How To Spot a Modern Day Playboy by Megan Mulry
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Thanks so much for having me here at Night Owl Reviews! While writing Roulette, I spent a lot of time thinking about playboys. The heroine, Miki Durand, was never the boy crazy type—thanks to her reckless mother, she developed a very wary eye for the breed. She has an excellent idea of what to look for—and avoid—in a playboy and that’s why I needed to present her with a really compelling challenge!
For me, the modern day playboy boils down to the holy trinity of magnetism: physical, intellectual, and sexual appeal. For Roulette, I knew I wanted to channel all of that into my French hero, Rome de Villiers. I wanted him to have the physical prowess of an athlete, the brain power of a philosopher, and the sexual persuasion of…well, you get the picture…hot. Miki’s hero needed to embody all of that, because she is equally kickass in all those departments, so she had to meet someone utterly captivating to really rattle her cage.
In addition to those characteristics, the playboy who wins a heroine’s heart in the end also has to possess the hint of something more—a je ne sais quoi that teeters on the edge of arrogance and confidence. In my efforts to pin down this mystery ingredient, I thought it would be fun to ask a few writers—who are well acquainted with the type—to share their thoughts. Here’s what I learned!
Jessica Lemmon and Janet Lee Nye agree that it revolves around self-confidence…and dead sexy; incorrigible…and irresistible:
Jenn Burke and Tara Wyatt see it as a type of ambition…for money or stuff that he thinks will make him truly happy…though that’s something only the heroine can do, of course!
Tara and Ann Marie Gamble also elaborated on the physical accouterments of the modern playboy; I love how Ann Marie points out that there has to be something “nonessential about the trappings”:
Then I asked Jennifer Probst and Mira Lyn Kelly to weigh in. This is some seriously expert advice, and very easy to remember: HAWT!
So there you have it: Hotfident. I hope this little primer of excellent, professional advice will help you spot your very own modern playboy. And please let me know if you have any other defining characteristics you’d like to share!
December 2, 2014
Miki Durand has always dodged the limelight. As the illegitimate daughter of a French movie star and a Russian billionaire, she craves a normal life—and it's almost within reach. She's up for a tenure-track position and has a perfect-on-paper boyfriend. What more could a woman want?
But when an unforeseen tragedy knocks her off cruise control, Miki finds herself leaving sunny LA for cosmopolitan St. Petersburg. With the fate of her father's international business in her hands, she comes face-to-face with the ultimate temptation: corporate rival Jérôme Michel de Villiers. He's everything she never thought she wanted, and their sizzling attraction soon sparks into an all-consuming flame.
Notoriously risk-averse, Miki knows it would be a gamble to fall for the sexy French playboy. But for the first time in her life, she's ready to take a chance and let the chips fall where they may.