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Is there a time limit on falling in love?
Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I pondered that question as I finished up EXPOSED TO YOU, the next novel in the One Night of Passion series (writing as Bethany Kane) coming out in November of this year.

My hero, Everett Hughes, is one of the most brilliant of the superstars in Hollywood. He can have any woman he wants, but despite this, he feels he’s been cursed in the ‘love’ department. Family and friends mean everything to him. Because of an extremely stable, loving upbringing, he’s escaped the pitfalls that can come with the double-edge sword of fame. But part of him thinks he’s been too blessed. Perhaps fate plans to rob him of the one thing that’s even more important to him than his career–a woman and a family to call his own.

When he sees Joy Hightower, he falls almost immediately for her. He also worries that things won’t work out–because how can it be possible to win some kind of colossal cosmic lottery as far as his career and wealth, and ALSO be blessed with the perfect woman? And Joy has her own demons she needs to fight before he can convince her that’s he’s the real deal, not just the one-dimensional figure on a movie screen.

As I was writing the book, I sort of struggled with the issue of how fast Everett fell. However, I do think that’s just how it happens sometimes. Whether I believe in love at first sight, I don’t know precisely. I can tell you I fell pretty darn fast–and hard–for my husband. Seventeen years later, I can safely say that instinct was absolutely correct.

Does it ever bother you when you read a romance novel when someone professes their love after knowing the person say…a couple weeks? Aside from romance novels, do you think it happens in real life that people fall that hard and fast, and it turns out not to be an infatuation, but the sweet real deal?

6 comments to “Is there a time limit on falling in love?”

  1. Diane
      · February 6th, 2012 at 6:42 pm · Link

    I fell in love with my now hubby at first sight!!! But we didn’t marry till 21/2 years later, after going out and getting to know each other. So no it’s not just in books, but you do have to communicate for a while before marrying.

    • Beth Kery
        · February 10th, 2012 at 11:22 am · Link

      Very interesting, Diane. I agree, real life can vary from books quite a bit. šŸ™‚ It’s nice to know that there are some people out there who do believe in the concept of ‘love at first sight’ though.

  2. Allison H.
      · February 6th, 2012 at 11:10 pm · Link

    Hi Beth, for me reading a romance novel does mean suspending belief (sometimes more than expected), but I think reading romance and believing in romance/love allows for all sorts of possibilities and timelines in the relationship. I am happy to read what you’ve shared so far about Exposed To You. You’re amazing with the unique and very interesting storylines you keep coming up with! November is too too far away!

    • Beth Kery
        · February 10th, 2012 at 11:21 am · Link

      Hi Amelia!

      I agree–romances are fantasies, after all. We have to suspend disbelief to some extent.

      Thank you about Exposed to You. I’m very excited for Everett’s story. To tide you over, there will be two shorts in the series over the spring and summer–Bound to You, and one that isn’t titled yet. šŸ™‚ All of them take place in the Vulture’s Canyon vicinity and tie in to the characters from Addicted to You/Exposed to You. I’ll let you know more about Bound to You when I get a cover and blurb for it.

  3. Amelia
      · February 9th, 2012 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I thought you might enjoy this article about a !00 year old woman who was recently married.


    • Beth Kery
        · February 10th, 2012 at 11:19 am · Link

      OMG, Amelia, that was an awesome article. So awesome, to know that love can come at any time in life.

      Thanks for sharing!

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