Ready for Love

by Catherine Maiorisi

After watching the woman she’s professed to love for more than twenty years marry someone else, Renee Rousseau vows to free herself of the unrequited love before she and her friends meet the married couple in Paris. In ten weeks.

Then Renee encounters Lady Constance Martindale—the only other woman she’d ever imagined a future with—and she’s sure the universe is playing with her. Sixteen years ago they’d agreed to a casual, time-limited relationship. But when it turned to love, they both panicked and Constance dumped Renee before Renee could dump her. A first.

But the past is the past and sixteen years is a lifetime. Can passion be renewed? And what about her love for the woman who just got married?





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Genre Romance
Length 248 pages
Publication Date December 12, 2019
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642470758e
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Judith Fellows



"Writing Ready for Love changed me.

I had no idea that it would turn out to be a second chance romance. Or that racism would be an issue. Or that it would resurrect a fifty-year-old memory.

When Renee, the main character, announced she grew up in France with her mother, a black American and her father, a white Frenchman, I didn’t think too much about it. But when it became clear that being biracial was a problem for Renee and needed to be explored, I got nervous. How could I write a biracial character? What about own voices?

I always let my characters tell me who they are and Renee had said loud and clear that she was biracial. So rather than put the manuscript in a drawer, I did what I’ve done in the past when writing about something I don’t know, like premature babies and heart attacks. Research. I read about racism and the experiences of multiracial people, trying to understand the everyday lives of mixed race and black people in our increasingly racist world.

I knew some of it intellectually. But by immersing myself and trying to put myself in the shoes of Renee and Gina, a black character, I felt it. I started to notice the many slights and put downs, things currently referred to as microaggressions, and began to recognize the hurt of the constant attack in a way I hadn’t before.

Ready for Love was hard to write. It’s not perfect. But I love Renee and I love her story. I hope you will too."

—Catherine Maiorisi

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