Today we are super excited to have Rebecca Royce with us! She has written us an awesomesauce guest post. Plus she's an amazing author! Make sure to check out her website and Facebook page not to mention her great book.
Can You Forgive Him?
In the 1980s, there was a brand of romance novels, affectionately referred to as “bodice rippers.” What does this mean? Well, the way I understand it, the hero ripped the bodice fro the heroine’s body thereby removing from her any hesitation she might have about becoming intimate with the hero. They were very popular books (some of which I have enjoyed very much) but they are somewhat out of style now.
Sure, there is a brand of erotica, and some of it I enjoy reading too, where the hero or heroine participates in something called forced seduction. Done right, this can be fantastic writing. But I’m not talking about that right now and I’m really not looking to debate whether it’s right or wrong. (In general, I find if I don’t like reading something, I stop reading. I learned that the hard way. Don’t ask.)
In Eye Contact, as in most modern romance novels, the heroine makes a very conclusive ‘yes’ before the hero and the heroine engage in their love scenes. I think a lot of people prefer it that way. They want to see the hero, heroine, or whomever say ‘yes’ or at least have no reason to say ‘no’ before things get hot and steamy in the bedroom.
Today, I’ve been asking myself the question, with consensual sex being a given, how mean can the hero be in today’s romance novel before it is too mean to be believable? I suppose for this question to be relevant, we need to be in a genre generally considered ‘dark.’ While I’m sure there are exceptions, in my opinion, light romances don’t tend to have very obnoxious heroes. Or, they’re amusing in their meanness. Not so in the dark genres.
But how dark is too dark? In Eye Contact, Spencer starts out pretty mean to Addison. He has good reason to be. Her family is basically responsible not just for what has happened to him but for what has happened to all the Conditioned in the United States. How can he possibly want to help—let alone spend time with—anyone from her family? But his sense of duty towards children propels him forward and ultimately that turns into a good thing.
Still, I struggled with his character for a while when I wrote him. How dark could he be? How mean to Addison was too mean?
Truth is, I love their love story so I think that this time I got it right. But it is something I question every time one of my heroes has a hard attitude. Even if they are worth it in the end.
Let's find out more about Eye Contact
Eye Contact by Rebecca Royce
The Conditioned, Book One
Thirty years ago, after the breakdown of an oil negotiation, the President of the United States decided that all people born with unusual abilities, which he would now refer to as “the condition”, would be locked away from the general public where they couldn't harm others. Parents and loved ones of these people, most of whom were children, were forced to turn them in upon penalty of death. Formed to keep the institutions secure, the Committee for the Protection of a Free Society now rules these institutions with an iron fist.
The granddaughter of one the Committee members, Addison Wade has lived her life wary of the institutions and all they represent. A woman of secrets, she is forced to turn to Safe Dawn, one of the facilities designed to hold conditioned people, when her nephew is kidnapped and, despite her best efforts, cannot be recovered. She knows the last thing anyone in 'Safe Dawn' will want to do is to help a Wade with any problems, but she is desperate and out of options.
Spencer Lewis is famous for being the premier conditioned ‘locator.’ There's no one he can't find and he has a soft spot for missing children. But, Spencer has been through a trauma and locating Jeremy Wade may be dangerous both to himself and to those around him. In addition, he takes one look at ice cold Addison Wade and wants nothing more than to knock her down a peg. Never having turned down an opportunity to help a child, he reluctantly agrees to help recover Jeremy.
In a world where nothing is as it seems and every person they encounter has his own agenda, Addison and Spencer will find that the only people they can trust are each other. But how can anyone fall in love living in a world that wants you dead just for being born?
All About Rebecca!
As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.
I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. We live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.
I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I've been told I'm a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
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Thanks so much for being with us today Rebecca!