There are differences between a contemporary romance, and, say, a Regency. English dukes of Regency vintage don't speak the way I do. They don't drive cars, they can't pop a frozen vegetable samosa into the microwave for lunch. But the more I consider the differences, the more superficial they become, compared to the commonalities.
Marriage was an institution in flux during the Regency...
The role of women in society was changing, some thought for the better, some thought for the worse.
The aristocracy's ability to run up enormous debts without suffering consequences grated increasingly on the common folks.
Technology was changing at an ever increasing rate.
And those parallels are all very interesting, but what I found as I explored the story of two single parents, both attorneys, and their very different views of the American legal system, is that falling in love doesn't change. It's still the good, big thing, still the game changer we often don't see coming.
Trenton Knightley thinks he'd doing just fine, thank you, raising his daughter and running the family law department at the legal firm he owns with his brothers James and MacKenzie. Hannah Stark isn't keen on family law, but she'll take that gig temporarily to pay the bills because she too, has a daughter to raise. These folks are successful professionals, well educated, competent in their fields--and about to get zapped by Cupid's arrow.
Trenton's brothers offer color commentary, the daughters chime in as do their imaginary unicorns, the legal system throws various spanners in the works, but in the end, of course, true love conquers all. The good stuff doesn't change, and there's more of it coming in the next two books.
You can read an excerpt from A Single Kiss here.
An excerpt from The First Kiss here.
An excerpt from Kiss Me Hello here.
Where were you in life, the first time you got clobbered by the bluebird of true love? To two commenters, I'll send signed copies of A Single Kiss.