“What Money Can’t Buy”, the title for Expectations’ sequel came to me while I was writing an emotionally charged scene. During this scene, Chris begged for something he thought he’d lost forever to come back. But money couldn’t give Chris what he wanted, to block the pain that loss brought. See, Chris and his husband, Aiden, are trying to build their ‘perfect’ family from the ruins they grew up with, but everything from society to biology to the weather seems to stand in their way. Matt, Chris’s twin, desires relief from his addiction problems. Because he doesn’t feel he deserves his family with them. Carley, Matt’s girlfriend, wants a traditional life. None of these things can be attained by swiping a credit card or writing a check.
Upon reflection, this all boils down to love. That’s what all the characters are seeking. And not just because this is a romance novel. Isn’t love what everyone wants? Isn’t (almost) every action we take a step towards love, acceptance, or gratification? It doesn’t even have to be from someone else. We crave self-love as much as acceptance from other people. We shower to be more socially acceptable and, you know, to be clean. From what we eat for breakfast to how we interact at work to how we treat our families, it all in the pursuit of love. We love the acknowledgement we get when do something to bring our clients success. Nothing feels better than the hug and smile we get from the person we’ve chosen to be with for life. Well, almost nothing. But the overlaying theme here: no amount of money can get you the love you crave.
About the Author:
Liz Borino is the debut author of Expectations and its sequel,
What Money Can’t Buy published by Lazy Day. Throughout her education,
including a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University, she’s kept her
stories to herself, but this only child is all grown up and wants to
share them with the world. Her roots are in Bethlehem, Pa, but she
loves to experience new cultures. As fun as that is, Liz likes nothing
better than curling up at home with a good book or her work in