The Viper by Monica McCarty + Giveaway!
The VIPER (on sale 10/18/11) is the fourth book in my HIGHLAND GUARD series, which blends my love for “strapping lads in plaid” with my other love of Special Ops romance. Think: Braveheart meets SEAL Team Six.
Lachlan MacRuairi is given the war name “Viper” for his stealth and snake-like ability to get in and out of almost anywhere. An expert in extraction, he’s a mean bastard (literally) who is looked on with suspicion even by his own Highland Guard brethren. He’s the ultimate “bad boy” who meets his match with Bella MacDuff, the brave woman who is called upon to crown Robert the Bruce as king, in defiance of the most powerful man in Christendom, Edward I, King of England. This real life heroine suffers greatly for her bravery, and it’s Lachlan who is called on to help her.
I must admit I’m a sucker for a bad boy. I think it’s the high school girl in me who was more concerned about sexy and unattainable than whether this is the kind of guy I could see driving carpool. He just needs the right woman to tame him, I’d think (obviously thinking that woman would be me!). One of the reasons I believe that the “bad boy” hero is so enduring in romance because we get to see the fantasy come true.
But for me, the bad boy fantasy is also about the dynamic with the heroine. Lachlan needs a very strong woman to stand up to him and see past the harsh façade to the scarred man underneath. Bella is perhaps the strongest heroine I’ve ever written, and her own painful past puts her in position to understand his. But taming the bad boy doesn’t come easy, which makes for a lot of sparks, and a not very easy road to “Happily Ever After.”
Who are some of your favorite bad boys in books, TV, or in movies? One of my all time favorites is Gabe Bonner from Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s DREAM A LITTLE DREAM and Kevin Tucker from THIS HEART OF MINE. Sawyer from the TV show Lost was also a great bad boy.
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