Monday, March 25, 2013

The Madly In Love Hero with Jess Michaels + Giveaway (ebook)

Last time Jess Michaels hung out at the blog, she was sharing about her love for courtesan heroines. Today, she is sharing about heroes.


Meet Jess:
Writing as Jenna Petersen for historical romances and Jess Michaels for erotic romances (mostly historical), I wear a lot of hats. And I've been lucky to see my books become award-winners and bestsellers over the years. I've also been lucky to meet readers, other writers and editors/agents and be able to count many of them as friends.

I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington that I do not use except to make my characters lives hell. I am married to my best friend and we live in Tucson, AZ with our two cats. Some of my favorite things are travel, winning our family football pool, reading, being an aunt to two wonderful nephews and, of course, writing.

You might also check out my alter-ego for funny urban fantasy, Jesse Petersen.

Connect with Jess: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

First off I’d like to say thanks so much to Jamie and Kati! They reviewed FOR DESIRE ALONE when it came out, but this is my first stop as a guest blogger here! So thanks ladies! :) Of course, when we talked about my doing this the topic I was given was ‘anything you want’. Very broad, indeed. But my mind is currently on my recent release HER PERFECT MATCH (which came out March 5 and is available at all online retail stores in the universe). It’s the final book in my Mistress Matchmaker trilogy (AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE and FOR DESIRE ALONE are the first two in the series).

Normally I write rather alpha, sort of broken male characters. They tend to be very resistant to the idea of love, whether because they are bound by duty to another path or they feel they don’t deserve love or they just don’t believe in it. But in HER PERFECT MATCH the first scene I wrote for my hero, Benedict, shocked me a little. He admits, quite freely, that he is in love with my heroine, Vivien.

Now obviously, I’m not the first author to come up with this idea. It’s been done many times, but I think this may be my first book where my hero is already so completely aware of his feelings for the heroine. Of course, because of their shared history (she was his lover, he her protector but she pushed him away the first time around when she realized he loved her), he absolutely knows they can never be together. So he is in love, but he believes it to be impossible and unrequited. Even when he and Vivien fall back into bed together, he is under no illusion that they will share love or a life together.

Those facts opened up such a range of new emotion for me! Can you imagine the heartache of that situation, especially for him? He can touch her, he can be with her, he can laugh with her… but this will end and he already knows the heartache that will follow that end. It really changed my entire view of him as a hero and a man. Plus, it gave me the greater challenge of the fact that Vivien knew he had strong feelings for her, at least at some point. She doesn’t want to hurt him, but she is drawn to him in ways she cannot deny. She is a good person, so I had to walk her along a very thin tightrope between likeable and unlikeable when it came to Benedict’s heart.

In the end, my in-love hero got to me much different from any other man I’ve ever written. Do you have a favorite book with an in-love hero (from the start)? Do you like the idea of a man in love though he knows the love is impossible? And what draws us to that ‘impossible love’ idea so strongly?

She will do anything for him…except surrender.

Vivien Manning, the notorious Mistress Matchmaker, is tired. Tired of the parties, tired of the lovers, tired of being her. So she decides to leave London behind once and for all and start a whole new life.

But before she goes, she must tie up some loose ends, so she makes a list which includes one man she’s never been fully able to let go:

Benedict Graystone.

Benedict was broken when Vivien broke off their affairs years ago. So when she comes back into his life… and his bed, he isn’t certain of anything except the power of their desire.

But as Vivien moves ever closer to disappearing forever, both of them begin to question if the past can be overcome and if love might be the one loose end that cannot be neatly tied up.
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Other Books in Series:

Amid all the lies and scandals that fuel Society’s gossip mill, one truth has always stood out: House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always hated each other.Lady Ava Windbury prays the feud will someday end, to no avail. One dreadful night, her brother accidentally causes the death of Christian Rothcastle’s sister, a tragedy that leaves both men maimed.

Consumed by grief, Christian makes a grim decision. He will kidnap Lady Ava so that her family will feel the pain of loss as keenly as he feels the loss of his own sister. But once he has Ava in his clutches, desire takes unexpected hold. Even more surprising, she willingly surrenders to his every sexual whim—after haggling over the terms of giving up her virginity.

Too late, he realizes she is using her body for peace, not war. But just as their affair of revenges turns into an affair of the heart, the past rears its ugly head to take matters into its own hands…
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Jess is giving away an ebook copy of the first book in her Mistress Matchmaker Series: AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE to one(1) lucky reader. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Jess answering any of her questions: Do you have a favorite book with an in-love hero (from the start)? Do you like the idea of a man in love though he knows the love is impossible? And what draws us to that ‘impossible love’ idea so strongly?
  • Fill out the form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
Thanks to Jess for stopping by and donating a giveaway copy!

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