Today we're thrilled to welcome Lorraine Heath (When the Marquess Falls) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. In romance, we know we get a Happily Ever After, but sometimes that HEA is a little more unique. Lorraine is here today to discuss some of the more unique ways heroes and heroines have found their happy ending. Thanks, Lorraine!
Contains spoilers for Jude Devereaux's A Knight in Shining Armor
Often when I’m speaking with people who aren’t avid romance readers, I find myself explaining that every romance is a love story but not every love story is a romance. A romance must have a Happily Ever After (HEA). Which comes as no surprise to the followers on Heroes and Heartbreakers. But sometimes the HEA isn’t always what we expect.
One of the classics, which I believe exemplifies an unusual HEA, is Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor. In this time travel romance, our modern day heroine, Douglass, travels back to the 16th century where she falls in love with Nicholas, Earl of Thornwyck. While the romance focuses on this couple, the story ends with our heroine on a plane in her own time period while the hero lives out his life in his era. No happily ever after.