Gone for You by Jayne Frost
Length: 172 pages|
Genre: Sexy contemporary romance
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
For me, it’s a very easy question to answer. Because I’m a romantic. While I enjoy reading a good thriller, I’m always looking for the romance in the story. The scene where the boy meets the girl and the air crackles. In my mind, the rest of the story is usually secondary to what is going on between those two characters. If I’m reading a suspense novel, I want to see how the two lead characters are going to deal with whatever danger is lurking around every corner while they are fighting this mad attraction for each other.
That’s probably the reason I don’t read a lot of stories that are simply about solving a crime. The hard-boiled cop that has to get the bad guy at any cost. Because I’m always waiting around for the real action. The part where the cop meets the girl, even if it’s at a gruesome crime scene full of dismembered body parts, and he can’t stop thinking about her. He can’t eat. He can’t sleep. Not because there’s a homicidal maniac roaming the streets. Nope. He’s too worried about whether the girl is going to agree to meet for coffee.
If I’m reading about zombies that have taken over the planet, there I’d be, waiting for the lead zombie to find his zombie bride.
While I believe all stories have an element of romance, I prefer to cut to the chase. I write stories that are all about the romance. It’s not as easy as it sounds. In order for a story to remain interesting there has to be more depth, so I add the sub plot. Whatever the character is dealing with aside from the romance. But even then, the romance bleeds through. There is usually a choice that has to be made. An event that pushes the character to choose between love and everything else.
In my first book, I wrote a lighthearted story about a guy that had never truly experienced love. It was fun to see him evolve as a character. The granular shift that took place as he slowly but surely figured out the importance of love in his life.
I was very excited to write the next book in the series, but I took a different approach. The main character already knew love. He’d experienced it to the depths of his soul. And he lost it. It was too late when he realized the importance of love in his life. Surprisingly, that story was much harder to write. There were so many scenes where my heart just broke at the desperation he felt over losing the most important thing in his life, the love.
I realize that not everyone feels the same way I do about love and romance. It takes a backseat to other things in their lives. Their work. Their dreams. But, to me, it’s one in the same. There would be no dream worth living without love. And there’s no amount of success that I could find in my work that would fill the empty space if I didn’t have true love in my life.
Perhaps, that’s why I chose a rockstar theme for my first series. These are people that have everything. They’ve reached the pinnacle of success, but it means nothing until they find someone to share it with.
At the end of the day, I’m just an incurable romantic. I write stories that speak to the heart and I make no apologies for it. I want the fairy tale. The happily ever after. The hearts and the flowers, even if there are thorns.
Thankfully, I’ve found a whole group of people that feel the same way about romance that I do. Maybe not exactly the same. My characters tend to be a little coarse around the edges. They’re bad boys, with bad attitudes. Cocky guys that know how to have a good time. That makes the journey all that much more satisfying for me. To see these larger than life characters fall victim to the emotions that bring every one of us to our knees at some point or another. That’s the real story. No one is immune to love. There is no inoculation and there is no cure. We just have to ride it out, and hope that when it’s all said and done, there’s more beauty than pain. More laughter than tears. And more romance. Yeah, everyone could use a little more romance.