09 April 2024

lovin' on red | excerpt + giveaway

about the book

He has everything… except what he wants most.

Rory is a wildly successful contractor with all the right connections. He has everything, except the woman who sees past his missing foot. If only the tiny redhead he’s insanely attracted to would go on a date with him, it could work, but Vi refuses.

Licensed massage therapist Vi Summers needs her childhood home remodeled, and Rory Spence is the perfect man for the job. Only he’s the last person she wants to work with. Despite Rory’s reputation as a flirt, his tender attention to getting her house right helps Vi see into his heart. Too bad her past mistakes prevent a future relationship.

Drawn together like magnets, they navigate trouble with illegal squatters, family expectations, and fire. Will they finally be honest with each other, or will their secrets tear them apart?

publisher: scrivenings press
release date: april 9, 2024

other books in the series


His eyes twinkled. “Kiss me?”

He stood with his hands in his pockets, impossibly good-looking. A foresty scent emanated from him. Sharp. Fresh. Enticing.

“Are you asking?” she teased, remembering their conversation from before. She traced her fingers down the chevron pattern on the twin columns of his scarf, wrapped her hands around the fabric, and pulled. The gentle pressure on his neck forced him a tad closer.

Rory’s gaze stayed on her. Flickers of longing pooled in the depths of his eyes. “Are you saying yes?”

Indecisiveness tore at Vi. Her deep, ongoing ache of regret had receded. She was only conscious of Rory. His sweetness. Still mute, she rolled her hands again around the scarf ends, tugging him closer. He put his hands on her waist and snugged her to him. She closed her eyes as his lips met hers. His gentle touch made her feel safe and cherished.

about the author

Mary Pat Johns lives in South Texas with the love of her life and two spoiled dachshunds. You can find her at the gym, on her computer, or reading a book.

Connect with Mary Pat by visiting marypatjohns.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


(1) winner will win print copies of Countin’ On Jesse and Lovin’ On Red, plus sea turtle earrings and necklace!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 8, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 15, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

tour schedule


  1. Sounds like a great story.

  2. thanks for spotlighting Lovin' On Red today!

  3. This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the cute covers, this sounds like a series I'd love to read!