Katharine Ashe's Rose-Colored Glasses
Help me welcome Katharine Ashe to Read, Write, Love today. She’s a talented writer whose work I admire greatly. I know you’re going to love her too! Ok, Katharine. My blog is now yours.
She had never forgotten him…
Miss Octavia Pierce is witty, well off, and shockingly unwed. Still, she is far too successful in society to remain on the shelf forever, and her family has hopes that Octavia will finally make the perfect match. What they do not know is that years earlier Octavia was scandalously tempted by the one man capable of sweeping her off her feet—the man now known as the Marquess of Doreé.
A third son, never meant to inherit, Lord Ben Doreé has abandoned his past and grown accustomed to his illustrious new position of wealth and power. But he has never forgotten Octavia, and now she desperately needs his help in a most dangerous, clandestine matter. Although she claims she has put the memories of the passion they shared behind her, Ben is determined to once again have her in his arms—and in his bed.
A Little Naïvité
Back when I was young and naïve (a year ago when my debut Regency historical romance came out), Mia kindly hosted me on her blog for the first time. A wonderful author, a wise blogger, and a generous hostess, Mia was all a girl could want to support her in the plunge into the wide and wonderful world of the romance internet. (Mia popping in here. I did NOT pay Katharine to say that!) Although this is probably going to make me sound like a perfect idiot, I’ll admit that after guest blogging with people like Mia, I was definitely wearing rose-colored glasses.
But do you know what? I am not now going to tell you that those rosy glasses are bad. No, ma’am. Why?
Because I believe in first love.
I believe in the kind of love that comes when you delve into a new experience and fall for all the goodness, excitement and passion of it. The kind that only happens when you allow yourself to be just a little naïve, a little starry-eyed, with dangerous things like trust and dreams pressing beneath your ribcage. The kind that—despite all you’ve heard about those dangers, about the potential pitfalls and even the ones you’ve already experienced yourself—simply will not leave you alone.
The heroine in my new novel IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS is that kind of dreamer. When Miss Octavia Pierce and I were first introduced—
Wait. That’s totally wrong. Octavia (actually, she goes by Tavy) — isn’t at all the sort of girl to wait for somebody else to make introductions. Despite her ladylike upbringing, if she wants to meet someone she’s more likely to thrust out her hand and state her name loud and clear. Which is precisely what she does upon encountering the tall, dark and delectably mysterious young lord who lives next door to her in the little British colony of Madras. Ben Doreé is rumored to be a rakehell, a troublemaker, and a ladies’ man. But that doesn’t mean a thing to Tavy, just on the verge of womanhood, dying to learn about life. Dying to finally live.
And the way Ben looks at her definitely makes her want to do some living.
First love. Young love. Joyful. Passionate. Forbidden love. Love that is destined to be torn apart.
Because, after all, life isn’t actually rose-colored. Reality is all shades and hues, and pink is only one of them.
But like I said, I believe in rosy glasses. And I believe in first love. I believe that a love born in passion and adventure, then lost in anguish, can indeed be re-found… in dreams and trust and desire that rocks lives until nothing is stable but the lovers’ hearts, thoroughly entwined.
So perhaps a little naïvité isn’t all that bad after all. Perhaps being a bit naïve, a little trusting, and a lot excited about living is precisely what ensures our happily ever afters.
Mia here again. Thanks for sharing with us today! For more about Katharine and her books, please visit KatharineAshe.com. As a special treat, one lucky commenter is going to score a signed copy of Katharine’s CAPTURED BY A ROGUE LORD!
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