Confession: I love writing about opposites in my romances.
Maybe partially because my husband and I in many ways are SUPER opposite. He loves tea (like, obsessively so, like we have a wall of shelves devote to loose leaf tea and “teaware” in our house…) and I love Dr. Pepper. (I don’t have a wall of Dr Pepper though… although when I think about it, that would be pretty awesome!)
He is SUPER quiet and while I can have quiet moments, I am definitely the talker in the family.
I like to GO FAST all the time… and my husband takes his time ALL THE TIME.
I am crazy competitive, and he is–not. I almost refuse to be his partner when we play games because he plays to have fun instead of playing to win. Where is the fun in that?!?
He loves almost every food made, the spicer the better. I am an insanely picky eater and if there is a hint of spice, I’m done.
But ya know? If it weren’t for me, my husband would be a hermit inside the house, drinking tea all day, never talking to anyone. (I say that with a lot of love, and he would agree that this is the case.) I draw him out and help him socialize. Conversely, my husband reminds me of the importance of slowing down and enjoying the little things in life and quiet moments at home. (I’ve totally learned to sip my Dr Pepper slower….)
The book I’m working on now features Sean and Ava. I’m so excited, because they are super opposites, and I’m having SUCH a fun time writing their romance. He is an ex-football player, a super fitness/gym junkie, and could benchpress whatever really big number is impressive to benchpress. (looking up that number is on my list of things to research… I have no clue!) She, however, thinks football is a barbaric sport, she has a love relationship with cake that will seal the deal that she’ll never be smaller than her size 10 (ahem12ahem), and yeah, her thighs ache at just the thought of running on the beach every morning like he does. (They are on a private island at a Matchmakers week… long story… actually short story since it’s a novella… you’ll have to read the book next Spring! Ha!)
I’m about 1/3rd of the way through, and I’m already loving seeing how they can complement each other, balance the other out a little.
So what do you think? Do you like “opposites attract” romances? What is the last one you read that you really liked?
You made me laugh! Thank you.
Hi Krista, sounds like you and your husband complement each other:) Do you guys have T2 in America? They have some of my favourite tea flavours. I am allergic to caffeine so am a big fan of fruit tissanes/herbal teas. My husband however, prefers hot chocolate, chai etc.- basically anything with milk and sugar!! He often jokes that he met and married me to introduce him to everyone:)
I do enjoy a good opposites romance, so look forward to reading your story when it comes out.
Paula Marie says
Good morning! Your post had me chuckling this morning, so thank you for that! I do like the opposites attract theme… I mean if we were all the same, how boring would that be??
Brenda Day says
Sounds very interesting. I’ll have to put it on to read list.
Hi Krista! Yes opposites attract! Hubby and I are opposites in some ways! He eats everything, I am picky! While I am not an introvert, He is definitely more outgoing with strangers while I am more reserved! Definitely enjoy opposites attract stores and movies. Best wishes and happy writing!
Ginger Solomon says
My hubby and I are also opposites. He is super-duper extrovert. Me, not so much. The opposite of you and your hubby. Like your hubby, I would happily stay inside and become a hermit, sipping my tea all day (and yes, I love tea. I should get a shelf. I just have a drawer. LOL)
As for stories, I’m a read-em and forget-em kind of girl, though a few have left lasting impressions.
Jackie Smith says
So funny! Thanks for sharing. I guess we are opposites in that I am an only and love being quiet, reading….he is from very large family and used to noise, noise, no naps! lol
Shannon Taylor Vannatter says
Sounds like a great story, Krista. My husband and I are opposites too. I’m a cold-natured night owl, procrastinator, slow-poke, introvert. My husband is a hot-blooded, early bird, get everything done now, always on the run, extrovert. We both love coffee, iced sweet tea, movies, and flea marketing. He bought me a coffee cup for Christmas that says, I just want to sip my coffee and pet my cat. That pretty much sums me up. But he forces me to get out and about and I wouldn’t know I love flea markets if not for him. Otherwise I’d be a stay up half the night, sleep half the day, get nothing done hermit.
I tend to write opposites attract books too. One of my favorites to read is The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter. It was made into a movie – which was great – but the book was better.
Lila Diller says
Ooooh, this story sounds so cute! I love opposites attract, too, because my husband and I are opposites temperamentally, too. It’s funny: I’m the tea drinker and the quiet one; he’s the one who loves Dr. Pepper and is the more talkative one. We’re both competitive, though. And he likes spicy stuff whereas I’m like you, I can’t handle any spice. ;)
I’m not sure if this counts as an opposite attracts book, but Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan was great!
Your blog post sounds soooo familiar! lol. He loves coffee, I couldn’t stand the stuff when I first met him. (Now with enough flavoured creamer and sugar in it, I can drink it.) He was Coke, I was Pepsi (I’ve switched to Coke). We’re about as opposite as you can get.
I think it’s always more fun to read about opposites than to live it. It can be frustrating at times (he’s patient, I’m impatient).
I think people who are quite opposite often end up together, you just have to recognize your differences going in and learn to compliment each other!
My husband and I sound quite a lot like you two, but I’m the quiet one and he’s the outgoig go-getter.
Natalya Lakhno says
Opposites attract! Very true! My hubby and myself ?