Heartbreaker Blog Hop – Everyday Heartbreaker

Ready for some Heartbreak?

Ready for some Heartbreak?

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!

Click here to go to Heartbreaker Blog Hop central!

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!

Mmmm....  Prizes!

Mmmm…. Prizes!

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.

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32 thoughts on “Heartbreaker Blog Hop – Everyday Heartbreaker

  1. Oh, I am dying to know the ending now! I dated a “nerd” once – he was an absolute sweetheart, and I’m afraid it was MY issues that caused his heartbreak. I was happy he married ten years later to a beautiful woman 🙂

    Nice prizes! t.j.loveless@gmail.com Of course I’m going to enter! The Starbucks alone is enough to get me standing in line 🙂

  2. Thanks for the giveaway and participating in the hop!
    I think that Christian Grey from “50 Shades of Grey” is a good example of a heartbreaker. He used and abused Ana at first, but then came to his senses by book two.

    mestith@gmail.com

  3. For me the heartbreaker is a bad boy who goes kicking and screaming into love! When he falls he falls hard!

    The only heartbreakers I have encountered are literary! And my all time fav is Mr Darcy! Although, I am currently crushing on Zadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood!

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  4. I love reading about heartbreakers! They are usually bad-boys, they’re witty, funny and sexy and the female population is drooling after them lol

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  5. I like reformed heartbreakers the best…it’s nice when the really earn that HEA!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  6. We all want to love a Heartbreaker. Maybe its because of his chiseled good looks, his bad boy attitude, or the mysterious nature of him. Some Heartbreakers are just that, they know what they got and how to use it to get what they want. Then there are those Heartbreakers that don’t even realize that they are doing it. The best part about a Heartbreaker is that there is always a woman that turns their world upside down until they realize it is love. I have read many Romance Novels over the years and have run into many memorable Heartbreakers and my favorites are usually the ones that don’t even know they are Heartbreakers! Some of my personal favorite Heartbreakers are :

    Kade Jamenson (Werewolf) from An Alpha’s Path. Kade is a sexy werewolf that will make you burn but a mishap with a potential mate makes him not think he will find love.

    Ian MacPhie (Vampire) from All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire. Ian is a heartbreaking Highland Vampire that was frozen in his immortality when he was only 15. With the help of his friend he is given a drug that helps him age to 28 so he could look like a man instead of a child after hundreds of years. He has no idea that he looks of a warrior and the lover.

    Lothaire Daciano (Vampire) from Lothaire. Lothaire is definitely a heartbreaker and his cocky attitude proves it! Thinks he’s a gift to women! Its just the sucker punch from a woman he doesn’t realize is his equal that brings him down a notch.

    Marius Parker from His Contrary Bride. Marius is every part the gentlemen but doesn’t realize he could also easily be the rogue!

    Benjamin Gateway from To Win His Wayward Wife. Benjamin doesn’t realize that he is a heartbreaker because the one woman he loved, he lost….or did he?

    Fury North (Human with Canine DNA) from Fury and Valiant North (Human with Feline DNA) from Valiant. Fury and Valiant are strong New Species and gorgeous to boot, but because they are damaged they doesn’t think they can hold onto to the women they love.

    Sigimor Cameron from Highland Conqueror. Sigimor is every bit the Highland Laird and warrior but can he hold onto to the beautiful English lady?

    Joshua Striker (Werewolf) from Alexandra’s Legacy. Joshua is a scared and battle hard enforcer for his pack and he thinks that he doesn’t have what it takes to make the women melt.

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  7. My favorite Heartbreaker is the one that your heart can’t live without. One of my best is Lucas from D B Reynolds book “LUCAS” (Vampire in America series). Strong mind, well put together and tender when he wants to be. And loves horses.

    Judy Peterson
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

  8. I may not have much experience in the whole love department, but I have had my heart broken. Being considered a Heartbreaker can come from various actions that you do. I am a newbie when it comes to reading romance books but what I have learned is that it is not bad to have a chiseled body or an amazing personality. If you look at it over all, if you never put your heart out there, you may never have a chance at true love and happiness. I may get broken once in a while but only you are strong enough to pick yourself up and try all over again. One of my favorite Heartbreakers is Taylor Qualls the Earl of Sandlin from the book His Impetuous Debutante. Lady Phoebe kinda reminds me of myself, accident prone and finding trouble in every corner. Taylor doesn’t think he is good enough for Phoebe, so he’s a heartbreaker and doesn’t know it.

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  9. One of my favorites is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. My favorite heartbreaker is Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Really…I love to hate him and vice versa.
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  11. My favorite part of having a heart breaker is the world class groveling. Todd in Lauren Dane’s Laid Bare is my perfect example.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  12. You asked if you gave too much and I am saying NO, you didn’t give me enough. I want more. I definitely have to add this one to my list of wants because I have to know what happens and the fact that he isn’t one of those rugged, handsome alpha males makes it even more intriguing for me. Thanks for the fun giveaway and chance to win. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

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