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May 26, 2023

Shannon Sue Dunlap isn't new to rom-coms, and her first book in the Sweetheart Series promises to be a literary riot, and it lives up to that promise. I'm only halfway through it and am thinking mean, ugly thoughts of everything keeping me from being able to escape into the crazy small-town politics and quirky characters. So far the com far outweighs the rom, which makes me thrilled to bits. Listen in to discover what makes Lone Star Sweetheart so much fun.

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Why Did This Author Write a Rom-Com about a Loveable Shrew?

Well, I think we can safely blame Shakespeare for that. Shannon Sue Dunlap has taken inspiration from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in her Katherine, but unlike Katerina, Dunlap's character is actually trying to learn to tame the tongue. Maybe someone should send her over to the book of James. There's that whole bit about not being able to tame it, being an "unruly evil, full of deadly poison."

Kate's isn't that bad, but not for lack of trying. Or something.

Shannon Sue Dunlap isn't joking when she says that her Katherine is a "loveable" shrew. Seriously, I love this character. She's forthright, no-nonsense, and "what you see is what you get" in her approach to life. I respect that. Add to that her boss who has shaken up the town of Sweetheart, Texas, and you've got the makings of a great story. I'm loving Lone Star Sweetheart.

But this isn't all Dunlap has written.

Under the pseudonym, Shannon Kent, you can find her sweet and clean romances (including one Christian romance) inspired by Korean dramas. If you said I'd be not only chomping to read a sweet and clean romance about Korean tour guides and all that entails but also ready to watch a Korean drama on Netflix... Okay, I might not have laughed in your face, but I'd've been laughing on the inside.

Best part... one of them ties into her Sweetheart Series

Lone Star Sweetheart by Shannon Sue Dunlap

Katherine Bruno’s passionate, unfiltered temper makes her the shrew of small-town Sweetheart, Texas. When she’s drafted to help the mayor’s wife run against her own husband, Katherine meets opposing big city political consultant Ryan Park. The good-looking, flirtatious campaign manager gets under her skin, but fraternizing with the enemy is off-limits.

Katherine must battle her lack of experience, campaign sabotage, and her growing feelings for Ryan as she strives to succeed. His unprejudiced acceptance of her strong-willed character beckons her heart, but his jaded rejection of God is an insurmountable barrier. Will Ryan return to his faith and stay with her in Sweetheart or leave when the election ends?

You can find out more about Shannon Sue Dunlap AND get that first novella in the Korean Crush series free on her WEBSITE.

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