Sunday, December 1, 2013

When Bad Boys Work for the Good Guys


Congratulations to "Martha L.", the winner of Kerrigan's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Luca Ramirez has an anger management problem due to a violent childhood, impulse control issues, commitment phobia, a potty mouth that would impress a sailor and a truck driver, a disregard for authority, and he’s killed five people.  Is he my murderer?  Nope!  He’s an FBI Special Agent, and the hero of my new romantic suspense, A RIGHTEOUS KILL.      

I think we all love to love that “bad boy.”  I’d love to hear who your favorite naughty character is, whether he’s from books, movies, or TV.  

So what attributes does Luca have to recommend him?  Well, of course there’s the tall, dark, and dangerous thing.  He’s one of the best agents the Bureau has, and what is sexier than a man who’s good at his job?  Driven to turn the darkness inside him into something good and productive, he fights the demons of his past while also battling a different kind of evil.  A serial killer who preys on the women of his city.  I think one of Luca’s most attractive traits is the absolute confusion he feels when he begins to fall in love with one of the killer’s surviving victims.  To watch a tough man get his first taste of tenderness always unravels me.  It’s fun to see him fighting his feelings because of fear, knowing that eventually love will win out and he’ll have to surrender keeps me glued to the page.   
Enjoy an excerpt from A RIGHTEOUS KILL, and watch the sparks fly.

A silent shadow fell behind her.  A strong hand silenced her shocked cry as she was wrenched out of the van and against a warm stone wall.  

“What the hell were you doing?” Luca hissed against her ear. 

“Nmmphing,” she said against his hand.  

A callous on his palm abraded her lip.  It sent shivers straight to her lady bits.  

“Breaking into his locked vehicle without a warrant isn’t nothing.”  He held her secure against his body as he reached out and locked the door with his elbow before closing it as quietly as he could.  She noticed he took care not to touch it with any part of his skin.

Hero was surprised he could pull this off what with all the struggling she did.  The wall of hard muscle pressed against her back reminded her just how thin the fabric of her skirt was.  

And she thought the inside of a kiln was hot.  

Before she did something crazy, like bend over and offered her ass like a bitch in heat, Hero jabbed his torso with the sharp wire hanger still clutched in her hands.  

“Goddammit,” he barked.  

Her inner victory celebration was cut embarrassingly short when, instead of released, Hero found herself face first against the van window, disarmed, and pinned with the full weight of Luca’s body against hers.  

His hand was still over her mouth.  His other arm banded her elbows to her sides effectively rendering her immobile. 

She’d never been so turned on in her entire life.  

Thoughts along the lines of, Yes, Agent Ramirez, I’ve been a naughty girl, crowded out all the reasonable ones.  

“Do you know how much trouble you’re in?” Luca growled against her ear.

Do you? She thought.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed meeting Special Agent Luca Ramirez, the first Hero in my Shakespearean Suspense series.  Here are the buy links for A RIGHTEOUS KILL:  


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And, again, I’d love to hear who your favorite “bad boy” character is.  You know the type, they could just as easily be the villain if they weren’t so damn sexy!  Comment below and I’ll send the winner their choice of an ecopy or paperback copy of A RIGHTEOUS KILL.

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26 comments:

  1. The most memorable bad boy for me comes from an historical romance. Sebastian St. Vincent is the ultimate bad boy who makes an incredible turnaround in Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Winter. I didn't think this character could redeem himself after his shameless behavior in It Happened One Autumn but that's the thing about rakes...they'll always keep you off balance.

    Thanks for the post!

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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  2. Jonetta, I am a HUGE Lisa Kleypas fan! I absolutely loved her wildflower series and Sebastian St. Vincent. Did you ever read about her Bow Street Runners?

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    1. I did! Nick Gentry is one of my most favorite book boyfriends:)

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    2. FYI, I have your Highland Historical series. Hoping to start it in 2014.

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    3. Thank you! I hope you enjoy! Nick Gentry was a favorite of mine, as well!

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  3. I just finished reading Rise of the Fallen by Donya Lynne. Micha is such a bad boy no one even wants to work with him. He is just so hurt and taking it out on everyone including himself. Until he finds Sam and she loves him for himself. That grouch and bad boy changes so much he starts becoming a mentor to the others on his team by the next couple of books. Lot's of bad boys to name he is just the most recent. Of course of all the MacLauchlans, Finn was my favorite bad boy. :)

    Thanks! jessparra2013 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Jess! I liked Finn, too! Those viking berserkers are fun. I'll have to go back to them sometime. :) I'm going to have to try out Donya Lynne.

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  4. I like Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster. A Righteous Kill will definitely be on my "to be read" list now. Thank you for the excerpt and for the chance to enter the contest. I love that Just Romantic Suspense introduces me to so many great authors that I may not have read before. Thanks again!

    rachaelybrown at att dot net

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    1. Lori Foster is a great Suspense author. I'll have to check out Rowdy.

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  5. I rarely watch movies, but devour books. Yet, my ultimate bad boy, who is actually a good guy just doing some bad things, is Jason Statham in The Expendables. YUMMY!

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    1. I have SUCH a crush on Jason Statham. Those eyes, that voice. So great!

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  6. Zsadist

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh man do I have an eternal soft spot for Zadist!

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  7. Fav bad boy... JD Robb's Roarke. ;)

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    1. M'dear, I think I'm going to have to check out this Roarke. I LOVE that name.

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  8. Gage Turner from Nora Roberts The Pagan Stone. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a great book!
    jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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    1. Gage is one of my favorite names. And the Pagan Stone, was one of my favorite books, as well!

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  9. Mr. Reese from the tv show Person of Interest!

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Didn't he make a great Count of Monte Cristo?!

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  10. I do love my bad boys.
    Finn from Unwanted
    Adian Hart from Shiver
    Lee Child's Jack Reacher, my 2 Cavs Persuader & The Affair
    But my current fav bad boy is from a tv series Cullen from Hell on Wheels.
    Must admit Tues teasers are amping up who I think may just steal the bad boy title Blackwell

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    1. Awwww... I'll always love Finn...AND it looks like your list and my list are very similar, Kelli!

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    2. It is a yummy list of hot bad boys :)

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  11. I'd also have to say J.D. Robb's Roarke :) reformed bad boy billionaire... what's not to love? Congrats to Kerrigan on the new release! Sounds fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! You're the second person to say Roarke. I really really love that name!

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  12. I've been watching a lot of SUPERNATURAL lately. I do love Dean Winchester.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. MMMMMMM. Dean's my favorite too. Love that snarky bad boy.

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