Do You Believe in Love — or Lust — At First Sight?

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by Sarah Mayberry, author of Her Kind of Trouble (Harlequin Superromance)

Do you believe in love at first sight? It’s never happened to me, but I have a good friend who knew on the first date with her now-husband that she would marry him. She even went home that night and told her housemates as much. Sure enough, he asked her to marry him two weeks later. They have now been together for fifteen years, and have three children.

Vivian and Seth, the heroine and hero in my April Harlequin Superromance, Her Kind of Trouble, don’t experience love at first sight so much as lust at first sight. Deep down inside—maybe—they recognize that the attraction might be something more, but they’re both young and a bit reckless and the depth of their connection is, frankly, terrifying. So they do what comes naturally—ahem—then go their separate ways. The only snag in all of this is that Seth’s brother has just married Vivian’s sister, so they’re kind of destined to be a part of each other’s lives… Fortunately, Vivian soon leaves Australia for the US, in order to pursue a career in fashion. Phew. Potential family crisis averted!

Fast forward ten years, and they are both older, wiser and more seasoned in the ways of the world. But that buzz of attraction is still between them, and now that Vivian is home for good, there’s nothing to stop them from exploring it. Right? Wrong! Because Seth has an ex-girlfriend who is about to give birth to his child, and Vivian is well aware that even if she has changed, he is still the ne’er do well playboy he always was.

So maybe all that lust at first sight doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it should be left to die a slow, quiet death. Or maybe there’s a lot more beneath the surface than either Vivian or Seth is prepared to admit….

I had such a good time writing these two characters. Vivian is sassy and full of attitude, but also incredibly honest, and Seth is well aware that he’s no saint. They like each other a lot, and they’ve got this wild sexual chemistry going on… Suffice to say, it was a lot of fun for this writer to play with them!

I hope you get a chance to read Her Kind of Trouble, but in the meantime, I’d love to know if you believe in love at first sight. Do you think souls call out to each other, that sometimes it’s a matter of locking eyes across a crowded room, and that’s it, you’re gone? Or are you a bit more practical and cynical? Do tell!!

About the Book

It takes one to know one 

The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they’re a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever.

Now, years later, Seth remains a favorite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he’s still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he’s not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!

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2 Responses to Do You Believe in Love — or Lust — At First Sight?

  1. Oh, I loved this book so much!

    I think there’re enough people in this world who claim to have experienced love at first sight that you have to believe it…

  2. Allison D

    Yes you can meet someone for the first time and have an instant attraction. Sometimes that’s all there is to it, but on the rare occasion when chemistry and attraction meet, it happens.

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