Jan 8 2015 5:15pm

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: Heroes and Heroines Who Are DJs from Ashley, Crusie, and More!

Charlie All Night by Jennifer CrusieRomance heroes and heroines work at the most interesting professions, and one that is conducive to romance is a DJ, so don't touch that dial, here's a rundown of some of the best DJs in romance.

Jennifer Crusie loves a DJ. In Charlie All Night, she tells the story of radio producer Allie McGuffey lusting after her temporary nightshift DJ. The lucky Allie ends up enjoying Charlie all night in more than one way.

We meet a similar he-siren (alpha siren?) in Gloria Alvarez's Heart Waves. Heart Waves is a vintage (1992) paperback romance and the nineties vibe shines through the plot. Our feisty Midwest radio station manager Peyton just knows she’s gonna hate the darn city boy hotshot announcer from the Big Apple brought in after her beloved radio station is sold. It’s hate at first sight because city boy has prettier hair flicks and highlights than her. No, sorry, the heroine hates him because he fired her best friend and “monkeys around with her program schedules.” Despite being a hateful alpha-hole, the hero steals the heroine’s heart with his “voice as a smooth as cream and kisses just as rich”. Let’s hope she’s not lactose intolerant.

In Erica Orloff's Freudian Slip, it’s the hero once again who’s the DJ, an obnoxious shock-jock to be precise. He’s so obnoxious someone drills him a new navel after a particularly offensive broadcast. While floating in a coma, higher powers (think haloes) assign him to help the heroine cope with a particularly poopy time in her life.

Hello, Darkness by Sandra BrownIn case you’re wondering where all the lady DJs are, Sandra Brown’s romantic thriller Hello, Darkness features Paris Gibson, host of a late night radio program who rubs one listener up the wrong way so much that he decides to kill her. Likewise, the female DJ in Nora Roberts’s romantic suspense novel Night Shift has a playlist that inspires homicide. Who knew playing too much Taylor Swift could be so dangerous?

One of the few paranormal novels featuring a female DJ is Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. Kitty Norville is a closet werewolf working the midnight-shift for a Denver radio station. When not busy dodging a sexy werewolf-hunter and homicidal undead, she hosts an advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. (I’d so follow that radio show.)

And now for some double DJ delight. Both hero and heroine are DJs in Jennifer Ashley's Confessions of a Lingerie Addict. Brenda is working for a station trying to claw its way up the broadcast ratings and her boss has the DJs doing crazy things like broadcasting mid-bungee jump. (See, you knew there had to be drawbacks to this profession.) Having just hurled her engagement ring back at Mr Wrong, Brenda gets shit-faced at a friend’s party and wakes up with some A-grade man-booty in her bed. (All I ever seem to wake up with is a hangover.) Because this is Romancelandia, Mr Bootylicious turns out to be a DJ from another radio station and before you can say ‘more hits comin’ atcha!’ the couple’s flirtatious banter is being broadcast on a weekly basis.


To learn more about the books mentioned in this post:

Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie  
Heart Waves by Gloria Alvarez  
Freudian Slip by Erica Orloff  
Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown  
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn  
Confessions of a Lingerie Addict by Jennifer Ashley  







Rhyll Biest is an Australian author writing erotic romance hot enough to melt your e-reader. Living in Prague, Shanghai and Germany has given her a taste for the exotic and her books resemble the United Nations of Hotness, filled as they are with racy Russians, Teutonic hotties and alluring Aussies. She's also one of the naughtiest ninjas at the Naughty Ninjas group author site and is one of the tarts on the Bookish Tarts podcast where she and fellow author Georgina Penney discuss romance novels in a high-brow yet potty-mouthed way.

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Helena J
1. Helena J
I love Charlie All Night! I have the audio version and it's superb. Nearly as good as Crusie's Welcome to Tempatation (and that is high praise).
2. Kareni
I recently read and enjoyed a new adult novel whose heroine was a DJ -- Rhonda Helms' Scratch.
Helena J
Kareni, was the DJ a club DJ in Scratch? I had trouble finding a club DJ, could only find radio DJs.

Helena, one of my friends loves Charlie All Night too, it was her first Crusie!
Helena J
4. Chris Huntley (WRLL)
Gideon in the book Two Of A Kind by Susan Mallery.
5. Kareni
Rhyll, Yes, the DJ in Scratch is indeed a club DJ. Here's a blurb for the book:

"The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that's the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she's reserved, practical--all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she's put up. Like Casey, he's a senior. In every other way, he's her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can't fathom, he's intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that's messy and unpredictable. He doesn't know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach--or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try."
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