Love Romance Passion is pleased to welcome back Kristan Higgins today!
Keira: What appeals to you most about reunion romances? Do you think it’s the same for readers?
Kristan Higgins: Reunion romances are a second chance to right a wrong. The idea that the one who got away, or the one who broke your heart gets the chance at redemption…I just love that! Most folks don’t marry their first loves, and a lot of us have a special spot in our hearts for that person, no matter what the results were. Until There Was You isn’t a true reunion, though; Liam and Posey were never together way back when…she worshipped him from afar, but she was only in his peripheral vision, if you will. My One and Only, my last release, is more of a true reunion; Harper and Nick were married and quickly divorced, so what I love about that particular story is all that juicy past between them.
Keira: Would you say reunion romances also share a unrequited love vibe? Why or why not?
Kristan: A lot of them do, including Until There Was You, and for me, I love that angle. The yearning, the dashed hopes, the throbbing angst of a one-sided love…sigh! And then there’s the slow realization of the other character, that dawning knowledge that this person has carried a torch all this time. I really enjoy that!
Keira: For fun, share a little about your first love! Why did you say yes to going out with him and what did you think about your first kiss?
Kristan: My first true love was Rhett Butler, and it was totally one-sided. He never asked me out, not even once! 🙂 My first kiss was perfect; I was rather elderly for a first kiss (18, heavens!), and the boy in question was in the Army ROTC program at my college, a lovely, smart, quiet boy. He walked me home on the last day of the semester and kissed me there in the rosy light of the streetlight, and I will always be grateful that he did such a good job.
Keira: Bad boys, bad boys, what’cha gonna do, what’cha gonna do, when they come for you? Tell us why you think bad boys are hot!
Kristan: Heavens, they’re tasty! All that testosterone, all those smoldering looks! I think it’s the mystery of the bad boy that we women love. They’re bad, but why? Why do we go there, even when we know the reputation, the trail of broken hearts? The idea that you, and only you, can be the key to unlocking the truth of the bad boy…meow! Honestly, though, I think that it’s not so much the notion that a bad boy can be tamed; it’s more that in the right circumstances, with the right woman, the bad boy will become honest. All that swagger, all those women, all that oozing sex appeal…that’s a cover for something else. A big heart, an honorable soul that the heroine sees before anyone else.
Keira: There’s a bit of a love triangle in the story as the heroine has a boyfriend (sort-of). Do you think love triangles are better when it’s 2 guys interested in the same girl or 2 girls interested in the same boy?
Kristan: Well, the love triangle in Until There Was You isn’t a true conflict, as there’s no real depth to Posey’s relationship with Dante (though she would certainly like to change that). And Liam seems off-limits for any number of excellent reasons. Love triangles really appeal to me when it’s not completely clear which person is The One. I love those books, love digging out the little hints the author gives on who’s going to end up together. I don’t know if it matters if the hero or heroine is the one who has to make the choice, so long as the choice isn’t screamingly obvious, you know? Because when you meet The One, you should feel it right down to your bone marrow.
Thank you so much for having me! I really enjoyed your questions.
Keira: It’s been great having you! Thanks for visiting. 🙂
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