People are always surprised when they find out that I’m a professional wrestling fan. When I explain to them how much I love it, they are totally blown away. I guess I can understand that. To most people, pro wrestling is just a bunch of grown men play fighting. But to me, wrestling is one of the most entertaining forms of storytelling in existence.
Wrestling is packed with all the classic elements of good storytelling. The wrestlers are characters that grow and evolve over time. These characters engage in feuds with each other, pitting heroes against villains. Alliances are formed, and they are almost always broken. Some storylines can last for years, making them as engaging and detailed as last series you read by your favorite author or the TV show you just finished watching on Netflix.
To top it all off, wrestling matches feature amazing athleticism. The men and women involved perform feats that would lead viewers to believe they have some form of gymnastics or acrobatic training. Wrestlers train for hours a day, honing their craft and developing the skills they need to perform in the ring.
In the past, I’ve compared professional wrestling to ballet. Wrestlers and dancers both assume their roles as they attempt to tell a story through a series of choreographed movements. Though a ballet is choreographed more precisely than a wrestling match might be, the formula is still the fame. Despite this, many hold the world of classical ballet in higher esteem than they do wrestling.
Which brings me back to where I started: many people misunderstand the art of wrestling. I often think that everyone were to give wrestling a shot, they might find themselves surprised by how interesting and intricate it really is.
Hailey Sommers is only home from New York for a few months. So when she reconnects with the one guy she can't forget, will she be able to walk away...again?
Hailey can’t wait to get back to New York City. There she’s a hip children’s book author with a healthy social life. Being back in her hometown of Medford only reminds her of the less-than-cool girl she used to be. Until she runs into Cody, her old partner-in-crime in high school art and the boy she lusted after all four years.
Cody West has everything he could want in Medford, except Hailey. When she left for the big city, there was a hole in his life no other girl could fill. But he’s not sure he wants to open himself to the pain if she leaves again.
A chance encounter at the town coffee shop reignites the chemistry between the pair and is almost enough to make Hailey forget how much she wants to return to the city she’s grown to love. Almost. Wanting it all, Hailey plans to bring Cody back to New York with her. The only catch is that she’s not sure he’ll agree…
I looked up from my netbook screen and there he was: Cody West. The boy I’d lusted after throughout high school. The boy who’d changed my life and didn’t even know it.
He’d grown up since I last saw him at Jessica Mitchell’s graduation party. His sandy hair still cascaded down his forehead, but it no longer perpetually hung down over his big brown eyes. Four years of high school football had kept Cody in shape back when I knew him, but four years of college football had added a little bit of bulk to his lean frame. At least, I assumed he played in college. I knew that he headed off to Temple with a sports scholarship.
Rocking back onto his heels, Cody scanned the glass pastry case, probably looking for something sweet to accompany his coffee. He tossed his hair to the side as he inspected the contents of the case. He always liked sweets. He and I used to pass bags of candy back and forth while Mrs. Cole, our art teacher, wasn't looking. After taking a sip of my cappuccino, I smiled at the memory, glad for the first time that I was back in Medford.
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Amelia Swan writes contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and new adult romance. She’s interested in characters that are smart, sincere, and somewhat artistically inclined. All of her heroines are girls she could totally see herself being friends with.
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