One of the challenges I faced in writing Jilted was to make my hero sympathetic. (Actually, Erin Nicholas faced the same challenge with her heroine in her book Hitched.) Here’s why:
We have Josh Brewster, hero of Jilted, who is about to marry, Allie, heroine of Hitched. They care about each other. Their families have always been close. Their mothers were best friends. When Allie’s mom died, Josh’s mom had a hard time dealing with it. Both their families had a hard time dealing with it. Allie has been looking after her family. Josh moved back to Promise Harbor from Boston to help with that. Once there, it seemed easy and natural for him and Allie to slide into a relationship. And when they decided to get married, both their families were ecstatic. And those families desperately needed some joy.
But here’s the kicker…Allie and Devon, heroine of Jilted, were best friends. That was how Devon met Josh — hanging around at her BFF Allie’s house.
What kind of girl would date her BFF’s ex? How could Allie do such a thing?
What kind of guy would marry his ex’s best friend? How could Josh do such a thing?
For some people, these questions are black or white, right or wrong. You just don’t do that. There are rules.
But what if Josh felt like he was the one who’d been dumped? What if he felt Devon didn’t love him enough to be with him? What if he felt he was the victim?
What if Allie phoned Devon and told her she was seeing Josh and asked if Devon was okay with that? What if Devon said she was fine with it? What if Allie then phoned Devon to tell her they were getting married? And what if Devon said she wished them all the best? Would that still be a horrible thing to do, when so many people were going to be ecstatic that they were getting married?
Sometimes things aren’t just black and white. Sometimes things are (sorry, I have to say it) shades of gray. Sometimes people make mistakes. And sometimes things work out for the best.
What do you think? Could you forgive Allie and Josh for what they’ve done? Or do you need to read the stories to decide that?
Promise Harbor Wedding, book #1
by Kelly Jamieson
Released March 19th
The wedding’s off but the honeymoon is on…
Devon can do this. She can show up at her ex-boyfriend Josh’s wedding, even though he’s marrying her ex-best-friend. She can show everyone she’s happy with her fabulous life in Boston, her great career, her amazing shoes — and she can show everyone she’s over him.
Truth is, her life isn’t so fabulous. She’s just been downsized out of her job, her Jimmy Choos won’t pay her rent, and…she’s still heartbroken that Josh chose family over her. The real reason she’s enduring this wedding is that her next stop is nearby Greenbush Island, her last hope of finding a new job.
Josh knows marrying long-time friend Allie will make everyone happy after the rough time their families have been through, and since the woman he really wanted to marry chose her career and big city life over him—why not?
But the perfect wedding turns into a perfect disaster when Allie leaves him at the altar for another man. He never saw that coming! But hey, Devon’s there, offering to help him look for Allie on Greenbush Island, where he’d planned their honeymoon. Only, all they find are their old feelings for each other and a temptation to risk their hearts one more time…
Warning: This book contains a firefighter hot enough to ignite flames, a woman who doesn’t want to get burned again, a honeymoon suite but no honeymoon, and sex not on the beach (sorry).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Jamieson is a best-selling author of over twenty-five romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. Where you can find Kelly: