Friday, November 29, 2013

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Guest Post by Inara Scott, author of Falling for Mr. Wrong

Looking for Mrs. Right...

Single father of three, Ross Bencher, knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart...

Falling for Mr. Wrong...

When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency before a big climbing expedition, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping...and questioning everything she’s ever known about love...

Today, I’m lucky to have Inara Scott, the author of Entangled Indulgence’s Bencher Family Series stopping by.  Inara is going to address a little criticism involved in reading romances.  I personally think her last sentence is PERFECT!  Enjoy.

Love at First Sight?

One of the many criticisms lobbed at romance novels is that they're unrealistic because the characters fall in love too quickly. "No such thing as love at first sight," critics say. "That could never happen." 

I tend not to write books that have insta-love. However, I am not scared to throw around some insta-lust. For example, in Falling for Mr. Wrong, Kelsey and Ross meet up in a bar. Kelsey is on her way to Nepal, where she's going to climb a really big, really dangerous mountain. She's not at all sure she's coming back. And that leaves Kelsey ready to do something she wouldn't normally do. 

“Kelsey watched Ross sit back down. He motioned across the room toward a waitress, who immediately gave him a simpering smile. She had a feeling women regularly turned into helpless adolescents around him. Six feet of muscle and shoulders you could set a truck on drew the initial gaze, but it was the intense blue eyes and deadly smile that made it impossible to look away. Something about Ross Bencher promised a night of sensual bliss, and that was precisely what she wanted.

Something crazy. Something different. Something that she’d never done before, and would never have the chance to do again.”

Of course, they haven't fallen in love. But after a crazy night together, a special bond has been created. And when they meet again, three years later, that bond is still there. Kelsey appears as a temporary nanny for Ross's kids, and Ross can't even pretend he doesn't remember her. 

“It should have taken him some time to place her. He should have had a moment of doubt before he remembered her name. Instead, he felt as if he’d just seen her the day before. 

She gaped at him, her mouth falling open slightly. He waited for her to say something, but she was apparently as startled as he was, because no sound emerged. 

The attraction was instant. Overwhelming. It had been three years, but he remembered her body as though it had been mapped onto his brain. Memories of their night together assaulted him. He tried to banish them, but images of long tangled hair and tanned skin lingered and burned behind his eyes.”

Now after they get back together, the real fun begins. Because happily ever after can't be built on a one-night stand, or insta-attraction. It's got to come from shared experiences and values. It comes from supporting each other through disappointments and moments of doubt. For Kelsey, falling in love means learning to believe she's worthy of someone's love and trust. For Ross, it means accepting the possibility of loss and believing the risk of pain is worth it. 

Not exactly love at first sight. But even happily ever after has to start somewhere.

Falling for Mr. Wrong can be purchased from Amazon or your favorite eRetailer

The Bencher Family Series:

Inara Scott grew up on a steady diet of true love, heaving bosoms, and happily ever after. Romance inspired her first novel, penned at the age of 14, titled A Wild and Stormy Passion. Today, Inara writes anything and everything, including young adult fiction and adult romance. She does frequent school visits and loves teaching writing to students of all ages. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book (The Talents and The Marked) and the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit (Radiant Desire and Rules of Negotiation). When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time wandering around in the woods, paddling around on lakes, and has been known to occasionally dress up her little white dog in princess costumes.
Inara loves to hear from readers, and can often be found avoiding actual work on Twitter or Facebook.

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