How do you feel about a bad-boy hero?
I think Anne Shirley said it best for me. "I'd like a man who COULD be wicked. But wouldn't be." This is just who I am. I always fall for the wounded, mysterious guy in books and movies. (Don't get me started on Ben Solo.) My oldest daughter is the same way - she will never forgive the Avatar animators for pairing the kick-butt heroine with a little bald boy when she could've had a fire prince. We watched Phantom of the Opera the other day, and she (without prompting from me) took the Phantom's side!
My husband is a real-life good guy. He was law enforcement for a time. But the other night we were talking about this very thing and he looked me right in the eye. "If anyone ever hurt you, I'd burn down everything and everyone in my way to make them pay." I mean. Yeowza. That makes my heart fluttery.
I'm all about the layers that a bad guy has going on. Layers upon layers. Plan upon plan. This is a guy who thinks things through. He knows the world isn't a safe place, and he takes it upon himself to protect what's his (including the heroine) at any cost. He also is emotionally mature. He knows pain and suffering. He's been broken and pulled himself back together.
Wesley the Farm Boy? Sure, he's nice. But the Dread Pirate Roberts - he's seen stuff. And he's going to stop at NOTHING to get the girl, revenge himself on the (real) bad guy, and ride off to his pirate ship.
So who does this quasi-bad-boy thing right? K.M. Shea does! Royal Magic - the hero was literally the villain in the last book, and he's still a ruthless fighting machine. Check and mate. Magic Forged - a vampire. But not a broody mopey teen. A vampire who wields his power and influence with precision. And totally supports his lady-love. Crown of Shadows - the hero is literally an assassin. The meet-cute is him trying to fulfill a contract to kill the heroine. Spoiler alert: doesn't work. And it takes three awesome books for their slow-burn romance to kick into gear.
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So who's your favorite bad-boy love interest?
And yes, in case you were wondering, I'm madly in love with the new Loki series on Disney+. *swoon*
Yesterday, Discovering Grace turned TWO years old. I can't believe this story has been out in the world for that long. I thought I'd take a moment today to tell you a bit more about why I wrote a character who - on the surface, at least - is a bit of an introvert. Quiet. Unassuming. Avoids being the center of any attention - very unlike her twin sister.
I think people get the wrong idea about introverts, sometimes. We aren't really shy. Just content with quiet, keeping to our small circle of friends, and happy in our environments.
Grace and I share a few traits. We both like the idea of adventure, but find we like staying tucked up at home even more. We're both willing to go with the flow, but if you try to push us out of our comfort zone, we are going to push back.
Which is precisely what Grace does when her father - in a moment of temper - tries to send her on the adventurous ocean voyage meant for her sister, Hope.
Grace is even-tempered. She is kind, too, and has found numerous ways to help her community while staying in the background. All those charitable organizations that Hope steers about? Grace is the one with the good ideas. The popular parties that the sisters host? Hope might look like she's taking the lead, but Grace is the one doing all the planning.
The sisters compliment each other, and love each other despite their differences. So when Grace faces the thought of being sent away from all she loves, SHE is the one who decides she and Hope need to switch places. Hope, though surprised that her sister is "rocking the boat," eagerly goes along with the plan.
The fact that this means Grace gets to stay near Jacob, the man she has loved for more years than anyone would guess, is icing on the cake. Or is it? After all, he's pining for the sister who left. Isn't he?
We find out later, in Hope's book, that she's known about Grace's love for Jacob all along. And heartily approves of the two of them as a couple. It was tricky to write books about the sisters, letting people see how they viewed each other and their relationship. But SO rewarding. I loved writing them both.
I loved writing Grace. I wanted to show how someone who wishes to remain at home can still be a heroine. I wanted her to be a different kind of strong than her sister.
I hope you love Grace, too. If you haven't read this story yet, it's available on the following platforms:
That's the title page for my book, just above this text. Isn't it fun and lovely and evocative of the American West? I'm so thankful for a wonderful friend who helped me find just the right design for this new series. Because my first Western, Silver Dollar Duke, is the first in a SERIES. At the moment, I have three glorious Western romances planned. I'm hoping the writing and releasing of the others won't be as nerve-wracking as this first release. It's been a bit crazy of a trip to get this done....
I write clean and sweet Historical Romance Novels, I live in the desert, I'm a mom of four, madly in love with my husband, and I love to read!
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