Happy Friday everyone! Casey Wyatt here.
Let’s talk temptation. We’re all tempted by something. My particular culinary weakness is cupcakes. Throw in chocolate and peanut butter and my will power is toast.
These are chocolate cupcakes filled with peanut butter cup filling, topped with homemade chocolate icing. Mmmmm. I made these for a party. It was tough to give them away.
It doesn’t matter how many “points” the cupcake may be (for all you Weight Watchers folks, you know what I mean). Put cupcakes in front of me…ahh one won’t hurt right? Stay tuned at the end of the post for the recipe for these bad boys.
Temptation is a requirement in romance novels. No one wants to read a story where the hero walks into a room and sweeps away the heroine away at first contact (the book would be over in one chapter).
No, first they have to suffer. They have to pine. To squirm.
Like the evil cupcakes, the hero and heroine have to want each other first, but can’t act on their desires immediately. They’ll each have different reasons why they can’t be together. They must travel the road of trial and tribulation before their happily ever after is a reality.
Kind of like I’m making you wait for the cupcake recipe. But, seriously, while it seems counterintuitive, readers want your characters to have to climb mountains to be together. Temptation makes a page turner. The push, the pull. And if you notice, even if/when they consummate the relationship, the situation grows worse!
Just when it seem impossible for them to be together, there will be a breakthrough and happily ever after will be in sight.
What is your temptation? Do you fight it? And what makes a good romance novel (or any story) for you? As promised, the cupcake recipe is here.