Reunited lovers is common theme in many of my books. Usually, my hero and heroine were high school sweethearts or shared a high school past, as in One Night with the Bride and One Night with the Groom. However, in One Night with her Husband, the hero and heroine met and fell in love while in college. I discovered the issues shaping them and the circumstances of their relationship to be vastly different than if they’d been high school lovers. Below are my top differences. If you have any additions, I’d love to hear them. Please leave them in the comments for discussion.
Parents – Make no mistake. Parents are still part of the picture for college students, footing bills and providing a home base for their children. However, you’re not usually tripping over Mom as you lead your boyfriend into your dorm room. In One Night with the Bride, Caroline’s parents forbid her from seeing her high school boyfriend. In One Night with her Husband, Marcia’s parents disapproved of Adrian, but they could only express their disapproval from a distance.
Freedom – No parents = More freedom. Not just with whom you date and how late you stay out but whether you choose to skip class to make out by the lagoon. In One Night with the Groom, Luciana’s parents tried to protect her from making bad choices by keeping her high school boyfriend from her, but at college, Marcia was free to make bad choices, as well as accept the responsibility to fix her mistakes on her own.
Career/Future Ambition – High school students are thinking about college, trade school or an entry level job. Career plans at this stage are usually pie-in-the-sky dreams. That doesn’t mean they won’t become a reality. Javier from One Night with the Bride turned his high school dreams into a very successful reality, but at the time the lovers separated those dream were still only visions. In college, not only is the student earning a degree, they are also interviewing for that first “real world” job and making concrete plans to turn their dreams into a reality, even if it causes them to go in the opposite direction of their true love, as Marcia and Adrian did in One Night with her Husband.
She walked away from her marriage seven years ago…
Marcia Johnson always assumed her husband would follow her eventually. She’d achieve success while she waited and prove her decision the right one. But when he finally turns up, she’s not ready. Her career hangs in the balance, and her weight has skyrocketed. How can she face the man she loves and show him she made the right choice? Especially when he’s matured from a decent-looking college student into the sexiest man she’s ever seen.
He’s waited seven years for his wife to finally need him…
If Adrian Torres can save her business, maybe he’ll have a shot at saving their marriage. But the woman he finds is too competent and independent to ask him for help. She even shrugs off his touch instead of reacting with the desire he hoped to ignite. Have the embers of their marriage finally died? Is it time to end their relationship and move forward?
He wants a divorce…
Her world ripped apart, Marcia turns to 1Night Stand to give her one more night before she lets Adrian go. She dares not hope for more. Even Madame Eve couldn’t have the magic to save their neglected disaster of a relationship…could she?
Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction, was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels, and loses her car keys several times a day. One Night with her Husband is part of the One Night with the Bridal Party series. Subscribe to Sara’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/rx_AL Visit her website: http://www.SaraDaniel.com