How To Stay Bad Girls of Cherry Lake Book 1 by Christina Mitchell Genre: Contemporary Romance
--2021 Romance Writers of America Vivian finalist
—2020 Winner of GDRWA Booksellers' Best Patti Shenberger Award for Best First Book
THE BADDEST BITCH IN ROCK IS RUNNING AWAY. AGAIN.
It's been fourteen years since rock singer Adelia Winters escaped the small town of Cherry Lake. But thanks to her father's death (and punching the president of her record label #sorrynotsorry), she's back. But the last thing she wants is to face the secrets—and the best friend—she left behind.
Perfectionist Conor Ross doesn't take chances. Not with his body, his photography career, and certainly not with love. Fourteen years ago, he'd taken a chance and it ended with his best friend trampling his heart on her way out of town. Never again. He doesn’t do messy, and there’s no bigger mess than Adelia Winters.
Fate clearly isn’t interested in what either of them want, and a storm lands Adelia on Conor’s couch. Between whiskey hangovers and rock song sing-alongs, they are forced to confront their broken friendship and the passion still blazing between them. If they can heal the wounds of the past, they might just have a future, but Adelia's disintegrating career is pulling her away, even as the town—and Conor—are calling her home.
How to Stay is a full-length, emotional, sexy, snarky, small town contemporary romance. It is the first in the Bad Girls of Cherry Lake series. This steamy friends to lovers second-chance romance will give you all the feels. Bring tissues.
CHRISTINA MITCHELL writes contemporary romances about damaged people who need (and deserve) happy endings. Her debut novel, How to Stay won the GDRWA 2020 Patti Shenberger Award for Best First Book and is currently a 2021 RWA Vivian Award finalist for Best First Published Book
When she’s not writing, Christina drinks moscato from novelty mugs and spends her days listening to Taylor Swift and Lewis Capaldi, obsessing over Batman, and riffing on b-movies about genetically-modified sharks. She lives in Michigan with her hilarious husband, who almost never complains about the tons of glitter makeup she leaves lying around.