Better started out as a much shorter story on my website a long time ago. I wanted to write about the quiet guy and the outgoing, happy-go-lucky guy getting together. About why a guy who seems to have the world in the palm of his hand might be drawn to someone who doesn’t want to be the center of attention. Or why someone so shy he likes his after-hours library job would give a boisterous frat boy the time of day.

Of course, as is my way, both characters turned out to have hidden depths, trauma, struggles to overcome that I didn’t see coming when I set out to write this story.

What makes that quiet guy, easy to like and generous to give help, so determined to stay away from people, especially the gregarious, social types?

And what makes the loud, happy, life-of-the-part guy protect his heart so jealously, even from someone who has never set out to hurt a soul?




What happens when you put two people, predisposed to avoid each other at all costs, in the same room and make them interact?

Why romance.


Book Heart manip

Better was the first full title of mine that Dreamspinner published. I’ve come a long way since then. Sometimes it has been a struggle, and sometimes, it’s been fun. There are always bumps in the road, but overall, I would not have changed the journey for anything.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see where Jesse and Aadon ended up, all these years later? Something to think about, I guess 😉


About Better

After filing charges that put his abusive ex-Dom behind bars, Jesse Turbul relocates across the country, hoping to escape his past—but, of course, it’s never that easy. When Jesse meets third-year law student Aadon at the library where he works, their mutual attraction is instant and obvious.

Despite the sparks, they just can’t seem to make it work. Aadon is mired in guilt over his inability to help his older brother, damaged by events far too similar to Jesse’s past. Jesse is stuck in his own desperate wish to forget the painful shadow that continues to threaten him and any hope of a happy future.

The only way to move forward is for Jesse to acknowledge he’s broken and for Aadon to accept he can’t make him better.


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About Jaime Samms:

Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Her Stories about men falling in love are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote. These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for various publishers.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and childcare responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all…

Where to find Jaime

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