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.
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!