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Initial post: Jun 28, 2012 5:54:27 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
I'm stepping out of my zone and trying suspense again.

I've read Dangerous Passions and it was exactly what I was looking for but I was left disappointed by the lack of action.

I want unconventional heroes. I want the HERO to be the bad guy. In suspense he's always super Delta Force, task officer, DEA, FBI CIA, LAPD you name it.

I want him as a mobster, rich/classy drug cartel owner, arms dealer, whatever bad guy position you can think of

I'd prefer the heroine to fall for him and not know until later but if she knows that's fine.

I don't want her to be in a triangle with hero bad guy and Jack DEA, FBI, beta hero trying to romance her away from the hero and get info from her.

I just want the hero to be the bad one in a suspense for a change. Not a murderer just because but if it's "for business" I don't mind. But I do want him kind of classy. I know that's an oxymoron for a bad guy but you know what I mean.

If he's the kingpen for the largest cartel in the Western Hemisphere I want him the Armani suit, big desk type. Not a open shirt, sweaty, snorting, smoking his own products, greasy type of kingpen. Get it?

Not the leather jacket Mafia Don but the suit wearing, goes to charity balls and donates and gives the police the runaround because he's charitable and has enough laundry fronts to make it hard for them to pin him down.

No's - No Blackdagger Brotherhoods, no paranormals, everyone has to be human with no special abilities.

Yes- a love story. I get that in suspense romance takes a seat at the very back of the bus but I REALLY want some romance.

Like if the heroine is in the dark, I want them actually dating and in love or falling then have the rug pulled from under her when she finds out he's the bad guy and the suspense can take over and the romance can disappear. But there has to be some dating, him taking her to fancy restaurants her wondering why it feels like he's packing a gun under his jacket, why there's all these bodyguard looking guys around them while they're on a date kind of stuff.

Sex isn't a substitute. If he's a mobster and she's a teacher, I want some sweet. Him bringing her flowers to her school or something kind of romance. Not just them hitting the sheets. I'll take sex but I want some "conventional cheesy dating" stuff

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 7:50:55 PM PDT
The first book I think of (outside of the immortal Gringa: In The Clutches Of A Ruthless Drug Lord) is Death Angel: A Novel.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 8:09:24 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
Is this really not a theme at all???? I thought people liked bad boy heroes? That's about as bad as you can get having him as the sort of villain and in doing villains things.

Crime, bad guy with a heart of gold for his heroine. They can be hookers and seducers er..bodice ripping rapists yet not bad guys?

I'm looking and not finding anything. Wow.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 8:19:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2012 8:22:31 PM PDT
I think once you're the head of a drug cartel or gun running there's no "sort of" about the villainy and you're responsible for many many deaths and ruined lives no matter how well groomed.

There's an attraction to naughty not really so bad boy and then there's writing letters to Death Row looking for one's soul mate. This scenario is a while lot closer to the latter. Most writers for some reason aren't interested in writing that kind of heroine. ;-P

Now if you read m/m I'd have a couple of suggestions because those books tend to be a lot more boundary pushing than m/f romance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 8:58:51 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
True. In Dangerous Passions he was an arms dealer (that's pretty dang bad) and pretty lethal but he was likable in a way. I don't know how but he just was.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 9:01:56 PM PDT
I finally thought of one, Crow's Row where the H is a kingpin drug runner and the h is the poor fool who stumbles into an execution and is taken hostage by the H. Pretty good book with some surprises, I'm hoping she's planning a followup book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 6:44:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2012 6:52:01 PM PDT
Annie says:
Please tell me it isnt filled with sex scenes? Not looking forward to reading it a major chunk of the book takes placed in the bedroom.

Oh and im also not interested in YA. lol :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 6:59:29 PM PDT
I don't know if it's YA, didn't strike me that way and it was very dark in tone. Very little sex and the ending wasn't the typical HEA (which is why I'm hoping she does another book to finish these character's story). Basically the H fakes his own death to get the h out of his world because he fears for her safety.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 11:48:43 AM PDT
D. Stom says:
Try Knight (The Unfinished Hero Series).

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 4:26:14 AM PDT
I loved this one.

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