Guest post: How to Solve a Love Triangle by Erin Nicholas + Giveaway

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I am extremely happy to welcome back to BLI one of my alltime favourite contemporary romance authors, the wonderful Erin Nicholas, who is celebrating the release of her latest novel Everything You’ve Got! As I’ve told you countless times Erin’s books are outstanding not only due to her fantastic characterizations and the sexy love stories, but due to her making her secondary characters, family and friend relationships such a pivotal part of the romance, and of course the extraordinary humour she infuses her stories with! So here is your chance to read about a behind the scenes secret and win yourself a copy of her latest book Everything You’ve Got! Please give Erin the warmest welcome! 🙂

How to Solve a Love Triangle

I hate love triangles in books and movies. Well, that’s not completely true. Two guys being in love with the same girl definitely sets the story up for a lot of angst and what woman doesn’t like the fantasy of two guys fighting over her? 😉

But at some point, the situation has to be resolved, right? When this is another author’s problem or a movie director’s worry, I don’t like it, but it doesn’t keep me up at night. But when I suddenly had a love triangle on my hands (yeah, it wasn’t intentional—that’s a whole other story) I had to figure out what to do about it.

In my mind, here were the options:
1. Kill one of the guys off (yeah, I write romance—and not romantic suspense—so the killing thing wasn’t going to work for me)
2. Turn it into a ménage relationship (I love to read this, but don’t write these so that was off the list too)
3. Have the girl decide to be a lesbian and dump both guys (a fine option, but not really my genre)
4. Have the girl decide to enter the convent and give her life to God (which is also a totally fine option… and a totally different kind of book)
5. Have the girl choose. Which, of course, leads to heart break for the other guy. Which, I hate. But yeah… that was the only one that really fit my genre and writing so… dammit, that’s what I had to do.

However, being completely addicted to happily ever afters and having a tendency to love all my characters—even the guy who wasn’t the guy—I found a way around the heartbreak (for all of us!) I gave the other guy a true love of his own!

You first meet Luke Hamilton in Anything You Want. He’s the driven, has-his-whole-life-mapped-out guy who has assumed for years that he’d end up with Sabrina (the heroine of Anything You Want). But her falling in love with Luke’s best friend put a, ahem, little wrinkle in his plan. Yep, Luke’s the “other guy”.

But never fear! I didn’t have to kill him! He and Marc were not into the ménage thing and Sabrina really isn’t the convent—or lesbian—type but I found a solution.

That solutions name is Kat (short for Katarina). She’s the woman who’s been Luke’s friend for years… and who’s secretly wanted him the whole time.

So, even while Luke’s plans all go to hell in Anything You Want, I was smiling through it all. Because I knew that Everything You’ve Got was coming!

Now, I won’t lie. Even with Kat in the picture it wasn’t a piece of cake. She’s got… a few issues 😉 She’s in love with Luke but it took them a little while to figure things out. Still, it was all worthwhile. No more third wheels or triangles or the need to suddenly drastically alter someone’s lifestyle. Whew!

I hope you’ll check out how Luke gets the girl of his dreams!

And to celebrate the release of Everything You’ve Got I’m giving away a copy of the book to one commenter! Just tell me how you feel about love triangles—love ‘em, hate ‘em, ever been in one yourself :-D?

Everything You’ve Got

“I want you all to myself,” he said huskily, drawing his thumb along her bottom lip and making ribbons of heat swirl through her. Then he grinned. “And I want to be all you have to think about, see and…do for a few days.”

She took a step back from him. A big step. “Whoa. This all sounds… You want to…” Too many thoughts were tumbling through her mind. “I get it. You’re trying to cram months of dating into a few days on a road trip. What are we going to do first when we get back—order the wedding cake or pick out the china pattern we want?” She turned and stomped toward the door. Of course this couldn’t just be sex. Of course he couldn’t just focus on the no-panties thing. This was Luke. He always had a plan and he knew nothing about not getting his way.

He sighed. “Don’t be ridiculous. Marc will make the cake, so obviously we’ll pick china out first.”
She swung back to face him, prepared to tell him what he could do with the cake, but the heat in his eyes stopped her words. He reached up and unknotted his tie as he started forward. “Turn around.”
Something in his tone, or in his eyes, or both made her heart kick against her chest. The air heated as he approached and she felt her breathing quicken.

He slid his tie free from his collar and unbuttoned the top button of his shirt.

Okay, clothing being removed was good.

“Turn around?” she repeated even as she turned. Hey, this was Luke Hamilton and he was taking stuff off.
She was very okay with that.

“Now just hold still.”

No problem. As long as he shut up about Nashville—and well, maybe everything. He needed to use his mouth in other ways.

“Close your eyes,” he said, his lips against her ear.

She did, shivering a little though she was feeling anything but cold.

Then she felt the brush of silk against her cheek and felt him slide what she assumed to be his tie over her eyes. She was sure of it as she felt the gentle tug of him tying the ends behind her head.

