By Paula Altenburg
Nothing is more humbling than being the Imperfect Woman who lives with Superman.
My husband—fondly referred to as the Foreign Guy by our children—raises the meaning of the word competent to whole new levels. He thrives on disaster. During a hurricane, the family voted him Most Likely to Survive an Apocalypse. I, on the other hand, was voted Most Likely to be Eaten. When I went into labor with our first child, Superman told me to go back to sleep because it would take hours. When I went into labor two months early with our second child and had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance, he was thrilled we’d dodged two of the least necessary months of pregnancy. Both times, he managed to calm me down, because frankly, I didn’t handle either incident well.
All of this begs the question: Why would a Superman ever marry an Imperfect Woman?
Believe it or not, Supermen are highly tolerant individuals. They look forward, not back. They see things that need to be done and do them. They see people who need help and help them. And apparently, I rank among the helpless. (That can also be translated as useless.) Either way, lucky me.
Most of the time.
We’re currently in the middle of home renovations. New floors are being installed throughout—ceramic tile on one level, hardwood flooring on the other. We’re also putting in an entire new staircase. Our home is open concept. That means Superman, who’s very literal, (and did I mention foreign?) insisted we empty each level, as per the contractor’s instructions. He didn’t want any workers inconvenienced. I think he also wanted them done as fast as possible. He may be tolerant, but patience isn’t one of his virtues.
Super People aren’t Perfect People.
Unfortunately, my particular Superman has only one assistant—and she’s an Imperfect Woman. Moving a king-size mattress up (and back down) a flight of stairs with a bend in them was an experience never to be repeated. While I wasn’t a whole lot of help, Superman definitely lived up to his reputation.
But what about the guy who ends up with a Superwoman? I hear these women exist.
That’s what happens to CSIS agent Logan Alexander in Her Secret, His Surprise, my latest Red-Hot Bliss release. Single mother Cassiopeia Stone (Cass, for short) is a Superwoman. She overcame a difficult upbringing to become a successful engineer and businesswoman.
Super People all have their Kryptonite. Cass’s is forgiveness. She has a difficult time with it. Logan works undercover. When they first meet, he’s pretending to be a bartender. When he ends up in her office as her new administrative assistant, Cass isn’t impressed with his lack of ambition. The only way Logan can improve her opinion of him is to prove how awesome he can be with their daughter, all while not being able to acknowledge her as his. He knows that, eventually, he’ll be free to tell Cass the truth. The problem is that they’ve both kept quite a few important secrets, and Logan knows Cass has trouble with forgiving people.
So, even while Logan is secretly quite the Superman himself, Superwoman Cass has to fall for him when she thinks he’s Imperfect. She has to learn to forgive, and Logan has to learn what’s important in life. While neither of them are going to sacrifice their principles, I think what’s important when living with a Super Person is to understand that and don’t ask it of them.
Cass and Logan each know what’s important to the other person. They don’t make demands. They make things work.
This couple is definitely going to live Happily Ever After
About Paula Altenburg:
Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys the freedom of working from home and writing full-time. Paula currently writes fantasy, fantasy romance and category romance. Visit her at www.paulaaltenburg.com and follow her on Twitter @PaulaAltenburg.
Make sure you check out Paula Altenburg’s latest novel, Her Secret, His Surprise.
About Her Secret, His Surprise:
Conflict of interest is an understatement…
Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up…until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.
Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded…and then he meets Cass’s daughter.
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