Posted By Robyn Neeley, author of the upcoming Crimson Romance Christmas Dinner
Have you ever wondered how your favorite couples are doing after their happily after? I often do. This Valentine’s Day, I asked three of my fellow Crimson authors to share what their hero and heroine would be doing to celebrate their love. They didn’t disappoint!
Cassidy and Evan from Falling For You by Heather Thurmeier
This Valentine’s Day Cassidy and Evan from Falling for You are keeping things pretty low-key. I wish I could tell you why they need to take it easy, but I can’t. It would ruin the surprise. But if you really want to know, you can find out by reading Stuck on You…
Anyway, there’s no big show to film, bachelors to date, or girls to hate. Just Cassidy and Evan at home for a quite date night in. This February 14, he’s cooking since every time Cassidy tries to cook, she almost burns down the cabin. She’s not just clumsy on her feet. Her kitchen skills leave much to be desired, too. Good thing Evan finds her deliciously desirable just the way she is, clumsy and accident-prone and all.
Evan’s decided to make thin crust pepperoni and pineapple pizza—Cassy’s favorite!—and also some chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. Although, I can’t imagine these two making it very far into dessert before they decide to call it a night and take things to the bedroom. I have it on good authority that they haven’t been able to keep their hands off of each other for longer than a few minutes since the cameras stopped rolling on The One. Best we leave them alone this Valentine’s Day. But you can read about Cassidy and Evan’s love story in Falling for You and get an update about them and their big news in Stuck on You!
Reed and Monica from Under Her Spell by Eliza Daly
Here’s what Reed’s got planned in his own words:
My girlfriend Monica plans unique romantic events, so Valentine’s Day is her busiest day of the year. I was going to recruit her cousin Hope to execute her events, enabling me to whisk Monica off to some romantic spot, but I thought I’d play it cool instead and surprise her. I asked her to pop over to my house at the end of the evening for a glass of wine.
Monica and I met when I opened my law practice next door to her romantic event planning company. Afraid that a divorce lawyer would be bad for her business, she cast a Good Riddance spell on me. I’m not a firm believer in spells, since I obviously didn’t go away, but I’m definitely under her spell. So I thought what better way to show how much I love her and all her quirks than to create my own spell. The Forever Spell.
I started with a small, purple silk pouch—her favorite color. It holds the key to my house and a slip of paper reading Je t’aime (I love you), which has special meaning for us. I sprinkled the contents with Moroccan Argan oil, which we found tastes quite good, and is supposedly great for cooking also. According to Monica, spell casting must include a few rhyming lines. So I’m going to hand her the pouch while looking deep into her eyes and saying, Here is the key, to my heart and my home, please stay with me forever, so I’m never alone. Are those lines corny or romantic? They might require some polishing, but I think she’ll be so blown away by the spell and the meaning behind it she won’t notice. Wish me luck.
- If you’d like to read more about the spells that brought Reed and Monica together, check out the romantic comedy Under Her Spell.
Penelope and Carson from Winter Fairy by Lola Karns
The hero and heroine of Winter Fairy are sharing their first Valentine’s Day as a couple. After years of living in hotels, Penelope is trying so hard to become a better cook but how can she impress a man who makes Coq a Vin? She’s trying a recipe for Penne a la Vodka, but without the Vodka since Carson’s daughter Eloise insists on joining them. Eloise worried they would eat “Penny all Vodka,” but is relieved once she sees the pretty pink sauce.
While Penny stirs the sauce, Eloise uses a heart shaped cookie cutter to make fancy cucumbers for the salad. They’ll give the scraps to the backyard fairies for their special dinner. Once Eloise is in bed, Penny will bring out the cheesecake she bought earlier and put on a Norah Jones CD. Why? You’ll have to read Winter Fairy to find out.