A big thank you to Contemporary Romance Café for having me as their guest. Today I’d like to share some of the inspiration behind my new release, THE BOYFRIEND SESSIONS, and how girlfriends came to be such a big part of the story despite it being about a romance between a guy and a girl.
Who do you go running to with a broken heart?
Your girlfriends, obviously. I think most of us have a girlfriend or two who we turn to for reassurance and advice. We share our joy and pain with them. And no matter what happens in our love relationships, they’re always there for us.
Or are they?
I wanted to explore this idea in THE BOYFRIEND SESSIONS. My lead character Christa has had quite a colorful relationship history and it’s her friendships with her three girlfriends, Maddy, Cate and Scarlett that have seen her through the good times and the bad.
What about when your girlfriends get a little too involved?
As much as we love our girlfriends, is their involvement always a good thing? In Christa’s case, she’s just returned home to Sydney after fleeing a romantic proposal in Paris. She’d been enjoying a holiday romance in France, except this comes to an abrupt end when the subject of her holiday romance reveals he has more serious long term plans than Christa does.
The obvious solution? Leave the country.
With this revelation, Christa’s girlfriends put forward an extreme rehabilitation program guaranteed to reform even the most L-word illiterate. I won’t spoil ‘the plan’ except to say that Christa begrudgingly commits to their ideas and her chances of recovery look good. Except, you guessed it, love interest…
It’s at this point we question whether her girlfriend’s plan, although well-meaning, really is the best thing for Christa.
When the path to romance becomes a rocky road for friendships
As airtight as we all like to think our friendships are, sometimes our choice of partner can have unexpected side effects on our friendships. Occasionally our girlfriends become resentful of the time we spend with a new partner. Perhaps they’re jealous. Or maybe they simply just don’t agree with our choice of partner.
In THE BOYFRIEND SESSIONS, it’s the latter, and Christa finds herself falling in love with someone her closest friend doesn’t approve of. She’s then faced with an impossible decision: follow her heart or be loyal to her girlfriends?
My new contemporary romance, THE BOYFRIEND SESSIONS, is available digitally here: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/the-boyfriend-sessions/
About the Author:
Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who allowed an addiction to romance and chick-lit to get the better of her. She was named a top ten finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Award in both 2013 and 2014.
Her other addictions include music and cars. Belinda’s eclectic music taste forms the foundation of many of her writing ideas and her healthy appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini. For now she’ll have to settle with her son’s Hot Wheels collection and writing hot male leads with sports cars.
The Boyfriend Sessions
Christa Morrison has commitment issues, a fact that quickly becomes apparent after she flees a romantic proposal in Paris, the thunder of impending wedding bells ringing in her ears.
Back in Sydney, she turns to her closest friends for reassurance. Instead they offer her a startling and painful diagnosis: she’s a relationship junkie. The cure? An extreme rehabilitation program guaranteed to reform even the most L-word illiterate.
With her girlfriends along for the ride, Christa commits to their radical plan and the chances of recovery look good. The only problem is Max Spencer. The one guy Christa—and her friends—never expected her to fall for. But he’s proving to be a temptation she may not have the willpower to resist…
For a shot at happiness, is being with Max worth betraying her friends? And will Christa have the strength to trust her heart when her colorful relationship history comes back to haunt her?
It might just be enough to make a poor girl leave the country (again).