Pippa Hearts Presents
The journey of one (relatively) young, single girl’s romance with Harlequin Presents!
by editorial assistant Pippa Roscoe
There are many great things about February. My birthday, Valentine’s day… my birthday (it’s worth a second mention!). But this year has been even better. My cousin was married on the 2nd of February, and we all know that we Presents girls LOVE a wedding!
The bride looked absolutely beautiful in a halter-neck dress, fitted bodice, glorious long train – a little hazardous on the dance floor – and even rocked a pair of Converse for the night. (V. jealous as I struggled in my heels!) The first dance was lovely, my smile wobbled a little at how happy they both looked. It was all going so well until…
The bouquet toss.
Now, this is my first one. I’ve never been ‘that girl’; ready and waiting to catch the superstitious confirmation that yes – I will be next! And as I stood there (at the edge!) beneath the balcony, the crowd counted down:
Three! (Goosebumps and flashes to 27 Dresses)
Two! (start shaking – possibly even visibly! – and flashes to Bride Wars)
No – ladies don’t fear – I didn’t pass out. But I was nearly hit by the bouquet as the girl in pole position batted – literally – it out of the way, with a move I haven’t seen outside a basket-ball game.
So it wasn’t just me! There was definitely an ‘anti-catching’ mood amongst us single ladies. Whether this was due to the fact that there we were for all to see, knowing it would invite the – So, when’s it going to be your turn question, followed by the Nudge, nudge, wink, wink! Or for me, it was certainly the point where I realised I was now ‘that girl’. Safe to say, if I do end up as happily as Jane in 27 Dresses, it’s no bad thing! But sadly, a family wedding isn’t always the best place to find ‘the one’.
But perhaps there will be someone on Friday during the b’day celebrations… Now wouldn’t that be a nice gift to write home about?! I shall be putting on a sexy little number, popping in the new contacts, letting the hair down and enjoying myself thoroughly. Like all good Presents heroines – I don’t need a man to make me happy but if one comes along, I’ll
hear him out!
Then comes Valentine’s day. The last few years have been spent mostly scowling at the TV as it insists on showing reruns of Bridget Jones Diary. But this year will be different! I will spend the night cosying up to an absolute hunk of a man. Strong, determined, in control, and he even comes with his own catch-phrase.
Yes – BRUCE WILLIS IS MY HERO.
I shall be front and centre giggling with pure glee as I watch A Good Day to Die Hard! So ladies – tell me. What will you be doing on Valentine’s day? Is your own hero whisking you away for a romantic dinner?