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”?
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.