Today we have historical romance author Carrie Lofty here to talk to us about her very favorite kinds of romance heroes. Starlight, the 2nd book in The Christies series releases today! Welcome to The Book Pushers Carrie!
Oh, Hero, What Are You Hiding?
There are probably a lot more hero tropes out there in Romancelandia, but I have two favorites. If a hero displays one of these two personality types, I’m ready to follow him anywhere—and the heroine had better deserve him!
The first is the Rake Who Hides Deep Emotions. As the hero of FLAWLESS [http://carrielofty.com/Flawless.html], the first of my Christies series of Victorian romances from Pocket, Miles fit this trope to a tee. He’s a viscount who drank his way through a couple years of marriage and gambled his way through a fortune or two. Oh well. All well and good if you don’t give a darn about people…and if you don’t love your estranged wife. Much to Miles’ consternation, he gives a darn and he loves.
Miles shifted his weight, suddenly restless and hot. The impact of seeing Viv after four months—while sober this time—was more crippling than he’d wanted to believe.
Dear God, she was beautiful.
Ringlets of sunshine-blonde hair framed regal cheekbones and accentuated the sleek line of her jaw. Lush lips that rested in a perpetual pout hid sins and secrets. But her eyes… Miles had fallen into them once and had yet to break free of their magic.
Oops! He’s totally undone even before romance heats up, and he doesn’t even realize it yet! I love seeing it soooo far ahead of the hero, knowing his true, deeper soul will be revealed—whether he likes it or now—by the time he and the heroine earn their happy ending.
The second is the Gentleman Hiding a Beast, wherein I introduce Alex Christie. He’s the hero of STARLIGHT, the second Christies novel, set in Glasgow in 1881. To all outward appearances, Alex is a staid academic with a history of fighting for workers’ and women’s rights. He’s a really good guy!
Peel away that civilized veneer, however, and Alex hides passions and impulses that shock the heck out of him. At first he blames being in rough-and-tumble Glasgow. Then he blames Polly Gowan, the woman who makes it her personal goal to dig beneath Alex’s unconscious defenses. They’re unconscious, because he doesn’t think he’s hiding anything. Eventually, through Polly’s relentless honest, love and sexual teasing, he must admit that his dark side is as integral as his intelligence and sense of fair play.
It’s a good thing, too. He has a lot to lose if he doesn’t stand up for his family and the woman he loves. For example:
He flipped onto his back and swung his walking stick. The wood slammed against a man’s forearm. With his attacker doubled up, cradling the wrecked limb, Alex lurched to his feet. To his surprise, he was gathering details with uncanny sharpness. His opponent was one of Livingstone’s cohorts, some ungainly troll with carrot-orange hair and huge shoulders.
And the walking stick in Alex’s hand was a much less satisfactory weapon than a nearby pipe. He snatched up the hollow length of steel. “Where is she?”
“You broke my bloody arm, you bastard,” the brute said with a snarl.
Something grated behind Alex’s left ear when he spoke. So he wasted no words—simply hefted the pipe in one hand and the walking stick in the other. “Tell me where!”
You can probably guess he’s referring to Polly. As for the rest—such as how a refined gentleman is pushed to the edge of civility with regard to both sex and violence… I hope that’ll be the fun of reading STARLIGHT!
Mmmm… heroes. They’re just so much fun, especially when they play hide and seek with their true natures…
What’s next for me:
After RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick STARLIGHT hits the shelves, I’ll be looking forward to the release of HIS VERY OWN GIRL [http://carrielofty.com/HVOG.html], a historical romance set in World War II. It’s not women’s fiction. It’s not literary fiction. It’s a genuine romance, complete with sexy times and a happy ending. Look for it September 4th as a Pocket Star digital original novel. I cannot wait to see how readers respond!
I’ll also be launching a new co-written pseudonym, Katie Porter, with my long-time friend and critique partner, Lorelie Brown. Our “Vegas Top Guns” series of contemporary erotic romances will launch from Samhain on July 31 with the release of DOUBLE DOWN, which is also a RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick. Two more from the series, INSIDE BET and HOLD ‘EM, will follow in August and September. You can learn more about these and future books at our website [http://katieporterbooks.com].
Where to find me:
I’d like to give away a copy of STARLIGHT, and I’ll ship anywhere (Open until July 3rd). Just answer the question: Which hero do you prefer: the rake hiding his true depth, or the gentleman who’s barely tamed his inner beast? Is there a different variety that revs your engines?
Thanks again to the Book Pushers for having me!