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Helloah, my pretties. I'd like to welcome women's fiction author Brooke Moss to my blog today. Not only is she sharing her thoughts on awesome male leads, but she also has a spanking new e-copy of her novel, THE WHAT IF GUY, to give away. Entry details are at the bottom of this post; in the meantime, Brooke is going to put down her cheese (she likes cheese quite a lot) and amuse you for at least six minutes...
Greatest Contemporary Heroes
By Brooke Moss
Thanks for having me on your blog, Lucy! I am so excited to be here.
There is absolutely nothing better than opening a book and discovering that you are reading about a grade A, class act, built for manual labor in and out of the bedroom, hot male character. You know the type. Long hair, or short, whatever floats your boat. Dark eyes, or light ones that sparkle when he gazes down at the heroine, take your pick. A rugged demeanor, or the hot, geeky type. Any hero that makes your toes curl as you’re flipping the pages.
I’ve read my share of amazing heroes in many different genres. There is a vampire named Dante in an Ivy Alexander book that still makes me blush when I think about him. There is a hot gargoyle character named Jax in Jess MacCallan’s upcoming trilogy that makes me weak in the knees. It would be a shame not to mention Alaric, who was created by the amazing Alyssa Day. And lest we not forget the lovely YA werewolf goodness that Stephenie Meyer and Maggie Stievfater provided.
But my favorite hero characters are the ones from contemporary romance.
I know, I know…some readers consider contemporary romance heroes “boring”. But I am here to crush that myth. Contemporary heroes are as hot and earth shaking because they could actually be…dare I say it…real. A cop? Totally real. A carpenter? Got one living next door to me. Trucker? Mailman? Reporter? They’re everywhere. In fact, we are completely surrounded by potential contemporary romance heroes.
I enjoy a hero who doesn’t necessarily start out as the most attractive character. At first glance, he doesn’t seem that interesting. And frankly, he needs a good shave and a long shower. But boy, with the addition of a few descriptive words, and a twist of focus, and possibly a heart-wrenching emotional scene—and that hero becomes the hot guy who lived across the street, but the heroine never gave a second glance to. Before now.
Now they are slamming into walls as they stumble their way to the bedroom, and they are crying out each other’s names as they fall into a whirlwind of passion. And believe it or not, there is nary a magical dagger, a set of wings, a set of fangs, or any sort of mystical journey in sight. Just two people, that could be you or me, falling in love.
Some of the most, ahem, memorable heroes from contemporary romance that I love have come from the brilliant and hilarious minds of Kristan Higgins and Jennifer Crusie. Both authors have the ability create heroes that I feel completely capable of running into at the grocery store. That’s the key with contemporary romance: turning an otherwise unmemorable person into a hero that a reader will look back on and sigh contentedly.
In Catch of the Day, Kristan Higgins shifts her hero, Malone—or Maloner the Loner—from a grouchy, lobsterman…into a dark, mysterious sex machine. And all it takes is the act of Malone rubbing balm onto the heroine’s hand. Then whammo! He turns into the man I still refer to as, “my boyfriend”.
And in Kristan Higgin’s Fools Rush In, the heroine has spent years overlooking her ex-brother-in-law, Sam, who is an unassuming single dad to her teenage nephew. All it takes is a rainstorm without power, and before you know it…you’re looking at Sam like the cop-slash-stud muffin he really is. And wishing you lived on Cape Cod so that you could get arrested and handcuffed by him.
Jennifer Crusie’s book, Charlie All Night, took a character who wasn’t blatantly good looking, and seemingly normal, and evolved him into the most amazing one night stand her heroine—or anyone—would ever have. I can’t listen to the radio without wondering if the DJ who is talking is as hot as his voice sounds!
In contemporary romance, authors are given the opportunity make someone who would be otherwise overlooked, as attractive and appealing as hot vampires and gargoyles. It takes some finesse, and some darn good writing, but it is possible to make a reader blush and giggle to herself while reading about the local mechanic or waiter. It doesn’t all have to be mythical beings and mortality threatening circumstances. Sometimes all it takes is a minor twist of fate—for instance, a water heater going out, or a fender bender—to make a hero go from drab to fab.
My name is Brooke Moss, and my debut novel, The What If Guy, is available now. It tells the story of single mom, Autumn Cole, who is returning to the small town of her youth to reluctantly reclaim her role as daughter of the town drunk. Things become even more complicated when she realizes that her son’s history teacher, Henry Tobler—who makes teaching history and playing the violin very appealing—is the college sweetheart she never stopped loving.
The What If Guy is available at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon, Diesel Books, Books On Board, and at your local bookseller. Grab a copy today, and then let me know what you think!
THE WHAT IF GUY
What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of your life?
(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)
After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back together.
Her disgruntled twelve-year-old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making.
Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love–and herself–with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?
To win a copy, simply leave a comment below (please make sure I have a way of contacting you!). I will announce the winner on August 23rd. Good luck, and happy reading.