My first love is someone who stirred feelings in me I never knew existed. The moment I saw him I felt…different. My eyes felt as if they’d opened for the first time. Colors were brighter, food tasted better, birds sang more beautifully. What was this feeling inside me? What had happened the moment I glanced upon his face? What was this new emotion I was experiencing? Could it be…
It had to be. My heart raced when I saw him. My palms sweated when his name was mentioned. But he didn’t see me, didn’t know how much I cared, didn’t even know I existed. Probably because the only time I ever saw him was when my family sat down to watch prime time television.
Yes, that’s right. My first love is the 1990’s teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas, or JTT as he is more commonly known by his fans.
Now I know what you’re going to say, everyone’s first love (or first crush at least) is a Hollywood star. I’ll give you that, but I was so head over heels for JTT I was convinced we actually knew each other. I heard from somewhere (no idea where as the internet was barely a thing at the time, yes I’m old) that he used to live in my state. So of course, I thought we had met each other at some playgroup my mom brought me to once.
Armed with my theories and all the love a ten-year old could hold in her heart I wrote to him asking if he was in fact the boy I remembered. Weeks later a signed photo and typed letter thanking me for my letter and encouraging me to join his fan club arrived in my mailbox. I was crushed.
Of course, now, as an adult, I realize there was no way a kid my age could read each and every single piece of fan mail and my letter was a little…let’s go with overly excited (I fangirl hard ya’ll). I understand the standard fan mail reply letter.
Alas JTT wasn’t going to fly out from Hollywood and ask me to be his girlfriend. Yes I wanted a boyfriend at ten, what can I say, I’ve always been a romantic. But this didn’t stop me from admiring him from a far. I didn’t join his fan club, but I did watch every episode of Home Improvement, including the one where he had that tumor that could have killed him (my first experience with dramatic tension) teen girls everywhere sighed a breath of relief when our beloved Randy was okay.
I watched all his movies from Man of the House to I’ll be home for Christmas. I had his calendar on my wall all the way up until college. These days my first love is out of the limelight doing his own thing. Meanwhile I’ve been lucky enough to experience real true love with my wonderful husband who isn’t just a face on a screen (though we did meet in theatre school so I guess I have a type, lol).
I’ll always remember my first love fondly and I wish him well. But I have to wonder what would happen if a grown woman met her childhood Hollywood crush and they fell in love…uh oh, I think I just had a plot bunny. BRB everyone, I got to get to writing;)
The Best Man Problem
January 20, 2020
Romantic Comedy ~ Contemporary
Lilly Walsh is used to keeping things buttoned-up and aboveboard. After all, the last time she hooked up with someone in a wedding party, it nearly cost her her wedding planning business. Thankfully, those rules don’t apply when she meets a handsome stranger in a hotel bar. One bad pirate joke leads to the best night of her life, but come morning, she’s got a wedding to plan.
Lincoln Reid never imagined he’d see the woman who rocked his world last night and then ran out on him ever again. But there she is, planning his best friend’s wedding with the same passion and drive that brought him to his knees. She’s adamant that wedding planner and best man can never mix, but that just means he’s got four weeks to make her see him as more than just a one-night guy. Because he’s itching for more than one night...or five, or ten…
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RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.