I love to read romance and have ever since I read my first chaste, sweet, Harlequin as a young teenager in the 70’s. At the time, my favorite books were set in Australia. Then somewhere along the way I chanced across a slightly steamier historical romance and was instantly hooked. The romances I love the most are those with fairy tale overtones. The hero and heroine are generally good, if perhaps flawed, people. These themes are not limited to historical romances. Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast feature prominently in modern romances too. You think not? Both the Twilight series and the 50-Shades series are classic retellings of Beauty and the Beast. Poor, bright girl with a common hard-working father falls in love with a damaged wealthy man who at first blush appears to be a beast. Together they battle those who would destroy him.
Therefore, when I decided to write my own romances, I chose to write the fairy tale style that I love. Katherine is good and kind. She makes the kind of choices that I admire. She reminds me of a very dear friend of mine and she looks a bit like my daughter. Niall is unfailingly loyal and this turns out to be an exploitable virtue. Have you ever done something that you believed was good and right, only to have someone take advantage of your actions for their own gain? If you believed it was the right thing to do, would you still do it again knowing that you might be exploited again? I would and have. In many ways Niall is a bit like me. Obtuse? Slow on the uptake? Perhaps. Still, I would rather have him in my corner.
The bottom line? If you read romance for a pleasant escape and enjoy the fairy tale, I think you will like Highland Solution.
Do you have a favorite romance and if so, what made you love it?