There is something so achingly wonderful about remembered heartbreak, isn’t there? Or maybe not. Maybe remembering that guy wakes up your inner Al Capone. I have an ex-boyfriend. It was the whole schmere—first love (for me, anyway), first relationship out of college. Figured we’d get married and all that good stuff.
But no. Can you believe it? The guy broke my heart! Oh, the urge to swear in Italian is so strong right now, ever after all these years. Even though we really weren’t that happy together the last, er…18 months of our two-year relationship. Even though I’m married to the best guy in the world who is also a firefighter AND cooks for me!
But still. That old boyfriend—let’s call him Ruprecht, shall we?—he broke! my! heart! I hope he Googles me once in a while and sees how FABULOUS I am! (He probably doesn’t.)
I guess it was inevitable that I’d write a book about facing down your ex. In Your Dreams features Emmaline Neal in an unenviable predicament. She has to go to her ex-fiancé’s wedding to the other woman. Why? Because their families are friends. Because if she didn’t go, it’d be worse. Because maybe, finally, she can get some closure.
And who better to escort her to that wedding than Jack Holland? Jack’s ex has made a reappearance as well, right after Jack gained nationwide attention for rescuing four boys from a submerged car. She wants to get back together, which is not a possibility. A wedding in Malibu? Sounds great to Jack. He’d love the chance to get away from all that unwanted adoration, from his ex-wife and everyone else. He’s been a wedding date before. He has three sisters. He knows the drill.
Both Jack and Em are going to find out just how much hold the past has on them, and how a failed relationship can make you a better person, scars and all. After all, I was better for having loved and been dumped by Ruprecht. The truth is, he was a very nice guy. The mistakes I made in that relationship—and the mistakes he made—allowed me to want better for and of myself. I’ve been very happily married to McIrish for 23 years now.
But if I ever see Rupie again, my hair better be perfect that day.
Got a story about your ex? Are you on good terms, or would your eye start twitching if you ran into him today?
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