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Friday, August 24, 2012



The One That Got Away

Every woman has this story. Whether it was the crush you didn’t have the guts to talk to, the boyfriend who moved away, or the guy you thought would always be there …but he instead just stopped talking to you, acting as if you never even existed to him.

We’ve all known him. We’ve all pictured him in our life for years to come. We’ve all lost him. We all secretly wish for one more chance, or just a reason why the fairytale had to end.

Romance novels give us that. There’s always a second chance, and always a good explanation when a guy acts like a total douche bag.

I recently realized that this is pretty much the theme in most of my stories. In Guardian Cowboy, Amber has given up hope she will ever find a man who respects her. She’s done too many shameful things to be desired by anyone decent. Yet, the most decent man she’s ever known falls head over heels for her despite her past.

In Second Chance Cowboy, Kenzie thought her dreams died the night Chance Masters fled town after she confessed her love for him. It may have taken ten years, but Chance came back to pick up the pieces of that broken dream, and she finds that despite how cruel his departure was, he did it to protect her.

In Blood Curse, Rialto flat out refuses to love Aria, even knowing that to deny her will cause his own death. He’d already destroyed one woman who’d fallen for him, but he gets his second chance when he saves Aria’s life by doing the thing he fears most.

In romance novels, the one who got away generally leaves for good reason. They do it out of love or a misguided sense that they are protecting the woman they care for, and there’s always a second chance where everything works out and the couple lives happily ever after.

I think this is why romance is such a go-to for us. It gives us hope in second chances and happily ever after. I have always loved this quote: "Love that we cannot have is the one that lasts the longest, Hurts the deepest, and feels the strongest" – unknown.

I think it pretty much sums up why we always wish for a second chance with the one who got away, or at the very least, some closure, and why we root so hard for the heroines in romance novels. We’ve been there. We know the pain, and we’re hoping, just hoping… for our own second chance and a good reason why the first chance failed, a reason that makes it all a lot less painful.

Have a “One Who Got Away / Second Chance” story? Share it and you might win a signed copy of Blood Curse!

About the Author:
Crystal-Rain Love lives in the south with her three children and wide assortment of pets. When not writing contemporary or paranormal romance, she can usually be found creating crazy 3D cakes, hiking, reading, or spending way too much time playing games on the computer. To learn more about her, please visit

The Blood Revelation Prophecy:

Vampires, witches, and shifters will band together to stop the darkness from winning until one warrior is born to save the world from Satan's wrath.

When Aria Michaels sets out to find the vampire who took her mother’s life, she’s stunned when she finds Rialto Renaldi, the vampire who has been haunting her dreams, instead. She hadn’t believed he was real, and she knows she should run from Rialto as fast as she can. But who better to help her find her mother’s killer?

Rialto is reluctant to help the mortal woman who has invaded his dreams, even though he’s curious about who she is and why she has this strange connection to him. He isn’t, however, about to satisfy his curiosity. The last time he became involved with a mortal, he ended up destroying her. But he knows that if Aria searches for the killer on her own, she’ll join her mother in death.

Finally, Rialto agrees to help Aria, but the pair soon learns that fate brought them together for a much larger purpose, and fate has every intention of destroying them if they don't fulfill their roles in the Blood Revelation Prophecy . . .


Hywela Lyn said...

Interesting post, Crystal. My first book 'Starquest' featured 'the one who got away', but it was the heroine who got away - only realising when it was nearly too late, what a mistake she'd made - as in all romances though, of course it all ended up happily in the end.

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Crystal-Rain Love said...

Thanks for commenting, guys. I tried to get the word out on the day I posted but for some reason I couldn't post to any of my loops. :( Yep, TOWGA is one of my favorite themes... when the One comes back :)

Mary Boyd said...

my "one that got away is my Husband.we have been together for the second chance part of our relationship for almost 13 years and married for almost 3.when we first got together he ended it after 3 months to go back to his ex.after a year of not speaking he called needing a place to stay because he was homeless and i moved him in in 2000 we have been together ever since and happy as ever

Crystal-Rain Love said...

Ah, Mary! I love those kind of One That Got Away stories!!!! Gives everyone hope. :)

OK, so apparently I didn't firmly establish any cutoff date to win the copy of Blood Curse in my post so I'm going to say all comments received by 11:59 PM 8/31/12 in which a One That Got Away story is shared are eligible. :)

Taryn Raye said...

Yep, I had one. It still hurts. We were connected on almost every level and I miss him dreadfully.

Teresa Reasor said...

Loved the post Crystal. I love the theme where the one that got away isn't quite as great as what the heroine remembers and she realizes what she has is better. And I love it when the author gives her some hard lessons before that happens
Kind of a twist on things.
Excellent blurb on Blood Curse. I love it.

Crystal-Rain Love said...

Those are good ones too, Teresa! Have a story like that one up my sleeve... once I get through with the 8 or 9 that have to be written before I can get to it... lol!

Crystal-Rain Love said...

I'm late on this, but the winner looks to be MARY BOYD!!! Thanks, Mary, for sharing your story!