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Not Your Typical Love Story

// Author: Jordan Locke // 10 Comments

My books tend to have intricate plots and a lot of complications. Oftentimes the characters are put in uncomfortable situations, such as being forced to relocate, grieving a loss or being pursued by the protagonist, which can make romance problematic. This may be their first real relationship, even their first kiss. Jumping full speed into a love scene makes little sense.

I’ll use The Hunger Games for example. The relationship between Katniss and Peeta is complicated, to say the least. They are fighting for their lives, and on camera to boot. It makes perfect sense that their kissing scene is awkward and their relationship strained.

In my novel The Only Boy, Taylor is hiding his identity. He’s lost his family and friends. He’s been thrown into an unfamiliar and potentially hostile environment. Add to this the fact that he’s never really had a girlfriend, and I’m sure you can see how new relationships would be difficult.

Mary, his love interest, is strong-willed. With only women living in her compound and with a constant fear of disease, interactions are discouraged, even forbidden. She has never even met a boy and is confused by her feelings for Taylor. This often leads to misunderstandings and, at times, distrust.

Mary and Taylor’s relationship is far from perfect. They have different upbringings and conflicting desires. They aren’t always nice to each other. Oftentimes, they act in ways that may come off as cold or even mean. In my opinion, this makes them more real.

If you’re looking for a breezy romance, where everything is flowers and fireworks from the start, The Only Boy may not be right for you. If you enjoy complicated stories, however, books in which the characters have to work through their problems and fight for their right to be together, maybe you should give The Only Boy a look.

Tell me in the comment section: Do you prefer books with complex relationships?

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  1. Jordan Locke - February 18, 2014 1:39 am

    Please post a comment.

  2. Katarina - February 18, 2014 3:52 am

    I definitely usually enjoy romances that are a little more complex otherwise they just get too predictable. If a relationship just jumps straight into the serious stuff and skips that awkward first stage (especially if it’s someone’s first relationship) it’s just not realistic or enjoyable to read. You have to have that building up of a relationship and it sounds like your book, The Only Boy has that so I’m looking forward to reading it.

  3. Jordan Locke - February 26, 2014 2:19 am

    Yes, skipping the awkward stage doesn’t make sense, especially in Young Adult novels. Thanks for the comment, and I hope you like the book!

  4. James - March 23, 2014 12:14 pm

    Books where the relationships undergo trials and are beset with complex situations are of interest to me, I do however like to have an insight into why it does or doesn’t work as sometimes, the point of view of one or more of the characters can be left out and the resulting situation can be difficult to understand. Maybe that’s just my life experiences bleeding into what I like to see in fiction as that’s not true in life. Looking forward to reading your book! Ordered it today.

    • Jordan Locke - March 31, 2014 12:57 am

      Thanks, James. Although I always have a reason why my characters act the way they do, sometimes I’ll only hint at it, allowing the reader to figure it out rather than stating it outright. Hopefully, if I’ve done my job right, they understand.

      Thanks for picking up the book. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Shawntay - March 26, 2014 2:12 am

    I like books that don’t end the way you expect. It makes it more relatable to real life since life never turns out the way you want or need it to.

  6. Jordan Locke - March 31, 2014 1:00 am

    I like unexpected endings, too. Plot twists throughout the book can also keep you guessing and make for an engaging read.

  7. Paula - April 2, 2014 2:00 pm

    Complex love stories are my personal favourite. The awkwardness of the first times are always fun to read plus, it allows the characters to slowly mature and figure out their own feelings.
    I’m really looking forward to reading your book although getting my hands on it seems to be quite tricky (Living in Australia and all). I’ve got a question, if I may, is it a standalone or will there be more books?

  8. Fiona the Great - August 23, 2014 6:02 pm

    I prefer complex relationships – it makes for a better story, in my opinion.

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