by Heather Long
When I wrote my first one-night stand last November, I asked myself the question of why would this couple need Madame Eve? Why would any couple actually need a Madame Eve to hook them up?
Not every one-night stand ends as a happily ever after, in fact—in life as in fiction—the one night stand is usually just that. One night of carnal freedom to either be someone else or be yourself with no expectations of tomorrow. In many ways, this is a very liberating event. You can spend the night with a perfect someone whose only interest is mutual pleasure, pack up in the morning and walk away—no fuss, no muss.
Guys do it all the time, but could a woman really do that? These are the questions I ask myself each time I sit down to write a new adventure for Madame Eve’s clients, particularly in my Always a Marine series.
- Rebecca, Once Her Man, Always Her Man - Rebecca agreed to the set up by her business partner because sheÕd lost all interest in romantic relationships never having found anyone that could take LukeÕs place in her heart. She didnÕt really expect anything to happen, least of all the love of her life to walk in.
- Jazz, Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here - Jazz is a Marine. She serves her country, works hard and is one of the toughest guys in her field. She wants a one night stand, because she just wants to fulfill a fantasy, be feminine for a night, and celebrate being alive before she heads out into the field.
- Lauren, Tell It to the Marine - Lauren was an actress, disillusioned with Hollywood and the empty relationships. She had her agent sign her up, and took advantage of the chance to meet a real man. She wanted just a good time, a real moment in time that belonged to her.
- Helena, Proud to Serve Her - Helena was one of those geniuses, who finished high school and college early and then launched into a power career. But she was so busy building her life, she forgot to live it and when she found herself spending her twenty-ninth birthday alone, enough was enough. She wanted a one night stand to reconnect with the life she could have had.
- Shannon, Her Marine - Shannon actually broke a lot of rules for me, I am not fond of rape as a trope in a story for obvious reasons, but in ShannonÕs case - she literally doesnÕt remember the event. She knows it happened, but she was out and the guy was never caught. So itÕs not fear she lives with, but a sense of shame and loss of control. For her, the one night stand is about taking back her passion, facing her fear head on and freeing herself.
Each of these women have a very different journey they take, but they are all clients of Madame Eve and each experiences a happily for now - if not a happily ever after and for some, that happily for now is all they need.
What reasons would you like to see for a woman exploring in a one-night stand? I'll pick a random comment (leave your email address!) and give away one of my books of your choice!