Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Broody Heroes

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Who doesn’t love a broody hero? The strong, reserved type who doesn’t have much to say but has a LOT going on inside that head of his? The one with the secrets he refuses to share, the one with the past hurts he has yet to face, the one who doesn’t trust or open up to anyone… until he meets the heroine.
In my new romantic suspense novel, Dangerous Desires, NYPD homicide detective Jake Quinn starts out pretty darn broody. The things he’s seen in his career have left him hardened. Mistakes he’s made in the past have left him convinced he doesn’t deserve happiness. And he has just enough of a bad attitude that many of the people in his life don’t disagree.
But for even the broodiest of broody leading men, the right partner is often just the thing to snap him out of his grumpy funk, crash his pity party of one and make him brood about something other than his own issues. Maybe he even allows himself to feel—does he dare think it—happy?
Enter Emma Sloan—the target of the serial killer Jake is chasing and the woman to whom he finds himself more and more attracted. Soon Jake begins to see himself the way Emma sees him—as a truly genuine person and a well-respected detective in one of the toughest police departments in the world. He becomes protective, possessive (but in a good way) and his broodiness begins to dissipate. Of course, not completely. There’s only so much true love can do

Dangerous Desires

Three years after Emma Sloane's wealthy fiance's mysterious death, she's finally ready to move on and pursue her own dreams. But her plans are derailed when she's attacked outside her New York City apartment in what she thinks is a random violent incident. Then other women who look just like her start turning up dead...

Homicide Detective Jake Quinn is haunted by the one case he couldn't solve. When he's put in charge of a new high-profile murder case, he interviews a victim who escaped a similar attack—and to his shock it's Emma, the former fiancĂ©e of his unsolved murder victim.

Neither expects the sparks of attraction between them. But the killer escalates, clearly targeting Emma, and Jake's job is on the line. Can he solve this case before it's too late for both of them?

Emma fidgeted in her seat in the local precinct’s small, brightly lit interview room. A clock ticked away the approach to midnight.
Her heart hadn’t stopped racing since she’d all but collapsed into the planter box outside her apartment, and it still showed no sign of slowing down. After giving what little information she could muster to the patrolman who’d responded to her call, she’d been brought to the First Precinct to give a formal statement. She’d faced a parade of officers who all had the same questions. Anyone who’d want to hurt you? Anyone you’ve argued with recently? Anyone who might be holding a grudge?
No, no, and no.
“Ms. Sloane?”
She stood as a light-haired, middle-aged man in a dark suit entered the room and reached out to shake her hand.
“Detective John MacKenzie, homicide division. Call me Mack. My partner, Detective Jake Quinn.”
She turned to the second, much younger detective, and her breath caught as she met his gaze. Electricity shot through her as he took her hand in his. He was tall, at least six foot two since he towered over her five-foot-six frame. His dark unruly hair was a little too long, but sexy as hell.
He gave her a nod of acknowledgment, and a warm blush rose in her cheeks as he examined her with a slow sweep of his ice-blue eyes. She had the strangest feeling she’d met him before. Had she?
Mack took the seat opposite her while his partner leaned against the wall near the door, propped one foot against it, and shoved his fists into the pockets of his jeans. Dark curls peeked over the top button of his white dress shirt, and the fabric strained against the well-defined muscles of his chest.
Wait, did he say homicide?
“I need you to do your best to tell me everything you can about the guy who grabbed you,” Mack said, his voice soft and encouraging.
She’d already been over everything with three other officers and a sketch artist, and she was clearly losing focus. “It happened so fast, all I saw was black clothing and hazel eyes.”
“What about height and build?”
Another question she’d been asked numerous times.
“He was taller than me, I’d say about six feet. And he seemed to be in decent shape. He was wearing a sweatshirt, so it was hard to tell.”
Mack scribbled furiously on his notepad. “Does the name Abigail Murray mean anything to you?”
Okay. That was a new one.
Emma thought for a moment. “No, I don’t think so. Who is Abigail Murray?”
Mack’s face remained as neutral as the gray walls of the room. An awkward silence hung in the air as he stole a glance at the second detective. Those gorgeous blue eyes were still locked on her.
“Abigail Murray was murdered earlier tonight,” Mack said evenly.
A shudder went through her.
He slung an arm across the back of the simple wooden chair next to him, taking on a relaxed pose likely meant
to put her at ease. It didn’t work. “You match the victim’s physical profile.” His voice was gentle despite the grim subject of the conversation. “You look like her. A lot like her.”
She sucked in a breath and folded her arms around herself.
“It’s unlikely he’ll come after you again. Seems like he moved on to Ms. Murray instead. But it couldn’t hurt to be extra cautious.” Mack stood and flipped the cover of his notebook closed. “I think we’ve got all we need for now.” He handed her his card. “If you think of anything, give me a call. And we’ll be in touch if we have anything new for you.”
She stared down at his card as he moved toward the door, and when he opened it, she shot to her feet. “Wait,
I—” Her pulse sped even more, and her lungs constricted at the prospect of standing on a dark street corner trying to hail a cab. “I don’t have a way to get home.”
Mack exchanged a knowing look with his partner, who gave a slight nod in return. Mack faced her again. “Detective Quinn can take you home.”

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my broody hero Jake Quinn in Dangerous Desires. For a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card, drop a note in the comments and tell me your favorite broody romance hero!

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  1. I LOVE brooding heroes. Adding Dangerous Desires to my TBR list.

    Some of my favourites are Ian Buchanan (A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr) and Tommy Godsoe (Protecting Paige by Norah Wilson).

    1. Hi Natalija,

      Those are both great choices! Thanks for sharing them. I hope you enjoy Dangerous Desires!


  2. I do like a strong, reserved, man of few words type, but my fave is The Virginian on the show of the same name. Gotta love a cowboy!

    Karin A.

    1. Ooh, Karin, that's a new one to me! I'll have to check him out. Thanks for sharing!


  3. This book looks great. New to me author. I love broody heroes. They fall in love the best and that makes such a good story. Love the ones that aren't looking and they to deny it.

    1. Hi Chrisbails,

      Exactly - the ones who aren't looking for love and then try to deny it!
      Thanks for posting! I hope you enjoy Dangerous Desires!


  4. Yes! Love broody heroes. One of my favorites is Mack Abbott from Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham. He's so broody but has a heart of gold! Just needs someone special to help him see!

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Mack Abbott sounds awesome! Thanks for the tip - I'll have to check him out.

      I hope you enjoy Dangerous Desires!


  5. Ooh broody heroes... love them... :)

  6. I'm going with the classics and say Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Always a favorite.

    1. Hi Mary,

      Yes, and early brooder! Excellent choice!


  7. Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS is the first one that comes to mind.

    1. That's two votes for Heathcliff! Thanks for sharing, Taurus!


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    1. Three votes for Heathcliff! I think we have a winner!

      And you're a winner, too, Janet! Thanks for commmenting, and check you're email for your Amazon gift card.

      Have a great weekend, and I hope you enjoy Dangerous Desires!


  9. what does it take to be a successful author ? I would say that initial reviews and marketing definitely boost your book. I used https://usabookreviewers.com/christmas-gift to get a few reviews and also promote my book. Hopping to be in the top 100 genre lists and see better sales this Christmas season…


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