Last week, in my final edit of Everything I Want, something happened.
It’s not uncommon for me to cry or have all the feels when I read a romance. Sometimes, they just move me. I’m cool with it because…well, isn’t that the whole point?
Anyway, what was a bit comical about the whole situation is that while I sat there editing and, mostly, crying, my hubby was sitting in a chair across the room doing some work of his own.
Or so I thought.
When I glanced up from my screen, tears in my eyes and spilling down my cheeks, I found him watching me. He looked a bit worried.
“What?!” I called out. If I am being honest, I was a bit defensive at this point.
“Why are you crying?” he responded, genuinely concerned.
“I’m reading,” I answered, as though that explained everything.
The look on his face had changed from worried to confused. Apparently, telling him I was reading didn’t explain everything.
“I thought you were editing your book?”
“And this is making you cry?”
“He loves her so much…” I trailed off.
Jeff sat there staring at me a moment, dumbfounded.
“You’re telling me that you’re over there reading a book for the third or fourth time — a book that you, I might add, WROTE — and it’s making you cry because you JUST realized how much he loves her?!?!”
Now, it was my turn to remain speechless at the fact he couldn’t seem to understand how this was possible.
That is, until I took a deep breath and simply replied, “Yes.”
At that point, Jeff looked alarmed.
I figured it was best to offer some clarification. “I knew how much he loved her when I wrote it. It doesn’t change the fact that no matter how many times I read the story, it still feels like the first time. I still feel all the butterflies, the angst, the heartache, and the love every single time.”
He held my eyes a moment before he just nodded and got back to work.
I got back to editing.
So, I’m unsure if my husband thinks I’m crazy. Either way, I’d like to think that this exchange means that if my readers love a romance that’ll allow them to experience all those things I mentioned above, it’s possible they’ll love Monroe & Stone’s story at least just as much as I do. I’ll just say that I can’t be held accountable if you experience those things and people start looking at you like you’re crazy. Since it happened to me, just keep in mind that you’ll be in good company.