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Sonya Weiss’s Favorite Romantic TV Couples

I started reading romance novels in my teen years and I was drawn to the happily ever after that ended each book. I look for the couples and that same happily ever after in the television shows that I watch today. Romance writers can learn a lot by watching television shows like character development, rising stakes, when to move a couple forward, when to pull them apart and more.

A friend kept telling me that I just had to watch NCIS and I kept blowing it off. I wasn’t interested in a show based on solving crimes. I ended up getting hooked on NCIS because I saw a short clip of Tony and Ziva on YouTube and I had to find out more about that couple.

There are some TV show couples that are my all time favorites and I just love how the push and pull of the romance between them plays out.

Nikita starring Shane West and Maggie Q is fantastic. The chemistry between the two of them is off the charts right from their first on screen encounter. I love that she’s such a kick ass heroine, too.

One Tree Hill had a lot or great romantic couples in it but Nathan and Haley were my favorite. I loved how opposites attracted. He was the bad boy to her good girl.

I loved Chuck and Blair’s romance in Gossip Girl even though at times I disliked both of their actions.

I have a Star Wars heart so I love anything to do with space, the paranormal, aliens and all that if there’s a romantic couple.

I saw one episode of Roswell and immediately knew that I was going to love it. An alien who desperately needs to keep his existence off the radar risks everything to save Liz? What’s not to love?

Prison Break with the relationship between Michael and Sara was a definite winner. You could practically see the longing they had for each other oozing from the screen.

I watched and still rewatch JAG which was a military show. The seasons when Mac came on board with the rest of the cast was when I first started watching and like a lot of fans, I tuned in faithfully in the hopes that Harm and Mac would finally get together.

Loving romance is one of the reasons that I write it. To get to create couples and not have to wait season after season for them to get together and have their happily ever after is incredibly satisfying.

I try to write characters who are lovable, and worth rooting for but who are also flawed because perfect characters are a snooze-fest. I don’t know real life people like that so they don’t belong in fiction either.

The heroine in my latest book, The Millionaire’s Temptation, is one such flawed character.

Check out an excerpt!

“We can share a car after the party.”

So not happening. Holly studied what little she could see of the man beneath the bushy white eyebrows and thick, full beard. Pursing her lips, she arched her eyebrows. “Sorry, but Mrs. Claus standing by the tree over there looks like she could take me.”

He glanced over his shoulder at the older woman dressed in costume and swung his attention back to Holly, his eyes sparkling with amusement. “She’s the director of the children’s club. Our relationship is strictly platonic.”

“Uh huh. That’s what they all say. I don’t even know your name.”

“Kris Kringle.”


He leaned slightly forward, his lips curving into the kind of smile that made her think things that could land her name on the naughty list. “And you are?”

“Unavailable.” If she guessed correctly, this one was interested in her only for a night. She didn’t do one-night stands, and since long term relationships weren’t in her future, either, the smartest thing to do was ignore the tingling in the pit of her stomach. Tingles, coupled with the need to run away, were never a good combination.

Reaching up, he tugged the beard down, revealing a strong jawline. When he pulled off the eyebrows and Santa hat, Holly’s stomach tightened.

Hellooo eye-candy.

Chestnut hair, five o’clock shadow, and impossibly long lashes. She couldn’t look away like she wanted to, like she should. Instead, her mind conjured up images of the man sans costume, and the two of them tangled together in ways that would set the naughty list on fire.

“Well, then, Unavailable, save me some milk and cookies, won’t you? I’ll get out of this suit, and return in a few minutes.”

Holly sighed as he strolled off. Gorgeous. Deep voice. Kind too, from what she’d witnessed tonight. The type of man a woman with a normal life would be thrilled to spend time with. If only she had a normal life…But that ship had sailed a long time ago. Slipping her hand into the pocket of the button-up green tunic, she gripped the train tickets to reassure herself. She never went anywhere without them. The first thing she did when reaching a new city was to buy train tickets to another city in case she needed to leave in a hurry. Keeping ahead of her past was the only way to leave it behind.

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From the time she was a child, SONYA WEISS knew she was destined to be a writer. If she didn’t like the ending of a book or movie, she would write her own ending. When her children were young, she often wrote stories to entertain them. At the urging of one of her daughters, she submitted a short story and to her surprise and delight, it sold.  Sonya loves writing all things romance whether it’s writing contemporary adult or teen fiction and still hasn’t lost the wonder that she gets to do what she loves.   She enjoys reading, movies, chocolate, and laughter and credits her daughters as being the sweetest blessings in her life.

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Holly Campbell is trying to turn her life around. But, to protect her younger brother, she has one last job to complete. All she needs to do is use her unique skills to break into the safe on a yacht—millionaire Jake Lawson’s yacht—a man Holly had a one-night stand with before she knew his true identity.

Jake knows Holly can’t be trusted. He believes she used the one night stand as a decoy to steal from his company and he knows she’s up to something again. Jake’s determined to figure out what and stop her. He won’t let her take anything from him, least of all his heart.


Sisters in Love Melissa Foster

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