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The First Romance Chris Cannon Ever Read | The Dating Debate

The first romance I read, which is still one of my favorites, is Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie. Here is the opening paragraph.

The man behind the cluttered desk looked like the devil, and Nell Dysart figured that was par for her course since she’d been going to hell for a year and a half anyway. Meeting Gabriel McKenna just meant she’d arrived.

I love Jennifer Crusie’s snarky, smart heroines with their relatable problems and the heroes they square off against. The banter is always great, and the way the characters react seems realistic. There’s no insta-love. Usually it’s more insta-irritation because the characters get under each other’s skin.

I love writing my own snarky banter, and I aspire to create quirky characters like Jennifer Crusie’s. She always gives her characters some real life hobby or interest, which makes them seem more real. I was curious about the Clarice Cliff pottery mentioned in Fast Women and did a little investigating, which lead to several purchases of Clarice Cliff, The Art of the Bizarre reproductions on ebay.

I’ve tried to give my characters hobbies or interests people could relate to. In The Dating Debate, Nina is a bookworm who loves Harry Potter. She has the hardback books, the paperbacks, and the ebooks. When West asks why she needs all three, she replies:

“The hardbacks live on my bookshelf in a place of honor, I carry the paperbacks around with me when I want to read them, and I have them on my phone in case of emergencies… like being stuck in line or in traffic or in a really boring lecture at school.”

After reading Fast Women, I made my way through the rest of Jennifer Crusie’s books. Some I bought, some I checked out from the library. Funny Story: I put my name on the waiting list for one of her books. My husband was a bit concerned when the librarian called and told him that the book I’d been waiting on, Faking It, had come in. This prompted my husband asked if there was anything I wanted to talk about. I laughed and reassured him he had no reason for concern.

I find Jennifer Crusie’s books very re-readable. Every summer I pick up one of my favorites and sit out on my deck drinking coffee and visiting some of my favorite fictional friends. I hope that people might do that with my books some day.

TheDatingDebate-crush-500x750About The Dating Debate:

Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material. 

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart. 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry. 


About Chris Cannon:

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.

She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at

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