If It’s Love…sometimes we don’t know the meaning of love or we equate love with like OR lust. Sometimes it’s hard to discern the difference and we’ve all probably been guilty of that at one time. However, my nearly 2 year relationship has brought me self-reflection on what love is.
If it’s Love…in my humble opinion, there should be love and mutual affection, respect and loyalty, kindness and patience. When I’m writing a romance, I strive to achieve the above. But sometimes my characters fall short. My characters are like real people to me which means they are not perfect, but flawed creatures. Sometimes the hero or heroine may not know if it’ s love they feel toward each other OR perhaps they’ve never been in love OR are afraid of love because they’ve been hurt before, but I try by the end of the story to redeem them so that readers see the characters evolve from start-to-finish.
One of the best examples of If It’s Love in one of my romances would be in my Orphan Series: Two To Tango. Adrianna, the hero’s first and only true love re-emerged after a decade and the feelings he’d once came roaring back. Dante, my hero was willing to forgive and let go of the past and let love back in. He did this after learning Adrianna’s father had coerced her into marrying another man when she’d been pregnant with and subsequently miscarried his child. When her father died, our hero Dante stood beside his true love at her father’s funeral and comforted her when she faltered. And eventually, he loved her so much that he forgave her for her past indiscretions. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is…
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About the Author
Yahrah St. John is the author of thirteen published romances with Harlequin’s Kimani Romance line and a 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee. A member of Romance Writers of America, St. John enjoys the arts, cooking, traveling and adventure sports, but her true passion remains writing. St. John lives in sunny Orlando, the City Beautiful and is working on her fifteenth book Entangled Hearts.
It has been almost five years since Shari Drayson graduated college—almost five years since she had her heart broken. Now the only man in her life is her cherished son, Andre. But her life is full, and her family’s bakery is about to appear in a baking competition on national TV. Who needs love when you’ve got pastries?
When Grant Robinson finally tracks Shari down in Chicago, he expects she will still be beautiful. He expects she will still be smart. What he doesn’t expect is her four-year-old son—who looks exactly like him. The wealthy restaurateur is stunned, and his anger wars with passion for the woman he has never truly forgotten. Determined to claim what is his, Grant insists they marry at once. But his bride soon realizes she’s at risk for another heartbreak. Can Grant’s skillful form of persuasion change her mind and convince her that his love is all she really needs?
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