Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me for another episode of Men & Mischief! Today I’m chatting about our favorite pairings in romance.
The Imperfect Pair
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawing and writing. When I was little, I loved my Crayola crayons. From an early age, I’d organize them by hue. Yep, I was one of those weirdly organized kids who later turned into one of those weirdly organized grown-ups. I used to come up with my own characters, name them, and make up little stories for them. As I got older, my characters became more complex. I loved getting these characters I’d created together, watching them fight the odds and fall in love.
For those familiar with my books it’s probably no surprise to you that my stories are very character driven. No matter how large the cast (and we all know how much I love large casts), I always try to make each character unique, with their own voice, quirks, histories. Somehow these two unique characters have to find a way to their happily ever after because in my books my fellas always get their happily ever after.
Romance is filled with tropes we love and those we’re not so crazy about. Every reader has their favorite pairings. I love creating the dynamics between certain types of characters. We have the geek, the jock, the best friend, the Alpha, the anti-hero, the jaded detective, the virgin, the boy next door, the charmer, the bad boy, the professor, the warrior, and the list goes on.
I admit I’m a sucker for all of these. The fun part is pairing them up. The more imperfect the pair the better. In the THIRDS series we have several different types of pairings. We have our alpha Sloane and the charmer Dex. Cael, the sweet geek, and Ash the gruff almost anti-hero warrior. Calvin and Hobbs, the best friends. Austen, the bad boy, and Zach, the boy next door. Hudson, the professor, and Seb, the Alpha. Each one has their own voice and personality, their own baggage or personal tragedy. They say opposites attract, but once we get past the initial intrigue and lust, these guys also have to function as a couple.
For example, Sloane and Ash are best friends. They’re similar in many ways, yet Sloane loves Dex and all his oddball quarks, whereas they annoy the every living heck out of Ash. Dex and Ash would never make it as a couple. Ash would no doubt end up pushing Dex off the Brooklyn Bridge.
I love watching these different pairings fall in love, seeing how their relationships change, and how it changes them. Their imperfections draw them together, but what about what happens next? What happens after the happily ever after? There’s so much to consider when bringing these guys together, and the excitement never wanes.
What are your favorite romantic pairings? Is there a pairing you wish you could see more of?
Meet Charlie Cochet
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
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