Wedding – Romantic or Chaotic?
My newest release, Owned Forever, focuses on what is supposed to be one of the most romantic moments in anyone’s life. A wedding.
From a young age, all girls are programed to dream of our ideal wedding. We’re told it will be the most romantic day of our lives. The day we will feel like a princess, in a beautiful gown, walking towards the gorgeous prince.
But the reality, from the weddings I’ve been to, is far from the fantasy we are told. They are usually chaotic, with bridesmaids running around with rollers in their hair, trying to get every last minute touch done to create the perfect day for the bride. And they can often be tense, filled with arguments between the bride and groom, or their families. I won’t speak for everyone else, but to me none of those things scream romance. Except for maybe being rescued from it by a gorgeous man on a white horse and riding away into the sunset.
When writing Owned Forever, I wanted to show this realistic version of a wedding, instead of the girlish fantasy version that is normally depicted, from the bride and groom’s point of view. The tension between my characters, and their families, is true and honest. Nothing goes perfectly for Kate, Grant and Daniel. Just like a real wedding. The bride has issues with her parents. The flowers droop. The reception menu is greatly contested. And the in-laws almost come to blows.
But as flawed as the ceremony—and the several days leading up to it—may be, to me their wedding is beautiful in its imperfection. If Kate, Grant and Daniel had some kind of idyllic fantasy it wouldn’t feel true. Real life isn’t perfect. Real life is filled with tension, misunderstandings and arguments. It’s from those moments that we grow. It’s from those moments of imperfection that we discover what love is. Because love isn’t about being perfect. It isn’t about the perfect dress or the perfect flowers, it’s about sticking together through all that imperfection. About putting others needs before your own, dealing with the mother in law from hell for the person who completes you.
And for these reasons I think Grant, Daniel and Kate’s wedding might be the most wonderful ceremony I’ve ever attended (and I didn’t even have to squeeze into spanks!). And you can bet for my characters, even if the wedding isn’t as romantic as it could be, the honeymoon will more than make up for it.
I hope you’ll check out my newest release, Owned Forever, now available with Totally Bound Publishing, and see for yourself just how romantic and loving imperfection can be. And to read the beginning of Grant, Kate and Daniel’s story check out Owned For Christmas, where even a snowing Colorado Christmas can be red hot. While both books can be read on their own, just like most other things in life, they are better in twos.
Owned Forever Blurb
Two sets of in-laws, a Dom with the need to assert his power, a fiancée with an inferiority complex and a country chic wedding to throw. What could go wrong?
For the last six months, Kate, Daniel and Grant have been living blissfully in Colorado. But that’s all about to come to an end. They’re opening up the ranch and their relationship to outsiders—Kate’s parents. While her future mother-in-law has adapted well to their unconventional relationship, Kate knows her parents won’t feel the same. At her insistence, the whole Farrell crew agrees to keep the true nature of their relationship a secret—at least from her parents—for the whole wedding weekend.
Stretched thin, Kate tries to be everything for everyone. The enthusiastic bride, the good daughter, the diligent sub that’s always under the control of her Master and the affectionate fiancé that wants nothing more than to be married. But with everyone’s needs weighing her down, eventually Kate snaps under the pressure.
In one quick moment of need, their secret is out of bag, and it’s not just her parents that feel betrayed. Can Kate convince all the people she loves to accept and participate in this untraditional wedding party, or will her needs doom her relationships for good?
Who knew Happily Ever After would be this hard!
Publisher’s Note: This story is a continuation of Kate, Grant and Daniel’s relationship from Owned For Christmas by Willa Edwards. It is best read in sequence but can be read as a standalone.
“When are your parents arriving?” Gale spread a sheet across the prickly surface of the bales of hay set up across the open yard in a circle for seating. The better for their guest’s comfort.
Kate surveyed the field before her. It still amazed to her how much the place had changed since she’d first arrived. This field that had been covered with three feet of snow back at Christmas time, was now filled with swaying grasses and bright Columbines. It really was beautiful here.
