Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!
Whether you love or loathe this holiday, you’re here today because of one common love: reading. We’re thrilled to host Kieran Scott today (you may know her as Kate Brian), who released the final book in the wonderful, charming, funny TRUE LOVE trilogy. Cupid is punished and banished to NJ where she moonlights as True and has no clue how to be a “normal” teenager. True is focused on pairing up meant-to-be couples so she can return to Mt. Olympus (and hopefully fulfill her own love story, which got her in this mess to begin with) so in the spirit of love and fate and all that good stuff, Kieran was kind enough to share her own love story with her husband, Matt.
You are going to love it. Take it away, Kieran!
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My husband and I never would have met if my best friendâ€™s parents hadnâ€™t gotten divorced. I know, it sounds like bad karma, but let me explain.
My best friend Shira went to one high school all the way through ninth grade, where she was friends with my future husband, Matt. Then, in tenth grade, her mom and her new stepdad decided to move their family, which took her out of Mattâ€™s high school and plopped her down right in front of me in sophomore English. (The first thing I thought about her was â€œHoly crap, Iâ€™d kill for that hair.â€ Itâ€™s the exact opposite of mine.) Now, Shira is one of those people who stays friends with everyone sheâ€™s ever met, which turned out to be lucky for me and Matt, because ten years later, we met at Shiraâ€™s 25th birthday party, which was packed with her middle school friends, high school friends, Hebrew school friends, college friends, camp friends AND work friends.
Actually, all things considered, how we found each other in the crowd is beyond me. What I do remember is Matt asking me if I wanted the last mozzarella stick instead of just taking it for himself. I remember the fact that he readily admitted to watching Party of Five and Dawsonâ€™s Creek. I recall that he mentioned he was going to be exhausted at church in the morning and that he couldnâ€™t talk to me about politics, because, well, most people didnâ€™t agree with him and he didnâ€™t want me to walk away just yet.
We hung out throughout the party and at four in the morning, I was lying awake in my friend Wendyâ€™s roommateâ€™s bed (she was away for the weekend), staring at the ceiling with this huge smile on my face. I knew something big was happening. I just never would have been able to predict how big.
After that party, Matt went away with his friends for a week and I heard nothing. If he wanted to call, he couldnâ€™t have, because he was in Jamaica. So of course, I was obsessing. What was he doing in Jamaica? Was he hooking up? What if he met someone there? I spent that whole week stressing that I was going to miss out on this great guy just because of a previously scheduled vacation. Then, a couple weeks later, I went out to dinner with my three best girlfriends and Shira asked me what I thought of Matt. This was the moment Iâ€™d been waiting for. But I didnâ€™t want to give away the farm, so I played it cool and said, â€œWhy do you ask?â€ She said that sheâ€™d spoken to Matt and heâ€™d said, â€œThat Kieran is my kind of girl.â€
Oh my God, it sounds so hokey now, but I almost died. We set up a big group date and the rest is history. Over the years weâ€™ve found out that our relationship didnâ€™t exactly begin the night of Shiraâ€™s birthday. Weâ€™d been at other random parties of hers together over the previous couple of years and whenever he walked into a room Iâ€™d ask my friends, â€œWHO is that again?â€ And theyâ€™d say, â€œItâ€™s Matt! God, if you think heâ€™s so hot, you could at least remember his name.â€ I also found out that heâ€™d asked Shira about me once before, but it was when I was in a serious relationship with someone else, so sheâ€™d told him I was off the market. Weâ€™d been circling each other for years, but that birthday party was the first time we were both single, and both in the mood for mozzarella sticks.
All of this goes to show that you never know. You may have already met the guy youâ€™re destined to be with, but the timing might just be wrong. Or you may have already met the girl whoâ€™s eventually going to introduce you to the guy youâ€™re going to be with (donâ€™t even get me started on how Wendy and her husband Barry ended up getting together). So, yes, it was lucky for me that Shiraâ€™s parents got divorced (they are both VERY happily remarried, by the way). Otherwise, I might never have met the person I was meant to be with.
P.S. The priest called Shira up at our wedding so everyone could meet our matchmaker. It was so awesome.
Thanks so much for sharing today, Kieran!
The love is not over yet, folks. The great people at Simon Kids are providing one lucky winner with a hardcover set of TRUE LOVE trilogy.
Open to U.S. and Canadian readers. Enter below!