Sabrina Philips on First Loves and her First Harlequin Presents
Here’s a lovely post by new Harlequin/Mills & Boon author Sabrina Philips! Her debut book Valenti’s One-Month Mistress is available now in stores in the UK from M&B Modern Romance. It will be released by Harlequin Presents in North America in March, but you can get it now at eHarlequin.com!
I was recently talking to a group of female friends of varying ages, all of whom are happily married, and we got on to the subject of first loves. One friend had been engaged to someone else before she’d met her now husband, but she had called off the wedding because her parents didn’t like him. Another friend had been going out with the boy next door for years until he went to University and ended their relationship, whilst another waxed lyrical about the most popular boy in school who she’d been crazy about for the duration of her teenage years, without ever plucking up the courage to tell him.
And that was when we started wondering, what if? What if my first friend had gone through with the first wedding she had planned? What if my second friend had never split up with her childhood sweet-heart? What if my third friend had told Mr Unobtainable how she felt, and found that the feeling was reciprocated? And for a moment it was fun to imagine how different their lives might have been.
But then, of course, we took off the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. My first friend confessed that the she had really only got engaged the first time because she knew her parents didn’t like him, and rebelling had been the appeal. My second friend conceded that she and her high-school sweetheart really had very little in common other than the fact that he lived next door, and my last friend admitted that aside from his good looks, Mr Unobtainable had nothing going for him (and the last she’d heard he’d lost all his hair and put on fifty pounds!)
The reality is that the first person we fall for isn’t often the right fit for life, but first loves do cause a whole host of new and exciting feelings, and that’s why we look back wistfully. However, the beauty of romance fiction is that we can imagine the what if without any of the why not – and that’s why I love first love reunion stories!
Imagine – the straight out of high school heroine falls head over heels in love with a devastatingly handsome man who she thinks is the one, but he breaks her heart. Six years on, she’d convinced herself that her feelings for him were nothing more than naïve infatuation (she’s made her own list of why not’s!) and has moved on with her life. But what if she is forced to confront him again, and even though she is older and wiser, she finds that she still wants him just as much as she always did, and maybe even more?
This is the situation Faye Matteson finds herself in at the beginning of my debut Harlequin Presents, Valenti’s One-Month Mistress, which I am delighted to say is now on the shelves in the UK and in the US from March. Or alternatively, enter my contest at www.sabrinaphilips.com by the 6th February to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy! And find out whether Faye’s first love was the right fit after all….
In the meantime I’d love to hear about your first love (we writers are always looking for new inspiration after all!), do you remember him wistfully, or do you look back and wonder what on earth you ever saw in him?!