Thursday, April 20, 2006

Eve Silver Asks...

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!


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Welcome, Eve! I love a dark hero, but always suspended disbelief on the "why would such a smart, independent chick love such a brooding goofball" question. Glad you brought it up. See. That's why you write books.

But I must tell everyone, Dr. Damien Cole definitely is on my Romance Novel Hero Crushes lists. Always carnal, I think about his meeting Darcie at the door of his bedchamber, crunching into a grape. It was a very sexy scene; I liked that Darcie is not a "blushing" blushing virgin, but she's not a maneater, either. She's got natural curiosity consistent with her character.

But, truly, I liked Damien's mysterious quality, his flaws that made him not entirely a nice guy all the time. And I loved that he was an anatomist. And was on intimate terms with prostitutes.

And, if I remember correctly, he's a blonde. Weird, to be able to think of a blonde as dark. And I usually go for the dark dark heroes. So, that's why, since my memory is so bad, I have had a crush on Damien Cole.

Have you had Romance Hero crushes, Eve? Beside your own heroes, I mean.

WooHoo! I'm so happy you're here!

Anonymous said...

I think that redemption is one of the most powerful themes in literature. (Oh, yes, I dare to call romance novels literature! The heck with critics.) Whether we envision ourselves as the redeemed or the redeemer, stories about it suck us right in!

Franny Armstrong said...

I just finished Dark Desires Eve and loved it. The struggle between believing a man guilty of a terrible crime, based on rumour, and trusting her own instincts, had me bouncing back and forth, trying to decide if he were guilty or innocent. I hoped he was innocent and felt ashamed of myself that I didn't have Darcie's undying faith in him.
Faith and trust are strong building blocks for a good, strong relationship.
Well done girl. I look forward to reading your next release!
Franny Armstrong

Anonymous said...

I am an absolute sucker for a tortured hero - nothing draws me to a book more than that. And aren't the ones who always fall the hardest?

The inability to believe they are worthy of anyone loving them or that they themselves aren't capable of loving someone else, trusting another person that much. Then when they do fall, they get hit hard and it means so much more to them.

Almost all of my top favourite heroes are tortured souls ... Sin, Zarek, Derek Craven, Jude Deveraux's Trevelyn.

I have Dark Desires in my TBR and am bumping it up - although it seems lately there are so many bumped up I'm not any further ahead.

Anonymous said...

Michelle - I'm crushing on Damien a little myself, LOL! And yes, I've had many romance hero crushes. One that leaps to mind is Dain Lavrans in THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE by Glenna McReynolds. Talk about amazingly hot, tortured hero... wow!

Paula - I agree with you. I love the redemption theme in literature, and yes, I definitely count romance as literature, too.

Franny - I'm so glad you enjoyed Darcie and Damien's story. Trust in a relationship is a cornerstone... and definitely don't feel ashamed of yourself for not being sure of Damien's innocence. If you'd been certain, then I wouldn't have created much of a story, LOL!

Valeen - I'm with you... tortured heroes always fall the hardest, and as readers, I think we fall for them just as hard.

Anonymous said...

I just recently finished Dark Desires and LOVED it. And you're right, Michelle, about that grape scene. . . :)

Damien was a fabulous hero in that you wanted to believe in him, even though he looked so guilty. You wanted to believe Darcie knew what she was doing, even though any "sane" person would have been long gone. This was my first gothic romance and it completely hooked me. Can't wait for November, Eve!! :)

Julie in Ohio said...

I have never read a Gothic Romance before (that I am aware of) and I have to say you are intriguing me.
I do enjoy a good tortured hero. For me, I think it has to do with the whole need to nurture thing. You see someone sad so you try to make them happy. You see a boo-boo and you need to kiss it and make it feel better.
Although, I love the heroines who use the "tough love" method best. That is the opposite personality of me which is why I enjoy seeing a woman stand up and say "Hey, get over it".

Anonymous said...

Laura - thanks! And, who said Darcie was sane...? LOL!

Julie - There's a lot of talk recently that categorizes some paranormals as neogothic. And some critcs say that any woman-in-jeapordy romantic suspense story has its roots in gothic literature. I definitely see your point on the whole need to nurture.

Julie in Ohio said...

I have only very recently gotten into paranormals, being facinated by vampires and werewolves. I guess I never put them into the gothic catagory but I can see now how they would be.

I think it is time for another run to Amazon for more books and I'm putting yours at the top. Like I need an excuse to buy books. HA,HA,HA.
Thanks, Eve.

amy kennedy said...

I am literally in the middle of Eve's Dark Desires--and Damien is so scarily attractive to me--I too love it that he's blonde, the fallen angel as Darcy describes him.

It's been so long since I've read a true gothic--and I can see how some paranormals might be described as neo-gothic, but I think it's only because we always have to describe something new with something we can relate to--


Eve--I can't wait for your next book, in fact I'm going to lunch right now to read more of Damien and Darcy...

Anonymous said...

Julie - I know the feeling. Every time I go into the bookstore, I waddle up to the cash balancing a stack with my chin!

amy'skf - great point about describing something new with something we can relate to. There's a certain comfort in the familiar, isn't there?

Julie in Ohio said...

HA,HA,HA. That is exactly right, Eve. My DH is wondering where I'm going to put all of the books that I keep getting. You see, my bookshelves are full and I refuse to get rid of any. I have boxed up some that I haven't read in the last 5 years, but the majority I reread. My solution is to get another bookshelf but so far I haven't convinced the DH. Maybe when he starts tripping over them he will see the light.

Kristi Cook said...

