The Changing Relationship
The relationships of today have changed drastically from their earlier counterparts. Long periods of courtship are a luxury many young people no longer care to afford. Promises of abstinence before marriage are a thing of the past (you show me a virgin and I'll show you a liar … or someone who needs to become better acquainted with their dictionary). These days, young couples often live together for a year or more before a ring ever comes into play (if it comes into the equation at all).
Booty calls, one night stands, f$%k buddies, friends with benefits – these are all common phrases that are relevant to today's relationships. Hell, many long term relationships actually start out with one (or more) of those labels. My last boyfriend and I ended up drunkenly “hooking up” twice before we ever went on a real date. Our relationship lasted for a year and a half before we went our separate ways over communication issues. My current boyfriend and I started out as friends with benefits and kept that groove for about a month and a half before we both finally realized we were too emotionally attached to each other to not lay some sort of more permanent claim. Our relationship is something truly special. He is something truly special. Which brings me to the point that a lack of traditional courtship doesn't cheapen a relationship. (I'm just going to say the word RELATIONSHIP again. Because I can. And because it seems to be my word of the day).
So why do so many writers cling to the traditional romance formula of the past? Enter stage left Jane Doe #336. She is a strong, independent virgin just waiting for her Prince Charming to come along. She could be a Victorian lady acting far beyond the realm of her station or she could be a barista at the local coffee shop working her way through college while she gets her second PhD. Depending on the storyline, Jane Doe #336 might be jaded in love and/or determined she doesn't need a man to be happy. Until she meets John Doe #5,679. Also depending on the storyline, they'll either hate each other at first and a cataclysm will bring them together, it'll be love at first sight, or he will slowly melt her heart with his undeniable wit and charm (and good looks because all men look like Greek gods, of course). Or she'll fall in love with him for no good reason and he'll try to keep her away because “he's not a nice guy and not worthy of her.”
Honestly, this is why I prefer the erotica genre to traditional romance, because it seems so many erotica writers have pulled their heads out of the sand and strayed away from the realm of fantasy and more towards some sense of realism in their stories. Women have multiple partners. Not every relationship is monogamous. Not every hero is a Prince Charming/Adonis clone. And thirty-six year-old attractive virgins are nonexistent. As they should be.
COMING MAY 2012, the first book in Ana Hart's One Powerful Addiction Series: Reborn.
Meet Daniel Webb. Daniel is your fairly average twenty-something year-old living in the bustling city of Stone Hills, Arkansas. High school graduate. College drop-out. Employee of a local coffee shop where he spends the majority of his nights hovering over a hot grill. You know, a totally glamorous lifestyle ...
Oh, yeah, and Sarelia, an elder spirit of the Lower World, gifted him with powers beyond his wildest imaginings only a few months ago. Some people would have been grateful. Others would have simply been in denial.
All Daniel feels is resentment.
Because honestly, Daniel's life is kinda sucking at the moment. His girlfriend Malorie dumped him. He's crashing on his brother Mark's couch (who's being a bit of a dick about the whole thing), and his best friend, James Harin, won't stop smothering him with pity.
But when Daniel bumps into the sexy Alyssa Vega at The Pub and ends up going home with her for some no-strings-attached fun, something finally seems to be going right. Alyssa is just the spot of normalcy Daniel needs in his freak show of a life.
Until his sexy one night stand turns out to be a freak just like him. A rather badass freak, as a matter of fact.
So much for normalcy.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ana Hart is a writer of erotica, romance, and everything in between. With her mind constantly in the gutter and her fingers never far from a keyboard, Ana delights in weaving stories that will not only titillate but that will also make one stop and think and question their perceptions of their own world.
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Check out one of Ana's shorts in Just One Bite Volume Four.
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