Today I'd like to welcome author Lucy V. Morgan over who is talking about her new erotic romance novella, Beautiful Mess.
Heroes: I Like 'Em Messy
by Lucy V. Morgan
The romantic hero is a strange beast. He has to encompass just enough fantasy to make him worth reading about--worth dreaming about--but also needs to be real enough for you to believe he could exist. Some people love the fantasy parts most of all; hell, I've been in that boat, needing that bit of hope. Other people relish the more understated characteristics, even the faults...the things that make him believable as a human being. As both a reader and a writer, I fall smack-bang into that second category. One might say I went head over heels.
As much as I love the stories about the billionaires (who wouldn't want one of those?), the cowboys (I get Stetson envy), the vampires (who says romance is undead?)...a bit of me wants to know that normal, everyday guys can be heroes too. This is probably how I came to write about them. I love a smooth rich dude as much as the next girl, but I can't help getting excited about the quiet, hot guy in the office who blushes when you talk to him, because you just know by the time you've bolstered his ego a bit and got him into the bedroom, he's going to be delightfully bossy. That's a side only his lover gets to see. It's this vulnerability that gets me, and the confidence that emerges as he grows.
In my new erotic novella, Beautiful Mess, wedding cake designer Bailey Frost is dealing with her recent break-up, with the help of her three best friends--who happen to be guys. Only one of them is the real romantic hero, but they're all heroic in their own little ways. Yeah, they're hot (aren't most guys through the right eyes, really?). And they mean well. But at times, they're also crude, awkward, bolshy and even a bit insensitive. They're twenty-somethings, learning how to be big boys--grasshoppers, if you like. Despite their faults, they're all there for Bailey in their own hit-and-miss ways. That's what makes them both great friends and, I hope, real heroes...that you might just like to meet.
LINC is the hero of the story. He's tall and quirky and gorgeous, can't stand in a doorway without looking awkward, and while he's normally quite reserved, he has a wry, curious side. By day, he works with computers, but outside of work, he makes vampire and werewolf music video parodies with Olly, and this lucrative little sideline has turned them into minor internet celebrities. Linc has absolutely no idea what to do with this--it sure as hell doesn't give him any confidence with the ladies--and he's much more comfortable in front of a camera than he is meeting his "fans."
OLLY is lewd, crude, and voraciously loyal to Bailey, his girlfriend Chan, and his friends. As Bailey puts it, he's full of "righteous metrosexual anger." Naturally cocky, he loves being an internet celebrity, so much so that he's already quit his day job. He's never afraid to speak his mind, and if it's a spade, he calls it a fucking spade.
TOM is at the end of medical school, and desperate to meet a nurse who looks like Christina Hendricks. He's "shit with the comforting" and is the least likely to offer you a hug--but also the most likely to make you laugh with his dry sense of humour. He can't use the bathroom without trashing it, even for a quick shower.
If you want to see these guys in action, you can read the first chapter of Beautiful Mess on my website.
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Working in a wedding cake shop sucks when you've just been dumped.
Bailey Frost has a recipe for disaster: one cheating ex, one big glass of liquor, and three well-meaning male friends who think her lack of a sex life is funny. Before she knows it, she's confessed that she's never had an orgasm with a man.
Now Bailey has to navigate sappy couples at work, while her friends are hell-bent on helping her get revenge on evil Craig...by dressing up as werewolves, on YouTube.
And one of those friends-- the tall, shy-but-gorgeous Linc--might just want to help Bailey with that other little problem...
Lucy V. Morgan is a genre-hopping British writer and the author of the Whored series for Lyrical Press. She believes that fools are made to be broken, rules are made to be bent, and faulty characters are the most interesting. If it’s hiding in the shadows, she probably thinks it’s hot.
Originally, Lucy thought that talking about herself in the third person would sound pretentious, but finds she is DRUNK ON THE POWER.
She will now be going for a lie down.