release, Marriage Under The Mistletoe and to say I was happy is putting it mildly. I love what the Harlequin art people have done, and my heroine and hero look just as I imagined they would.
Within a day of putting the cover and back blurb on my website I received a reader email explaining how she had read the first book in the series and would never have expected these two characters in the second book to end up together. She also said she was really looking forward to reading it, which is nice, because she had also fallen in love with a younger man. This book was the first time I had written the older-woman/younger-man theme and I must admit it was a whole lot of fun. But the reader email got me thinking – if the nine year age difference was the other way around, would it have even garnered a blip on anyone’s radar? Probably not.
I grew up reading Harlequin Presents books and often there were heroes and heroines with up to fifteen years or more between them. And some of my favourite classic characters – Rochester and Jane Eyre, Rhett and Scarlett, Emma and Mr Knightly – these heroines were very young and had much older heroes. Did anyone notice how much older the (still) divine Harrison Ford was than Julie Ormond in Sabrina? Perhaps not in the way Sandra Bullock and (the also divine) Ryan Reynolds were in The Proposal. And in Hollywood, the older-woman/younger-man relationship seems to constantly be under the microscope, whether they succeed or not - think Demi and Ashton, Susan and Tim (Robbins), Goldie and Kurt. But does anyone know how many years separate George Clooney and his new squeeze? Not me!
So, do you like reading romances about women falling for younger men – or, like me, do you not really care how many years separate them and just want that sweet and satisfying happy ending?