“Uh, Luke?”


“Did you just blindfold me?”


“You’re actually blindfolding me?”


Her heart sped up. Okay, now they were moving in the direction she wanted.

“It’s very likely I’ll peek,” she told him.

“I’m sure you’re right.”

Then he leaned in.

Kat felt her breath catch and she felt herself drift closer to him, seeking his heat.

“This will fix that.”

But she didn’t ask what he was talking about because his lips met the back of her neck. Tingles spread quickly. She found herself wanting more, tipping her head forward to be sure he knew she was fine with this. His response was to slide his hands down her arms bringing her hands behind her back. Then his tongue licked a spot behind her ear and she lost track of anything else.

A moment later, she felt the cold metal of the handcuffs click around her wrists.

She couldn’t have really explained to anyone how it happened. It was fast and smooth.

She tugged on her wrists. “What are you doing?”

“Handcuffing you.”

“What is going on?” she demanded, trying to sound annoyed.

She didn’t think she pulled it off. She sounded breathless and turned on. Which made sense since that was exactly what she was.

Suddenly she felt him move in front of her and the next thing she knew her world tipped—literally—and she was being carried over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes.

“Whatever I want,” he said putting a big palm on her right butt cheek.

Yeah, she couldn’t argue with that assessment of the situation.

Oh, sure, she could scream, kick, run, try to get away. But then she might actually get away which, she was honest enough to admit, was the last thing she really wanted.

Twenty minutes later she’d changed her mind.

She was handcuffed to a chair in the kitchen area of Sabrina and Marc’s RV.
Luke sat in the driver’s seat. Driving. Away from Justice.
She’d tried everything to get him to free her. She’d even offered him a blow job.
He’d turned the radio up at that point and hadn’t turned it down since.
She saw the sign for Martinsburg—he’d removed the blindfold as soon as she was secured to the chair—so she knew they were headed east.

Finally she sighed. Whatever he had planned, he was winning so far. The farther they got from Justice the lower her chances were of hitchhiking back or calling for a ride.

“Are you going to tell me where we’re going at least?” she yelled over Green Day’s latest hit.
He leaned forward and lowered the volume. “Nashville.” Apparently he could hear better than he’d let on.
Then she focused on what he’d said. Nashville? Well, of course they were going to Nashville.
Son of a bitch. She tugged on the bindings at her wrists. He was kidnapping her to Nashville.

Everything You’ve Got by Erin Nicholas
A girl, a guy, a set of handcuffs… What more could happily ever after possibly need?

Anything & Everything, Book 2

Luke Hamilton’s requirements for the perfect woman are straightforward: live, work and play in his beloved hometown—and get along with his mother. Dr. Kat Dayton’s got it all. And Luke’s noticed. It’s obvious to him that his long-time friend belongs with him, especially after the world-rocking kiss she lays on him at his birthday party.

While Kat can’t deny she’s imagined a kiss like that—and more—for years, she’s less convinced they’re destined for happily ever after. Still, Luke figures that’s nothing a friendly kidnapping and a three-day road trip won’t fix.

Kat would love to let Luke in, but if he discovers the truth—that committee meetings bore her to tears and she’d rather have a root-canal than go to another potluck—his white-picket-fence dreams will be crushed.

Being stuck in an RV with Luke should be three days of flirtatious fun, but for Kat it’s heavenly hell. The close confines and good old-fashioned lust are making a mockery of her perfect-woman façade, and if he finds out about the mistake that might cost her job—and force her to leave town for good—it’ll take more than a sexy pair of handcuffs to keep him close.

Warning: Contains a man who’s willing to do anything for the perfect woman, an RV and surprise road-trip to help him prove it, and a woman who’s wondering just what the hell she’s gotten into.

Erin Nicholas has been reading and writing romantic fiction since her mother gave her a romance novel in high school and she discovered happily-ever-after suddenly went a little beyond glass slippers and fairy godmothers! She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

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Erin has generously offered an ebook copy of Everything You’ve Got to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the post and answer Erin’s question: how you feel about love triangles—love ‘em, hate ‘em, ever been in one yourself?
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is opento all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, April 7th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • aurian March 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for the guestpost Erin, and congrats on the new release! I don’t really like love triangle’s, especially when they are drawn out over multiple books. Like the Hannah Swendsen series. But two guys both wanting the same girl and have to court her, well, that is fine. May the best man win and everything.

  • miki March 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    thanks you for this post and conf-grats for your new release. I guess my thought are quite the same as aurian . Two guy having to court a girla nd she choose that doesn’t bother me at all.
    I don’t remember having read a book with a love triangle yet ( i mean in a series of books

  • Erin Nicholas March 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Hi Aurian and Miki! Thanks for stopping! May the best man win is the perfect way to sum it up! *g* I think the angst between the three people could definitely get tiring after awhile. Definitely a one book thing for me too. That’s why Luke just needed to move on– with Kat! *g*

  • Tanya C March 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I love your resoning/options behind how to work a love triangle because they make complete sense and sound exactly like my thoughts. I like to read the menage(not something I could do) ,I don’t want anyone to die and well no convents. There seem to be a lot of love triangles lately in books, some I like and can see the problem and others I am like WHY are you even having a problem picking. These stories sound great, thanks for doing a guest post, I enjoy finding new authors.

