Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day (Editors)

The Pink Heart Society Editors are here to wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day, and to chat about our most memorable romantic moments...

Whether you're spending it with a significant other, out dancing the night away with friends or curled up with a category romance, we hope you have a wonderful day!

Ali Williams ~ My fiance regularly argues that he's the least romantic person you could ever meet.  He's fairly adamant about it.  I disagree.  Despite my penchant for overly-dramatic HEAs in the books I read, it's the little things that keep me happy.  

It's the MP3 player he bought for me one Christmas, and filled with love songs that reminded him of me.  It's the time he recorded himself singing Soft Kitty from The Big Bang Theory when I was ill, to make me laugh.  And it's the shelf he gave me - the way other boyfriends give their girlfriends a drawer - so that I could keep a collection of romance novels at his place.

We moved into our new flat this week, and are accordingly pretty broke, so Valentine's Day this year will comprise of cards, a dinner we'll share the cooking of, and curling up on the sofa together to watch Sons of Anarchy.

He doesn't seem to think that any of the above is romantic enough to be worth mentioning, but I think that in books, it's those little moments that make a romance novel worth reading.  And for me, it's those little moments that I find the most romantic.

Michelle Styles -- When you have been married for nearly 27 years, sometimes the romantic moments morph into the most loved moments or when your heart strings are tugged again and again. Some of staying married is the ability to fall in love with the same person over and over. The person you marry is not the person who you wake up with two decades down the line.

My favourite romantic moment  is probably when my husband asked me to marry him. He had decided to take me for a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, expressing shock that a native of the San Francisco Bay Are had never actually walked over the bridge. I didn't understand why he was so nervous until half way across and he asked. I said yes. I totally had not seen it coming. We married two years later.

Then there was the day we brought our first born home and I discovered that he had had the decorators in and had our bedroom redone (my one attempt at wallpapering had been dismal failure -- the wallpaper kept coming off and he decided I didn't need to have that worry). He had chosen a paper that he knew I loved.

Or when I was ill in hospital and he bought a magnolia so that when I got home, I could see it in bloom.

I suspect the most romantic thing I have ever done is to leave my friends and family and travel half way around the world to make a new life with my husband. It is only with 27 years hindsight, I see what an enormous leap of faith that was!

Like Ali thought, I love the little gestures which say hey I care. You are the most important person in the world to me. 

Jeannie WattYou know those laconic alpha heroes in the old school Harlequins? The ones that don’t talk much and never talk about feelings? Well, my husband tends to channel those guys.  I know he loves me because he cooks for me and makes sure I have my writing time and gets all protective when it’s called for.

We work together, and at a yearly training (one of those share-your-feelings kind that makes people who don’t care to share feelings cringe) the staff had to talk about who they admired and why. I, of course, explained that I admired Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. I had some good reasons, beyond the fact that he’s pretty hot.

I expected my husband to give his usual minimal, yet amusingly wry, response to the question, because he really hates this kind of stuff. Instead, there in public, my guy announced that I was the person he admired most. He actually backed it up with a few heart melting sentences, the kind that made me wish I hadn’t chosen Alex Smith as my most admired person, but who would have guessed? 

Those who don’t know my husband might not think this is a big deal, but trust me, it’s huge. A public declaration from a private person is my most romantic moment.
Have you got any special romantic moments that you'd like to share with us?  Are you a fan of the little things or the big gestures?


  1. Thanks for the moment sharing.

    I'm a fan of little things. I started the computer today and found new wallpaper. A picture of us in a heart with an arrow through it. Then we made a big stew that will last a few days. It's yummy the first day but gets yummier until it's gone.

    I tried on a couple of pairs of jeans on Friday as I desperately needed a new pair . My husband bought both pairs for me. I love jeans that fit comfortably.

  2. That sounds like a lovely romantic gesture from your husband, Kaelee.