Weeks after no one acceptable has answered Rory’s ads for a female roommate in Irvine, California, a professional woman from London offers to pay six months’ rent upfront. The term is shorter than Rory had hoped for but better than nothing. And she seems friendly. On moving day, Peter shows up with a letter from his sister. The agreement has to be canceled because of a sudden illness. For Rory, that means staying on the top ramen diet for a while longer while again searching for a roommate!
But then she is caught between a rock and a hard place when Peter offers to continue the agreement since he needs a place to live while stepping up to replace his sister in the family business. Against the promise Rory made to have a female roommate only, she accepts the offer.
Rory was born out of wedlock and then orphaned, growing up with her strict and old-fashioned aunt. Peter was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and little or no responsibility. She is a naïve, impulsive young woman. He is an unruly young man, suddenly having to shoulder significant family responsibilities. While learning to coexist, Rory discovers one of his secrets, only to learn later that a different secret would be used to ruin her life.
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Growing up in Southeast Asia, Kana always dreamed of writing a good book and got inspired by her favorite authors, Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie.
When she was in fifth grade, she “borrowed” my dad’s typewriter, typed a few children’s stories, and submitted them to local children’s magazines. All were rejected, and some questioned the authenticity of the stories. Maybe they didn’t believe the stories were written by an eleven-year-old girl. That made her sad.
In her late teens, she submitted a handful of movie reviews to local tabloids, which got published. The rewards were just enough to buy lunch, but they increased her confidence.
After moving to the United States, she got busy working and did not have time to write. One day, she wrote again, but this time in English. It was not easy, but she kept writing. She kept most of the stories or articles for herself and only shared a few to her husband so he could fix the grammar. Later, she entered a few writing contests for short stories.
In 2017, an idea about No Romance Allowed appeared in her mind, and she began to write it in early 2018. When the draft was done, her husband encouraged her to find a professional editor for feedback. She followed his advice and found a good editor who taught her a lot about writing, fixed her grammar, and gave valuable input on the draft.
She lives in California with her husband and two rescued dogs that love digging. If she isn’t writing, she likes reading books and spending time with her husband and her dogs.