The Bittersweet End

By Heather Thurmeier, author of Falling for YouStuck on You, and Lost Without You

Lost Without YouHave you ever read a series and fallen so in love with the characters, setting, storylines and writing voice that you just don’t ever want it to end? That’s how I’m feeling right now.

When Crimson Romance contracted not only Falling for You, but also the other two books in my Reality TV Romance series, I was thrilled. I couldn’t believe that I was going to get to share all three stories that had been floating around in my brain.

Falling for You was the book that made me start writing, so it automatically had a special place in my heart. I felt invested in Cassidy and Evan and telling their story as best as I could. But after working on Falling for You for so long, I was happy to finally send it off to the editors so I could get to work on Stuck on You. I had a blast working on that book with a fresh new reality show to write about, new characters interacting with old favorites, and some exciting twists thrown in along the way. It was a new and exciting story for me to tell while I still got to dig deeper into the characters I already loved. By the time I finished it, I was chomping at the bit to start the last book and finally dive into Zoe’s story.

Boy, did Zoe take me for a ride! When I started the series, I never imagined Zoe becoming who she is in Lost Without You. She completely surprised me with her depth, inner turmoil, and determination. For a character who started out as the girl we love to hate, I ended up simply loving her in Lost Without You. She was so much more than I ever expected her to be. She’s a survivor. I found her story so emotional to write. I kept telling myself the book was too serious, not funny enough as I wrote it. But I was wrong. After rereading it (dozens of times!) I’ve realized it is still funny and entertaining, but Zoe’s struggles with her past really add a whole other level of emotionality to the book that the first two books didn’t dive into as deeply. Basically, Zoe took control of this book. I shouldn’t have expected anything less from Zoe Oliver.

But now the series has come to an end and I’m left with a myriad of feelings. I’m happy that I got to tell their stories. I’m spent from the rush of excitement of the shows. I’m weak-kneed after the heat of three hot romances. I’m satisfied that this world I created for these characters has come to a close that feels true, and genuine and right.

For me, the end to this series will be a little bittersweet. I’m sad to say goodbye to these characters who have been living in my head for so long. I wish I could write more stories for them. Now it’s time for me to wish them well and hope that readers love them as much as I have so that their stories get to live a long time on the shelves.

Have you ever read a series that you were eager to finish only to wish it would never end? I’d love to chat with you about it in the comments!