Jaded Hearts, by Olivia Linden
Today we are welcoming Olivia Linden, author of Jaded Hearts (The Jaded Hearts Club
At 24 years old, Jade Spencer’s life has hit a brick wall. Haunted by the mysterious abandonment of her mother, she found it was easier to live in the shadows of someone elses expectations. From the strict authority of her grandmother, the unwillingly guardian to Jade and her brother, to a controlling fiance who she can’t seem to please, denying her feelings has been a necessary coping mechanism. Reality has suddenly come crashing in under the strain of denying her own dreams for so long, and for once, Jade is ready to live life by her own rules.
It’s time for a fresh start. Turning away from the disappointment of her past, Jade ditches her shady fiance and packs her bags for New York City. With help from her aunt, she looks forward to her new future, her fabulous apartment in the city, a new job, and new experiences. Two fated encounters complicate her world when they both lead to unexpected and powerful emotions. She struggles with her desire to embrace these new feelings, and her habit of denying what she truly wants. In this not so classic love triangle, with a hint of mystery, Jade learns the hard way that sometimes intentions can mean everything and nothing at all, and no matter how far you run from the past, it’s never too far behind.
Will she find love or will she leave a trail of jaded hearts? Love, secrets, and lies are all on the menu.
I gave authors several options, and Olivia chose the question and answer format.
Q: Olivia, tell us about your characters and their careers.
First there is Jade. A year after graduating from college with a Communications degree, Jade finds herself between jobs. She wasn’t happy with the cutthroat atmosphere of the magazine she was writing for and quit. This doesn’t sit too well with her fiance, and she winds up taking an offer from her aunt to work as an image consultant for a PR company in New York.
Not knowing what to expect, she finds that her client list is eclectic ranging from very successful businessmen to musicians who are just starting out. She is pleasantly surprised by the level of freedom she has over her business affairs, since her company is client focused. Her office is great; her assistant is awesome; and her paycheck is substantial.
Then comes John. John is a young successful lawyer, who is very focused on moving his career forward. He isn’t one to pass up an opportunity and or above working after hours and on weekends.
Last but not least, Julian enters the picture. Julian is a young business owner with two popular nightclubs and various other ventures. His father is a well known businessman with questionable connections who relocated to Cuba years prior to the start of Julian’s career. Even though he has only used help from his mother, everyone assumes that it’s his father’s connections that got him to where he is now.
One of his ventures is helping to manage his mother’s boutique with Jade’s cousin Jackie. Even though Jade is new to the New York scene, her aunt and Julian’s mother have a history that she will soon learn has affected her life in a huge way.
Q: Are your characters settled in their careers, or still restless?
Both of the men are doing exactly what they love. Jade is still trying to find her way.
Q: Is this an office romance? Why or why not?
Sort of. Well this story is sort of a love triangle, but Jade meets John, who is a lawyer for one of her more successful clients. They meet during an introduction to one of her international clients, Hector Delgado. He is trying to expand his brand by selling tequila, and Jade is helping to create his image in the US. They also develop a working friendship and partner up on a few more clients together. Eventually they become more than friends.
Jade is working with Julian to help promote the boutique that his mother own’s and her cousin runs. They are introduced during a launch party for the boutique at one of Julian’s nightclubs. Their chemistry is explosive and hard to deny. Even though this scares Jade, she finds that she can’t stay away. When Julian has to leave the country without an explanation, Jade takes it hard. This makes it difficult for her to focus on her work until she is confronted by Edward, Julian’s uncle.
Q: What was the most difficult part about incorporating a career theme in this novel?
Trying to make it seem realistic. With most of the character’s under the age of thirt
y, I had to find vocations that I could intertwine, and that would also have a certain level of success. No one is rich, but no one is struggling to get by. I wanted a balance between work and personal success.
Q: Did you use any personal experiences when building this career theme?
Not at all! I have never really mixed business and pleasure and made sure to write about subjects that had nothing to do with my own experiences!
My nerves surged as I sat poring over my client’s background to make sure I would be well informed on his business, and my aunt walked in with the two men.
Hector Delgado was tall, with a head full of salt and pepper hair that framed his face. His dark serious eyes assessed me and the tight reserve of his jaw loosened up. I was glad I decided on a taupe colored dress suit that had a short bolero styled jacket. He uttered a phrase in Spanish to the man my aunt introduced as his lawyer. John Benson was an equally tall gentleman at about 6’2 with short brown hair highlighted with golden flecks; a nice tan gave him a golden beige complexion and warm hazel eyes that looked like I was staring into my own. He reminded me of a mix between David Beckham and Clark Kent. I smiled expectantly waiting for him to translate for his client who was now also smiling at me.
“Mr. Delgado is thankful that you are easy on the eyes Ms. Spencer.” He said.
I blushed as everyone laughed at his observation.
The meeting which should have been relatively brief lasted almost two hours. It seemed as if my client wanted to ensure that I fully understood his vision for expanding his empire, and the translation lag did help to extend our encounter. I was impressed not only with Mr. Benson’s fluent Spanish, but also his patience with all of his client’s questions and mine as well. I wanted to be certain of my responsibilities and the expectations of my customer. John had a laid back demeanor that made me feel at ease. After we wrapped up our session John handed me his card.
“It was a pleasure meeting you Miss Spencer. I have a few clients who have expressed interest in your company. I would like to set up a meeting to discuss the prospects. Also it never hurts to have a lawyer on hand when you are new in town.” I took his card and we shook hands.
“Please, call me Jade. I would never turn down a prospective client so I will have Donna set something up with your office,” I said.
He shot me an all American smile. Very Nice.
“OK, Jade. I look forward to it,” he beamed.
I exchanged universal goodbyes with Mr. Delgado as they walked out. My aunt turned back to me with a look of sheer pride and a high-five.
“I knew you would be perfect for this. I also told you that handsome available men come a dime a dozen,” she bragged.
I met her cliché with a confused glare.
“OK….price of tea in China, please?” I joked.
Both she and Donna laughed out loud.
“Just keep your eyes and your options open Jade,” was her reply.
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Olivia, thank you for stopping by. What a love triangle! Both guys sound like great catches. I’m sure Olivia would love your comments below.
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