How long does it take before a couple can use the “L” word? Have you ever been reading along and the hero declares he loves the heroine, and you stop and think, “Already?”
When I first got the idea to write a “Roadtrip Romance,” AKA a romance set on a vacation, one of the biggest hurdles I faced was time. After all, most vacations are only a few days, maybe a week. And that’s an awful short timeframe in which to build a relationship.
And if the couple meet for the first time on vacation, they don’t even come into it with background knowledge. They’re starting from square one.
I’m not one of these people who believe in love at first sight. Attraction? Yes. But not love.
Love isn’t just something you feel about ice cream, although I do have a well-developed relationship with that treat. Love is deeper. It needs meaning and depth and trust and so much more. And you can’t get that deep in only a couple of days, especially while playing the tourist.
So, what was I to do?
Well, I obviously can’t tell you everything I did, or you wouldn’t need to read my newest book when it releases next month. Ha! But, that being said, I will tell you this. I focused on building a FOUNDATION for love.
When Camden and Katie meet, it’s not pretty. He basically knocks her over the head with a volleyball. But, over the few days they see each other on vacation, they’re able to chat, see how they interact with other friends, observe them in hard situations as well as good, and even discover a few mutual passions. That doesn’t mean it will be easy when the vacation is over, but it does mean the attraction is strong enough and the knowledge is deep enough, that a relationship could make sense “back in the real world.”
What do you think? How long does it take for love to grow?
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It’s not every day you bring a boyfriend back as a souvenir.
Katie Wilhite is ready to settle into her new job as a librarian now that college is through, but friends Bree and Skye want one more girls’ trip, and when Bree insists this is her bachelorette fling, Katie agrees. What she didn’t agree to was allowing fun and flighty Skye to dictate the itinerary or for her anxiety to kick in harder than ever … right in front of a cute guy.
Camden Malone had no idea when he agreed to be the voice of reason on his cousin Ryan’s vacation that the trip wouldn’t stay in New Orleans as planned. But when Ryan plots with Skye so that the guys can tag along with the girls all week, he isn’t nearly as upset as he should be. Not with Katie’s fiery temper and flashing eyes intriguing him more by the minute.
Can Katie relax enough to trust Camden and a possible future, or will she continue to push him away as only a vacation fling? And can Camden move past a rocky history of his own to be able to jump into a better future? For a trip that was supposed to be all about fun, there’s a lot of romance going around.