Girl meets boy. Boy adores girl. They fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Boy never disappoints girl or lets her down and always stands up for her when she needs it.
Ah! If only real life worked that way! But it doesn’t. Men, as wonderful as they are, are only human and can break our hearts. I know I’ve experienced more than enough heartbreak for a lifetime, thank you very much! So when it came to writing the character of Michael West, hero of Our Little Secrets, I couldn’t resist the urge to throw a hefty dose of reality into a tale of accidental love.
When most people think of heartbreakers they probably think of the classic bad boy. Romance is full of them. Gorgeous alpha males who sweep in, save the day, and leave the ladies swooning. Or maybe the heartbreaker is a man with a past, with wounds half-healed who keeps the heroine at a distance until she can break through and help him overcome his past. Mmm… they’re delicious!
Michael West isn’t one of those heroes. Michael is a shopkeeper, wears glasses, and isn’t arrestingly handsome (like his friend Eric Quinlan). For every citizen of Cold Springs who respects and admires him, there is another who would happily trip him in the street as he walks past. He lives his life as a constant balancing act, respectability versus mystery, authority versus teasing. Nope, not your average romance novel alpha hero at all.
So what makes Michael a heartbreaker?
Well, for one thing, as our heroine, Charlie, discovers right off the bat, Michael might just be the most intelligent man you’ll ever meet. Nerd hero? Quite possibly! Of course the next thing that Charlie discovers is that appearances can be deceiving. Michael might not look like much, but when the lights go out and things slip between the sheets he knows exactly how to set the fireworks off and leave a girl panting for more.
Ah, but therein lies the problem. Michael is only human and humans have their faults and their secrets. In a perfect world, when someone’s secrets catch up with them we’d like them to stand and face them like a man, to deny the worst of it and prove that they are the hero we want them to be. But what do you do when they fail? How do you get your happy ending when your hero proves that he has feet of clay?
Better still, how does a savvy heroine unbreak her heart and fight for the life she wants? Sometimes the journey back from heartbreak is even better than the first flush of love. And just because a man is a heartbreaker doesn’t mean that he wants to be. All it takes is something worth standing up for.
Tempted yet? Have I given too much away? You’ll have to read Our Little Secrets to find out!
Thanks for stopping by on the Heartbreakers Blog Hop! To show my appreciation, one lucky commenter will win a $15 Starbucks gift card from me. Because what’s better than coffee and a scone to go with a good book? I’ll be choosing a winner on Monday morning.
But wait! There’s more. When you comment on this blog post you will be entered to win one of the fabulous GRAND PRIZES below! Be sure to include your email address in your comment.
Please keep on hopping and visit the other fabulous writers and bloggers on the tour. Follow the link below and comment on more blogs to be entered to win one of the following fabulous prizes!
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
And of course feel free to click on any of the book covers in the margins to learn more about the saucy, sizzling tales I write.