Favorite Second Chance Romances

Two of my favorite tropes in romance are friends-to-lovers and second chances. I can't tell you why that is, other than it just tugs my heartstrings. The idea that two people know each other so well, and that one might be pining for the other, or that circumstances separated them and now they have the opportunity to reconcile just…gets me. Every time.

California Dreamin’: My Cowboy Hero

Never mind that I was born and raised on the East Coast: cowboys are my weakness. When I was growing up, if you wanted to see a man who spent his days and nights in the saddle the way I longed to, then you watched western series and movies on TV. I fell in love repeatedly. My first cowboy love was Clint Eastwood in the show Rawhide, a love that was reinforced by the spaghetti westerns he made with director Sergio Leone (For a Fistful of Dollars, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; For a Few Dollars More). Since I was a kid, my love took an interesting form: I didn’t just want to be the impossibly cool cowboy, I wanted to look like him. For a period I went around… Continue