Love At First Sight? (With Giveaway!)

Update: The winner of HOT NUMBER is…Phyllis Lamken. Congrats!!

Love At First Sight?

Vanessa Kelly w/a VK Sykes

 Randy and Vanessa at RWA

Romance readers are used to taking flack for their reading choices.  There are multiple reasons why literary snobs give us a hard time, but one of the most frequently expressed is the skepticism that two people can truly fall in love at first sight.  Impossible, they sniff with their noses high in the air.  What a load of garbage!

And yet one of the most enduring tropes in romance fiction is that the hero and heroine clap eyes on each other and fall instantly in love, usually to the sound of swelling violins and an angel’s over-wrought harp.  When I was young—and I’m not going to tell you how young—I used to be ok with that.  In fact, I don’t think it ever occurred to me to question whether love at first sight was even possible.  Romance was all about the impossible, and not letting common sense or realism intrude on the story.

But you know what?  Most savvy romance readers today are just as likely to be skeptical of that trope as the snobs and the naysayers.  After all, love—real and enduring love—has to build itself on a solid foundation composed of many things, including mutual respect, honesty, intellectual and moral compatibility, and a desire to share everything life throws your way, good and bad—including leaving the toilet seat up.

Still, in romance novels something electrifying must happen when the hero and heroine meet—something so strong and visceral that it seems like love at first sight.  In many cases, though, I think what is depicted is lust at first sight.  That’s a good thing since lust, or sexual attraction, physical desire, or whatever you want to call it, is a pretty powerful force that can bind the hero and heroine and keep them together through all the ups and downs of the story until they fall properly in love, surmount their obstacles, and reach their HEA.

In Fastball, the first book in my VK Sykes sports romance series, The Philadelphia Patriots, the hero and heroine have that kind of instant physical connection.  The moment Jake lays eyes on Maddie…well, he pretty much wants to leap her bones, and vice versa.  It’s the same dynamic at work with the heroes and heroines of the subsequent two books.  They’re all healthy, very attractive people and it makes complete and total sense to me that they would react so strongly to each other from the get-go.

And we’ve all been there, right?  We’ve all met that guy, the one that made us think—man, I’d love to spend a little quality time with him!  It’s also a hell of a lot more realistic than some dewy-eyed encounter that settles everything—at least emotionally—in the first 30 pages.  And, being honest here, I think a healthy dose of lust can be a lot of fun.

Fortunately, as we’ve seen in both real life and romance novels, that kind of intense physical attraction can lead to better things.  It sure does for the heroes and heroines of The Philadelphia Patriots!

Philadelphia Patriots

The Philadelphia Patriots, the three, full length novels I wrote with my husband, are now available in one really attractive anthology.  And for a limited time, the antho is on sale for only 99 cents!  It includes Fastball, Bigger Than Beckham, and Hardball, which won The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book of 2012, in the romance category.  I hope you’ll take advantage of this great price to check us out!

And for one reader today, I’ll be happy to give away a copy of Hot Number, one of my other VK Sykes sexy contemporary romances.  Just tell me what you think about the idea of love at first sight for a change to win the book!

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V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write best-selling, sexy contemporary romance. The second book in their Philadelphia Patriots Series of sports romances won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest, in the romance category. Vanessa also writes award-winning, Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name, and she was named by Booklist as one of the “new stars of historical romance.”  You can find VK on the web at and Vanessa on the web at




About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty-five novels and novellas. More information about Cynthia can be found at
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14 Responses to Love At First Sight? (With Giveaway!)

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Vanessa, that’s a bargain! I’m definitely loading it on my Kindle. I have to go with instant lust, lol. But it sure can feel like love and it sure can grow into love.

    Thanks for being our guest and talking about love. One of my favorite subjects. 🙂

  2. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    Welcome to MM! And I’m right there with you on the love at first sight is more likely lust at first sight – but so what! It’s a start. And love without lust doesn’t sound any where near as much fun! 🙂

    And Edie is right, that is a wonderful price for so many books!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Touched by Death – free on the 26th and 27th

  3. Kristine Radgman says:

    I believe in love at first sight, you just know that that person is the one. Have you ever held someone’s hand in an inntroduction and you feel this spark at the touch. It is amazing and makes you want to know this person better. Wow I will take advantage of this book sale. *hugs*

  4. Amy R says:

    Love at first sight, love at any sight and I am hooked. It is why I read romance novels. I think love at first sight can exist. It didn’t for me. In fact, after I started dating my husband I thought he was too nice because he held doors for me, etc. I thought something was wrong with him. Glad my mom and sister talked some sense into me! 14 years of marriage later and we are still going strong. So, no matter if love is at first sight or after you have been with someone for a little while, I will take it! Thank you for the trio of books! I have been wanting to read these since I learned about them but hadn’t picked them up yet. When I saw this sale it was a no-brainer, so thank you very much. 🙂

  5. Vanessa, welcome back to MM — it’s always wonderful to have you here!!
    I definitely believe in *lust* at first sight, LOL, and I think most of us have had those moments when we’ve spotted a very attractive someone from across the room and instantly imagined a very exciting future with that person ;).
    Sometimes, those future fantasies actually come true, too…
    p.s. Love the cute picture of you and Randy!!
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …“How I Met My Mr. (or Ms.) Darcy”

    • Thank you, my lady! It’s lovely to see you, too! Oy! That picture – it was taken at an RWA conference a few years ago. It was AFTER the Rita Awards, so I’d already had a few glasses of wine – as you can tell by my red nose!

  6. Phyllis Lamken says:

    My husband feel for me at first sight (it took me a little longer) So I definitely believe in love at first sight. I also believe in lust at first sight/

  7. Lori says:

    I’m writing a YA right now that deals with true love! I’ve never understood why people think romances are so unrealistic. In every case the hero and heroine go through quite a bit of ups and downs to finally get to that true love. And you’re right, its more of a lust thing with most books.

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    Totally with you, Vanessa. When I met this one guy that my boss wanted to introduce me to, I went home that night and told my SIL (I was living with my brother at the time … long story) that this guy was trouble. How right I was. I ended up marrying him. 😯 At the time I met John, I was dating two other guys … both gorgeous, one very successful. — Sigh — I ended up marrying a musician with nary a time to his name.

    That was twenty years ago. He went back to school and got his B.A. in Criminal Justice and joined the District Attorney’s office. Still plays music, but as a side job.

    And yes … he puts the toilet seat down. Always has. I knew he was a keeper when I learned that.

  9. Vanessa, I so agree with you. My books are more romantic elements than romances, but I think a healthy dose of physical attraction is essential to the start of a true romance. If you don’t like the look of each other, it can’t really go anywhere from there, can it?

    And I just bought your book set, too. Looks fab!

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