This would be the perfect place for a wedding.
It may have taken a few months and the melting of three tons of snow, but Kate now understood why people loved living in this area—why her two men loved it here so much and felt so connected to this land. And amazingly, she felt the same. She couldn’t imagine ever moving back to Dallas. No matter what her parents said.
“They’ll be here tomorrow at ten. They’re on the last possible plane coming into Grand Junction from Dallas before the ceremony.” Kate tried to keep the resentment from her voice, but she didn’t succeed. She loved her future mother-in-law. Gale was fantastic. Kate still had trouble believing she’d accepted her relationship with both her sons so easily. Not to mention all she’d done to help with Kate’s wedding to her younger son, Daniel.
She still wished she was picking floral arrangements, assembling favors and decorating pews with her own mother.
“I got them a room at the Country Side Inn.” It was the best hotel for miles. Though Kate doubted it was up to her mother’s standards.
“They’ll like it there.”
“I hope so.” That’s the only way Kate wouldn’t hear about how awful the hotel was for the next ten years, like her parent’s trip to Maui seven years ago, that they always brought up at Thanksgiving.
“Are you planning on telling them everything?” Gale looked up at Kate from where she arranged ribbons around the edge of the bales, creating an aisle down the center toward the arch Grant had built.
“You mean about the fact that I’m really in a relationship with two men? That I’m marrying one and sleeping with both of them?” Kate looked over at the woman who was to be her official mother-in-law in only two days. “Are you asking if I plan to tell them that?”
Gale cast Kate a sour look. She had made her opinion obvious many times before, but she didn’t know Kate’s parents. Kate’s mother was ready to have her checked into a psych ward for giving up a good job in the city—though her teaching positon hadn’t become a good job to her mother until the other option was no job at all—and moving out to the country for some hick. Kate could contemplate what her parents would say if they knew she hadn’t come out here for one country hick, but for two.
“Not everyone is as understanding as you are, Gale.” Kate still couldn’t believe how lucky they’d been with Gale—how understanding she was, how accepting. From the moment she’d discovered their three-way relationship, Gale hadn’t ever made her feel insane or immoral for the loving both of her sons. It’s more than Kate would have ever expected. “My parents aren’t as open-minded as you are.”
“I’m not that understanding, dear. I just want my boys to be happy. I see how happy you make them.” Gale looked up, her warm honey-brown eyes twinkling, and Kate smiled.
How every member of this family managed to make her feel welcome and included always surprised her.
“I’m sure your parents want the same thing for you. Once they see how happy those boys make you, they’ll accept the three of you together too.”
Kate shook her head. A part of her believed Gale was right. That her parents really did want her to be happy. But they’d never conveyed it well in the past. And her wedding didn’t seem the right time to put them to the test.
She still remembered the way her mother used to talk about her teaching position to her high-society friends, the note of distain in her mother’s tone. Teaching kindergartners was not the prestigious career Margo Baker wanted for her daughter. And she had no doubt Daniel wasn’t the high-society husband she’d envisioned for Kate either.
Kate didn’t care what her mother thought. She’d made her decision. She had no desire to go back—to Dallas, to the quiet desperation or to the need for more that had almost eaten her alive.
But she couldn’t stand the idea that her parents would berate Daniel with their undercutting words and quiet insults. Not to mention how they’d act if they found out it wasn’t just Daniel she stayed in Colorado for, but Grant as well.
“You’d be surprised, honey, what lengths a parent will go to for their child. They might not always show it in the way you wish, but I’m sure they’re doing what they think is best for you.”
Kate nodded. They probably were. They just didn’t have any idea what was best for her. They always thought what was best for them was best for her. For twenty-eight years, she’d tried and failed to live that way too. She didn’t regret making this change for herself, even if her parent’s never approved.
“One day, you’ll see for yourself.”
Kate rolled her eyes. Gale had been tossing off a lot of comments like that lately. But it would be a while before Kate had any serious experience with parenthood, no matter what Gale might desire.
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