BRINGING YOU THE BEST IN ROMANCE FICTION
The television series The Good Place ended its first season with a surprising twist [No spoilers in this article]. In the show, Eleanor discovers she has died and gone to The Good Place. Specially made for its in habitants, Eleanor’s shared Good Place was full of yogurt shops and a couple hundred other uber-achieving do-gooders. However, there’d been a mistake and Eleanor shouldn’t be there at all. She reveals her mistaken identity first to her soul mate, one of the perks of The Good Place.
I mean, if you can’t tell your soul mate that you’ve been mistakenly saved from perdition, who can you tell?
The concept of a soul mate to complete one’s utter bliss isn’t as prevalent as it once was. Maybe society has changed, with divorce more accepted. Perhaps it’s feminism, and women aren’t told they need a second person to feel complete. Whatever the reason, soul mates have fallen out of fashion.
The romantics among us might still believe in a soul mate. Or love at first sight. Indeed, I like the idea of meant-to-be, hence the name of our Press. How comforting to believe fate intends us to meet the right person, at the right time. Just beware complacency. The world rarely delivers to our doorstep, even if Amazon does.
Certain romances deliver on the meant-to-be promise by taking short cuts. Perhaps you’ve encountered the dreaded She’s-So-Hot. A femme fatale able to draw passion from every man she meets, the hero desires her on sight. Typically, so does the villain. The poor, innocent creature is hardly needs to do more than enter a room before romance is set into motion. Ugh.
Rather than create an infallible hero and she’s-so-hot femme fatale, it’s possible to create flawed heroes who, because of their quirks, truly belong together. These are my preferred stories. The hero and heroine may behave badly, snap at each other, or even have a bad day, but at the end of it, they’re meant-to-be.
So, maybe I do believe in soul mates after all.
Check out Meant To Be…Mine, our sampler-sized ebook with two short stories and 21 Questions with characters from Meant to Be Mine books. My short story, “The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons”, takes an entirely human couple and shows they’re connection. Explorer Mr. Aarons might not be for everyone, but he’s perfect for soft-hearted, hat obsessed Emmaline.