Meet Cole Harrington (Character Interview by Eva Charles)
Please tell us your name and a little bit about you.
My name is Cole Harrington and I’m the chief of trauma surgery at Boston General Hospital. I’ve been called the hospital whore on more than one occasion, and some think I’m a bit of a cowboy with a penchant for flaunting the rules, but most know me as loyal and trustworthy. I’m the oldest in the family, with five younger brothers, and five female cousins, the Claytons, who grew up next door. The Claytons are like sisters, and my brothers and I have always considered it our duty to protect their virtue, and our right to meddle in their lives.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is failing the people I love and care about. After my parents, and my aunt and uncle died, I shirked my family responsibilities, forcing my cousin, Sophie Clayton, to carry the entire burden. It was only when we almost lost my brother Drew that I stepped up and took the reins as the family patriarch. I’m an unapologetic perfectionist, and live in fear that I’ll miss something that causes irreparable harm to someone I care about, my family, patients, friends or coworkers. It’s a good thing I have broad shoulders, because it’s an enormous responsibility.
What matters most to you?
For many years, nothing mattered more than my family, coworkers, and patients. Then I met Alexa, a social worker turned lawyer from Minnesota, who quietly turned my life upside down. She’s my beacon, lighting the path when it’s dark, illuminating the darkest corners of my soul. She’s brightened my life every day she’s been in it. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t give up to have her with me, in my corner, every single day. When I asked her to marry me, I promised her my undying love, even during the fiercest storm. It’s a promise I mean to keep.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe it’s lust, or attraction, that initially draws you in, giving love a chance to grow. Love isn’t the pretty and the shiny; it’s the solid core that’s left after all the glitz is chipped away. Love is what makes you want to be a better man, it’s the instinct to put someone else’s needs before your own, it’s a safe place where you can be vulnerable. I knew I loved Alexa, when holding her against my heart was as satisfying as getting inside her pretty lace panties. Well, almost as satisfying—I am a guy after all.
If you could travel back in time to change one thing in your past, what would it be?
The day before my parents left on their ill-fated trip, I had a biopsy. I decided that I didn’t want to listen to my mother fret, and answer the hundreds of questions my parents would have asked, so I didn’t tell them. It turned out to be nothing, but there’s no way they would have left the country until they learned the results. If I’d told them, they might still be alive today. I don’t blame myself for what happened, not really, not anymore, but deep in my heart, I’ll always feel that my selfish attitude helped seal their fate.
About the Meadow Shore Series
Prepare to fall in love with the Claytons and Harringtons, a wealthy and powerful New England family with a rich Portuguese heritage. Travel with them on their romantic journeys, stopping in rural Minnesota, New Orleans, Rome, and many other beautiful places along the way.
You won’t find just romantic love in their stories, although there’s plenty of that, but it’s interspersed with love shared among siblings, cousins, grandparents, and parents, for each other, and for their children. Love so powerful it transcends even death.
They are extraordinarily privileged, but suffer pain and loss much like the rest of us. Even great privilege can’t shield them from those experiences. But despite their wealth and power, you will find them approachable and down-to-earth—or as Cole Harrington would say: “We put our pants on one leg at a time, same as everybody else.”
Visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food.
There’s an Old Portuguese adage that translates as, “the rooster crows loudly, but it’s the hen who’s in charge”. And so it is with the Claytons and Harringtons: strong women, alpha males, and of course, Avó Angelina, the family matriarch who keeps them all on their best behavior.
Bem vindo à família, Welcome to the family!
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The waitress brought a dish of plump dumplings with golden, crispy skins. “These little suckers are amazing. Close your eyes,” he said carefully lifting the plumpest dumpling off the plate with chopsticks, and giving it a quick dunk in the sauce.
“Close my eyes?”
“Yeah. Everything’s better with your eyes closed. Your sense of smell, and all the sensations on your tongue, will be heightened.”
She leaned toward him, resting a hand on his thigh. “Are we talking about dumplings? Because I remember that you liked me to keep my eyes open.”
His groan sent a shudder, a powerful surge through him that nearly dislodged the dumpling from the chopsticks and sent it toppling into her lap.
His Adam’s apple bobbed, and he leaned closer to her. “We’ll try it both ways, first with your eyes open so I can watch you come apart, and then you’ll close them, and I’ll use my imagination when you begin to tumble…” He leaned in even closer. “But I’m not sure if I can trust you not to peek, we may need a blindfold to keep you honest.”
She gulped softly, and a small moan escaped from her lips.
He smiled. “Just remember, I’m not the one who keeps steering the conversation in that direction. Now close ‘em,” he commanded, bringing the succulent morsel to her mouth.