Today we're thrilled to have author Laura Kaye joining us at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Laura's latest in her Hard Ink series, Hard to Come By, is just out, and has a hero—Derek DiMarzio—with a prosthetic leg and an enormous heart. He doesn't know what to do when an asset, the sister of a guy he and his friends are investigating, turns out to be so much more. Neither Marz nor Emilie have been with anyone for a while, which means that when they get together, they have a lot to talk about. Laura's here to discuss why we love dirty talk so much. Thanks, Laura!
When reading a book, I’ve always found that nothing makes my heart race more than some well-done dirty talk. The dirtier, bolder, and more raw, the better—especially out of the mouth of the hero.
So I was really excited to be in the midst of writing Hard to Come By and learn that my sexy amputee hero, Derek “Marz” DiMarzio, had a crazy hot mouth on him! Derek is someone who’s never really had a place to belong. So, for him, his growing attraction to and feelings for Emilie Garza are very tied up in a deep yearning to belong to someone…for once in his life. That comes out in his dialogue whenever things flash hot between them. And OMG!
I got to thinking about why I enjoy dirty talk in romance novels so much, and I think it comes down to intensity. Dirty talk reflects the intensity of the talker’s emotions and desire, and its purpose is in part to elicit an intense reaction—lust, need, desire, anticipation, and more. Dirty talk makes me feel what the characters are feeling more than anything else. It makes me feel present in the story.