What a Beautiful Wreck You Are - The Romance Zone
Wounded Heroes in Romance
As Shawn Mullins sang, some people haunt us even though they bear the scars of a past so deep and dark that only the force of their will has brought them this far. We can't take our eyes off them, for even though they're damaged, they're such a beautiful wreck.
They crave love, affection, respect … but don't know how to ask for it. They often shove any semblance of love away with both hands, believing themselves unworthy, unfixable.
If there's one thing romance readers know, it's this— a hero or heroine like this needs someone strong enough to help them lift themselves from the wreckage. To take their hand when they lose their way, carry them when they cannot walk and hold them in the night when shadows come creeping to devour what's left of their souls.
Some of the most powerful romances have been written with a beautiful wreck as hero or heroine.
Dylan, in A Shadow of Wings by Linda Gayle, is gay. And because of it, he's been to hell and back in his young life. Thrown onto the streets by an intolerant father, Dylan survived for a time by numbing himself with drugs and living as a 'rent boy'. He's found a life for himself rescuing abused dogs. But when he meets the naïve and wealthy Cam, Dylan isn't averse to using Cam as his free ride. Until he must choose between a life of ease, or the most profound rescue of all—the heart of this extraordinary man. Hot paranormal m/m
Isabeau, in After Midnight by Sara Grimm, is an orphan. Noah is a famous rock musician who happens upon this fey young woman in a bar. He is drawn to her sexually, but then captured by her mystery. When he learns she's a musical prodigy who turned her back on fame and adulation, he figures he can rescue her music, and his troubled band at the same time. But then he discovers that far from being a hero in her eyes, she sees him as one more exploiter. Can his love help her transcend the abuse of her past, or will it destroy her? Hot contemporary rom suspense
Drew, in One Week Girlfriend, by Monica Murphy, was horribly betrayed as a young teen by a member of his family.( It would be a spoiler to say who and how) The golden scion of a wealthy family, he sees poor waitress Fable as his savior. She's working full time trying to keep herself and her little brother off the streets, while college boy Drew apparently has it all. So why is this big strong football player terrified to return home without a small, pretty blonde beside him? And can wary, streetwise Fable save him from his personal nightmare, or will she be destroyed along with him? Contemporary
Rachel, in Healing Notes by Maggie Jaimeson, was brutally raped. Now this talented violinist is struggling to find the courage to carry on with her musical life on the road. She wants Noel to help her forget by any means she chooses, but Noel isn't even sure he can save himself. He went through a bitter divorce, leaving him a single father. Can love and one little girl bring these two together to transcend their pasts? Contemporary, Sweetwater Canyon Series.
Lei, in Blood Orchids by Toby Neal, was sexually abused as a child. She is a fierce and dedicated policewoman in the lush tropical paradise of Hawaii, but she still suffers from occasional PTSD, and has been known to 'go off' on suspects. Can Michael, a police detective from the mainland, ever hope to tame this wild Hawaiian orchid? Maybe, if he can keep her alive long enough. Hawaiian rom suspense, Lei Crimes Series
Speaking of wounded heroes, got your copy of SEAL of My Dreams? This anthology was written by a whole platoon of fabulous romance authors and 100% of the proceeds go to medical research for our veterans. Full of daring rescue by hunky SEALs, but also some rescues of wounded warriors by strong women. contemporary
And finally, a wounded hero of my own. I hurt him so badly, I sort of hate myself.
Jack, in Burning up the Rain by Cathryn Cade, is an alcoholic. He's a successful Realtor, has gorgeous women and loyal friends. But he knows deep down he could lose it all. On the Big Island of Hawaii for a friend's wedding, Jack meets Lalei Kai-Ho'omalu. She's a beautiful snob, a Honolulu socialite looking for a wealthy husband, and a bitch on wheels—or is she? Maybe she wants to use Jack to escape all those things. Jack's happy to help out, since it involves hot sex in creative places, even a tropical rainstorm. But as he struggles to face his addiction and help his Hawaiian friends save their ancestral home from a rapacious developer, Jack must trust in forces old as the islands, and a woman who can not only set him on fire with passion, but has lightning in her fingertips—literally. Red hot contemporary paranormal, Hawaiian Heroes series
Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes red hot romance for Samhain Publishing. Her erotic paranormal romances will take you from Hawaii to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and email. Stop by her website at http://www.cathryncade.com for these links, and to see her complete book list, read excerpts and fabulous reviews, and sign up for her newsletter.