Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Books With Love Blog Hop! Guest Post by Reena Jacobs

Beyond Happily Ever After

Like many, I look forward to happily ever afters. I read romance after romance, knowing every book ends the same – the gal gets the guy in the end. As predictable as a romance novel is, I've yet to grow tired of them.
In a way, it brings me back to the relationship with my husband... loving him, breaking up, getting together again, rinse and repeat until eventually I found myself in the whirlwind of planning a wedding in the hopes of my own happily ever after.
Like a romance novel, my big day arrived. I reached my happily ever after. Then what?
Funny. The romance novels never goes deep into the happily ever after. It's almost as if the couple reaches a pivotal moment where they realize this is it, “we're going to be together FOREVER!” But the “after” is speculation. The only thing for certain is they're happy... forever after. At least that's the impression.
Enter my happily ever after. Here I am years later, married with children and the wedding so long ago, I have to pull out pictures to remember the momentous occasion.
Could it be the happily ever after is dull? The adventure is over?
For me, Valentines is a reminder I'm living my happily ever after. The story didn't end at “and they lived happily ever after.” There's so much more. My marriage isn't perfect, and at times may even resemble the rockiness of a romance novel. :) Yet beyond the happily ever after is the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of my husband and the chance to fall in love all over again.
I revisit Control Freak from time to time and see the love rekindling in Brandon's and Regina's marriage. They have their ups and downs, plenty of misunderstandings, yet the love doesn't fade. They reconnect through their trials.
I love romances—the idea of two worlds colliding to form a loving relationship which ends in happily ever after. Other times, it's wonderful to read stories which go beyond the initial romance... to know the happily ever after can be full of excitement... a new adventure.
For this Valentines, share with us the books you've read which celebrate the happily ever after.


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Wasnt that lovely? This day is just plain lovely. First Valentines with a boyfriend, and Im enjoying it. Thanks, Reena, for the guest post, and for your generosity!
Reena has kindly offered one lucky person a copy of one of her books, Shadow Cat or Control Freak.
Just to make this clear, you get a choice between either of the books. Not both, either. E-Book copy for international and for U.S, a choice between a physical copy or an EBook. Whichever you prefer.

This contests ends the 20, and Reena and I hope to hear your comments!

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Happy Valentines Day! And make sure to scroll down the page for a special post for Gena Showalter`s The Darkest Seduction! Oh, and make sure to visit the other hops!!


deanna_boocock said...

I adore Disney's Lady and The Tramp.

Katie Amanda said...

<3 The Notebook! :) Thanks!

Unknown said...

The Notebook =)

Maritza Robinson said...

Love The Twilight books. Thanks for this great giveaway!
-Maritza R

Cindy said...

My all time favorite love story is "Pride and Prejudice"

Megan said...

My grandparents. :)

Anonymous said...

"Pride and Prejudice" and "Jane Eyre"
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Gwen LTP said...

Since my all time fav has been picked -PaP- I'll go with a book I really liked I recently read - Overprotected.
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Bookworm Lisa said...

I love Pride and Prejudice. I love the whit and the humbling.

Unknown said...

There are too many to pick just one! But I just finished Call of the Highland Moon by Kendra Leigh Castle and really liked it!

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Ning said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Btw, I've tagged you!

Here's my post!


Tiff Pull said...

Thank you for the giveaway. The notebook is my favoriate love story.
Tiff Pull

Julianne said...

It's not your average love story, but it was a love story nevertheless. Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill.
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Helen said...

a tale of two cities

alicia marie said...

i'm not sure what my favorite is, but the first one that came to mind was sauzanne's diary for nicholas by james patterson so i guess it's my favorite today anyway : )

LadyVampire2u said...

The tale of Beauty and the Beast comes to mind.
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Dominique said...

I like the movie Green Card with Andie MacDowell and Gerard Depardieu. It's one of my favorite love stories. (Nikki Marie on rafflecopter)

Ashley Applebee said...

I love Beauty and the Beast! I just love that Belle fell in love with the Beast despite his appearance :)
Ashley A

Linda Henderson said...

The Notebook, sad but lovely.

momma8385 said...

The Wedding by Julie Garwood.
Thank you for this giveaway.

Katrina said...

Jane Eyre. :)

Pam said...

I have to say Twilight. :) Thank you for the giveaway!


Lilian said...

Jane Eyre, such a cliche choice I know.

Linda Kish said...

Love Story

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VampedChik said...

Beauty and the Beast! It was always one of my fav's. :)
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Tami Brothers said...

All time favorite is tough because I love so many of them. I'll have to go with the most recent which is Heart Surgeon, Her...Husband? by Susan Carlisle. Heartbreaking but awesome ending. :)