I experienced that first heady kiss at a school dance. Ah, the memories. My stunning white, multi-tiered Eighties dress, white shoes and permed hair (don’t you dare question it! I looked great.). Dark school hall. Hot summer evening. Swaying together to Up Where We Belong with Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker. That first honeyed kiss - if you don’t count being kissed by that naughty boy Ben in year one.
My first kiss and I dated for a few months until inevitably, we broke up. Tragically, he died years later whilst adventuring. I think of him often and am so sad that that sweet, restless, gorgeous boy is no longer in the world.
Apparently lots of people revisit memories of that first flame, that first flare of passion. Classmates.com did a survey a while ago that found that fifty-nine percent of people think about their first romance at least once a year.
But what if that first love, was the right love, but something prevented the romance from thriving? In researching love the first time around for the latest release in my Billionaire series, I discovered lots of reasons why childhood sweethearts didn’t stay together - war, moving away, parental intervention and often just not trusting that the love was real.
In The Billionaire’s Passionate Revenge my hero Xavier knew Zara was the one for him. Even though they were from different social backgrounds and were very different people, he knew from the moment they met they were destined for a lifetime of shared happiness. Zara thought the son of the new gardener was way too cocky and cheeky. She tried hard to ignore him, but eventually couldn’t deny the way Xavier made her feel. His wonderful zest for life, the way he breathed freedom into her strict and overly controlled life along with his gorgeous good looks, made him utterly irresistible. But then they were separated. Forced apart. Tragically and it seemed, irreversibly.
Fifteen years later Xavier comes back. But Xavier and Zara are both keeping secrets and neither can forget their troubled history. Xavier's need for revenge may just tear them apart forever.
So, do you ever think about your first love and sigh? Do you know where he or she is now? Have you ever imagined what your life would be like if you stayed together?