more belongs in the business world than he does in a designer suit and if it’s the last thing he ever does, he’ll prove to her dreams are worth following. Even if it costs him his publishing contract.
“Okay, so, I’m sure you know why we’re meeting today. Dunne Publishing has paired us up to—”
“You’re my handler,” he interrupted, sitting back in his chair. Whatever little bubble of niceness they had been in for a moment disintegrated around them. “Let’s call it what it is.”
Her eyes flashed briefly before she straightened her shoulders and gave him a hard look. “If that’s what you want to call it, it’s fine by me. The company prefers to call it …”
“Damage control?” He knew he was being a prick, but this whole thing stunk. He was an adult. So what if he didn’t want to fawn over fans everywhere all the time? They were his stories, not theirs.
“Like I said …” Her voice took on a commanding tone. “You can call it whatever you like. The fact of the matter is, you’re a brilliant creator.” He straightened and gave her a tight, superior smile before she continued. “But you are a shitty communicator and an even worse curator of your work and image.”
That smile slid right off his face. He hadn’t expected her to come out and say it so matter-of-factly. He appreciated her frankness, even if it stung. “Not pulling any punches, then, I see.”
“I don’t see why I should.” She stared him down with a stern look. “If you’re not.”
“Good, now that that’s out of the way”—she pushed a single piece of paper across the table at him—“this is the explicit list of behavior expectations that Dunne Publishing has outlined for this North American tour. I’m going to be there to make sure you adhere to them.”
“Or what?” he asked, immediately regretting it.
“Mr. Baxter …” She lowered her voice to a dangerous pitch. “Your contract is due to expire soon and Dunne is willing to go the distance for you, but only if you can clean up your public image. Your current contract and all of your work could be tied up in litigation for years. You could potentially lose out on decades of earnings, and while that might not be on the top of your priority list, I’m sure you’d like to continue Dimension Runners.”
What will you do after reading Ben's story? How about re-read the rest of the Baxter Boys series or gobble up Mindy's other books!
About the Author
She lives in the Midwest with her drummer husband and two adorable cats. In her life outside of writing, she is a music teacher, a small business owner, and a professional musician.
No matter where she is in her busy life, her mind is always on her writing. She finds inspiration in everyday moments and joy in putting words in just the right order.
If you’re interested in learning more about Mindy’s writing, visit her website at www.mindymckinley.com for information on current books, upcoming projects, and a blog.