Soundwave Wednesday | February 6, 2019

Back when I was a DJ in college with the school’s radio station, I would dedicate the first show of the month to a particular theme. With Valentines Day on the horizon, February was perfect for hosting a Duets Night.

In the spirit of that, I’m bringing Duets Night to Soundwave Wednesday with one of my favorites.

As a writer, it can be fun to imagine the sort of duets your characters would be singing with one another if my novels were actually a musical.

When working with GtkI could easily list a number of these for various characters including lovers either declaring their affection or struggling to conceal them, enemies expressing their distrust of one another and increasing worries they may not find themselves on the winning side when all is said and done, and one scenario where in a modern context I could totally see two of the guys doing a rendition of David Bowie and Queen’s Under Pressure.

But while that is the greatest duet of all time, it’s not the one this week’s Soundwave Wednesday is dedicated to.

One of my favorite scenes of GtK is the reunion of FD and CR after everything they’ve had to endure. Revelations have been made and the truth comes out about his past and her present before talking about their future.

And, yes, things do get steamy a little after that.

If there is any one song I have come to associate with this moment, it’s Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé.

Much of the relationship between these characters is not made easy. In the Regency Era and many others, maids were not forbidden to engage in romantic relationships. So when FD begins to realize she might be falling for CR, it’s a problem and makes it a point to keep their relationship a secret~along with some other things related to her employment.

As for CR, in his mind, if you weren’t there or involved, you don’t need to know anything about it. Although there is nothing that is too sketchy about his past (at least, not anything that he’s done), he does have his fair share of regrets. He just doesn’t talk about them.

The fact that he’s been giving FD the tiniest of glimpses into his past over the course of their relationship is a definite sign that he not only trusts her, but cares deeply for her, and that point is emphasized with his explanation of his past.

“You let all the girls go
Makes you feel good, don’t it?
Behind your Broadway show
I heard a voice say please don’t hurt me
You’ve carried on so long
You couldn’t stop if you tried it
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it
But I’m gonna try
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful
Would you let me see beneath your perfect
Take it off now boy, take it off now boy
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight”


This verse is very reflective of FD’s perspective as CR is recounting his past. He isn’t afraid to let her in. But it takes a while before he’s ready to tell her everything but, when he does, all of the little pieces begin to make sense.

When writing romance, I love creating what some writers refer to a Slow-Burn Relationship, meaning the progression is gradual and takes time to build up. With this chapter, FD and CR find themselves passing another milestone and finding a new level of intimacy with one another. At this point in their story, it’s truly deserved.

You can give Beneath Your Beautiful a listen below!


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