Mina Lobo has been an awesome blog friend, I’m excited to have her guest post for me today! Romance is not my genre, but I read it every once in a while to punctuate my regular fare. Since this book is by an author-friend, it’s already on my TBR kitty. Take it away, Mina!
“Hmmm, you’re getting possessive now,” Hecate said. “Hades must be thrilled.”
“I expect I have thrilled him, yes.”
“And has his magnificence aided you in reaching a verdict?”
At the reminder of her need to choose, Persephone lost her good humor. “Sadly, no. That is to say, I am happy to find we are compatible in that way.” She ignored the other’s snicker. “And I am developing an understanding of his character. He has both good and bad qualities, as do we all—”
“Speak for yourself.”
“—and I feel that, where our natures differ, we complement one another very well.”
“Then why are you undecided?”
“I don’t know.” Persephone shrugged. “But something does prevent me from binding myself to him.”
The above excerpt comes from my fantasy romance, That Fatal Kiss , set in a mythical Greece. In it, the heroine, Persephone, discusses her love life with her friend, the Witch Goddess Hecate (one of the few Immortals Hades considers a friend as well, and whom he permits to travel in and out of the Underworld freely).
In love with Persephone, but thinking she’d never return the sentiment, Hades ransomed her down to the Underworld to be his bride-queen. For her part, Persephone both resented, yet desired Hades, but eventually they managed to get past their initial friction to…ah…connect with one another. Ahem.
But Persephone’s mother, the goddess Demeter, searches for her, and it’s only a matter of time before Persephone will have to argue for either freedom or proper marriage to Hades. Thus the goddess is faced with a question many a gal has asked herself—How do you know if the dude you’re with is the fabled One created solely for you?
My sister, Star, and I recently discussed what draws us to certain guys and not others, and what’s led us to commit, where we have. I argued that, for myself, I need a bit of chemistry before I can even consider getting serious about a man. Star promptly told me that was nonsense, suggested that this isn’t a reliable method for securing one’s future partner/spouse, and that she’s had the best outcome in dating when she’s taken a more practical approach.
While I certainly appreciate her point (after all, once you get past the first flush of romance, you need an underlying friendship and basic liking of one another to keep the relationship afloat, and when pheromones cloud your vision, so to speak, it’s hard to see past the W00F! factor), I don’t agree that we shouldn’t hold out to feel that W00F! factor. I mean, if that’s important to us. If it is, why settle for life (or life-long coupledom) without it?
What do y’all think? Are chemistry and compatibility mutually exclusive of one another, or can they co-exist? If they do, is that the mark of The One? Or can that sexy chemistry follow a practical decision to date someone who doesn’t immediately float your boat? Tell us in the comments!
About the Book: In That Fatal Kiss , life-giving Persephone seeks a mate but the goddess’ mother frustrates her plans. Then Hades, King of the Underworld, spirits Persephone away to rule with him below, as his bride. Yet, even as she awaits rescue, Persephone aches to be consumed by the fire in the dark lord’s immortal soul.
About the Author: Mina Lobo writes dark and whimsical romances, dodges the slings and arrows of her outrageous college-aged son, and feels compelled to do things in threes. She digs comedic horror, alternative rock, and Belgian chocolates.Visit Mina’s Web site, Some Dark Romantic, from September 24 – 29, for your chance to win an e-book copy of That Fatal Kiss!