Do you remember your first big crush? I do. I had the biggest crush on this boy in my middle school named David Wald. I thought he was so cute and funny and he had an awesome bass singing voice (we were in choir together).
Every time I saw David in the halls at school, my heart would pound and I'd feel all flustered and fluttery inside. I'd wave to him and he'd give me sort of a what's up with his head. You can tell I meant a lot to him. I wasn't even worth him making the effort to lift a hand and wave.
To complicate things, David had a best friend named Grant who had a huge crush on me. We were in this three-way love triangle where Grant loved me, I love David, and I don't know who David loved, but it wasn't me. David tried several times to "set me up" (if you can set someone up in middle school) with Grant, but I just wasn't going for it.
When I was writing my new release, Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend, I thought back to those junior high days on more than one occasion. The heroine in Sapphires is Lily Dawson. She's been in love with Andrew Booth-Payne, the Earl of Darlington, for years. But Andrew is in Love with Lily's friend Juliette. And, of course, Juliette falls in love with someone else.
I wanted to give Lily the happy ending I didn't get (until I met my next crush in high school!), but the path to true love never did run smooth. Andrew has to see Lily and then realize the woman he's wanted has been right there, under his nose, all along. Lily has to believe Andrew can love her and really get over his infatuation with Juliette. And since this is one of my books, there are villains and jewels and espionage involved as well.
Did you ever have a crush who didn't crush on you back? Were you ever the crush and you had to dash someone else's romantic dreams? One person who comments will win a copy of When You Give a Duke a Diamond and If You Give a Rake a Ruby (U.S. and Canada only).
Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend
dubbed the Countess of Charm, has the gentlemen of the ton eating out
of her hand—all but one. As one of The Three Diamonds, Lily has borne
her share of scandal, but none so great as the scandal that forced her
into a the role of a courtesan. But there's more to Lily than a pretty
face. What better disguise for a secret agent than that of a courtesan?
Earl of Darlington, is in love with Lily's best friend. He wants to
hate Lily for taking up with his father. When he discovers there's more
to her flirtation with his father than greed, he knows he must help her
uncover a traitor, even if that traitor is his own father.