Why is that, you wonder? (Or maybe you don’t, but I’ll tell you anyway). Because that’s when people always seem to want my recommendations about what makes a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day. For some reason they think I have the answers.
Unfortunately, I haven’t got a clue. For me, a card, a nice dinner, and/or flowers are quite enough, thank you very much. Even chocolate is optional (depending on what my dieting scheme is that week). But that’s not what people want to hear. They want to hear some fancy romantic scheme involving limos or moonlit walks or diamond earrings. Except more creative.
Since I pour all my creativity into my books, I’m at a loss. And really, you don’t want advice from ME on this subject. Just because I love writing about heroes who carry their heroines off to bed doesn’t mean I’d recommend it for the average husband/boyfriend. They’re liable to break, pull, or otherwise strain something, and that just isn’t romantic. Besides which, I could be sued. Some women are a lot heavier than they look (cough, me. cough).
My current book, A Lady Never Surrenders, has the hero picking the lock of the heroine’s room door after they’ve had a fight, so he can make his big profession of love. Romantic? In a historical romance, yes. Good recommendation for Valentine’s Day? Uh, no. Aside from its stalkerish feel, any prospective wooer trying to break in to his intended beloved’s house is liable to trip the alarm system, bringing the wrath of several guards upon himself. Or he might find himself facing the business end of his beloved’s gun. Oh, wait, that happens in my book. See what I mean? I’m not a good person to ask. Possible death might ensue.
So what do YOU think makes a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day? What would you love to have a guy do as a romantic gesture? How do you draw the line between stalkerish and romantic? What was the most creative romantic thing a guy ever did for you?
One lucky commenter will win a 5-pack of Goddess books, and another lucky commenter will win a $40 gift card to the bookstore of his/her choice. Hey, we like to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Mt. Oly by giving stuff away!