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Leslie Kelly's got some of the hottest covers around -- including one on her website she calls "John Boy with Pecs!" So it just makes sense that she joins us for day three of PlotMonkeys.com "King of the Jungle' Week to talk about another fave of we RBtheBloggers. Please offer the very talented Miss Kelly a cheerful buongiorno as she divulges which King of the Jungle could get coconut shell crumbs on her 700-count egyptians anytime...
Hey, thanks for sticking around for more Jungle talk with the Plotmonkeys! And what a great subject to talk about…men.
I have to start by saying my husband really is my hero. He’s the undisputed king of my jungle.
Now, Janelle and Julie have covered some fabulous hero types, and I know Carly will, too. I’ve written their kinds of heroes, too, except, I think, for the Chief. But overall, there’s one type of guy I always end up going back to, the one who make my heart sing and my pages fly, and deep in the heart of even my most conservative professor hero, there’s an element of the one I love the most: the charming rogue.
He’s not the same as a bad boy. The rogue’s badness is primarily related to women and it isn’t bad at all, it’s just…naughty. Wicked. Playful.
I love playboy/rogue heroes. I love their self-confidence and the way they can work their way around any woman’s defenses. I love that they’d rather charm their way into a woman’s good graces than battle their way to her heart. I love that they don’t need to bluster or bully. They smile, they wink, they can captivate a woman’s imagination with a word or a suggestive glance. The rogue loves women--all women--and he loves to be loved by women. BUT…he will fall hard when he finds his perfect match..
I’ve written a lot of them. Probably my favorite was Mick Winchester, the real estate agent hero of my first single title novel KILLING TIME. He was such a player, he had a Big Bad Wolf tattoo across his lower back. Yet at the end, he was a confident enough guy that he didn’t think twice about heading off to California to move into the heroine’s world, never thinking about asking her to give up her life for his.
I can definitely think of some rogue heroes I’ve loved in television and movies. Anyone who knows me knows I had a crush on Hugh Jackman a few years ago. I loved him as Eddie in Someone Like You. He was an ultimate playboy, unrepentant, sexy, a womanizer but so charming.
A lot of people call Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind an Alpha hero, but I don’t see him that way. He didn’t feel the burning alpha need to go off to war to prove something. He never let Scarlett get the best of him. He flirted, he smiled, he charmed. He was a cad, a rogue. And we adored him.
As for TV, my favorite character in the show LOST is not Jack. It’s Sawyer--the con man, the flirt, the dog. He might be wicked, but he has his own code and he adheres to it. (I was shocked that Kate held out until season three to jump on him!)
I’ve recently found myself writing three more serious, intense heroes in a row and I am so ready to find myself falling in love with a rogue. Fortunately, I’m about to embark on an interesting project, writing a “Take 5” book for Blaze, in which I’ll be writing five separate, yet connected, romances in one book. I know at least one of the heroes will be a vampire and another will be a cop. But beyond that, you can bet there will be at least one more of those heartbreaking playboys in the mix.
After all, I need my fix.
Want to win three books starring some of my favorite rogue heroes? Just post a comment and I’ll pick a random winner who will get to know: Mick from KILLING TIME, Max from HERE COMES TROUBLE and Troy from WICKED & WILLING.