The Pleasures of Summer has gone in at #1 in the iTunes market and at #9 in the paperback charts.

I'm half of Evie Hunter, the infamous duo who has writen The Pleasures of Winter, A Touch of Winter, The Pleasures of Summer, A Touch of Summer and Angels, Demons and Doms.

The Pleasures of Winter has sold over 50,000 copies so far, and we are hoping that Summer will do much, much better.
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The thing is, an ordinary name like John or Lucy does not come with a bunch of assumptions built in. So you're not telling the reader in advance, "This is the hero, this is the villain." It also doesn't come with a mental image. Call your character Angelina, and you convince the reader that she's small and mousy. Unless her second name is Ballerina.

But you don't choose your name. Your parents do. So if you have parents who chose to call you Sapphire, that tells me a lot of unflattering things about your background. Fine, if that's what you want to convey, but it doesn't automatically make your character more interesting. It's not the name that makes your character interesting, it's how you develop her. 
      Do we really care about her blue eyes?  Not unless they are a plot point. 
      An unusual name is more likely to make me think "pretentious" rather than "interesting". Though I like the idea of a character whose hippy parents called her Sapphire Picabo Esmerelda and she insists on being called Mary so she'll be taken seriously.

Totally depends on how you do it. Why would they not admit their love? 
      People think that a romance is about two people falling in love. It's really about why two people should NOT fall in love. What is keeping them apart? What will they lose if they consummate their love? 
      So what is keeping your strangers apart? How much will they pay to be together?
Ctyolene commented on Bad ways to start a novel

Yes. Let's say she's investigating the death of her best friend. You could start with the death of the friend. You could start with her hearing about the death. Or with her at the funeral, suddenly realising that something about the death was not right. Or even with the last time she saw her best friend and they had an appalling fight. 
      Or something completely different, just so long as it has to do with the death of her best friend.
      What you don't start with is the scene where they met each other in kindergarten.