We want to give a big warm welcome back to Beverley Kendall, author of the Elusive Lord series, and the mastermind behind the E-Zine, The Season. Beverley’s new novella has just been released. Here’s the cover and official blurb:
With her seduction she hopes to gain his affections
For Miss Elizabeth Smith, sharing her first kiss with the charming Lord Derek Creswell is nothing short of a dream come true…that is, until she is spotted by one of the most influential gossips of the ton. With scandal nipping at her heels, to avoid total social ruin, Elizabeth must present a fiancé by the end of the Season. But when the viscount proves reluctant, Elizabeth is forced to employ a seduction of a different sort…
With his seduction he is determined to ruin her
Viscount Derek Creswell believes Elizabeth set out to trap him into marriage. After all, her sister attempted the very same thing with his brother six years before. Now the delectable Miss Smith expects a betrothal and a ring, while Derek finds her ruination infinitely more appealing…
Historical heroes: Why I love ‘em dark by Beverley Kendall
Marcus, the Earl of Westcliff, of Lisa Kleypas’s IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN is a favourite darkly hero of mine. Outwardly, Marcus is hard-edged and remote, a stickler for aristocratic propriety. The heroine, Lillian Bowman, finds him humourless and cold. He thinks she’s a manner-less, unruly hoyden. They are oil and water. Both heroine and hero resisting their explosive attraction to each other. To me, nothing gets better than that.
I absolutely loved Marcus’s memorable thoughts on the normal frequency of sexual congress.
“St. Vincent, if a man has time to bed a woman more than once a week, he clearly doesn’t have enough to do.”
Later in the book, his friend, Simon Hunt, finds him–clothes in a complete disarray–rolling on his study floor with Lillian.
“Pardon, my lord, Hunt said in a carefully controlled voice. “I did not anticipate you would be…meeting…with someone at this hour.”
Marcus skewered him with a savage stare. “You might try knocking next time.”
As Simon Hunt withdrew from the room, however, it seemed that he couldn’t keep from ducking his head back in and asking Marcus cryptically, “Once a week did you say?”
St. Vincent, from Lisa Kleypas’s DEVIL IN WINTER, is another dark hero I loved. For all intents and purpose, he’s so not hero material. He’s selfish, a spend-thrift, vain and he turns out to be a villain of sorts in IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN. And he can be mean. Here’s a small excerpt of an exchange he has with the heroine, Evie, who incidentally, stutters.
“Have a seat if you like,” he said. “Though, I wouldn’t plan to stay long if I were you. I’m easily bored, and your reputation is hardly that of a scintillating conversationalist.”
This from a man who later is willing to give his life for her. That’s one of the ways you redeem a villain. The ultimate sacrifice.
This is a very small sampling of the heroes I’ve adored. As you can see, these heroes are dark, cold, handsome, self-assured (others might call them arrogant), sexy-as-hell, wholly masculine and resisting the heroine to the nth degree. Their conflict with the heroine only heightens the sexual tension between them and makes for an unforgettable read.
The best thing about dark heroes is, for all their dark and cold remoteness, their thoughts and feelings about the heroine are—or become—anything but. And to me, there is nothing better than watching a hero like that fall—and fall hard!
What about you? Who are some of your memorable dark heroes? Comment and enter to win a $15 eGift Certificate and an entry for the Grand Prize Drawing to win an iPad2.
[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Beverley Kendall has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in Georgia with her young son. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing. Readers can visit her at: www.beverleykendall.com , follow her on twitter @beverleykendall, friend her on Facebook or on her review site and blog The Season for Romance.[/box]