  • StacieD March 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve never been in a love triangle, thank goodness. I’m not sure how I would deal with that. I would hate to have to choose. Love triangles are one of my favorite romance tropes. The story is complicated and emotional. I like to see how all of the characters come to terms with their feelings. It can be a rough journey but I like knowing there will be a HEA at the end.

  • Arianne March 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    love/hate love triangles. I love it coz it’s kind of exciting 🙂
    hate it coz I feel bad for the person that doesn’t get the happy ending… So then I start wishing the author would write a spinoff giving that person the happy ending they deserve.

    email: cruz042 at

  • Viki S. March 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I’m okay with love triangles. Sometimes they’re a ton of fun other times they annoy me. Especially if one of the individuals obviously doesn’t fit. I’ve never been in one :).


  • Kim B March 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Even if you don’t like love triangles, I think you’ll enjoy both of these books. There is a difference between falling for two men type of triangle and what you’ll find in Anything You Want. It’s complicated, yes. But in a “tug at your heart strings” kind of way. Read it. You’ll love it and it will make Everything You’ve Got a joy to read.

  • elaing8 March 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Congrats on the new release.And great post.I like reading stories about love triangles.But no I have not been in one.Looking forward to reading this.

  • Jen B. March 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I love the classic love triangle. It has to be done properly not like a drepressed girl, a vamp and a werewolf. Just sayin’! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • June March 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    In books I love a good love triangle. I do have to agree though that the vamp should not sparkle, lol. I like my vampires sexy, alpha, and a little dangerous, save the sparkles for jewelry.
    I have never been in a love triangle. They play out great in fiction, probably much less so in real life.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  • Erin Nicholas March 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Aw, thanks Kim! Jen B.– lmao! I totally agree! 🙂 I agree with everyone that love triangles are a lot better when they’re happening to someone else! lol

  • Tamsyn March 22, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I don’t like love triangles because it means that someone will lose out. I absolutely must have HEA in my romances so this will be a no no. I would prefer that it ends up a menage or something as long as everyone is happy at the end!

  • Victoria Zumbrum March 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love love triangles in stories. They make the story very interesting. I have never been in a love triangle before. Please enter me in contest.

  • Yadira A. March 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I love love triangles:) It makes the romantic tension and character plotlines that much more interesting. They can be frustrating especially if I like both male leads, but they can add alot to a story or series. Sadly I am still waiting for my own love triangle to happen… maybe one day:)

  • Cathy M March 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I tend to pass on the angst myself, but I do have a soft spot for a sexy menage with a committed relationship, especially, m/f/m.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • Marika Weber March 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I have both books so I don’t need to be entered. I do NOT like love triangles at all. I agree with Cathy, I love a great menage where they are committed. Don’t write a book with menage in it and then bam…someone gets left because you want to write another book about the one that got hurt. Errrrr…. *end rant*


  • Erin Nicholas March 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    LOL I love everyone has such strong feelings– whichever way you go! Just want to be sure to say that I will *always* write HEA! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing comments!!

  • IdentitySeeker March 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I keep waiting to get tired of love triangles, but I haven’t as yet. I mean, isn’t it flattering if a girl has more than one guy vying for her attention? I think love triangles add more to a romance, because it forces the male love interests to up their game and the heroine benefits from it all *wide grin*.


    sarah DOT setar AT gmail DOT com

  • bn100 March 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds very good. I’ve never been in a triangle, but I like reading about them.


  • Joanne B March 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the guest post, blurb and excerpt. I’ve never been a love triangle before but I do love reading about them.

    Joanne B

  • Luisa March 26, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I hate love triangles and can’t seem to escape them lately….no matter what freaking book I read. Starting to wish option 6 would happen, and that both guys would dump the girl and move on with their lives. Then the epilogue could show the lead female living the rest of her life in regret after dragging 2 guys heart’s through the dirt.

  • Jenn H March 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    What a great excerpt – makes me really want to read the book now!!

    As for love triangles… I love reading about them as the angst on the page can really motivate the characters and result in some amazing situations and declarations. I don’t mind menage situations or straight romance where one character meets the love of their life after being with someone else. However, in real life I think that love triangles are far more messy and usually end in heartbreak for everyone. The guilt factor in a love triangle in real life is so high that no one ends up feeling happy and satisfied.

    Must be why I like reading about them so much instead – everyone gets a chance at a HEA in between the pages of a book 🙂


  • Justine March 30, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Speaking from personal experience, I’m not a fan of love triangles. They can be fun to read about in fiction, but they’re too angsty in real life.

    By the way, I <3 this part of the author's bio: "She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!)."

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