This was the very first romance novel I ever read. His name was Beric Dane and he was a commercial pilot. He fell in love with a stewardess named Lyn Maxwell. One day customs found heroine in Lyn’s bags, and she was sent to prison for 3 years. He believed she was guilty, and tried to move on with his life. She thought he framed her, and vowed revenge. Boy did she get it!
Like most first loves, today, a decade or two (or more) after we parted, I view Beric through the rosy lens of sentiment. For awhile, no one could compare to him. Sure, there have been others since Beric. But he will always be my first. The first hero that jumped off the page and made me want to be the woman he wanted to be with forever.
I have lost count of the book boyfriends I have found since I read Beric and Lyn’s story. Some I have, admittedly, loved more than Beric. But, Beric Dane will always be my very first book boyfriend, and because he was, he will always have a special place in this reader’s heart.
So, do you remember your fist book boyfriend?
Elizabeth Spaur is the author of Miss Atomic Bomb 1953, a novella in the Decades of Love anthology. You can find out more about her and her books here.