The First Time I Saw the Man I Love… and Contests (Plural)!

USA Today bestselling author Maureen Child writes for Harlequin Desire. THE TEMPORARY MRS. KING, her latest book in the popular Kings of California series is available now. To acquire the Caribbean island real estate for the next King luxury hotel, all Sean King has to do is marry the boss’s granddaughter—and keep his hands off his sexy new wife.

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I’m a card-carrying, heart-on-my-sleeve romantic. I love going to dinner parties so I can meet new couples and hear their “How we met” stories. When I ask the question, I lean forward, eager to catch that glimpse of a sparkle in their eyes, the half-smile they give each other as their gazes connect. I hear the affection in their voices, and I eat it up. Can’t get enough of it!

My friend and fellow Desire author Kate Carlisle and I both have books out this month that are set on Caribbean islands, giving readers a mental escape to the tropics from the hectic pace of the holiday season. Together, we’re offering the Tropical Christmas giveaway (more on that in a moment), and while we were planning the contest, I casually asked her, “How did you and Donny meet?”

I asked her in an email, so I didn’t get the eye-sparkle or secret smile, but I swear, I can feel those things when reading her response: “I’d sworn off dating, so I used to go out with my brothers and friends. Friday nights, we would go to a favorite Italian restaurant, put our names on the list, then go next door to the bar where Donny worked. I thought he was so cute and loved how he paid attention to everyone and was just so nice. Naturally, my brothers approved of him because the man knew how to mix a drink. After a few months, he asked me out. Apparently he thought I was cute, too. Our first date started at 4pm and lasted to well after 2am, just talking and talking, going from restaurant to restaurant. We kept closing them … and the rest is history.”

We romance readers know that swearing off dating never works!

The first time I met my future husband, I was working at Farrel’s restaurant/ice cream parlor. I got off work, walked out the door and someone yelled “Look out!” I ducked to avoid the Frisbee, and then saw an adorable man (my future husband) and his friend walking toward me. They were killing time waiting for a girl I worked with to get off. She came out right behind me and the four of us ended up going for tacos. I felt that zing right away – still do.

Not quite as over-the-top romantic a story as Sean and Melinda of THE TEMPORARY MRS. KING will someday tell people at dinner parties. “The first time we met, she proposed to me,” Sean will say. “I was minding my own business, having a drink at the bar, when this raven-haired knockout came up to me and said, ‘I think we should get married.’”

See, Melinda is the granddaughter of the man who owns the Caribbean island real estate that Sean wants to acquire for the next King luxury hotel. But grandpa’s not selling to just anyone… he wants to see his granddaughter taken care of, and to him, that means he wants her married. Melinda will go along with her beloved grandpa’s wishes, temporarily at least. Marrying Sean will give her access to the trust fund she needs to launch her own business.

If you love a good marriage of convenience story, pick up THE TEMPORARY MRS. KING today. And while you’re shopping, be sure to grab AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE, too!

So tell me… how did you and your significant other meet? How long have you been together? Do you still feel that zing when you talk about him? If you’re unattached, do you love hearing “how we met” stories as much as I do?

To celebrate our double island escapes for readers, Kate Carlisle and I are each going to give away a copy of our book to a random commenter today – that’s two winners! Plus, be sure to enter our Tropical Christmas Giveaway for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind adorable beach bag filled with tropical goodies to warm your heart on a cold winter day!

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Comments ( 54 )
  1. Gale
    December 6, 2011 at 12:19 am
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    I worked for a large computer company and my (future) hubs was a newly hired consultant. Being the pushy sort that he was/is, he wanted a telephone in his cube. I stated, quite vocally, “Contractors don’t have phones!” He got the phone, and the girl. (We did some major bonding in the computer lab. What can I say? Computer software birds of a feather…) :>) We’ve been married for almost 28 years. We now work together doing consulting, are married of course, and end up spending just about 24/7 together. And they said it wouldn’t last… Hmmmm, because we work together and are married, does this mean we get to measure our time together in dog years????

  2. Teri C
    December 6, 2011 at 12:40 am
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    The first time I was buying real estate and he was my agent. Now we have been married for four years and combined through previous relationships have 5 kids.

  3. Kiwi
    December 6, 2011 at 1:16 am
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    My hubs and I met in our high school cafeteria our senior year, over a box of mini powdered donuts of all things. I already had a boyfriend at the time, but he bought me those donuts and a Sprite everyday anyway.

  4. Beverly Ovalle
    December 6, 2011 at 1:24 am
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    I met my husband at a Navy Weapons Base. I started a job as Base Police and my husband was my trainer. Showed me how to use my favorite toy, the speed gun! Even though I outshot him using the real gun, the .38 revolver.

  5. Maureen Child
    December 6, 2011 at 10:22 am
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    Robin, Ohhh, the sweet, awkward zing of a first kiss. Love that! I hope you’ll have many happy, melty years with the man you love.

  6. Maureen Child
    December 6, 2011 at 10:27 am
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    Pam, Wow, what a story! Here you are, almost 40 years after your first date. I’m glad you found your way back to each other.

  7. Maureen Child
    December 6, 2011 at 10:30 am
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    Gale, I’ve heard people say that you should never work with your spouse if you want a happy marriage… but I’ve known lots of couples who happily work together. I think it really depends on the couple. Sounds like you and your husband do great, spending 24/7 together!

  8. Maureen Child
    December 6, 2011 at 10:36 am
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    Teri, You fell in love with your real estate agent? I love that! I’m going to start watching House Hunters with a whole new eye now.

  9. Maureen Child
    December 6, 2011 at 10:37 am
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    Kiwi,

    Aw! He bought sweets for the sweet. What a nice guy!

  10. Maureen Child
    December 6, 2011 at 10:38 am
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    Beverly, Fun! A workplace romance with a dangerous twist. I bet you’ve got some great stories!

  11. Maureen Child
    December 6, 2011 at 10:45 am
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    Okay, I went to Random.org and WE HAVE WINNERS!

    Jodie Smith, you have won a copy of THE TEMPORARY MRS. KING by me.

    Teri C, you have won a copy of AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE by Kate Carlisle.

    Congratulations! Please send your mailing addresses to kate@katecarlisle.com. (Kate’s keeping track of all the winners from this blog tour.)

    Everyone else, please be sure to stop by and comment tomorrow, when Kate will be a guest here at the Harlequin Blog… and she’s giving away another copy of each of our books!

  12. Rebecca
    December 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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    The first time I meet my husband, he asked for my id. He was the bouncer at a bar and I was coming in with my friends. He carded all of us to find out who I was and how old I was at the time. When he handed my id back, I felt tingles shoot up from where I hands touched. I kept going back there to flirt with him for a few weeks and finally he asked me out. We have been together every since. It has been 6 1/2 years and I still blush when I hear his voice or talk about him.

  13. jacinta
    December 7, 2011 at 12:07 am
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    Me and my partner knew of each other for a while before we started dating, he was an instructor at the Tae Kwon Do school i went to (he ran a different class than the one i attended so we only met at the occasional mixer). I never really payed him much attention until i saw him out one night (at a gay club of all places) and knew i had to keep him. Been together two years and counting.

  14. Katherine
    December 7, 2011 at 8:08 am
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    He drove 8 hrs north & I drove 8 hrs south to visit a mutual friend. We had 2 days together(I can’t remember the drive home because he was so much on my mind). I flew south for a long weekend the next month & he proposed over the phone 2 weeks later. We’ll be married 33 yrs in January.

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