The cliché about a romance novel is that they all start off with the hero and heroine at odds with each other, deep in some form of conflict. That conflict is resolved as the story progresses – and then there is the traditional Happy Ever After ending, one that inevitably, naturally, leads to a wonderful wedding at the end of the book.
Sometimes the wedding is right there, centre stage, described in some detail. The wedding in The Konstantos Marriage Demand was like that. My heroine, Sadie, was a wedding planner and the hero – Nikos Konstantos, whose family had held a long-running feud with Sadie’s – had tricked her
into coming to his private island on the pretext that he wanted her to arrange his wedding for him. Of course, in the end, the wedding she ends up planning is her own, and the final scene in which the couple is married in the tiny chapel on the island was needed to round off their story and show that as well as their happiness being complete, the feud has ended too.
he is to inherit the family dukedom after the death of his brother, he has to have a wife to provide him with an heir and as his family doesn’t accept divorce , he comes to find his ‘Secret Wife’ to ask her to marry him all over again. (At least that’s what he claims, but anyone who reads the book carefully will see that really he has never been able to forget her and that this is the only way he can think of of getting her back.) Here I had some fun playing with the contrast between the wedding that Luis and Isabelle had had in the past – sweet, simple and innocent – and the formal, elaborate ceremony that is being prepared for the Duke and his Duchess.
It was such a wonderful scene that I just had to write it - and the of course I had to think of just who would step forward and say that. And I had to think of a reason why they would say it. Inevitably, the person saying those words had to be the hero, the wedding he broke up and ruined was the heroine’s - and the reason why he said them? Ah, you’d have to read the book to find out. That book was Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride – and if I tell you that it starts with another, very different wedding – again a simpler, more innocent one like the one in the Duke’s Secret Wife, perhaps you can guess why my hero, Guido Corsentino, is so determined to stop this ceremony.
Thank you Kate. Always a pleasure to host you here at RFW, where it's all about weddings this month. So RFWers and visitors, leave a comment for the chance to win one of Kate's books. I've read plenty of her romances and they're wonderful. I also swear by her '12 -Point Guide for Writing Romance.'
Donna and I hope you're all busy planning your entries for June Wedding for the 21st posting date.