>I know how much all of you like laddies in kilts, so I’ve got a surprise for you! Today’s guest, Ann Stephens brings more Scottish heroes for you to drool over! Please welcome Ann for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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It’s the Little Things that Count
Thank you so much for inviting me to join your launch event, Monica! I’m one of many who look forward to reading PLEASURE ME.
What with Valentine’s just over a week away, I’ve been pondering the little gestures that can mean so much for a couple. One of the most common is an exchange of gifts. Not large gifts, necessarily – it is hard to resist a man bearing good quality chocolate, for example. Well, okay…jewelry is always nice too.
Great gifts don’t have to fit into small boxes. My hubby assures me my cooking is better than all but the best restaurants. Granted, he might be trying to get out of paying for dinner. If so, he’s pretty darn charming about it, but I enjoy cooking for him. Dinner for two at home, complete with candles, music and champagne makes us both happy. And should we decide to try something out of the ordinary for dessert, well, let’s just say we won’t have to worry about other patrons staring at us. (Provided we can ditch the kids.) And my spouse has been known to surprise me with the occasional velvet-covered box.
Her Scottish Groom
After a lifetime under the thumb of her domineering parents, Diantha Quinn can’t belive she’s being shipped across the ocean to be locked away again. Now, to gain any sort of power in her life, she must resist Kieran’s seductions…yet how can she keep from falling love, when she is wed to the most tempting man in all of Scotland?
There you have it. Chocolate, champagne, and candlelight. Really, what could better convey the essence of romance?
How about a car emergency kit?
Much as I enjoy shiny tokens of my mate’s affection, I will always cherish the memory of his first gift to me, presented shortly after we started dating. At the time, I drove a very used car that gave me problems on a regular basis. This was before some bright soul thought of selling pre-assembled emergency kits, so he packed mine in a plain, heavy cardboard box.
When I opened it to discover things like heavy duty jumper cables, a leak repair kit for my tires, and safety flares, my heart melted. This guy noticed something I needed, and he was willing to go to some trouble for me. And that showed that he wanted to take care of me. That may have been the first time the word ‘keeper’ crossed my mind regarding him.
In real life or in fiction, my favorite romances have these qualities of recognition and giving. A good hero or heroine will see something in the other person that no one else notices. The couple in my upcoming release is a case in point. After a lifetime of having her every attempt at independence squelched, Diantha is encouraged by Kieran to exercise her own judgment. And while this often places them at odds with one another, she learns that behind his sophisticated manner is a man who fears that love is only an illusion.
I write romance for a lot of good reasons, but one of them is my belief that love can heal, or at least soothe, the broken places in our psyches.
I bet I’m not the only one whose knees went weak over an unusual present. What is the most meaningful gift or gesture you’ve ever received from a loved one? What made it so special?
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