Okay, so did I get you with the title of my post? Is there really a ‘right’ way to fall in love? Cause I believe there are as many ways to fall in love as there are lovers. I believe in falling in love at first sight. I believe that love can be a slow journey. I believe that friends can become lovers and childhood pals can suddenly discover a love for one another. You can fall in love, stumble into love, fight, struggle, and dive into love.
My characters always dictate how they will fall for one another. Sometimes I don’t have a lot of control over it. I can set up the situation, but they take it from there. So I thought I’d take a look at how some of the characters from my books fell in love with one another, wondering if I had a constant theme that I might be fond of. So here goes:
Beneath the Thirteen Moons: My first book, where the characters are forced on a journey together in close quarters, and there’s a whole lot of lusting and fighting going on. My characters are polar opposites, but a growing closeness and admiration for one another eventually reveal their hearts.
Enchanting the Lady: A timid but strong-willed woman, a suspicious but tender hero. The attraction is there, but love blooms when my hero is so much more concerned about my heroine than himself that he proposes marriage.
Double Enchantment: My poor hero. One woman split into two, and he falls in love with them both. Made his head spin until the end of the book.
Enchanting the Beast: Love was immediate for my hero, but my heroine had too many obstacles to overcome, and was too darn proper to make it easy. Several fears on both their parts made it a long journey to their happy ending.
My Unfair Lady: Arrogant duke, wild frontier girl. My heroine had to dig deep to find the true nature of my hero enough to fall in love with him. My hero…well, she was exactly what he needed.
The Fire Lord’s Lover: I pushed these two characters together with an arranged marriage. I knew they’d fall in love, because they were both such good people at the core, but getting them to admit it was hard.
The Lady of the Storm: Friends from childhood, each with an attraction for one another, but neither one wanted to admit it. Adventure, danger, and more than one curse finally gave them their HEA.
The Lord of Illusion: A scholar and a slave girl. It was so much harder for the heroine than the hero, because romanticism had been beaten out of her. My hero was just what she needed to discover it again.
So my love stories are all different, dependent on the characters. But a common theme I discovered is my hero wanting to protect my heroine (whether she needs/wants it or not), and that instinct is the first indication that my heroes are falling in love. So, I did discover something about my books with this post, but came to the same conclusion that there is no ‘right’ way to fall in love.
What do you think about the path two people take to fall in love? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
My Magical Best,