Sarah Morgan asks ‘Do Opposites Attract?’ + Contest

by Sarah Morgan, author of Doukakis’s Apprentice (Harlequin Presents, October 2011)

My husband – let’s call him Mr Cool – is the complete opposite of me. He is calm and controlled. He’s especially good in a crisis, which is helpful because I ricochet from one crisis to another while he watches in quiet disbelief. I’m neither cool nor calm (I see my editor nodding wearily in agreement) and we’re probably an example of the theory that opposites attract. Mr Cool is mildly fascinated by my dramatic response to life and I’m soothed by his rock solid calm.  In many ways we’re not unlike the couple in my latest release, Doukakis’s Apprentice.

In his working life, Greek tycoon Damon Doukakis is ruthlessly organized and devoid of emotion. He sees no place for anything personal in the workplace and he is driven and focused. Polly, on the other hand, needs a certain amount of chaos around her to feed her creative process and she operates most effectively when she is surrounded by familiar objects. She is technology literate, but does her best work scribbling in a pink notebook with her fluffy pen. He wears designer suits, she wears vintage clothes. She loves hot pink tights – he thinks they make her look like a flamingo. When he takes over her father’s company and forces her to work as his apprentice, it’s hard to know which of them has the biggest culture shock. Trouble is on its way….

Doukakis’s Apprentice is my first proper ‘office’ romance and I enjoyed writing it so much I know it won’t be my last. It’s an RT Book Reviews Top Pick and was described as ‘a really fun book’ by Sarah Wendell in a recent Smart Bitches/Dear Author podcast.

To celebrate the US launch I’m doing a giveaway for readers in the US and Canada. Leave a comment for a chance to win a version of Polly’s pink fluffy pen and notebook, a cute cuddly flamingo and a copy of a book from my backlist. The giveaway closes at 5pm EST on September 21st. The winner will be randomly drawn by Harlequin and the name announced in the comments section within 24 hours so if you entered, be sure to check back. If you’re the lucky one then you’ll need to email me your details to sarah @ sarahmorgan . com (take out the spaces) within 48 hours of the announcement. As this giveaway is being run on a Harlequin site it is only open to people in US and Canada. Full competition rules are here.  To be entered, just put the word ‘giveaway’ at the end of your comment.

So, do you have examples of ‘opposites attract’ in your life or do you think relationships are smoother when people are similar?



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Comments ( 21 )
  1. Sarah Callejo
    September 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I’m haunted by the “opposites attract” theory every morning as I try to find matching socks.
    Congratulations for your new office romance book Sarah, I’m looking forward to reading it.
    I’m tempted to move to US or Canada, to be eligible for the Flamingo draw!

  2. Anne MacFarlane
    September 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I think in real life opposites sometimes makes for a rocky road. In fiction, that rocky road makes a book a lot more fun and interesting. ‘giveaway’

  3. Sarah Morgan
    September 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Anne, I agree that in fiction ‘opposites’ increases the conflict and makes the story more interesting – in real life I suppose it depends on whether the other person brings to the relationship something that you lack. In my case, calm!

  4. Lia
    September 19, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I’m in Holland, so not eligible for the giveaway anyway, but just wanted to leave a little note saying that I’ve read this book and thought it was terrific; definitely one on my ‘to keep-list’!

  5. Abby Green
    September 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I loved this book Sarah – your heroine just leapt off the page. And I loved how she challenged the poor hero so much ;). Please hurry up and do another office romance soon ;).
    xx Abby

  6. Sarah Morgan
    September 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Lia, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! That’s great to hear.

    LOL Abby, she did give him a hard time, what the with plants and the fish. Thanks for the kind words x

  7. runner10
    September 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I think opposites attract and can be very exciting at first. It is hard to make a long term relationship sometimes.

  8. Sarah Morgan
    September 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Hi runner10, great to see you here. I agree it could be a problem in the long term. I suppose it depends on whether the couple can agree on the really big things in life. Thanks for commenting!

  9. Michelle Smart
    September 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Just wanted to chime in and say Doukakis’s Apprentice is absolutely brilliant. I read it again last week and it was every bit as wonderful as the first read. I love, love, love it! x

  10. Melanie Milburne
    September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Can’t wait to read this one.I love the whole opposites attract thing. I had to laugh at your description of your husband. He sounds exactly like mine!
    Congrats on the RT Top Pick. Very well deserved!

  11. Kelly
    September 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    I think both ways can work out well-opposites attracting or being similar to each other. Looking forward to reading the new book! ‘giveaway’

  12. Denise
    September 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Sarah! I agree with Kelly in that I think both work – it really just depends on the people involved. Congrats on your upcoming release! ‘giveaway’

  13. Amanda Gardner
    September 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I think opposites attract because everyone needs a counter balance to the type of person you are. When people are similar, I would think they would have more issues in the sense that they may always pick the same thing without trying something new.


  14. Sarah Morgan
    September 20, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Michelle, I’m so pleased you enjoyed Doukakis enough to read it twice! Thanks for that.

    Melanie, thanks for the good wishes

  15. Sarah Morgan
    September 20, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Kelly, I agree that there are many different types of successful relationship – I suppose that’s why we keep reading (and writing!) romance 🙂

    Denise, thanks for the congrats!

    Amanda, that’s a really good point – being with someone who isn’t similar to you might challenge you to try new things.

  16. Sharon Kendrick
    September 20, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I LOVE the name Polly and the book sounds fantabulous, Sarah. But er, how shall I put this? What ARE those two dangly pink things in the photo?

  17. Sarah Morgan
    September 20, 2011 at 5:41 am

    They’re called LEGS Shazza (sigh) – all flamingos have them. But given that you are clearly not acquainted with the anatomy of a flamingo, he certainly isn’t going to come and live with YOU :)He wouldn’t be safe.

    This particular flamingo is a very rare creature. They don’t make him anymore. Sob. If they did I would have bought two (one for me, obviously, not you. I’ll buy you a drink anyday but no way are you having my flamingo)

  18. chey
    September 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I think it depends on the people involved.

  19. Sarah Morgan
    September 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

    OK folks, the contest is now closed. Harlequin will pick a winner and post the name here later!
    Thanks for your comments

  20. Larissa (Harlequin)
    September 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    The winner of the giveaway is: runner10
    BE sure to email your details to Sarah

    Thx everyone for participating!

  21. Erin
    October 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I know the contest is over, but wanted to say how much I loved the book. I look positively histrionic next to my rational, calm, everyone looks to in a crisis husband. (and I am really only a little histrionic). When we were working the in same hospital there were a few folks who would attend both the team meetings he led, and the ones I facilitated and we used to laugh to hear people say they don’t get how we got together. But after 10 years of marriage so far I have to say it works pretty well.