Much as I love romance books, I assure you that "happily ever after" never was one of my youthful daydreams. I was too busy spinning wheels trying to reach an elusive career goal I wasn't prepared for - and had no idea how to score anyway. Not growing up with HEA on my mind is one of the reasons I wish somebody'd've been kind enough to front me a Harlequin Presents or something when I was an adolescent; everything would have been so very much different if I'd've found romance earlier.
Alas, it's never a good idea to look back w/ regret. I mean, lots of us had goals we set back in school which drove us. Some, or most of them, had nothing to do with what we actually wanted for ourselves, and almost everything to do with what we were gonna' show "those idiots" who didn't get how terrific we thought we were.
That possibly misguided kind of obsession with getting our hearts' desires is at the center of Zoe Le Verdier's tasty little erotic read, "Seven Year List ."
Julia Sargent had big dreams of a career as an important photojournalist when she graduated seven years earlier, but now she's discontent. Julia's found some fame and fortune as a "gotcha" celeb photog - and is just weeks from marrying a handsome and famous actor - but she's disappointed in herself and fears she compromised her dreams for the realities of working for a living.
When Julia's tight-knit group of chums from school hooks up for a reunion, she's thrown together with the two most important boys - now men - from her past: Nick, the first love who still turns her on, and Steve, the intense, brilliant-and-now-wildly-successful entrepreneur who loved her as a friend, but now tempts her as a possessive - and possibly obsessive -- lover.
Seven years before, Steve urged all the school chums to create lists of seven goals they'd reach before their current reunion. And he's still got one goal to conquer, a final challenge only Julia can help him achieve.
As far as Steve's concerned, Julia either can go along with his wildly sensual plans quietly and with pleasure - or at his mercy. Either way, the outcome will be one that changes both their lives, and leaves the reader certain that a man who's waited long and worked hard for his heart's desire just may be entitled to winning it by any means necessary - even if those include playing delightfully dirty.
What goals did you set when you graduated from high school or college that you achieved? Which goals did you set that you look back on and laugh about? Feel free to include proposed marriages to Jon Bon Jovi and James Van Der Beek.