Writing inspiration can be found in any number of places. 

For M.C. Cerny, that inspiration came from a television show…

“I remember watching shows like Dawson’s Creek (don’t laugh, lol) back in college with my roommates. The idea of small towns, great friends, and drama was something that put the bug in my head to write my Love By Design series. I started back in 2016 plotting, but didn’t publish until 2017. I actually wrote books 3 (Heartburn) and book 7 (Mine To Keep) before any of the other stories came to life. My grumpy construction guy Hunter who had a cameo elsewhere was begging to tell his story, and his counterpart Taylor Jane was sweetly whispering in my ear about her first crush and how she couldn’t let go. Of course their story consumed me (Love Under Construction) and it set the basis for the rest of the series despite having written books 3 and 7 already, but sitting on them until I could finish them properly. Now almost three years later, eight books, and plenty of extra fun bonus scenes, my series is coming to an end. It’s bittersweet and reminds me of how all my favorite TV series ended, sad but happy at the journey the characters have taken.”

Here’s the blurb for Love Under Construction…

Hunter Hart knows construction.
He knows relationships hurt after watching his parents self destruct.
Somehow he forgot all the warnings when Taylor Jane Bryant blasted through the crumbling foundation around his heart.

Taylor Jane Bryant knows home design.
Well… she thinks she knows based on marathon sessions of her favorite television show.
Now she’s all grown up and ready to nail the last stud, Hunter Hart.


A romantic comedy by M.C. Cerny, Love Under Construction is book one in the Love By Design series. Come meet a sullen, stubborn hero with a 2×4 stuck up his rear about falling in love, and a heroine who has watched every episode of the Property Brothers ready to flip her dream house. Between every construction nightmare possible, animals that need to move out, and friends determined to interfere, what could possible go right? Step into a small town with a big heart, and laugh your way into love. Each book in the LBD series is a standalone HEA romance.

Love Under Construction is written to be read as a standalone, but many readers prefer to read the series in order.
Love Under Construction (1)
Unlovely Things (2)
Heartburn (3)
Tailwind (4)
Love Actually (5)
Mission For Love (6)
Mine To Keep (7)
Love On Tap (8)

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