We are happy to have author Jess Michaels at Smexy today. Jess is celebrating the release of Beauty and the Earl….
Hi everyone and a big thanks to Mandi for allowing me to hang out today here at Smexy Books. I’m a very large fan of the smexy stuff and always have been, so I feel like I’m amongst my people here. The cool thing is that as an author, I get to write as much of the sexy as I want to… and I want to write quite a lot of it.
The other thing I love to write a lot of is broken heroes. I can practically HEAR some of you smiling at that. What is it about those busted up, screwed up, bad boys that we all love so much? We love them in books and we love them in movies and television (Loki, Sherlock, anything Michael Fassbender plays). There’s something just so appealing about a handsome, raw man, balanced on the pin head of falling apart. To protect himself, he has hardened himself to emotion, perhaps he doesn’t believe he deserves love or that love is even real.
One thing that is often very real to him is sex. Proficient in pleasure, but never willing to get too close, that broken hero has never met his match. Until her. Until the heroine. It’s a dance that just never gets old to me, I can always find a fun new way to tell it that fulfills all my needs as a writer (and a reader).
In my newest book, Beauty and the Earl (out today!), I take that broken hero and drop him into the darkest well I’ve probably ever put a hero in. Liam, my hero, has been embroiled in a war that is generations old with the family of the Duke of Rothcastle. He never meant to fall in love with Rothcastle’s sister, but when they did and ran away to be married, the duke made chase and a horrible accident followed. One that physically injured both men and led to the death of Rothcastle’s sister.
The results for Liam are utter heartbreak, physical devastation and emotional destruction. He is broken in every way that matters, and that brokenness is made worse when his own sister (Ava) ends up marrying the Duke of Rothcastle (in Taken By the Duke, which came out last summer). In short, Liam is pretty f’d up. He isolates himself in a country estate, drinking and loathing himself and his enemy, cutting himself away from the sister who loves him.
Now maybe in real life, that would be the end of it. But this is romance! So of course Liam’s sister sends along a spy to try to crack her way into the life he has locked himself away in to. A beautiful spy, a courtesan named Violet. Now whether or not she can break through Liam’s shell, whether they can overcome all the lies she has to tell…
Well, you’ll just have to read the book. Like… now! NOW!!!!
Okay, before you go, who is your favorite broken hero?
Leave a comment with an answer to that question to win a copy of Jess Michaels’ previous book, Take by the Duke. Open to all through Friday, April 18.