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From The Blog
September 3, 2015
The Younger Man of Shannon Stacey's Heat Exchange
Jane Kriel
September 2, 2015
4 Medieval Romances with Ladies of Power
Rue Allyn
September 2, 2015
Opposites Attract in Rachel Lacey's Ever After
Scarlettleigh
August 31, 2015
Analyze This: Character Therapy and Development in Romances
Kelly Moran
August 28, 2015
Dark Romances for the Reluctant Reader
Sahara Hoshi
Thu
Sep 3 2015 11:00am

Happily Ever Afters and Good-byes? What We’re Hoping for in Downton Abbey Season 6 (Series 6)

Robert and Cora in Downton Abbey

As we’re getting ready for the final season of Downton Abbey, let’s see if we can make some predictions for our favorite upstairs/downstairs family. I’ve come up with some theories of my own, but knowing Julian Fellowes’ love of twists and turns, most of these are probably going to be wrong!

Robert & Cora – I think that Cora’s admittedly unwitting encounter with Simon Bricker opened Robert’s eyes to how attractive his wife still is, and how he’d better start paying more attention to her. First step, respect her opinion! Yes, Cora’s “American” sensibilities are sometimes not on par with the rest of the family, but she is one of the few members of the family who is pragmatic and, when the need arises, slightly devious. I think we’ll see these two get closer to each other, with Cora gently helping Robert finally accept the “modern” world. As far as conflict, I’m willing to bet that it will center around Mary and the seemingly revolving door of her “desire of suitors.” Clearly, Robert wants to see Mary married and settled, but I think Cora will be the one to insist on her eldest daughter finding happiness and not tying herself to someone just to save the Abbey.

[I have a hunch about Season 6...]

Thu
Sep 3 2015 9:30am

Firefighter Fantasies: The Younger Man of Shannon Stacey’s Heat Exchange

Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Who among us hasn’t had a dirty fantasy about a firefighter? Maybe it’s that they’re tough and strong.  Or perhaps it is that they’re genuine heroes, out saving lives. For some, the uniform is part of the allure, working double duty as a handy sex prop (hose included!).  It might be my propensity for starting kitchen fires but I would love to have a big firefighter around… But I digress, for whatever reason, firefighters are H-O-T and Shannon Stacey has wisely tapped into this delicious man candy theme and brought us all the Boston Fire series.

In Shannon Stacey's Heat Exchange, Lydia is forced to return to her hometown Boston to take care of some family business. Lydia is soon struggling to ignore the fact that her little brother’s best friend is sex on a stick. Calling Aiden, “kid” all the time is a pretty fruitless way to try and ensure some distance because Aiden is all grown up and definitely all man.

“You keep calling me kid.”

She tried to ignore the way he moved into her personal space, but it wasn’t easy. He smelled too good and she was eye level with that hollow at the base of his throat.

“I’m not a kid anymore,” he continued when she didn’t say anything.

Oh, she knew that. But calling him kid was her way of reminding herself he was her younger brother’s best friend. Or attempting to, anyway. It didn’t seem to be working.

“You’re younger than I am,” she said, with a new tone in her voice that bordered on husky.

Touching him would be a mistake. She pressed her hands to the wall behind her, the old brick coarse under her palms.”

When Aidan braced his hands against the wall, too—one on either side of her head—Lydia’s breath caught in her chest. He was close enough so she could smell his shampoo and the slight tang of his aftershave. And he was close enough to kiss her.

She was not going to touch him.

“Not by enough years to even count,” he said, “unless you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for reasons why I shouldn’t kiss you.”

“There are so many reasons you shouldn’t kiss me, I don’t need to scrape the bottom of the barrel.”

With his hands still braced against the wall, he dipped his head low, so his mouth was close to her ear. “Trust me, I know. But it’s all I think about so unless you tell me you don’t want it, I’m going to kiss you anyway.”

[Now are you ready?]

Thu
Sep 3 2015 8:15am

Throwback Thursday: Have You Been Ravished by Amanda Quick?

The Old School Romance Book Club is a Facebook group we have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of, and this week they celebrated their one year anniversary—huzzah! For September they picked yet another classic to cover, Ravished by Amanda Quick. 

Have you read this book? What can you remember about it? Did you like it?

