I admit to being somewhat of a prude. In fact, except for my current editor, every single one of my previous editors would call me, exasperated and say, “Nice try, Trish, but yes you have to add at least one love scene.”
So one day I decided to write a book where a minister’s daughter, who’s been a good girl her entire life is faced with what she believes are the last seconds of her life. So many of the things she’s never experienced fly through her head, and she promises herself if she lives through this, she’s going to make certain to try them all. One of those on her instant bucket list is to have a wild fling with a bad boy, a man who’s all wrong for her.
Imagine her surprise when that very night a gorgeous, sexy, definite bad boy shows up at her front door. Hello bucket list in the flesh. But she makes it clear to her fantasy man that it couldn’t be more than just once. After all, he’s all wrong for her long range plans.Not to mention, her parents will keel over if they ever meet this man who has long hair and wears an earring. He’s definitely a thug. But a gorgeous thug.
She’s actually angry when she learns he’s actually a Vice cop, one of the good guys. Bucket list fantasy straight out of the window.
But she just can’t seem to get him out of her system. So that one time turns into many more. Still, he doesn’t fit into Plan A, and she never lets him forget it. He’s quite happy with the situation…for a while. But then he begins to get irritated that even though he’s getting everything he wants, and nothing he doesn’t, that she doesn’t and can never consider him as fit her vision of her Plan A forever type of guy.
And the tables are turned. He comes to resent that she’s using him, and that he’s only good for one thing.
I loved writing JUST THIS ONCE for just this reason. Turning everything upside down and inside out.
How about you? Do you like reading books where expectations are turned topsy turvey? Do you have favorite books where this is the theme?