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Mon
Aug 24 2015 3:30pm

Why The Wrong Guy Just Might Be Mr. Right

Right Wrong Guy by Lia Riley

Today we're thrilled to welcome Lia Riley to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lia's second book in her Brightwater series, Right Wrong Guy, came out on August 4 and features a small-town bad boy who falls for a big-city heiress—talk about opposites attract. Lia is here today to talk about finding the right person when you think they're absolutely the wrong one. Thanks, Lia!

Man oh man, I’m all about those tropes, the beloved time tested plot devices used by romance authors to bring together two (and sometimes more!) love interests. Paula Abdul famously sang about my personal all-time favorite trope when she belted out how “opposites attract.” It’s such fun to watch two characters who don’t appear to have much in common on the surface slowly discover a meaningful connection at more fundamental levels. Who didn’t get a little twitterpated during As Good as it Gets, when Jack Nicholson’s character tells the single mom and waitress, played by Helen Hunt, that “You make me want to be a better man”?

Swoon.

As an author, it’s a real treat to rummage around in the character’s very different personalities and be challenged to find a way to make their relationship viable to the reader. In my recent release, Right Wrong Guy, a bad boy wrangler from a small ranching community rustles up a prim New York heiress who just so happens to be a runaway bride. Throwing these seemingly polar opposites together was addictive fun and I got a kick seeing how they played off the strengths and weaknesses of the other. Today I want to share four of my favorite “opposites attract” reads…books where the hero appears to be the wrong guy for so many reasons and yet by the end it’s clear he’s Mr. Right.

[Sometimes Mr. Wrong is Mr. Right...]

Tue
Dec 2 2014 4:45pm

The Unconventional Heroine: The Hardest Job in Literature?

Today we're joined by Lia Riley, whose Inside Out is out today! Inside Out is the conclusion to Lia's Off the Map series, where the heroine travels from California to Australia and ends up meeting the love of her life. Of course it's not as easy as that—especially since Lia's heroine, Talia, isn't the usual type of heroine. In writing Talia, Lia created an unconventional heroine, which is what she's talking about today. Thanks, Lia!

It’s kind of a given that all (okay, MOST) romance readers adore a tortured hero. There’s something appealing about a man with flaws, qualities that render him more human and interesting. But spare a thought for the flawed, unconventional heroines. Man, oh, man, that’s got to be one of the toughest gigs in literature.

Why is there still a double standard? Why can a hero get away with bad behavior, or act like a straight-up jerk face, while a heroine is criticized for the same qualities? These are questions that have honestly kept me awake at night. Where are the female equivalents of Mr. Rochester or Christian Grey? We don’t even have to go that far. I don’t know about you, but I’m far from perfect. I can be kind of an... ass. Or thoughtless. Or careless. Or opinionated. Or grumpy. But I’d like to think I’m someone you’d generally wish well and hope to succeed.

[We think you are too!]

Wed
Aug 13 2014 1:00pm

Byronic Baby Daddy: Three Reasons I Adore Mr. Rochester

Upside Down by Lia Riley

Today we're joined by author Lia Riley, whose Upside Down is just out this month. Upside Down's hero isn't perfect, and he has his own issues to work through before—perhaps—finding his own HEA. Like Upside Down's Bran, Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester has a few issues of his own, but Lia still loves him, or perhaps loves him more because of them. She's here to talk about her book boyfriend, Mr. Rochester, today. Thanks, Lia! 

Bless the book boyfriend, those dreamy larger-than-life guys who inspire us by the end of the story to try and crawl inside the page (or is that just me?). We all have our hero preferences. Maybe you adore a warrior—ready to defend his woman no matter the costs. Or perhaps your tastes run more toward down-to-earth betas, those sweethearts next door.

Me? Man, oh, man, the Byronic hero is my kryptonite.

Lord Byron, dubbed by his eventual lover, Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” lent his name to one of the most enduring classic hero archetypes. He’s often viewed as a protagonist but is also someone unstable and deeply conflicted. None of my many fictional crushes have been as long-standing as Jane Eyre’s brooding true love, Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester, the epitome of an excellent Byronic hero. You can keep Mr. Knightley or even Mr. Darcy. I’ll take a helping of misunderstood outsider.

Rebellious? Check.

Arrogant? Check.

Angsty? Check.

Anti-social? Yep, pretty much.

Intelligent and keenly perceptive? Oh my yes.

What if we throw in passionate and darkly romantic?

Ermahgawd. . .siiiiiiiiiigh.

[What's not to love!]