Isn’t that what a Romance novel is all about…meet the man or woman of your dreams, fall in love and live happily ever after?
Nah…that would be too mushy. (Also, too boring). Better to have some attraction and throw in a little sizzle here and there. And an obstacle, something that takes the whole story to deal with, to resolve and…yeah, OK…to overcome.
In Book 1, Fool Me Once, readers meet realtor, Ronnie Chandler, and venture capitalist, Luc Deschaines, in the first couple of paragraphs and there’s no doubt where that’s headed. What happens between the first page and the last page, though, is another matter!
In Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows, Rickie Ahlers, widowed young and not sure anyone will ever take the place of her lost love, finds herself drawn to kind, handsome architect, Aaron Marks. Things are progressing nicely and her friends think they’re hearing wedding bells chiming but it was a subplot and there wasn’t enough time, after they encountered “the obstacle,” to wrap that romance up and put a bow on it so we’ll have to see what happens for Rickie and Aaron in Book 3 LOL.
In Book 3, Signs of Life, romance is about the last thing Asha Hamilton is looking for after her career as an Olympic Three-Day event rider shatters in a humiliating public spectacle but love comes along when you least expect it.
And in Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse, nuptials are the farthest thing on anyone’s mind, especially the bride’s!