Inara Scott: Holding Out for a Hero
When women read romance novels, they’re naturally going to put themselves in the place of the heroine. I mean, you’re not reading romance to analyze the actions of unpleasant characters, right? Leave that for the literature section. When you read romance you want to live through the experience of the characters. That means the heroine’s got to someone you can empathize with and understand, and the hero’s got to be someone you can fall in love with.
He’s got to be a true hero. A fantasy.
But he’s also got to be real. No one wants to fall in love with perfect. We fall in love with flawed characters that are just perfect enough to make our hearts beat faster, but just complex enough to put their happily ever after at risk. After all, if there was no risk, no conflict, then what would you be reading? A very, very short story.
So here’s my three-part recipe for a hero:
1) Handsome. Let’s not beat around the bush. We want our hero to be hot. We want a nice pair of biceps, a strong jaw, and a washboard stomach. There is a time and a place for a less classically handsome hero, but it’s not in my romance novel. Sorry love handles! I do adore you in real life, but not in the pages of my book.
2) Alpha. This requires a little explanation, because some people mistakenly think alpha means bossy. That’s not it at all. A true alpha is a natural leader. When he walks into the room, people notice. He doesn’t have to be bossy—when he makes suggestions, people follow them because he inspires confidence. He knows exactly what he wants to do, and he’s usually right. He’s competent, self-assured, and strong. Never bossy.
3) Vulnerable. This is another characteristic people get confused about. They think an alpha can’t be vulnerable. Not so. He doesn’t like to show his vulnerability, but he feels deeply, and he’s got flaws. Of course, when he falls in love, it’s like a felling a redwood. He falls hard. And then he’s got to find a way to get past the vulnerability to win her love.
What do you think? Sound like a hero to you?
Falling for Mr. Wrong
Looking for Mrs. Right…
Single father of three, Ross Bencher, knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart…
Falling for Mr. Wrong…
When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency before a big climbing expedition, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping…and questioning everything she’s ever known about love…
“Ross,” she said, swallowing hard to clear the lump from her throat. “I realize I’m not the traditional nanny, and I know I was your last choice for a babysitter. But I can’t do this anymore.”
His gaze flickered from her mouth to her throat.
Her bones began to melt. All at once, her skin seemed to tighten, and her stomach began to fall as her brain fogged over.
He shook his head. “You’re absolutely right. I can’t keep doing this, either.”
“What?” She narrowed her gaze suspiciously.
“Looking at you.” His voice dropped. “Staring at your lips. And wondering if they can possibly taste as good I remember.”
Bestselling author Inara Scott grew up on a steady diet of true love, heaving bosoms, and happily ever after. Romance inspired her first novel, penned at the age of 14, titled A Wild and Stormy Passion. Today, Inara writes anything and everything, including young adult fiction and adult romance. Inara loves to hear from readers, and can often be found avoiding actual work by playing on Twitter (@inarascott) and Facebook.
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Rules of Negotiation
He let her make the rules…
NYC’s most eligible bachelor, Brit Bencher, is also known as The Slayer for his reputation in the boardroom…and the bedroom. And he’ll do anything to take care of his family, even seduce high-powered corporate attorney Tori Anderson in the hopes of getting her to reveal confidential information about one of her clients. But for the first time in his life, he finds he’s falling for a woman.
…and then he started to break them.
After juggling the demands of her career and the stress of caring for her ailing mother, Tori Anderson doesn’t have time for relationships—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to feel like a woman. When Brit offers a no-strings attached fling, it sounds like exactly what she needs. But what will she do when Brit decides he won’t take “one night stand” for an answer? When Tori uncovers his lies, will he lose his chance with her forever?
The Boss’s Fake Fiancee
Is she his worst nightmare…
No relationships, that’s billionaire Garth Solen’s rule–especially not with a woman like his new employee Melissa Bencher, who thinks with her heart and not her head. But all bets are off when Melissa’s attempt to make her jerk ex-boyfriend jealous by suggesting that she’s dating Garth. To protect his ailing grandmother, he is forced to play the part of Melissa’s adoring fiancé.
…or a dream come true?
Melissa couldn’t begin to imagine all the trouble one impulsive act could cause. Now she’s trying on rings and posing for the paparazzi with her gorgeous boss. The game is clear: for one month, they play the part of an engaged couple, and then they part ways. No emotions. No entanglements. But when it comes to matters of the heart, Melissa’s never been good at following the rules…