Everyone’s got a guilty pleasure. Me? I’ve got lots and lots. For me, reading can be about a lot of things: it can be challenging, it can be exciting, it can be emotional and it can be comforting. When I’m looking for comfort and emotion, I reach for reunited lovers and friends to lovers stories. I love a second chance!
As a writer, friends to lovers and reuniting lovers stories are fun to create. First, when you have a pre-existing relationship between the couple, you can forego the falling in love part and address finding it again, or declaring it after pining for the other person for so long. And let’s face it, you can open the book with a stolen smooch under the mistletoe like I did in To Do List.
In Always, my newest release from Samhain (this coming Tuesday!), Caitlin and Eamon are reunited lovers. She met him some years before when she worked abroad in his family’s pub in Ireland. Their friendship quickly turned into a romantic liaison. But it ended when her visa was up and she came back home and he was a fond memory.
Fast forward to the present when she’s in her second year of law school and she’s out celebrating the completion of finals week. (Trust me here, it’s the toughest year of law school, they work you to death and so she needs the outlet!) She bumps into Eamon by chance and their physical connection is still very much alive.
But they’re both different people than they were before so they face challenges as they try to navigate a long distance relationship and their personal and professional lives. They’re adults, trying to build careers and they live in different states. Caitlin realizes, as she finishes school, that the occasional weekend isn’t enough. She wants more. She wants forever.
I believe in love and HEAs. But I also don’t think love is enough and second chances are never easy. Eamon and Caitlin both really have to work through some difficult times and make hard choices to make things work.
This is a simple formula. One that I love to read and hopefully you will too.
What sorts of storylines do you all reach for time and again?
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