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A Time for Romance…
I don’t like the winter—okay, I love snow and I like Christmas, but that’s it. I grew up in the north of England where it seemed as though the sun rarely shone and it rained most of the time. I headed south as soon as I could, and I’ve finally settled in the mountains in southern Spain, overlooking the Mediterranean. But we still get a definite winter—even some snow—and it’s always a relief when spring comes.
And right now, spring is here; the almond trees are in blossom, you can almost see things growing, and soon the mountains will be coored scarlet with wild poppies.
Lots of romance novels take place in the spring, because spring really is the season of love. The year is still young and stretching out ahead of us, everything is bursting into life. It’s a time of new beginnings, and there’s a feeling that anything is possible.
Yes, it might be corny–but I reckon love really is in the air in springtime.
So spring is the time for romantic gestures and visiting romantic places. We used to travel a lot, and spring was always a time when I got itchy feet. So I thought I’d share a few of the romantic places I’ve visited in the springtime.
· One of the most romantic views I’ve ever shared with my husband was while sitting in the red fort in Agra, watching the sun set over the Taj Mahal. The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, built the Taj Mahal in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal—how romantic is that?
· Paris – my husband (still to be at that point) first took me to Paris for my 21st birthday. It was April, and it rained. Anywhere that can be romantic in the rain has to be a winner.
· Venice—how about a trip to the beautiful romantic city of Venice. Sit, drinking wine in an outdoor café in St Mark’s Square, then take a gondola ride on the canals.
· We lived in the south of Scotland for a while, and whenever we could, we’d go up into the highlands. It’s a beautiful place, especially in the spring when the mountains and moors are carpeted in wild flowers.
There are loads more places I’ve only read about, that I would love to visit in the springtime: Okinawa to see the cherry blossom, Rome, Athens…
So if you could whisk your loved one off for a romantic spring break, somewhere you’ve read about in a romance novel, where would you go?
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Seduction by any means necessary…
Olivia Brent is happy with her quiet life in the country, until the imminent loss of her home forces her to embark on a search for her estranged father. Catapulted into a world of criminals and totally out of her depth, Olivia is rescued by the stunningly gorgeous and enigmatic billionaire Luc Severino.
Luc has never considered himself a knight in shining armor, and if he had been, then Jimmy Brent’s daughter was the last person he would choose to rescue. But Olivia is the key to finding her father, and Luc is willing to use any methods available, including blackmail, to persuade Olivia to help him find Jimmy and finally put the past behind him.
And if blackmail doesn’t gain her total cooperation, then perhaps a little seduction will…
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.