Update: The winner of HOT NUMBER is…Phyllis Lamken. Congrats!!
Love At First Sight?
Vanessa Kelly w/a VK Sykes
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!
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!
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 www.vksykes.com and Vanessa on the web at www.vanessakellyauthor.com.