Unconditional Love


First off, I want to say thank you to Lori and all the ladies of the Heart Shaped Glasses blog for allowing me to post today.

Since its February, the month of love, I wanted to talk about what I consider to be the ‘big’ love. Love that lasts regardless of belief, words, looks, and endures all storms. I’m talking about unconditional love.

Unconditional simply means that there are no conditions, no stipulations. While I’ve had many people express love for me, not many can say they hold unconditional love for me. Somewhere along the way I make a decision they don’t like, chose to do things in a manner in which they don’t approve, or vote for a person they don’t appreciate. Once you begin imposing stipulations on your love for someone it’s easy to let those stipulations rule your feelings.

I believe in loving people unconditionally. I love my friends for their different beliefs, their different ideas or opinions, and their different styles. Political or religious, black or purple—the differences inspire my love versus stifling it. Now, I admit to be human and not perfect. So finding the way to love unconditionally wasn’t something I immediately grasped. As a grew I realized how much joy can be found to love without expectations. To appreciate every person for whom they are, even when some of the things they do may not be what you do, is rewarding and yields so many experiences.

In my book, What You Need, my characters are seeking acceptance and unconditional love; though they may not admit it at first. It’s not easy to find love without conditions and thankfully they’ve got Madame Eve, owner of the exclusive 1Night Stand dating service, to help them find the person who can love without stipulations.

My Question(s): How would you define unconditional love? And have you experienced such a love? 

1Night Stand Series

What You Need

by Landra Graf

WhatYouNeed200A sexual submissive, Royce wants a woman who’ll make his fantasies come true. The last thing he expects on his 1Night Stand is to be paired with Victoria, his ex-best friend. Haunted by their past, he refuses to deny his newfound attraction or his need for answers. This time, he doesn’t plan to let her go.

Victoria has loved Royce forever, but the sting of his rejection is not so easily forgotten. No longer the naïve girl he knew, she’s matured into a sexual dominant. This domme demands a chance to restart their relationship—on her terms. Knowing that one night will never be enough, she plans a seduction that will last forever.

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About the Author:

Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.

Contact Details:

Website: http://riseoftheslush.blogspot.com
Email: landra.graf7@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/landra.graf
Twitter: @riseoftheslush

About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

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About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

8 Responses to Unconditional Love

  1. Carrie Jenkins says:

    I really enjoyed this subject. I know, with certainty, I love my son, unconditionally. It’s hard to love anyone else that way instantly. Time and trust can make it happen. But I have experienced it personally. It is possible.

  2. Jennifer Shirk says:

    There are definitely people out there who are hard to love. But I like to think that most moms out there love their children unconditionally. Interesting topic to think about!

    • Landra Graf says:

      Right? 😀 Besides our offspring how many others can you say you love or at least care about without conditions?

      It’s hard to imagine because without conditions encompasses all the good and the bad. Thanks for commenting Jennifer.

  3. I, of course, love my girls unconditionally. I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s unhealthy to romantically love a person unconditionally. What if they rape and kill people? What if they hurt one of your kids?

    I think we do have conditions, romantically. We should. But I’m all for acceptance of traits that don’t always make us fit, but certainly don’t hurt anyone (huge trekkie fan, costume and all?).

    By the way, I bought your book on release day, and I know I’m biased because we’re friends, but we’re also crit partners, and I have never not called you on your sh*t. It truly is a wonderful story. Congrats!

    • Landra Graf says:

      I love your response Lori.
      It’s true that unconditional means all the good and the bad. I find it easier to accept the simple things like trait differences.
      The bad ones are the toughies for sure. I’d like to think I couldn’t love someone who hurt others, but what if it was my kid? Then it becomes circumstances for sure.

      Thank you for the super kind words one my story as well. You’re part of what made it so great. I wouldn’t get here without you. 😀

  4. Molly McLain says:

    I get butterflies just thinking about unconditional love. 🙂 I’m not sure how I’d define it, at least not any differently than you did. I guess just a completely forgiving, never-wavering kind of bond. And, yep, I’ve experienced it…with my children, of course, my mom and my sister. My husband too, because no matter how mad he makes me sometimes, nothing can change the deep connection I feel to him as both my life partner and the father of my children. 🙂

    Now…your book. WOW! It sounds sexy as heck and I absolutely love the premise! I can’t wait to dig into it!

    • Landra Graf says:

      Thanks for stopping by Molly. I often am reminded of my unconditional love when my children or husband start to do things that drive me batty. 😉

      I hope you enjoy What You Need.

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