I was going to call this blog 'My First Love', but that could cover anything from a puppy to that Big Mistake I made as a teen (I'm sure you've been there too, when the guy you couldn't resist turned out to be a total disaster). That's why I changed the title of this blog to The Perfect Man. In my current release for Harlequin Mills and Boon, The Count's Prize, heroine Josie is still regretting her own Big Mistake. She's landed the ideal job in the perfect location, where she can bury herself in her work, well away from the kind of man who trampled all over her feelings. Then she meets Dario, her host...
He was standing so close to her, Josie could feel his presence as well as catch the delicious drift of his aftershave. It gave her a tremulous feeling deep within her body.
What's happening to me? I've come here to work, she thought in alarm, glancing up at him.
Dario was gazing out across the view, lost in thought. At that moment, as though feeling her gaze fall on him, he turned his head and their eyes met. Another sensuous ripple thrilled straight through her.
And, as if knowing what was going through her mind, Dario granted her a slow, sweet, irresistible smile.
Copyright, Harlequin Mills and Boon Ltd. 2012
There's big trouble ahead for Josie and Dario, but her initial feelings are based on what happened when I met my OH on a blind date. It had been arranged for me by my mother - and be honest, who wants to fall in love with someone who has your mum's approval? She hadn't liked my boyfriend of the moment, so when he rang up and she answered, she told him I was going out with someone else. In those days I was still doing what my parents told me, so I had no option but to go out that evening with the next door neighbours, and their unexpectedly back-on-the-market brother. I started the evening determined not to enjoy myself but one look at him and - wow, I was lost. He wasn't (and isn't!) just charming, he was clever and drop-dead gorgeous, too. Funnily enough, when my first Modern Romance (The Italian Billionaire's Virgin) was published by Mills and Boon, the hero pictured on the cover bore a striking resemblance to the blind date who became my husband. We'll be celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary in a few months time. Those years have been so happy, they've gone by in a flash. I'm so glad I went out on that blind date, when running away felt like the best option.
Is there a romantic story attached to your perfect man? There's a signed copy of The Count's Prize for a comment picked at random.
Christina Hollis writes Modern Romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon Ltd, when she isn't working in the garden, busy with her bees or daydreaming about resuming her abandoned Classical Studies. You can catch up with her at http://www.christinahollis.com, http://www.christinahollis.blogspot.com on Facebook and on Twitter, where she tweets as @christinabooks.