Those of you who have read my books, both historical and contemporary, know that second chance romances are my very favorite trope. Sometimes, as in my debut historical romance A BREACH OF PROMISE, the first go around doesn’t work out because one or both of the characters just aren’t ready for a true commitment. In this story, my hero Marcus is only twenty one and on the eve of embarking on a promising diplomatic career when he becomes engaged to Lydia, an innocent girl who just turned eighteen. While chemistry sparks between them, neither is yet mature enough for a real relationship.
A BREACH OF PROMISE by VICTORIA VANE
On the night of her betrothal, Lydia Trent receives just a taste of what ecstasy will be at the hands of her fiancé...and then he leaves her wanting. After waiting six years, and tired of being neglected by her exceedingly reluctant husband-to-be, Lydia decides to break it off.
When Marcus, Lord Russell, receives Lydia's letter requesting a release from their contract, he is stunned by her audacity. Confident he'll have her eating out of his hand with his usual wit and charm, he's determined to repair the damage. However, the headstrong woman she's blossomed into is equally determined to thwart his every effort to win her back.
Marcus discovers, in spite of her conviction to end the union, Lydia is more responsive to his touch than he ever imagined. He just needs to get her alone to unleash the promised passion he sees within his wanton virgin. Marcus will use any tool in his arsenal to exploit her weakness--his kisses, his hands, his mouth...her own body. In short, he'll just have to ruin her! (Excerpt from A BREACH OF PROMISE ) .
In THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and THE DEVIL’S MATCH, (combined in print as A DEVIL NAMED DEVERE) the initial romance between my series namesake Ludovic DeVere and my heroine, Diana, is destroyed by circumstances beyond my characters’ control. Unknown to Diana, he breaks it off to protect her. Not knowing his reasons, she becomes embittered, but still can’t fight her feelings when they encounter one another several years later. (Excerpt from THE DEVIL’S MATCH).
In my second contemporary Western romance, ROUGH RIDER, the first time Dirk and Janice are together he knows he’s not ready for a long term relationship, but then later when he finally is, he believes he’s too damaged. It takes real love and patience on Janice’s part for them to finally work it out. (Excerpt from ROUGH RIDER ) .
Lastly, in SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY, when my hero and heroine first meet, she is in college and he is a Marine Scout sniper is about to deploy to Iraq. In this case both timing and circumstances work against them. (Excerpt from SHARP SHOOTIN’ COWBOY).
I really enjoyed showing the growth of these characters as they strived to achieve that happily ever after. I also think that makes a really believable romance.