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What makes a hero heroic?
Ronan Conroy, the hero of my new release, Cassie’s Grand Plan, is a combination of two of the sexiest backgrounds I can think of. His father’s side of the family is Irish and that’s given him dark, swarthy good looks and mesmerizing blue eyes. His mother’s side of the family is from the Southern States of the USA, giving him a slight twang to his accent and the manners of an absolute gentleman.
In my head, too, he’s the kind of guy who always tries to do the right thing – even if he occasionally gets things wrong!
Part of what causes him so much angst in the story is the fact that he’s not being completely honest with Cassie – and he doesn’t want to hurt her.
But as my grandmother would say, the road to hell is lined with good intentions – and that’s exactly what’s happening for Ronan!
The same qualities hold for many of the heroes I find myself gravitating to. What about the amazing Dr House? if ever there was a case of ten points for heart-in-the-right-place, but minus several thousand for the execution, it’s the grumpy doctor. His priority is always to cure the patient – he just often goes about it in very puzzling ways.
Same goes for some of those villains-as-heroes we love to hate. What about vampire Damon from The Vampire Diaries? (If you don’t watch it, you’re seriously missing out!) He’s in love with Elena and wants to protect her, but his temper and impetuousness often has him getting on her wrong side as he jumps in and does the wrong thing for the right reasons.
I love heroes that show us another layer to themselves – who, through their actions, reveal part of themselves that they usually try to keep hidden.
What are the qualities you look for in a romance hero? Let me know in a comment and you could win a copy of Cassie’s Grand Plan.
CASSIE'S GRAND PLAN
Four steps to a brand-new life
Cassie Hartman knows what she needs to do to get her life under control. First, she’ll get herself promoted. Then she’ll update her appearance. Steps three and four—marriage and family—well, those will have to wait.
Then Ronan McGuire shows up. The too-sexy, too-polished business consultant has the power to derail Cassie’s plans before she’s even really started. If he doesn’t approve her promotion, she’ll be back to square one—and that’s not an option. Cassie needs to keep her focus on that first step, no matter how much Ronan tempts her to skip ahead to the third and fourth ones….
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