The Love Triangle
One of my favorite types of plots in romance is the love triangle. Something about the heroine being courted by two wonderful men has always made for great reading. What woman wouldn’t want two men trying for her affections?
I knew at one point in my writing career I wanted to write a romance with a love triangle, and this was possible with The Claiming of Suzy. When we first meet Suzy Bean in For the Love of Mollie, we’re shown how Suzy has feelings for her good friend JC Mosino. Suzy is wary of acting on her attraction and secret love for JC because she doesn’t want to ruin their relationship. One thing leads to another in The Claiming of Suzy where Suzy and JC have a very steamy encounter together that doesn’t work out very well when all is said and done. To increase the romantic tension, I decided to introduce another man who wants to fight for Suzy’s affections. That lucky man happens to be Suzy’s new boss, the debonair and flirty, Xavier Marks.
Now with a love triangle, you really have to try and show why each man would be perfect for the heroine. Usually the heroine will prefer one of her suitors over the other, or even go as far as testing them both out. Suzy does her own personal taste test with both JC and Xavier, where each brings something special to the table. Very soon Suzy is torn between both men and whom she should choose. I had to make the tough decision who Suzy has her happily ever after with. It was somewhat difficult because both men were just too good to be true, and either one would have made Suzy a very happy lady.
The joys in reading a love triangle is watching the heroine being adored and loved by two men, where she gets the double the pleasure. Suzy definitely has her cake and eats it too with both JC and Xavier, but she’s very much a woman who only wants to be with one man. The fun in reading is seeing who she chooses and why.
And with a love triangle, usually the odd man out will have his own HEA, which leaves open the door where he will most likely have his own story and find that special lady he can have all to himself.
Are you a fan of a love triangle in romances? If so, what are some of your all-time favorite romance love triangles? Mine has always been Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. GoTeam Heathcliff!
Bio: KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well-known book reviewer and blogger who doesn't shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and known for writing "out of the box" romances. KT has been quoted in such publications as the Romance Writers Associations’ Romance Writers Report and Night Owl Reviews. She has also been mentioned in the Guardian UK, Publisher's Weekly's Beyond the Book and at Bookseller.com.