Ainslie Paton romance author
Stubborn Hearts

A workplace set series where couples experiment with love




Can you fall in love in 36 questions?

The closest star investigative reporter, Jackson Haley and rookie lifestyle writer, Derelie Honeywell are destined to come is an accidental shoulder brush in the breakroom.

Jack is the much admired and feared heartbeat of the city and Derelie is a fresh off the farm try-hard.

Jack’s stories sell newspapers and make the bad guys quake. The only quaking anyone reading Derelie’s stories does is the kind with laughter attached.

Until they’re thrown together, unwilling participants in a love experiment, based on thirty-six questions designed to accelerate intimacy.

But just how intimate can a hard news man chasing a huge expose and a homesick clickbait writer get, when he’s a cat person and she’s a dog person?

And what happens when there are no more questions to answer?



The Love Experiment is based on a real life research project.

The thirty-six questions that can make you fall in love with anyone (according to the New York Times) began life as an appendix in an academic paper by psychologist Arthur Aron and others in 1997 called The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings.

Participants were told to work their way through the questions in order, each answering all thirty-six questions, over a period of an hour. Six months later, two of the original participants were married to each other.

If you’re game you can try the 36 questions for yourself.


April 2018

Can you fall in love if you have the right coupon?

Tom O’Connell had a problem. His temporary roommate, Flick Dalgetty was noisy, messy, made of bees and had enough energy to power an amusement park. The problem was he shouldn’t have kissed her.

Flick Dalgetty had a problem. Her landlord, Tom O’Connell was made of granite. He was a big, repressed anti-social ogre, but the man knew how to kiss. The problem was he felt guilty about hooking up and she wanted more.

Until Flick’s gift of thirty coupons, each entitling Tom to one guilt and obligation free activity, from bowling and bubble bathing to morning delight and lingerie buying, removed all the guesswork of being incompatible partners and temporary roommates.

Now the only problem was Flick had to leave and Tom needed to stay and they might be falling in love—and there wasn’t a coupon for that.

Love can be a sexy game until it becomes the only one your stubborn heart wants to play.

Can you fall in love from a list?

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