What’s Tessa Ryan Writing?

How do you heal a broken heart?

You write:

Adam Perry and Emma Carrington had a tumultuous high school relationship. The drama, the pointless arguments, the silent treatments. Until it ended.

Ten years later, Adam – a former baseball prospect and now a personal trainer – rushes to his hometown of Caron, Illinois after his father has an aneurysm. Emma, an investigative broadcast journalist, returns home for the funeral of their mutual friend, Clara Nattress, who was murdered.

Emma’s haunted by the past when her editor, Lawson Hibbert, assigns her to investigate Clara’s death. Anxiety-ridden, Emma’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder relapses. Despite Adam and Emma’s rocky past, they establish a friendship.

And Emma’s fiancé – the witty and charming district attorney Cooper Hanson – isn’t pleased. Cooper warns Emma that her ex-boyfriend has other motives. But Emma ruled out a future with Adam years ago – regardless of her pending nuptials.

As Emma searches for answers about Clara’s murder, she loses more than expected. With an interfering mother, a meticulous editor and reoccurring nightmares, Emma turns to Adam for comfort.

Even when he’s suspected of Clara’s murder.

After all, Adam was Clara’s ex.

It’s a contemporary romantic mystery about consequences, last chances and betrayal.


Tessa Ryan’s first contemporary romance novel, working titled “Off the Record,” will be published in 2018. While inspired by true events, people and places, the novel is fictional.