My Love-Hate Relationship with Love Triangles
I’m going to put it out there. I’ve always hated love triangles. They make my belly roll in frustrated, angry knots as the protagonist goes back and forth between this boy and that boy. It’s not that the choice is obvious; it’s that I do not understand it in any shape or form. I find the flip flopping unfair to the boys involved, and it’s just annoying and whiney most of the time. Now, maybe this is because I’ve been caught in a dangerous love triangle before, but I knew my feelings. I knew who I loved. I just didn’t know he loved me back. That was the only thing that kept me from acting on my feelings. Yeah, I ended up marrying one of my ex-boyfriends friends— yeah, I’m that girl, except I’m not. If you need further explanation, read the foreword to Love Exactly. Enough said about that. The love triangles I can’t stand are where the girl says she’s in love with two people—no, you’re not! You want to eat your cake and have it, too. If a guy does this, he’s an asshole. A girl does it and she’s tormented. I’m sorry, but I call bullshit. If you need license to whine about two boys fighting over you because you feel guilty, than well, maybe, you have a soul. You’re just not listening to it. Make a decision, and author who wrote it, don’t make it because the baby you will someday have is their soul mate. That’s just wrong, sorry.
So, I sound opinionated and bitchy—and, I did what? Wrote a love triangle? Yes, I kind of felt like a hypocrite when I all of a sudden realized I had written one. Maybe that was how it happened for all those other authors, but I realized that I had written a love triangle that was the exact opposite of the ones I hated. It’s clear Bobby loves River, River loves Adam, and you can guess who Adam loves. River loves Adam, period. This isn’t a spoiler; you get the picture the first ten pages of the novel. It doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be easier to love Bobby, but she just doesn’t. She can’t, and she won’t. It’s a decisive love triangle, where the drama comes in is in the fact that Bobby loves River and so does Adam. They’re brothers, and all three of them are best friends. That’s where things get tough, because Bobby doesn’t just let things go and he can hold a grudge. Oh, and I threw in some asshole parents to boot. I wrote a love triangle, so I guess I have a love-hate relationship with love triangles. I hate the ones where the protagonist doesn’t know what she wants, but I love the ones where she does—and she handles the backlash like a mature human being.
So, will you love my version of a love triangle? I guess you’ll just have to read Flawed Perfection to find out, but I warn you, Bobby just might steal your heart.
Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni
Book 1 of the Beautifully Flawed series
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
About Flawed Perfection:
Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.Source: Info in the About Flawed Perfection was from the press kit from the publicity team.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...
Meet The Author
Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She's currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
Cassandra can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cassiegiovanni.