As a writer, it’s fun to play with different ideas – love at first sight, enemies to lovers, mistaken identity – all can be fun places to start a romance and see what ensues between hero and heroine. A personal favorite of mine, though, are reunion romances. Couples who had something special that had to end at some point in the past.
For those of us who have been in a relationship that ended, I think reunion romances allow us to play the “what if” game. What if things had been different? What if “x reason” hadn’t happened, could we still be together? Or what if “y circumstances” that pulled us apart had never happened?
What’s fascinating to my writer’s brain is that when we play “what if,” we always imagine something better. That eternal optimist inside of us imagines positive scenarios where something better than what happened…happens.
What we don’t know – what we can never know – is what the outcome would have been. But all too often, we don’t think through the possibility that things could have been worse.
This was an underlying theme in my most recent release, JUST IN TIME. Roman Forsyth and Avery Marks are childhood sweethearts whose relationship ends when Roman leaves their hometown at 19 to go play in the NHL. Avery and Roman have a love for the ages – but the lives they’re called to require him to go and her to stay. Avery’s got a family commitment she can’t leave behind to go with him and Roman can’t deny his talent and stay in his small hometown in Alaska.
It’s only when they get back together almost fifteen years later that both begin to understand who they’ve become and maybe gain a little bit more understanding of the reasons why.
I hadn’t intended to go down this path as I imagined this book in my mind. This is the third book in a trilogy and all along I knew Avery and Roman would be a reunion romance, but it wasn’t until I was actually writing the book that I began to think about the what if’s around staying or going. And the realization that everything that happens to us in our lives works to make us the people we are today.
For me, that was the great lesson I took away writing this book. There are moments in our past that drive us, motivate us, make us happy or make us sad – and a million other emotions that are locked in those memories. But it’s the people we are today that have the choice to be happy. To be fulfilled. And to reach out and grab our dreams.
I say go for it!
Thanks for joining me today! So my question is, what do you think about reunion romances? Two commenters today will win copies of JUST IN TIME.
Despite early ambitions of being a diver, a drummer or a doctor, Addison Fox happily discovered she was more suited to life as a writer. She lives in Dallas and - thankfully - doesn't have to operate on anyone. You can find her at her home on the web at www.addisonfox.com. Her latest book, JUST IN TIME, is out now from NAL/Signet Eclipse.
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