"Their Rigid Rules" is the prequel and third installment in Thompson's series.Christina Thompson

Allegan author offers latest in series

Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer

Allegan author Christina Thompson is celebrating the release of her third installment of the Chemical Attraction Series— a series based in Allegan, Kalamazoo and the West Michigan coastline.

The books make several references to Allegan locations including the riverfront, Griswold Auditorium, Minnie Sophrona’s, Village Inn, Bubbas and more.

Although they have different names, Thompson said the sites in the book were based on these real-life locales.

Thompson said this book, Their Rigid Rules, is a prequel to the first two and tells the story of characters Stuart and Taylor.

“(It) can be read first or last and is the perfect blend on non-stop action and romance,” she said.

The prequel is based out of Kalamazoo. Main character Taylor attends Western Michigan University, as per her plan since kindergarten. Her perfectly planned life meets obstacles in the form of visiting history professor Dr. Stuart Morgan and the death threats begin rolling in.

With the threats, Stuart and Taylor’s best friend Joe vow to do anything to protect her while Taylor struggles with which one she is meant to be with.

An excerpt from Their Rigid Rules:

“You win.”

In shock, Stuart stared through the crack. No! It was not supposed to go like this. Joe turned to her. He questioned her statement, too.

She continued. “I thought Stuart was my one. Maybe I’m wrong.”

No! You’re not wrong! I am the one! Every cell in his body wanted to rush into the room. He gripped the doorframe to stop himself. He didn’t want to hear anymore, but he couldn’t move. Joe gaped as well.

“Are you supposed to be my one, Joey? We’ve been through so much together. I’ve always thought of you as my best friend and brother. Our love is deep and strong. It’s good and pure. Nobody could ever break that. That’s why I’m wondering if you really are my one. You’ve heard Mom’s stories about the chemistry of love and what it’s supposed to be like. Is that us?”

Stuart couldn’t breathe. He and Taylor had chemistry. She didn’t feel it, too?

“Maybe that is us. I’ve loved you my whole life,” Joe replied.

Stuart felt a knife slowly breach his ribs and pierce his heart as Taylor leaned over and kissed Joe. It wasn’t a peck either. The pain froze him as if ice encased his body. Still, he couldn’t turn away.

Thompson is celebrating the release with a riverfront block party Friday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is free—free tickets for food and drawings are available at Reflections on the River, 229 Riverfront Plaza, and Green Valley Peace will provide musical entertainment.


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