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
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