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Cougar romances. A steamy story about an older woman and her boy toy, or toys as the case may be. I get that. For decades, we romance readers have been consuming tales of rich 40-something tycoons sweeping 20 year old poor, virginal, preschool teachers off their feet. Now it’s time for a little reversal, and given the differences in sexual peaks and the like that they say are at play, cougar romances make perfect sense. I even wrote one, Good for the Goose, and am unapologetic about it. It was great fun!

When I was younger, I had a thing about older, wiser, more mature heroes, but as I age, I can see the advantages of younger men. One has to admit, it’s a hot concept – all that youthful energy, and no back problems, Viagra, or emotional baggage. Sounds like a fun time, no?

However, my Valentine’s Day book, V-Day… I admit that I struggle with this label. I see why people would describe it this way. Daniel, my main character, is just 19, and a virgin, and he falls for the independent woman next door, Bronwyn, who is clearly more experienced than he. While Daniel is a studious, young violinist, Bronwyn is a sporty physiotherapist, as athletic as he is cerebral, which further places him at her mercy – but not against his will!

But, I’m not sure if I’m ready to label a 27 year old woman a “cougar” for dating a 19 year old. I don’t think a 27 year old man would be called a “dirty old man” for dating a 19 year old woman, would he? At what point do you think the cougar label applies? Is it more about the age of the woman, or the gap between her and her young male paramour?

In any case, I am not sure a woman under thirty, with only an eight year age gap, really falls into the cougar category.

VD BCSo, here’s where I am at with V-Day. Is it possible that Bronwyn, while not really a cougar, is an alpha female? Is such a thing conceivable? She’s not “manly,” but she is determined, confident, strong, and in control; all of the things Daniel is not in the beginning of the story. Daniel laments the attraction that thuggish alpha males seem to have for women, who then relegate him to the “friend bin” for being a nice guy. It makes sense, then, that Bronwyn discovers that opposites attract for a reason, and their differences end up complimenting each other.

Well, cougar romance, or alpha female, whatever you wish to call it, V-Day is all about thinking creatively and answering the door when opportunity knocks. And it doesn’t have a single rich tycoon.



Synopsis: It all started with a serenade . . .

A family like Daniel’s and the solitary pursuit of musical excellence is enough to make a young man crazy. No wonder all Daniel Vouks dreams of is getting away. He knows his violin will take him places in life, but the only place he really wants to be is next door. He’s been in love with his neighbor since he was fourteen, but can he ever make her see him as more than just a lovesick kid?

V-Day is the story of a Valentine’s Day weekend Daniel fears he may regret, but will never, ever forget.



About The Author:

Anne Holly is a Canadian writer of romance and erotic-romance, as well as a mother and teacher. You may visit Anne at her blog or website, or find her on GoodReadsFacebook and Twitter  (@anneholly2010).

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For more information about her Valentine’s Day erotic romantic comedy, V-Day, please see her holiday stories website: http://annehollyholiday.webs.com/valentinesdaytales.htm