Let me know in the comments!

Wed
Sep 2 2015 4:50pm

Quiz: What Small Town Do You Belong In?

Today we're thrilled to welcome Candis Terry to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Candis is known for her Sweet, Texas series, which we said goodbye to earlier this summer with Truly Sweet. Never fear, small town are still one of Candis's favorite things to talk about, and today we'll be heading over to a few different towns across the United States and beyond when Candis matches you with the perfect small town that you totally belong in!!

Find out where you belong—Ireland, Texas, Oregon, and so many more destinations!—and share the answer in the comments.

[Pack your bags...]

Wed
Sep 2 2015 4:29pm

Romance News Roundup: Arrow Season 4 Poster, Kate Hewitt Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

—Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen is back and lookin' good in this on-target promotional poster for Arrow Season 4. No abs in sight but we're mush for those arms too. Stay tuned for weekly romance-centric (read: Olicity-centric!) recaps of Arrow this fall. (h/t @JarrettSays)

—The EverAfter Romance ebookstore app has just launched a new blog.

—Deal Alert: Kate Hewitt's Vermont-set contemporary Out in the Country is currently free in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, et al. (via BookBub)*

—Deal Alert #2: M. Malone's contemporary He's the Man is free right now in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, and more (via BookBub).*

Wed
Sep 2 2015 1:00pm

Knights Ladies in Shining Armor: 4 Medieval Romances with Ladies of Power

Knight Errant by Rue Allyn

Today we're thrilled to welcome Rue Allyn to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Rue's latest release, Knight Errant came out on August 17, and features, well, a knight! However, it also features a pretty independent woman who finds herself hunted by said knight—but don't worry, she can handle herself. Rue is here today to talk about the ladies of power in medieval romance.

As historical periods go, the European Middle Ages (roughly 1000 to 1600 AD) were a pretty rough time to be a woman. And I’m not talking about drudgery and lack of good medical care or chamber pots.

Unlike their Regency sisters who had ton balls and promenades in the park to fill their days, medieval women balanced on a tightrope of legal and religious strictures that regarded females as possessions while expecting the behavior of saints. This double standard, an ambiguous misogyny, created an environment in which men held all the power. A woman’s challenge was to find a means to achieve more than mere survival, to find the means for a rewarding lifetime no matter what her circumstances.

These women are the true stuff of which modern medieval romance heroines must be made.

[They are the ladies in shining armor ...]

Wed
Sep 2 2015 11:30am

Animal Activism and Opposites Attract in Rachel Lacey’s Ever After

Ever After by Rachel Lacey

Featuring animals in romance is more or less a given now, but you won’t hear me complaining. Rachel Lacey in her last two books, For Keeps and Unleashed, focused on dog rescue, but with Ever After, Lacey highlights a whole new issue —the ethnicity of factory farming or the way animals enter our food chain. It’s not something most of us really think about, but Lacey deftly incorporates it into her latest lighthearted romance.

Raised by two lawyers, Olivia Bennet is as smart as a whip, even if her career choices don’t reflect that. Accepted to law school, Olivia quit two years into it, after her longtime boyfriend died of an accidental overdose. Right now she’s not sure what she wants to do so she's filling time by working as a waitress at Main Street Café. She dreams of making a difference in the plight of animals, especially factory farm animals, like the ones designated for the slaughterhouse. They can be treated humanely. In fact, on her twenty-ninth birthday, she gets a little plastered and decides to take on Halverson Foods, a hometown company caught on camera cruelly slaughtering chickens.

With a couple of margaritas in her bloodstream, she and her friends go out to Halverson Foods and decide a little defacing of property is in order. It is the perfect way to raise awareness of the poor birds’ plight and publicize their cause. Olivia is the only one on the ladder, so when a squad car with its blue flashing lights pulls up, her friends scatter, leaving her holding the bag–or should I say—can of spray paint. To make matters worse, she was interrupted before she finished, so instead of the accusatory message “Chicken Assassins” the message states “Chicken Ass.” And to top off a celebratory-night-gone-bad, her arresting office is totally hot. Why does she never meet guys like this when she not covered in red paint and hanging from what seemed to be a mile high ladder.

[Dogs are man's best friend and woman's ...]

