By Gina Maxwell
I have a friend who will buy any romance book that has a CEO hero. If the acronym is in the title, she won’t even bother reading the blurb or judging the cover. She one-clicks. I have another who does the same thing with billionaire heroes.
There’s definitely a huge trend of readers falling head over heels for the more dapper romance hero. And who wouldn’t? For the most part, these heroes are every woman’s dream. Handsome, wealthy, worldly, intelligent, and devoted to the heroines of their story. What more could a woman ask for, right?
Well, if you asked me, I’d tell you dirt, grease, calluses, and permanent ink.
Yes, you heard me. I’m a sucker for blue-collar. A man that works with his hands in a wife beater smudged with motor oil and I’m done for. A man whose muscles are borne of hard labor or workouts that use tractor tires and some other dude’s body, instead of an overpriced gym with more machines than NASA. A man reasonable enough to try and talk his way out of a fight, but who can brawl with the best of them when reason doesn’t work.
The men who look just as fabulous in a suit or tux—though they’ll probably grumble about the “damn monkey suit” you made them wear—but will change the tire instead of calling AAA if one blows on your way to the event. Just knowing that is a turn-on for me.
And outside of those rare “monkey suit” occasions, I prefer my men in a T-shirt and jeans. (T-shirt optional…and maybe the jeans, too.) You can keep your CEO’s and billionaires. Give me a fighter who can fix his car. Give me a fighter who fixes his car and has full-sleeve tattoos, and my clothes will more than likely spontaneously combust. Poof! Gone. Just like that.
But why am I so fond of heroes caked in dirt, wearing articles of clothing that make people think of Jerry Springer, and covered in painfully applied artwork?
Maybe it’s because they’re so enigmatic and complex. Their shells may be tough to crack, but once you do, your reward is marshmallow fluff. They’ll take you out to dinner, pull out your chair, slow dance while everyone watches, and later that night, fix the leaky faucet that kept him from falling asleep with you sprawled across his chest. This is the guy that falls hard for the woman he knows he shouldn’t.
This is all true of the hero in my new release, Fighting for Irish. Aiden “Irish” O’Brien is by far the most gritty, blue-collar hero I’ve ever written. Covered in tattoos, piercings, and hailing from the South side of Boston, he won’t be winning any awards for Mr. Congeniality anytime soon. Or ever. He doesn’t have Reid’s smooth-talking, silver tongue (Seducing Cinderella), nor does he have Jax’s flirtatious, charming wit (Rules of Entanglement).
But despite his unconventional looks and hard-knocks upbringing, what Irish has in spades is compassion, tenderness, and patience. Especially when it comes to Kat MacGregor. (And apparently kittens.)
As far as I’m concerned, he’s the hero dreams are made of: all tough-n-stuff on the outside, but warm-n-melty on the inside.
Mmmm… My favorite kind.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell, is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit.
Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, landed on the USA Today and NY Times Bestseller lists in less than a month. Now she splits her time between writing more books and acting as Boss of the world’s first organized romance mafia, the Maxwell Mob.
Fighting for Irish Synopsis:
Former MMA fighter Aiden “Irish” O’Brien hasn’t stepped into the ring since he accidentally took someone’s life in the heat of rage. When his friend calls in a favor that sends him south to check on family, Irish figures he’s got nothing to lose. His life is on the ropes. The least he can do is make sure the sexy redhead is safe.
Kat MacGregor has forty-eight hours to settle the twenty thousand dollar debt her deadbeat ex-boyfriend owes a crime boss. If she doesn’t, she’ll pay for it—with her life. Kat’s halfway out the door when a sexy new guy walks into the bar and insists he’s there to help.
Irish is forced to fight in the underground MMA circuit to win the money she needs. But he’s been lying to Kat. About who he is, about knowing her sister, about why he comes home bruised every night. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him, but breaking her trust will cost him the most important fight of his life: the one for her heart.
Be sure and also check out Jen from Imperfect Women’s review on Fighting for Irish to see what she had to say!
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