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Deborah Cooke's Favorite Romantic Book Scene
One of the first romance novels I ever read was Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde. I was hooked! And that story stayed with me, all these years, because it's about a woman learning who she is and what she wants. It was probably uncommon as an historical romance then, but it would be really unusual now - it's written in first person point of view, and she has three relationships over the course of the book. She marries for love, only to be disappointed, then she marries for money, only to be disappointed again.
Throughout the story, she has a partner and confidant, a guy who is consistently loyal and true. She values him greatly - and at the end of the book, when she's thinking that love and marriage just aren't for her, she reasons that at least she has this wonderful man as her pal. In the last scene, she's having a bath before the fire, and this hidden hero, who has refrained from declaring his love because he thought the heroine could never love him, comes to declare his affections.
It's a wonderful, romantic scene, when she sees the truth for the first time - we readers, of course, were on to him all along! - and they end up in the tub together. The ending is sexy and romantic and also fun, a real celebration that they've both finally gotten their hearts' desire. That's what love and romance is all about, isn't it?
Deborah Cooke is the author of the Dragon Diaries series for young adults. She has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels and novellas. Her current title Winging It is in stores now.
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