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Wed
Feb 5 2014 2:00pm

What’s Your Damage? Why We Love Damaged Heroes and Heroines

Beautiful Addictions by Season ViningThe damaged hero and heroine in romance is gaining momentum with readers for more reasons than we have room to list, particularly in the New Adult genre. Today's guest, author Season Vining, puts her finger on some of the reasons why we love reading about people with damaged lives, even though the read can be painful. Season's Beautiful Addictions offers both a damaged hero and heroine, and hopefully allows each of them to heal through loving the other. Thanks for being here, Season!

Many romantic stories–whether they be novels, movies, or television–involve people whom society deems as damaged. Individuals with troubled childhoods, nasty secrets, or miserable past relationships make up a large percentage of our beloved protagonists. There’s the painfully shy girl who never makes eye contact and hints at her discomfort in social situations, the man crippled with fear, the young woman who acts out, or the mysteriously dangerous guy who lets his anger and rage rule him. These tortured souls are only words on a page or actors on a screen, yet we find ourselves cheering them on. We don’t know them personally, but once we’re emerged into their stories, we feel tethered to their hurt. So, why do we do it? Why put ourselves through that?

[Feel the pull...]

Mon
Jan 6 2014 3:00pm
Excerpt

Beautiful Addictions: Exclusive Excerpt

Season Vining

Beautiful Addictions by Season Vining

Josie Banks is a girl without a past.  After being found unconscious with no memory, she was shuffled in and out of foster homes where she suffered years of abuse. An experience that left her broken, damaged, and clinging to drugs and meaningless hook-ups to numb her pain.

When Josie disappeared years ago, she took a piece of Tristan with her.  She’s the girl he thought he lost forever—the one he’s never been able to forget.  Now a twist of fate has brought them back together again, and he never wants to let her out of his inked arms.  But Tristan is haunted by a dark past of his own.  On the run from ruthless criminals that shattered Josie’s world years ago, reentering her life puts them both in grave danger.

As Josie and Tristan’s lives become tangled once again, they find themselves unwilling and unable to escape the relentless pull that draws them together.  But will the past leave their love in ruins—or bind them together for a lifetime?

Get a sneak peek of Season Vining's Beautiful Addictions (available in e-format, January 28, 2014; print, June 10, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Josie sat on the floor of the apartment, a tablet open in her lap while she sketched Tristan’s handsome features. He sat on the floor as well, leaning against the sofa reading the autobiography of Keith Richards. His long legs were straight and crossed at the ankles with Josie’s thrown over them. It had become habit, if they were in the same room, they were touching. As if intertwined legs or joined hands sparked some kind of current that made them truly exist.

Josie craved his touch and she couldn’t understand why they hadn’t had sex yet. She wanted it; her fingers ached to touch him in places she’d only yet imagined. It was obvious that Tristan felt the same way, so she failed to make sense of his need to take things slow. She longed to feel his sweat slicked skin against hers and inhale the scent of their bodies combined. Not ready to admit any kind of emotional connection, she desperately needed a physical one. It was the only thing she was comfortable with.

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