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A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a friend from college whom I hadn’t seen in a few years. I find these sorts of reunions delightful and fun but also a bit surreal. Like, this friend and I used to live in adjacent dorm rooms and swap CDs and make food sculptures in the dining hall together. Now he’s married and has a kid. We talked about mutual friends who got drunk and hooked up one night when we were all sophomores and are now married with their second child on the way. I should be used to such things—my personal Facebook page is basically a parade of my friends’ adorable children these days—but for whatever reason, some of the people I knew back in the day are trapped in amber as they were then in my mind, rather than adults who are my age. Even with my core group of college friends, we tend to fall back on discussions of what we did way back when rather than our current adult responsibilities.
It’s this sense of nostalgia, I think, that keeps me coming back to the friends-to-lovers trope. That particular dynamic is Kate-nip. I love both reading and writing about characters that have a lot of history together.
In When the Planets Align, Michael and Simon are two childhood friends who have been through everything together. I really put them through the ringer, too. The story spans fourteen years and their friendship goes through ups and downs and betrayals and misunderstandings and at its core, this is a story about two men who love each other but can never quite get their relationship right.
And like any of my friends from high school and college that I’m still in touch with, they experience things with each other—relationships, children, jobs, moving to other cities—and have to continually reconcile the person they once knew with the person before them now. Each life experience changes us a little, I think, and we learn and grow from each of these milestones.
And so, it is only once they endure all these things together and apart that they can have their happy ending.
Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time.
Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.
Several years and several failed relationships later, Simon realizes he’s been in love with Michael all along. Only now Michael has moved on. Though Simon offers everything Michael’s ever dreamed of, the timing is all wrong. Confusion, betrayal, and secrets from the past threaten their friendship until it might be time for them to go their separate ways. Or maybe the planets will finally align, and Michael and Simon will find themselves in the right place at the right time to take the next step.
RELEASES December 19, 2014 from Dreamspinner Press. You can purchase HERE.
Kate McMurray is an award-winning romance author and fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She is active in RWA and has served as president of Rainbow Romance Writers and on the board of RWANYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.