Loathing at First Sight

By Elley Arden, author of Battling the Best ManBaby By DesignTake Me Out, Change My MindCrashing the Congressman’s Wedding, and Save My Soul

Battling the Best ManThe first words I ever said to the man who would one day become my husband were: “Do you grease your legs with butter in order to get into those pants?”

It wasn’t a compliment. At the time, he was complicating my sophomore year in high school. My friends were ending our evening telephone conversations early to get math homework help from him. They spent study hall rating his *ahem* assets. Even my English teacher was seemingly under the spell of this charming guy, who claimed the CliffsNotes version of A Tale of Two Cities was every bit as enthralling as the actual novel. Pullleeease!
I hated him. Well, at least I thought I did.

Flash forward twenty-five years, and I used my experience for my latest release, Battling the Best Man: Harmony Falls 2. The book features a couple with a similar hate-love relationship.

After an embarrassing incident in a high school calculus class, Kory Flemming’s priority was to outdo the “charmed” Will Mitchell. She always seemed to fall short. Years later, she’s an accomplished medical doctor back in Harmony Falls, playing maid of honor to his best man. It’s not easy. It’s even harder when sparks fly and Kory’s return to Chicago is delayed.

Kory learns what I now know: there’s a fine line between love and hate.

I ended up taking that annoyingly charismatic guy, who looked awfully good in a pair of jeans, to my senior prom. Four years later, I married him. After twenty-three years and three children together, we’re still going strong. If you had whispered in my ear during sophomore English class that that would be the case, I would’ve thought you were crazy. I had no idea then that sometimes the thing that seems all wrong is actually perfect.

Can you relate? Have you ever experience what seemed like loathing at first sight only to realize you were dead wrong?

I like it when life works out that way. If you do too, then you’ll enjoy Battling the Best Man. I hope you’ll pick up a copy today.