Guest Post: In The Cards by Jamie Beck


Book: In The Cards

Author: Jamie Beck

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Lindsey Hilliard flees her charmed life in New York, searching for answers after her fiancé’s betrayal fills her with self-doubt. Unfortunately, her rented Malibu home is next door to Levi Hardy, the sexy but insufferable man who humiliated her years ago.

Hardened by a grim past he keeps concealed, Levi prefers maintaining a comfortable distance from folks, especially a nosy princess like Lindsey. But then a motorcycle collision brings him to his knees, forcing him to accept her assistance with his recovery. Sparks begin to fly when the woman who doesn’t believe in herself teaches the cynic how to have faith in others. Levi realizes his body will recover, but his heart won’t if Lindsey returns to the ex who wants her back.

In the biggest gamble of his life, Levi teaches her to trust her own voice, and hopes she’ll use it to say good-bye to her past and hello to a future with him.

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Brooding Heroes and Brokenhearted Love Songs by Jamie Beck

It’s easy to understand why women fall for a charming, witty man, but I’ll admit something: I’ve always been a sucker for the brooding hero. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll probably fall for Levi Hardy, the hero in my debut, IN THE CARDS.

Naturally Levi’s troubled childhood is at the root of his cynicism and distant relationships. Born to a con man and a mother who abandons him before his tenth birthday, he learned at an early age not to trust anyone but himself. But even his extreme level of wariness is no match for Lindsey, the openhearted, people-pleaser who barges into his life twice. 

The first time they meet, she’s a guest at the resort where he’s working as a bartender. Barely eighteen at the time, she’s nursing a schoolgirl crush on him until they actually talk, at which point things turn south. Years later, fate reunites them, and an accident forces Levi to rely on Lindsey for help during his recovery at the same time she is working through her own personal problems. 

Their circumstances forge an unlikely friendship that awakens something in both Levi and Lindsey. Each is caught off-guard when the friendship and mutual respect develops into something deeper. But then Lindsey misreads a situation when she happens upon Levi with one of his former lovers. Hurt and confused, she flees, leaving him to struggle, for the first time since his mom left, with feelings of loss and heartache.

Lamenting the fact he broke his own rules and allowed himself to become attached to Lindsey, Levi realizes he’d “never understood brokenhearted love songs until now.” 

And haven’t we all felt that terrible knot in our chest, and spent a night—or several—crying over songs about love and loss? My mother could confirm the many evenings she overheard me playing an endless loop of sad songs in my room.

Of the decades-long collection of brooding songs I love, the following is my top ten list of broody music that relates in some way to this story or these characters:

Broken – Lifehouse (not only are the lyrics rather perfect for the story, but the lead singer’s voice has the raspy quality I imagine Levi’s to share)

Savin’ Me – Nickelback

My Oh My – David Gray (Levi is a David Gray fan in the book)

Breath Again – Sara Bareilles

Damaged – Plumb

Nothing – The Script

A Bad Dream – Keane

Can’t Stop – Maroon 5

My Favorite Mistake – Sheryl Crow

Hide and Seek – Imogene Heap

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. I’d love to learn one of your favorite brokenhearted love songs so I can expand my list!

Author Biography


Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing stories about love and redemption. In addition to writing novels, she also pens articles on behalf of a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth and strengthening families. Fortunately, when she isn’t tapping away at the keyboard, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

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