Last month I sat in my orthodontics office and read People’s Sexiest Man Alive. I love me some Channing Tatum. I think he’s a smart man who can play a dumb man with muscles very convincingly and I’m very happy for him and his wife. There was a section where they broke down age groups of celebrities and listed men in their 20s, 30s, 40s, & 50s. I kept looking at the 20-somethings thinking they were babies! It really hit home with me that I’ve just turned forty when all the men I thought were sexy were aged from late thirties to mid-fifties.
Although Heartbreakers can be male or female, for me, they are men with tremendous hearts, larger-than-life presence, a sense of ruthlessness, and enough love to fill heaven. They are rough, tough, and yet tender and compassionate. Whether they are self-made men or born to wealth, Heartbreakers have a core of strength that is unshakable.
I grew up reading Harlequin Presents, where the story was written from the POV of the heroine. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out the stoic hero, knowing he was in love with the girl but unable, for one reason or another, to tell her until the end of the book. Carole Mortimer was a master at writing stories like this. The first book I wrote, Black Leather Pants, had this POV because of my love of second-guessing the hero.
Whether the heartbreaker is a bad-ass, a nerd, a romantic or something supernatural, the one fact is that they can enrapture the reader. They linger with us long after the words THE END. It is every author’s dream to create such a hero or heroine.
When writing for ménage, many authors pick an Alpha and Beta Heartbreaker. In my stories, I like to write two Alphas who complete something the other lacks. (The main exception is my story The Song Bird) For my upcoming trilogy (McKnight, Perth & Daire), I used the first book to establish the first Heartbreaker, Jonas Daire. The second book highlights Nash McKnight. And the third book tries to find a common ground between these two hardheaded men.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and make sure you hug that Heartbreaker in you life!
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