Oh, I LOVE the dark, tortured hero--though it's hard to say exactly why (but Damien Cole is a perfect, ymmmy example!). I think maybe it's because these guys put up such walls around them--they trust no one. So it's wonderful to watch a woman tear down those walls and find the vulnerable man within. To me, tortured heroes are the best, because they are so full of roiling emotion, which can easily translate to passion.

amy kennedy said...

Julie and Eve--yes about the books, my husband keeps saying, why do you need these? I just say, "Aaah the smell of them."

Kristina--give me a tortured soul any day--love the roiling emotions--love the passion. And can't you wlways picture yourself as the one who could heal them.

Aaaah healing them...

Amanda said...

Love, love, love, the tortured hero thing. I think part of is that there is just something intoxicating about little old me---er, I mean *the heroine* having power over a dark hero to the degree that my---uh, her love changes him. The risks are greater and therefore so is the payoff.

Gotta get hold of this book. I loved the old Gothics, but this sounds even, how can I resist a fallen angel hero? It would take a stronger woman than me...

Julie, Eve, Amy, I am so with you on the books-runneth-over thing. I'm going to be in fire hazard range very soon I think.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, Bellas. It's a totally "careful what you wish for" thing with me. I thought it'd be so cool to get "free books" when I started this thing. And (heeheehee) it really is, so I'm not moaning too loudly. But, and Ames can attest to this, my house is overflowing with books. I even wrote about it in the upcoming column.

I don't know if I go so much for the healing thing with the heroes anymore, although it was big for me for a long time. Although, I guess I lie. Cause I love the whole war-hero-who's-seen-too-much horror thing. There's just that moment when his heart lets loose his soul (usually, but not always during exquisite, sweet lovemaking with the heroine. Duh, michelle. like who else? Oh, apparently maybe Manda.)

Now, youz guys. Eve told me that she wrote DD with only the heroine's point of view, cause that's a typically gothic device. I think it would have been less mysterious if we knew what Damien (my love) was thinking. Any thoughts?

And, my call about the paranormals being neo gothic is that paranormals are paranormals, and neogothics are gothic style revved for today's sensibilities. Just my opinion.

Amanda said...

Michelle, I definitley like the term neogothic because it distinguishes these gothics from the old school Victoria Holt types. Makes sense. And though some paranormals have some gothic tendencies, I think paranormals are dabbling in just about every other subgenre out there--chick lit, mystery, regency, sci-fi, erotic romance...So maybe paranormal is a sub-sub genre and gothic is a sub-genre? Is that totally confusing?

And fear not, Michelle. I only intrude into the picture when I'm reading---I don't have the power to take over other people's reading experiences...well not yet anyway...*evil laugh*

Stacy~ said...

Whoa, I have to read this book! Damian sounds beyond hot and I just adore tortured heroes - they fall hard into love and it's just sigh-inducingly good stuff.

Valeen, you mention many of the ones I love. I like the way you think.

Michelle, I agree that if we knew too much about the heroe's thoughts, some of the mystery is lost.

Manda, I subscribe to the "it's all about me" theory when I'm reading, so you're right, you're powers won't work on me (unless there's some evil woman trying to take away the tortured hero from moi, then I think you will be making an appearance, Manda LOL)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Wait a second, Stacy. I thought it was all about me! I'm a total "place-holder" girl when I read, too. I think that's why I like the traditionally "weaker" heroines. I can take care of myself, am pretty assertive, etc. I like to pretend I'm, well, OK, a blushing virgin with long hair to my waist, etc., and just let a hero take care of me. Of course, my heroine has to use her brain to "save" him, too, yada yada yada, but that's my 2 cents. So, Manda can't have all the heroes. It simply isn't done.

I think the thing people have to deliniate with the gothic/paranormal thing is that most weird occurrences (sp) in gothics are explainable and entirely earthly. Paranormals are just that, partially normal, there's something not within our realm of reality that is central to the nature of the paranormal beast, as it were.

BTW, i always said I'd never read a paranormal. But then I read a Moning Highlander. Oops. My bad. Guess I like paranormal.

Amanda said...

Good point re: Gothic being naturally explainable. I think I learned that in school back in the day. How quickly the knowledge goes away...

Michelle, Moning got me too!!! I read Daegus's book first but Adam Black was the one I loved. He's Puck for Goodness Sake! He's an English Major's DREAM in black leather!!! (I would say Midsummer Night's Dream, but that would be baaaad.)

Don't worry ladies, I'm too busy playing heroine in the books I'm reading to poach in your territory.

amy kennedy said...

Wait a minute--I think I can have all the heroes--who says it can't be done Michelle? You're right about the gothics being gothics and the paras being paras though.

I consider Eve's to be a true gothic and though I know how much you love to hear from the hero, Eve's right--it is only the heroine's point of view in a true gothic.

And Michelle, buy the book*shelf*
or several actually.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Everybody's a comedienne, Amy. LOL I know you've been a big gothic fan, so I'm glad you reiterate on the single pov in the gothic. Thought I might not have gotten it clearly.

"English Major's dream in black leather," Manda? LUUUHV it! Do I smell new acronism? EMD (English Major's Dream)? One day I really will post a blog with our lexicon so we can keep updating it. You guys just keep coming up with the good stuff.:)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

AAAAAAHG! I meant ACRONYM. What's "an acronism," except for a bad pun about items placed in wrong time periods. Oh. Must I mortify myself so regularly?

(ok. see, if you say .an. .acronism. really fast and together, it sounds like "anachronism."

Goin back to sleep now.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for chatting with me, everyone! It was a blast.

Amanda said...

LOL, Michelle. You need to add acronism to the lexicon. Perhaps it can mean the use of acronyms...I love that we keep coining new words and practicing the art of acronism...