Thursday, April 20, 2006
What is it about a dark hero that makes him so very hot?
He's tortured, isolated, even disconnected from the world. Terrible things have happened to him. Or perhaps he has done terrible things. He is secretive, even a little sinister, seemingly beyond redemption. And yet, the heroine loves him and the reader loves him, and on the surface, that is just... baffling.
He is the exile, the mysterious, passionate rebel, a flawed man made all the more intriguing by the nuances of his character.
Why does the heroine love him when he is so hard to love?
The truth is, the heroine in a dark story is as strong as—perhaps stronger than—the hero. She is brave, resilient, courageous, a woman of true valor, the only woman who can breach the hero’s tragic isolation and bring warmth to his barren soul.
In my debut novel, DARK DESIRES, dangerously attractive anatomist, Dr. Damien Cole, is suspected of being the killer who hunts in the back alleys of Whitechapel. Damien is tortured, tormented by emotional pain and he has blunted his senses, walling himself off from all hope of love. As the bodies line up one by one, the heroine, Darcie Finch, must decide if Damien is worthy of her love or if he is a terrifying creature, unburdened by guilt or remorse, a murderer who prowls the East End streets.
I do love the dark hero, so much that I didn’t stray from the path for my next gothic historical. HIS DARK KISS is the story of Lord Anthony Craven and Emma Parrish. He is a man shrouded in darkness and savage rumors… a monster, they say… a murderer. She is the practical young governess who must decide if Anthony is a saint, a sinner, or a cold-blooded killer.
Okay, I have chills just thinking about it.
Encore! "His Dark Kiss" debuts in November and is the first of three more dark gothics Eve is writing for Kensington Books. And, Eve's got a deal in the works with Warner to write dark paranormals. Spooky!
Encore due! Read my feature review of "Dark Desires" and Eve's AuthorView at Romance: B(u)y the Book!
Posted by Michelle Buonfiglio at 11:37 AM