Romantic Suspense and Thriller

In The Dark By Sally Eggert

Friday, April 11, 2014

Love Triangles

Have you ever been torn between two men? Two loves, each powerful enough to potentially eclipse the other? I can honestly say I’ve never had that experience, and it’s hard for me to imagine how it could be possible. My experience of love is of something complete, exclusive, and all-encompassing. But the idea of a love triangle is a popular one in fiction and other art forms, and I have to admit to finding it fascinating. When my novel In the Dark begins, the main character, Josie, has two men in her life—one she wants but doesn’t trust, and swears she will never love, and another whom she trusts with her life, but who hasn’t yet made much progress trying to capture her heart. I guess this is the version of a love triangle I can imagine—one in which the person choosing between two others is conflicted, and not quite ready to say the L word about either one.

Josie’s not really trying to figure it out, or particularly hoping that either of them will be her soul mate. She thinks she knows what she has to do, and that she will skip town and leave them both in the dust when she has done it. After all, they each take a turn making her feel safe one minute, and scared for her life the next. She’s ready to run. She doesn’t believe in soul mates anymore, anyway, and the idea that she could have real feelings for a guy again after the mother of all bad break-ups is, to her, the best reason of all to stay away from both of them. And yet she feels drawn to something about each of them. Johnny is funny, affectionate, and—let’s face it—awesome in bed. Peter is calm, in control, sensitive, and trustworthy. And he looks like a particularly handsome menswear catalog model. There’s not a lot of overlap between their good qualities, but maybe that’s what makes the dilemma possible in the first place.

It’s not until push really comes to shove and lives are at stake that Josie is forced out of her own head enough to be able to tell what she really feels. Who will she run to when everything is on the line? That’s when she realizes that how each guy measured up on paper was a red herring all along. How she really feels—or doesn’t—is all that matters. The rest is just window dressing. So maybe “love triangle” is a little bit of a misnomer. Maybe they are only made possible by the absence or suppression of love, when someone is trying to choose between two people neither of whom they truly love, or when the head barges in and confuses the heart.

What do you think? Is it possible to truly love two people at the same time? Or is having trouble making a choice a warning sign that love isn’t really what’s at stake? One lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win an e-copy of In the Dark. Good luck!

In the Dark Blurb:

A woman drawn into a dangerous game. A man who may not be what he seems. Passion raises the stakes in Sally Eggert’s electrifying novel of deception and desire.

Josie Nielsen’s anonymous life as a bartender is a world away from her classified job at a covert agency—and the terrifying night she was almost killed for her country’s secrets. That was the night Josie found out the hard way that no one had her back, especially not the man she thought she loved. But she’s pulled back in when her new boyfriend becomes the target of a government drug sting.

A sexy, laid-back barfly, Johnny Boyer is the kind of guy Josie can count on . . . to disappear before things get too complicated. But after she learns that Johnny is part of a major international trafficking operation, Josie can’t let him out of her sight. And yet even as she plunges into the mortal danger that surrounds Johnny, her attraction to him burns hotter than ever. She just isn’t sure whether she’s falling for a ruthless, cold-blooded criminal or the only man she’s ever met worth trusting with her life.

About Sally:

Sally Eggert first began writing romance as an escape from law school. She is a two-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest and a member of RWA, Washington Romance Writers, the Golden Network, and the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood. She lives in Paris with her husband and spends her free time playing the violin, knitting, and daydreaming every single day. To find out more, visit www.sallyeggert.com, or find her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sallyeggert) and Twitter (@SallyEggert).