Wed
Sep 2 2015 9:31am

Exclusive: Jennifer Probst to Break Ground on Billionaire Builders Series!

Jennifer Probst's The Billionaire Builders series announcement bannerWe are pleased as punch to share some exclusive scoop courtesy of Jennifer Probst herself: She's hard at work on a new series, The Billionaire Builders, with Book 1, Everywhere and Every Way, coming in 2016! In addition to giving us a little insider information on the series, Jennifer has taken the time to answer some of our burning questions about the project. So get your hard hats ready—it's time to meet the Billionaire Builders!

Dear Readers,

I've always been a bit obsessed with HGTV.

Maybe it's the step-by-step transformation of a building to a special place a person can call home. Maybe it's the excitement of watching a project unfold and being part of the completion. Maybe it's the Cinderella trope to watch a beat down, older home become beautiful again. To become loved.

Maybe it's just the hot guys with power tools.

When I decided to start my new series, I imagined three brothers who owned a family business that constructed customized houses. Each brother has a certain skill, and brought together, they are able to deliver someone's dream house. But these brothers have a dark history—a past that tore them apart and kept them apart for full five years. When their father's death finally brings them together, they are told  the only way Pierce Brothers Construction can remain is if they run it together as a family again, at a profit. What happens is a journey for all three of them that will test the limits of their family, the future, and the most important element—love. It's a story rich with layers and issues, all interwoven with my main theme: a place to call home.

Oh, and there's really hot guys with power tools in the series too.

 It's called The Billionaire Builders series and my first book is titled, Everywhere and Every Way. It contains my usual trademark humor, hot sex, alpha men, and dogs. Of course, there will be dogs. 

I hope you join me on this new journey where The Property Brothers meets the Marriage Bargain, and there's always a happily ever after.

<3
Jennifer Probst

Team H&H: Did any HGTV stars in particular influence the Pierce Brothers?

Jennifer Probst: Umm, that would be a big, resounding YES! I'm kind of obsessed with The Property Brothers. Besides being hot, they're creative, handy, and fascinating to watch. So I thought bigger and better and brainstormed THREE hot brothers with different talents who all worked together. More is better, right?!

[+H&H grills Jennifer Probst for more details!...]

Wed
Sep 2 2015 8:31am

Finish Off or Move On?

Michael Fassbender makes Grabby Hands at the XMen
Source: gerec.tumblr.com

Yesterday was a big release day, and as we do, we want to know your reading habits! When you get a highly anticipated book—whether it's brand-new or a new-to-you read that you're excited about—do you put aside your current read and finish it later, in favor of the new book, or do you have to finish what you're reading and then read the other book, no matter how excited you are about it?

Let us know in the comments!

Tue
Sep 1 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Kerrigan Byrne’s The Highwayman (September 1, 2015)

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Kerrigan Byrne
The Highwayman 

St. Martin's Press / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

STEALING BEAUTY

Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him...and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands...

COURTING DESIRE

But Farah is no one's puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?

I love big romances. Like most readers, I cut my teeth on Lindsey, McNaught, Garwood, and Devereaux. Historical romances were big and bold; they glittered with page after page of purple prose and fuschia covers. Even though historical romance as it is today is still enjoyable and subversive, I find myself searching for the modern author that can help recreate the joy of those original romances. Kerrigan Byrne's The Highwayman is my most recent answer. It's bold, it's brazen, and it's still decidedly modern—the historical romance we've been waiting for.

[What you've been waiting to read...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 3:44pm

Romance News Roundup: Hot Guy Reading, Christina Lauren Preview, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren—Christina Lauren fans eager for early previews of Dark Wild Night, Oliver and Lola's story, can now read Chapters 1 and 2. Stay tuned to H&H in the next couple weeks as we count down to the latest Wild Seasons book's release. We'll be featuring an exclusive excerpt of Dark Wild Night on September 13 followed by a very special sweepstakes—and more! Until then, you can play in our Christina Lauren sandbox.

J. Kenner has revealed her Dirtiest Secret (Stark International series) cover over at USA Today's HEA. Haven't tried the series yet? Start here, with our First Look at Say My Name.

—Instagram star Brock O'Hurn has posted a pic of himself reading with a caption that says, in part: “Currently finishing a trilogy. There's nothing like getting lost inside a book.” We could not agree more, sir, and THANK YOU for a vital PSA.

