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Noelle Adams stops on over to share her contemporary romance series and do a giveaway! She also has an article for us.
(Not So) Bad-Boy Heroes
Everyone seems to love bad-boy heroes, and there’s no question about why. What can be sexier than a hard-living man whose only weakness is his love for the heroine? I like the idea of bad boys too, but I’ve never been able to write a straight-up, bad-boy hero. I wish I could, since so many people love them, but my heroes, if they’re bad at all, are always newly reformed. There’s always something else besides the heroine that has caused them to change their ways.
I have this compulsion in writing to make the stories emotionally realistic—to me, at least, if not to everyone else. So while I’m totally on board with crazy, implausible plots (virgins who hired male escorts, dying seventeen-year-olds in bucket-list marriages), emotionally I have to believe in the relationship for me to be invested in the book. I have to believe that, if this crazy scenario were to happen in the real world, this is what it would feel like. And it just seems to me like it would be really hard to be in a happy, stable, committed relationship with a genuine bad boy, one who hadn’t already made a decision to change and who is only tethered to stability by his love for a woman. Unfortunately, this particular tether isn’t always as strong as we’d like it to be.
Andrew, in Playing the Playboy, has definitely been a playboy in the past. He’s way too sweet for a real bad boy, but he’s definitely gotten around where women are concerned. But, at the beginning of the book, he has already made a decision to turn over a new leaf, to try to live a different sort of life. A number of influences from his family, on top of a dissatisfaction with the empty life he’s been living, have made him want to commit to something meaningful. He’s thinking it’s going to be a job, but his encounter with Laurel shows him how much more it’s going to be.
Maybe it’s more romantic for a man to be completely changed and reformed by his love for a woman. I definitely believe that love can change someone. But I want my heroes to have come to a decision to seek something meaningful in life—often, in my books, this is shown partly by their committing to a career—on their own, before they’ve met the heroine. That way, they are more ready to be the kind of partners for life (all of life, not just in the bedroom) my heroines really want and need.
Laurel will do anything to save her Santorini inn from the powerful Damon family, and that includes manipulating Andrew Damon, the man they’ve sent to get her off the property. Andrew might have a reputation for being irresistible to women, but she won’t have any problem resisting him. This is war, after all, and the Damons drew their weapons first.
Andrew has spent most of his life chasing women and wasting time, but he’s determined to do his duty by his family, even if that means ousting an infuriating (and gorgeous) widow from the inn that legally belongs to the Damons. He doesn’t expect to fall for her. And he definitely doesn’t expect to discover that he’s been played.
After being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures that are entirely new to her, so she begins by seducing a sexy, mysterious stranger. Only after their one-night stand does she learn their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle and the man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.
The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison Damon believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta in Monte Carlo is just a fling, an escape from his responsibilities. Then he discovers she is an Edwards—the family he despises most. He can’t quench his attraction for her, but he won’t let her use it against him. He won’t let her manipulate him to win money from his family. No matter how much he wants her, he won’t let her seduce him again.
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Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.