Valentine's Day Guest Blogger Giveaway!
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Ever get the feeling we tend to make the same romantic mistakes over and over? To guard against this, my blog guest, HQ author Julia Justiss is making a lovelorn list and checking it twice. Add your Love Resolution in the comment section for a chance to win a copy of Julia’s Disreputable.
For Valentines Day, we are usually inundated with sweetness and candy, ads touting jewelry and romantic getaways and chocolate and…toys of other sorts.
But some of the most fun romances I recall reading are ones in which the newly single or always single team up with friends to resist (or console themselves for not) being Hooked Up on that day of all days devoted to lovers.
Which brought me to: what are the most important Love Resolutions for those wounded in the Romance Wars to make in order to avoid having their hearts shredded in future? In roughly order-of-important, here are some suggestions to remedy various Maladies:
–the previous love was too interested in/uninterested in sex; find someone whose level of desire matches my own
–the previous love was controlling; find someone who’s easy-going and doesn’t always need to have his/her way
–the previous love was mean-spirited or overly critical; find someone whose self-esteem doesn’t require them cutting down everyone else, or who is sensitive enough to phrase criticism in constructive rather than hurtful ways
–the previous love was selfish; find someone who thinks about other people’s needs, preference and feelings, not just his/her own
–the previous love wanted to the be center of my life, trying to push everyone else away; find someone who’s not threatened by my relationships with friends and family
–the previous love needed constant reassurance of my love and loyalty; find someone who has enough confidence in themselves not to need propping up
–the previous love was nice, but boring; find someone a bit more challenging
In my February Regency Historical, Society’s Most Disreputable Gentleman, hero Greville Anders has built quite a reputation as a dissolute rake, but after a life-altering experience, he is determined to reform his wicked ways. One of his new resolutions is not to tempt ladies—especially not well-bred young ladies.
But he finds it hard to ignore the beautiful daughter of his host, especially after Amanda Neville makes it clear that she finds this landless younger son and former sailor not at all worthy of her time. Greville, who can tell that despite her disdainful attitude, Miss Neville finds him attractive, can’t help teasing her. Since he knows Amanda’s dream is to go to London, marry a highly-placed politician and become a great Society hostess, he figures it won’t hurt to indulge in a little country flirtation before she heads off to town and they never see one another again.
Of course, love and fate have a different idea for their future!
So, have you ever suffered a spectacular break-up that led you to form Love Resolutions? Any you would recommend to others wishing to guard their hearts? To one responder drawn at random, I’ll send a copy of Disreputable.
Disreputable sounds like great fun. Thanks for visiting, Julia!