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Opposites Attract?

Is this still true? In the world of Match.com and Eharmony, where you answer questions and then are “matched” up with your one true love, is there a I-want-my-exact-opposite question? I don’t know. I’ve been married for sixteen years, so signing up for one of these sites is probably not a good idea. 

My current release His Small-Town Sweetheart has opposites. These two used to be the best of friends until they were fourteen and she had to leave. Now as adults, he’s non-talkative and she won’t shut up. I’m sure you know the types: Strong silent type. Talks to fill the silence. His life has been a little bumpy but it’s been heading in a positive direction, but all he sees is the negativity. Her life is in the crapper from career to relationship, but she’s still sunshine and daffodils. He wants to be alone. She doesn’t mind being alone as long as it’s with him. 😉

But do opposites work in the real world? Or is it just that the differences in the other person bring out the best in us? Say someone doesn’t talk a lot in general but when confronted with the talker finds the confidence to say a little bit more. Or think about that crazy friend of yours that whenever you go out, she’s the first one on the dance floor and keeps trying to get you to come out too. Of course after a few drinks for courage, you join her and have a blast.

Maybe we need opposites in our lives to get us out of our comfort zone and let us expand who we are. Like my dog Lucy and my cat Shade… hmmm… maybe that’s not a good example. They get along okay and even “play” together, but if Shade is getting petted, Lucy butts in. So maybe the opposites also help us develop tolerance and patience.
In books, I love when two people start off butting heads and eventually figure out that they are passionately in love with each other. Of course, mine isn’t enemy to lovers, but I can’t help reading books like that or watching shows or movies like that. Mine is friends to lovers which I find just as fascinating. Especially when that friendship was based on childhood likes and dislikes and now that they are all grown up, besides a shared childhood, what do they have together? Of course even without the dynamics of enemies, the fact that they are opposites should push them away, but then you have little miss sunshine and daffodils (I swear, she’s not that sickening sweet) pulling them back together.

What’s your favorite opposites attract book or movie?
His Small-town Sweetheart

Best Friends…Forever

Twenty years ago, Nicole Baxter left the only home she knew—and the boy who shared all her secrets. Now, with nowhere else to go, she’s back in Tawnee Valley to figure out her next move—and cry on her old friend Sam Ward’s shoulder. Except the gentle dreamer has become a brooding loner who’s gearing up to sell the place he loves most.
When Nikki moved away, Sam lost the best friend he ever had. The beautiful, elegant woman who comes home is a world away from the tomboy with pigtails and skinned knees. And he’s no longer the dreamy kid who believes in happy endings. Until Nikki starts to convince him they share the same dream: a future together right here in their own backyard…

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Between walking her Jack Russell-beagle mix, petting her two cats and driving her two kids all over creation, Amanda Berry writes contemporary romance novels (thanks to a supportive husband). A Midwest girl stuck in the wetlands of South Carolina, she finds inspiration in her small-town upbringing. A list of her current releases and backlist can be found at amanda-berry.com.

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