I’m excited to welcome Mariah Ankenman to the blog with her thoughts on HEA! I just read her book The Best Man Problem, and it was so enjoyable.
Why is an HEA important to me? One word: Hope.
Let’s face it, romance gets a bad rep. People often ask me why I write and read romance. They call it unrealistic, sappy, smutty. But they’re missing the bigger picture romance has to offer…hope. What’s the one rule in romance? HEA/HFN or GTFO. A romance must have a happily ever after or a happy for now to be considered a romance. Why is that rule necessary? Because the romance genre is all about hope.
We read these stories, fall in love with these characters, root for their happy ending because if they can find joy and happiness it gives us hope that we can find it too. It’s the hope that we can love, find love, be loved. The hope that the world can be better. That we can be better. That’s why romance is important and that’s why I write it, why I read it, and why I will defend the HEA until my dying day.
My life has always been pretty predictable. Run into burning buildings, save those in distress, be a hero. Shoot the shit with my fireman buddies, come home, and do it all again tomorrow. Little did I know that a random SOS call from a woman stuck in a plaster cast with nothing underneath (I swear I only caught a flash of her smokin’-hot body) would throw me for a complete loop.
Until I see the flighty artist again. At my mom’s engagement party. To her dad.
Suddenly the unpredictable woman I couldn’t stop thinking about is my soon-to-be-stepsister. Yeah, the same one I mortified when I accidentally saw her a tiny bit naked. This should make family gatherings way more interesting.
Except when your mom’s as loaded as mine is, you can never fully let your guard down when a guy comes sniffing around. So I can’t help but be suspicious, even though his daughter’s the perfect blend of beautiful and wild. The more time we spend together, prepping for our parents’ wedding, I start to wonder if there’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of fun in the meantime. But if she knew I was investigating her dad on the side, she would never forgive me…
Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes.
Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books. To learn more about Mariah and her books visit her website http://www.mariahankenman.com, follow her on social media, or sign up for her newsletter.