When I first met him I resisted.
Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.
That was a lie. It never faded.
And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.
There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us.
Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword.
Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love -- the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love -- landed me in therapy.
Now I'm heading to college, and it's time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he's still in my life?
Because the one man I've always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can't have…
And he wants me just as fiercely.
Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?
My playlist for 21 STOLEN KISSES is relatively short because my inspiration was very specific for this story. The love is deep, intense, and powerful...and I think the songs reflect that, as well as reflecting the tastes of the character.
WHAT I DID FOR LOVE - From Chorus Line - The song comes from a moment in A Chorus Line when the dancers reflect on what they will do if they can can no longer dance, and the answer is simple: “But I can't regret what I did for love.” That’s how I imagine Kennedy and Noah feel about each other.
I KNOW HIM SO WELL - From Chess - This is the song that first links Kennedy and Noah, when they share the lyrics with each other and the lyrics reveal how they are starting to feel for each other. And this musical plays a key role in their love story.
“Now at least I know I know him well
Wasn't it good?
Wasn't he fine?
Isn't it madness
He can't be mine…”
THE BEST OF TIMES - From La Cage Aux Folles
I love the anthemic beauty of this song. It’s a call to live for today and to love for today -- to give all of yourself because life and love is happening now.
“So hold this moment fast
And live and love
As hard as you know how
And make this moment last
Because the best of times is now.”
LOVE IS BLINDNESS - by Jack White
I’m not sure I entirely want to understand what this song means as I think it has quite a bit of darkness in it, but the title so aptly describes love :)
PHOTOGRAPH - by Ed Sheeran
This is just a great love song. How can you go wrong with this kind of ode to love? “It is the only thing that makes us feel alive.”
ALL OF ME - by John Legend
The ultimate love song about two people who are just so wrapped up in each other no matter what -- this song is a great promise between lovers. “Give your all to me. I'll give my all to you.”
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and eleven on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375(please use the actual + sign).
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