SECRET SANTA BABY with Robin Covington




Torn Between Two Lovers…or Something Like That.

In my Christmas novella, Secret Santa Baby, Tessa (the heroine) is in love with Nick but she previously dated his best friend,Damien.  Now,Nick is trying to win Tessa and Damien suddenly decides that he wants Tessa back.  Clear as mud, right?

I had to tread carefully with this situation because I didn’t want to Tessa to look like a “ho” but also wanted to keep the tension in the story with the love triangle.  I thought about the twists and turns of the plot, the timing and the history of the characters long and hard before I started writing. Would I show Tessa with both Damien and Nick?  Was Nick breaking them up or was it long over? How would the guys still remain friends when she picked her man?

I write romance, so the relationship with Nick and Tessa had to be paramount. I knew that I needed to give them the page time for love scenes, bonding moments, and tender mercies. I couldn’t give that time to Damien because I didn’t want the reader to root for them to get back together.  And, I was uncomfortable having any physical intimacy between Tessa and Damien on the page. Since I was writing a novella, I didn’t have the page count to have her jump from bed to bed and not have her look like a slut.

It was also imperative for me to keep the Tessa/Damien relationship in the past and to establish that it wasn’t a love match for either one.  Again, I had been writing a full-length novel I could have written it differently, but with this story I needed them not to be right for each other and everyone knew it from the get go. So, I had them a year from their break-up, never fallen in love with each other and I also made Damien a playboy who couldn’t love Tessa like Nick already did.

So, while the love triangle was tricky, once I figured out the moving parts it all fit together.


What’s your favorite or least favorite book that featured a love triangle? What about it worked or didn’t work for you?




Tessa Stoneman hasn’t been able to get long-time friend and business partner Nicholas Boone out of her head since they shared a single kiss in college. Even when she dated Nicholas’s best friend. Now that she’s giving up her position at GameNerdz to strike out on her own—and now that she’s single—maybe it’s the right time to see if there’s still something between them.

Nicholas knows once Tessa leaves the company she helped found, they might drift apart. Before she starts her own company in the new year, he wants to woo the woman he fell in love with during college. So he poses as her Secret Santa, gifts her with items from the song “Santa Baby,” and plans a big reveal at the company holiday party. But when his best friend wants to rekindle his romance with Tessa, will Nicholas lose his last chance?





Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance. A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut was nominated by RT Book Reviews for the 2012 Best Contemporary Romance from an Indie Press for bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Mangianello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, a Goddess at The Naked Hero, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).


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