—Deal Alert: Angie Fox's My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore (via BookBub).*

[+The 100 filming teaser and The Fifth Wave trailer!...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Dark Ghost (September 1, 2015)

Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Dark Ghost (Dark #27)
Penguin / September 1, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

In the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance,” (J.R. Ward) a wounded warrior and a woman on the run find salvation, passion and unimaginable danger in the ghostly darkness of the Carpathian Mountains…
 
He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.
 
She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.
 
In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.
 
Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

Wounded from his most recent battle with a vampire, Andre goes off to his cave deep in the Carpathian Mountains in order to heal and recover. Centuries of existing only to hunt vampires, Andre has given up on ever finding the other half to his soul—his lifemate. 

[Another dark series novel for craving fans...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Madeline Martin, Ursula Renée, Elizabeth Michels, and Rebekah Weatherspoon

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from Madeline Martin, Ursula ReneeElizabeth Michels and Rebekah Weatherspoon. First up, if men in kilts is your thing, then you'll definitely look forward to Madeline Martin's Enchantment of a Highlander. Then help The Infamous Heir button up...or not...in the latest from Elizabeth Michels, before helping the hero from Ursula Renée's The Bookie's Odds see the heroine for the woman she's become. Finally, we can't resist the Sugar Baby novella from Rebekah Weatherspoon, So Sweet.

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 1:00pm

You Might Be a Secret Baby If...

Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

Today we're thrilled to welcome Jennifer Ryan to Heroes and Heartbreakers. As any good romance reader, Jennifer loves tropes, but one of those tropes that is very polarizing is the secret baby—and features in her latest release, Her Lucky Cowboy. When it's done well, it's done really, really well and leads to some of the most memorable books on our shelves. Jennifer is here today to talk about the secret baby trope and gives us a few scenarios in which you might actually be the secret baby. Thanks, Jennifer!

It’s no secret, I love romance tropes. Give me a friends to lovers, opposites attract, falling for a best friend, and even better, falling for my best friend’s sister or brother. Oh yeah! But the one I like best (to read and to write) is a secret baby.

As a mother, I cannot imagine the turmoil, regret, sadness, and disappointment keeping a pregnancy secret must evoke deep down inside the woman who chooses to do so, or has no other choice–or so she thinks.

It’s an outrageous trope, and few things fully encapsulate how absurd the world can get than the fact that a woman would have to hide the existence of the very child she’s working so hard to care for.

[Oh Baby, Baby!]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Highwayman: Exclusive Excerpt

Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Stealing Beauty

Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him...and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands...

Courting Disire

But Farah is no one's puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?

Get a sneak peek at Kerrigan Byrne's The Highwayman (available September 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

Scottish Highlands, County Argyle, 1855

Blood ran down Dougan Mackenzie’s forearms as he crouched against the ancient stone wall separating the grounds of Applecross Orphanage from the wild mountains beyond. None of the other children ventured here. The wall protected the stooped and faded headstones that rose from thick carpets of moss and heather fed by the bones of the dead.

Chest heaving, Dougan took a moment to catch his breath before sliding down to sit with his knobby legs drawn against his chest. Carefully, he opened his palms as far as the broken skin would allow. They hurt worse now than when the sharp switch had bitten into them.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 10:45am

What the Heart Wants: Fall 2015’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

Summer Romance 2015 calendar

September | October | November | Printable Version

Even the most avid romance fan has trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. We’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for September 2015 through November 2015.

What are your most anticipated romance of the season?

September


The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne (book)
An aristocrat reveals his dark side to an innocent widow only to learn she has a few secrets of her own!
 
Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh (book)
The only lady member of The Survivor’s Club gets her own happily ever after...
 
Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan (book)
In this 27th Carpathian novel, a wounded warrior and his fated mate must battle against dangerous enemies. Oh yeah, and passion, lots of passion.

Too Hard to Handle by Julie Ann Walker (book)
The stakes have never been higher as Julie Ann Walker returns to her Black Knight Inc. series.
 
Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh (book)
Kick off the fall with the Men of Summer, where the hero has been telling himself to stay away from the innocent heroine—and the heroine is sick of it!
 
