Over the next few days, author Jodi Lynn Copeland will be my guest…
Today she is blogging about reunion stories…
A Juicy Reunion? Long-time Lust?
Do you love a juicy reunion romance? Or those stories where long-time friends become lovers? While my current release, Sweet and Sinful, doesn’t really have either of these components, I am one of those who do love these types of stories. I love to both read and write them, but am aware not everyone shares my adoration.
I’ve heard some readers say they don’t like them because they feel they are an author’s way of being lazy. They don’t have to spend the book establishing a relationship. As an author, I have to disagree. While it’s true in a short story the entire past may not be redredged, in most cases an author has a potentially even bigger obstacle. Now they have to come up with a way to get all the relationship details out there—both past and present—so the reader knows what has gone down, without making it seem ridiculous for the characters to be recanting such events. Is it easier to do this than to write a relationship from the beginning? Maybe for some, but I am on the fence. I tend to struggle with both sides of the coin, so I think both of them are equally difficult for me in the long run.
One thing I love about the reunion romance, or the romance where friends become lovers is that passion almost always exists from page one. Not the physical passion, but that underlying desire that heats up the pages and makes it clear how strong the chemistry is between the primary characters. I love the added dose of sensual tension, and how the characters are often fighting that much harder to resist temptation which we all know is inevitable.
A reunion romance is indeed juicy in my mind. What about yours? Share your thoughts with me, and I will share a signed copy of Sweet and Sinful with one of you. And so you know what you’ll be getting, I’ll be certain to share some details and a brief excerpt from Sweet and Sinful with you all tomorrow.
Check back tomorrow for more from Jodi.
You can learn more about her and her work at: http://www.jodilynncopeland.com/