With: Shae Ross
Hero vs. Husband—what a romance hero says vs. what my husband tells me they really mean.
Romance novels are not my husband’s typical go to read. He’s more interested in sports and current events. Occasionally though, I’ll ask him for his opinion on a scene I’ve written. His critique usually includes the phrase, “No guy would ever say that. Here’s what he’s really saying.”
In honor of my new release, Bottom of the Sky, I ask my husband to translate some dialogue clips and he agreed. Here’s what he had to say.
Hero, John Rossi: His green irises gleam with appreciation. “You’re stunning,” he says. Husband Translation: “I want to have sex with you.”
Hero, John Rossi: “That’s not what I meant.”
Husband Translation: “That is what I meant but you took it a lot worse than I expected, now I’m back peddling.”
Hero, John Rossi: “Can we talk about this later?”
Husband Translation: “I really want to stop listening to you now.”
Hero, John Rossi: “I make the rules.” I strike my palm on my chest, beating down on each syllable like a speech therapist. “I. Make. The. Rules.”
Husband Translation: “I would like you to let me think that I make the rules.”
Hero, John Rossi: “Keep walking. If they stop us, let me do the talking and agree with everything I say. You got that?”
Husband Translation: “I hope that we outrun them, because the last thing I need is for you to talk to them like you talk to me.”
Here’s the funny thing—every once in awhile I catch my husband using a line from one of my books on me. Doesn’t that just blow the whole theory right out of the water???
Tragedy set his course for revenge. One woman stands in his way.
The last thing I need is to be saddled with the on-the-run niece of the family I’m about to take down. Gianna Silva wants me to help her find her missing mother. But I’ve got bigger fish to fry—namely, her cousins Stefano and Santos Silva. I’m working on the inside, feeding information to the FBI, and I'm about to drop the net on their ring of counterfeiters. To keep Gianna out of my way, I’ve agreed to help her but under one condition: What I say goes. No questions. No pushback. I make the rules.
The problem is Gianna Silva doesn’t know the meaning of the word “rule” and she’s on to me. For two years, I’ve hidden my true identity behind a wall built from stone-cold revenge. I thought it was indestructible—especially against someone with the last name of Silva—the family I’ve vowed to destroy…
If I could find my missing mom by myself I would, but the only enemies she’s ever had are my dead father and his powerful family. Confronting the Silvas alone is too dangerous. I need an insider who knows how to play their game. John Rossi, with his cool, bad-boy confidence and access to the family is my best hope. I’ve bargained away the last dollar in my savings account in exchange for his help, but I’m beginning to think I made a deal with the devil.
I didn’t expect his rules to include sharing a cabin—and a bedroom with him—northwest of Nowheresville. I don’t trust him, or my attraction to him. But to find my mom, I’ll break every one of his damn rules, regardless of the consequences…
Shae Ross grew up in Ferndale, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University and continued her education at Detroit College of Law. Prior to 2014, she spent the majority of her career practicing corporate law and engaged in entrepreneurial ventures.
After having too many stressful days at the office, she decided to pursue her dream of writing and published her first romance novel in January of 2015. She loves strong heroines and sexy, alpha heroes who deliver stories filled with sass, smarts and sizzle.
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