There I was sitting at Borders in Tacoma, minding my own business, watching the tumbleweeds move passed the magazine section, when this clean cut young man sauntered up to the table. It had been dead in the store for the last hour or so and I was contemplating the long trip back to Portland, so I was completely surprised when he grabbed not a copy of Starsight (which young men usually grab), but a copy of The Centurion & The Queen.
I looked up at him and said, “Just to warn you, that’s a romance.”
He shot a quick smile my way and went back to reading the back of the book, not an embarrassed bone in his body.
A couple of ladies came up to the table and I got distracted. When I looked back, the young man was gone, so I didn’t think much more of it until I heard a voice off to my side.
“Cool story. I love Roman history,” he said, still holding the copy of the book.
“Me, too. The book is actually written from the Roman’s point of view and a couple of the fight scene were choreographed by ARMA,” I said, trying to justify why a man would want to read it.
“I’m a soldier,” he said and my heart paused a moment. “I’m stationed at Fort Lewis, but I’m shipping out next week to Iraq.” He handed me the book. “Can you sign this for me?”
“Sure. Who do you want me to make it out to,” I said thinking it was for his girlfriend or wife.
“Make it out to me. My name’s Kevin,” he said boldly.
Impressed by his audacity, I took the book from him, wrote Thank you for what you do, signed it, then handed it back to him. “Here’s my card; if you’ll send me your address, I’ll make sure you get some other books. I just want to tell you how much I appreciate what you do.”
“Thanks.” He flashed that wonderful smile at me again and turned to go pay for his book.
As he left, I guess I got something in my eyes; they were leaking a bit. I stopped them with a quick wipe and went onto the next reader.
Just goes to show you that romance is not only for women…if a warrior can buy a romance book, then why can’t our husbands?
Food for thought…
Starsight, Vol. I, Starsight, Vol. II, The Centurion & The Queen
The Edge of Honor, A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers