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Archive for September 17th, 2010

He has a hungry mind.

Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy dreads his final semester cooking class—Food Chemistry 101—until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on advice—on aphrodisiacs . . .

She’s got love down to a science.

Rosemary is a little wary about working with Wes, whose casual flirtations leave her hot under the collar. But once they begin testing the love-enhancing power of chocolate, oysters, and strawberries, it becomes scientifically evident that the brainy science nerd and the boyish chef have some major chemistry together—and it’s delicious . . .

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Opposites attract.  How many times have you heard that?  What a cliché!  But it proves the point that clichés exist for a reason—they so often contain a grain of truth.

Many of my favorite romances are between a hero and a heroine who could not be more different from each other, at least on the outside.  And it’s what I like to write, as well. There’s so much tension and drama inherent in a pairing like that!

Take Wes and Rosemary, the hero and heroine of my most recent Recipe for Love novel, JUST ONE TASTE.  Wes was raised running scams with his con-artist father, trained from a young age to trust his instincts and read people, the better to be able to manipulate them.  Rosemary was essentially ignored by her ambitious parents, and never learned to read people at all.  In fact, she has a hard time connecting with anyone.  Wes is at culinary school when we meet him, but never managed to finish high school.  Rosemary has multiple advanced degrees from Ivy League institutions.  Wes is a charmer; Rosemary is awkward and nerdy.

But for all their external differences, there is a core to each character that enables them to relate to one another.  For instance, both are dedicated to achieving excellence in their respective fields.  Both have felt alone for most of their lives.  And, most importantly, both are ultimately very accepting.  Wes never tries to change Rosemary, and vice versa—in the end, they love each other because of their differences, not in spite of them. What could be more romantic than that?

Who are some of your favorite odd couples from romances you’ve read?  I have an autographed set of my Recipe for Love series for one lucky reader!

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Thank you to Louisa for joining us today! You can find out more about Louisa and her books at her website. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the prize package pictured above.

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