Begging for It by Lilah Pace (book)
The highly anticipated sequel to Pace’s Asking for It sees these lovers facing off against a dangerous stalker but also reconciling their own forbidden desires.

[See what's up this fall...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 9:30am

First Look: Lilah Pace’s Begging for It (September 1, 2015)

Begging For It by Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace
Begging for It (Asking for It #2)
Berkley / September 1, 2015 / $15.00 print, $4.99 digital

The provocative author of Asking for It once again explores the dark side of erotic obsession, and the secrets that make it as dangerous as it is irresistible.

Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.

Jonah and Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they're taking are far more dangerous than they'd imagined.

A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is...

With Asking for It, Lilah Pace packed a punch. It wasn’t just the extreme rape fantasy premise or that the fantasy comes to life. The real shock was that for Jonah and Vivienne, it isn’t just fantasy; it was the embodiment and re-enactment of a very real personal hell for them both. Yet in each other, they finally found what they were missing, a partner who could help unlock that deeper part of themselves. And as they set forth boundaries and limits for their games, their world became a taboo paradise.

[Role playing turns into the perfect romance...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 8:22am

Nothing Says the Holidays Like a Fake-Fiancé: Love the Coopers Trailer

It seems that holidays and weddings are the time when the fake fiancé trope is employed the most liberally and lovingly. We love it! And it appears that it's no different than in the upcoming holiday movie/ensemble rom-com, Love the Coopers. What first caught our eye was obviously Olivia Wilde cozying up to a soldier, however with a cast featuring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, and others, well...you better believe we'll be watching this when it hits theaters November 13!

What did you think? Will you watch this one? What are your thoughts on the fake-fiancé trope?

Mon
Aug 31 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Mary Balogh’s Only a Kiss (September 1, 2015)

Only A Kiss by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh
Only a Kiss (The Survivors' Club #6)
Signet / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, injured in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendships forged in steel and loyalty. But for one, her trials are not over....

Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance, and Imogen desperately hopes he will never come to disturb her fragile peace.

Percival Hayes, Earl of Hardford, has no interest in the wilds of Cornwall, but when he impulsively decides to pay a visit to his estate there, he is shocked to discover that it is not the ruined heap he had expected. He is equally shocked to find the beautiful widow of his predecessor’s son living there.

Soon Imogen awakens in Percy a passion he has never thought himself capable of feeling. But can he save her from her misery and reawaken her soul? And what will it mean for him if he succeeds?

How many times have we met a couple that hate at first sight? And how many times has that hate jolted a man and a woman out of the placid, predictable half-life they’ve been living? So it is when Imogen, Lady Barclay, sees a man on her doorstep who is “absolutely, knee-weakeningly handsome.” But her second impression is that he is “impatient and insufferably arrogant” and Percy’s first words to Imogen leave no room for doubt.

He turned, looked at her, looked pointedly at the door behind her, which she had shut, and looked back at her with raised, perfectly arched eyebrows.

“And who the devil might you be?” he asked.”

[Second impressions are in order...]

Mon
Aug 31 2015 4:30pm

Analyze This: Character Therapy and Development in Romances from Cole, Pace, and More!

All of Me by Kelly Moran

Today we're thrilled to welcome Kelly Moran to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Kelly's latest release, All of Me, comes out tomorrow and features a character who is very good at reading people—author Alec Monroe. Alec also has a lot of baggage, as does his heroine, Faith. While neither character is a therapist, the author in many ways has to act as therapist to figure out how their past will effect their future—and particularly their future relationships. Let's face it, reading can act as therapy a lot of times, too. Kelly is here today to talk the unofficial therapy some characters go through during the course of their story to get to their HEA. Thanks, Kelly!

Hello, everyone! So happy to be joining you today! This topic is an interesting one, and I could go on tangent after tangent on this subject alone. Ahem. I shall try not to. For your sake.

With regards to fiction, characters don't necessarily need to be a “therapist” to be labeled as such. From reading facial expressions to expressing feelings to observing what's around them in order to react, it's all a head game. And those are the characters without the actual title of “Shrink.” Whether a cop, bartender, librarian, sales clerk, artist, or vampire lord, there are several jobs in which the character can be very analytical. Since I'm a romance writer, let's go with that genre and some of my more recent reads.

[What are character's without growth?]