by Jane Rochester
Thank you so much for dropping by my spot at Daily Dose of Decadence! Romance is one of the upcoming holiday’s defining features. (For those of you looking confused – and I’m looking at you, gentlemen – I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. Run for reservations now!) But how do you define romance? Is it hot and steamy? Chocolate and flowers? Housework done by a hunky guy dressed in a smile and an apron that says “Kiss the Cook?”
Sorry. Momentary fantasy. I’m done drooling now.
Traditionally, it’s all about the roses and chocolate and sweeping gestures of love and adoration. But it doesn’t have to be. Hundreds of romances never make mention of a flower, or a piece of chocolate. It can be a gesture, a word, or a note. Especially if it’s something out of the ordinary for the giver.
I mean, there’s always the fantasy romance. The lover who sweeps you off your feet, with a room full of candles and rose petals AND chocolate, all of which you pretty much ignore in favor of each other. And no one can deny how sexy it is for your significant other to take over all the chores you usually do.
For Nora and Angus, romance is finding the person who completes you. For two people who have given up on the idea of love and romance, they make a last ditch effort with Madame Eve’s 1 Night Stand service, and actually manage to do pretty well. For them, romance is about enjoying each other, talking, getting to know this person that you feel an instant connection with. There are no flowers strewn over the bed, or heart-shaped box of chocolates waiting with a bottle of champagne. (and if there were, they probably wouldn’t have noticed for a good while.) They manage to find all the romance they need in each other, without any of those things.
That’s the best kind of romance. The kind you can find everyday with someone you love, without all the extra trappings. I think that’s the kind everyone wants, and if you find it, you have to keep it.
What are your favorite romantic moments? I’ll be awarding one commenter who leaves their favorite romantic moment and their email in the comment area a free copy of Soul Mate!
I hope everyone can name a few, and if you haven’t had one yet, you will find yourself in the middle of one in the future.
And if he’s hunky and wearing nothing but an apron, well, that’s just icing on the cake.