Vertigo of the Heart
by L. K. Below
Love is a scary thing. Or, in the words of my cynical main character from Stone Cold Kiss, love isn’t worth the heartbreak involved. You see, my main character Kelsey has what I like to call vertigo of the heart. She’s afraid of falling in love.
I’ve been there. After a hard breakup, it just seems easier to shun love and dating. Kelsey may not have had a recent breakup, but she’s faced a parade of men trying to force her to be more feminine instead of accepting her for who she is. A workaholic who loves her job.
Fortunately for Kelsey, she has an actual fear of falling as well. Heights aren’t her favorite thing and yet she somehow finds herself at the top of Blarney Castle in Ireland, bending over backwards in an attempt to kiss the Blarney Stone. Even though she finds herself a bit paralyzed with her fear, she is lucky. Because the very man to save her -- Seamus McKinley -- just happens to be a man willing to save her from all of her fears, even her fear of love.
Seamus is one of my favorite characters for just that reason. I’ll admit it, I might have a lot in common with Kelsey. And who doesn’t want a man willing to do anything to hold on to the woman of his dreams?
Confession time: Now that I’ve made my confession (and like Kelsey, I was lucky enough to find a man willing to overlook my workaholic tendencies…), who else has experienced vertigo of the heart?