Hello, I’m Diane Alberts (though I also write as Jen McLaughlin) and I’m here today because I had a new book come out this week called An Accidental Date with a Billionaire. It’s the first in a new series of standalone books, and in case you didn’t guess it by the title, the heroine accidentally bids on the wrong bachelor after promising her best friend that she will “save” her brother from being bought by a woman he doesn’t know. The problem is, Sam has never actually met her best friend’s brother, and instead of saving him she accidentally ends up with a very expensive date with Taylor (our hot, wealthy hero).
One of the things I enjoy most about writing and reading romance is the moment when the hero or heroine knows—they just know—that there’s something about the hero/heroine that is…different. They might not fully understand what that is, or what that means, but instinctively they can sense that there is something about him/her that is going to threaten the chaos/organization/normalcy of their lives as they know it. Maybe it’s the first kiss, maybe it’s when their eyes first lock across the room, or maybe it’s after the first big fight when they’re sure they’ve lost each other.
That moment? That instinctive knowledge?
It’s what I live for. It’s why I write romance.
In An Accidental Date with a Billionaire, Sam and Taylor have this moment at different times, which makes writing it even more fun. For Taylor, I think he knows that Sam is “the one” from the moment she lets him know how unimpressed she is with the whole hot billionaire thing he’s got going on, but for Sam…it’s much later. Like, much much later. And that’s part of the fun of reading romance, for me.
Waiting for them both to realize that, hey, this person is my person, and I can’t lose them. But they always do, which leads us to the black moment—another favorite of mine—but that’s a topic for another day. For this post, I’d love to hear your favorite moments where the hero/heroine knew that the person they were fighting with/kissing/ignoring/avoiding was the one…even if they didn’t actually “know it”.
A recent one for me is on Lucifer. I’ve been watching this show, and there’s a moment in season one where Lucifer discovers that the woman he is totally in love with—not that he admits it, of course—makes him weak. Literally. He should avoid her, stop being with her, not talk to her. And yet what does he do? None of those things. Why? Because he loves her, of course! But yet…
He has no idea.
I ship it, man. I ship it so hard.
What’s your favorite couple/non-couple moment that you’ve seen/read/watched lately, and how does it all go down? Do tell me all about it below in the comments!
Samantha Taylor turned her back on her wealthy family to focus on
social work. Those who know her think she’s the heart of kindness.
Those who know her really well know she’s in a never-ending battle to
make up for the harm her family’s companies inflict on the world. Which
is how she finds herself at a charity bachelor auction of all places.
But oops, she was supposed to bid on her bff’s brother as a favor and
accidentally bid on the wrong guy. Sue her for not being able to tell one
stick-in-the-mud CEO from another.
Backstage, she goes to tell him not to worry about having to go through
with a date or anything, but the oafish billionaire cuts her off
dismissively. Looks her up and down, hands her a card with his
assistant’s contact details, and reminds her that sex is definitely off the
Oh, she’ll call the assistant all right and have her make sure he wears
jeans and comfortable shoes and to pick her up at seven a.m. The only
“hammering” this guy is going to be doing is at Habitat for Humanity.
Too bad he turns out to be nothing like she expected.
About Diane Alberts
Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.