By Caro Carson
This week, I had the chance to conduct an informal poll among readers of romance—specifically, readers who enjoy Harlequin romances, including our wonderful Special Editions. I asked a question about opposites, because my current release, The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride, is a story about opposites. Oh, sure, the hero and heroine appear to be opposite personalities at first. He’s cool and reserved; she’s warm and bubbly. It goes beyond that, however. He’s got a big family; she’s wholly on her own. He’s a workaholic cardiologist; she lives to throw parties that make everyone around her relax. Even their houses are opposites, from his million-dollar modern-urban condo to her 1930s shabby-chic bungalow. In the end, they are of one heart when it comes to how they feel about each other. But before they get there, they have to navigate their way through each other’s worlds.
Which brings us to my little poll. Part of the book takes place at a black-tie gala in Austin, Texas, at the beautiful, Victorian hotel, the Driskill. In fact, here’s a photo of the mezzanine on the fateful night that my hero and heroine meet:
Gorgeous, isn’t it? Naturally, the hero is in a tuxedo. This seems a good time to enjoy a photo of a man in a tuxedo. Alas, I cannot post a handsome celebrity in a tuxedo, but I can drop his name right here, and you can click on it, and then enjoy a handsome man in a tux! Jake in a Tux
Okay, back to the book. A key scene is set in an animal shelter, a place that is important to our heroine. It’s June in Texas. It’s hot. It’s noisy. And it’s a challenge for the cardiologist to keep his cool. (Hey—time for a cute puppy photo! Here’s mine.)
So I asked in my little poll, would you prefer to go on a glamorous black-tie date or a casual dog-walking date? I predicted that in real life, most women would choose the down to earth option, but what surprised me was that 100% of the respondents chose the animal shelter over the ballroom. Every single person declined the man in the tuxedo.
Maybe I’m the only one with tuxedos on the brain, but I think I know why that is. My daughter just went to the prom. I answered the door when her sweetheart came to pick her up, and it just tickled me pink to see a young man in a tuxedo, corsage in hand. I’ve been bursting with pride in my beautiful daughter, and basking in memories of my own prom glamor. And so, if I take my own poll, I’m going to check the box that pairs me up with a man in a tuxedo.
Now, you knew I was going to be a mom and show off my daughter’s prom photo, right? But look! It’s the best of both worlds. She’s going to a black tie gala, and she has a dog! Now, that’s a happy ending.
Are there any other black tie lovers out there? Whether you want your dream date to pick you up while wearing a tuxedo or a pair of jeans, it’s okay with me. Just leave a comment, below, and I’ll pick a winner to receive a copy of The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride. You can enjoy both kinds of dates between the covers of my book.