Red. The color of blood. Of roses, carnations, rubies, and the heart. The big V–Valentine’s Day. Celebrated with candy hearts and chocolates, and always associated with red.
Red is passion, an explosion of color. You can’t be blah with red. Angry, sure. Sexy, bring it on. But nothing so bland as pastel blah.Red is a primary color, primal, carnal, visceral.
I love the concept of love, in all its forms. I think the most romantic scene that stays with me is watching an elderly couple walk hand in hand, and hearing that they’ve celebrated sixty Valentine’s Days together. Or watching two women or two men sit in a public restaurant and gaze lovingly at one another without being thrown out or mocked simply because they happen to be same sex couples in love.Or that teenage couple who moons at one another. The boy’s voice is embarrassingly high and he laughs too loud at her jokes. The girl uses too much cover-up to conceal the fact her face is breaking out, and her braced gleam in the candlelight. Yet to each other, no one else exists, and their young love burns with a bright energy.
Romance aside, let’s not forget the carnal aspect to romantic love. (I know, I’m keeping this PG.) But physical intimacy can be a true expression of a deepening emotional bond, a showcase of love amidst rose petals, silk sheets, and happy sounds. I love you means so much more when accompanied by a soft kiss.
To enter to win, simply write about your best Valentine’s Day in the comments. It can be funny, sad, happy, annoying, or embarrassing, but it has to be RED–full of color, full of passion, even the angry kind. Nothing blah on V-Day.
Owen Stallbridge is a powerful psychic who’s done his share of jobs for the government. He’s a millionaire and secret agent trying to segue out of his wet work assignments. The silent partner in the PowerUp! Gym, he normally lets his buddy Jack command the psychics working there. Owen has his hands full running his multi-million dollar empire and trying to keep an eye on Ian Ryder, a forger, a con man, a criminal too sexy for his own good. But now Owen’s life is on the line. An old enemy has returned, and it’s up to Owen to handle him before innocents are harmed. He’ll need Ian’s help to run the enemy down, that’s if he can trust the thief. Ian is smart, sexy, and vulnerable–all Owen wants in a partner and all that he desires in a man. But Ian refuses to trust. He won’t make it easy for Owen to claim him. With time running out, they have to take a chance on each other if they want to survive the looming danger. And Owen will have to believe in the man who’s stolen his heart.