Title: Exposing the Heiress
Author: Jennifer Apodaca
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Genre: Romantic Suspense
This Marine will protect her at all costs…
When wealthy heiress Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather has been paying her fiancé to marry her, she’s humiliated and betrayed. She quickly breaks the engagement, only to be blackmailed by her nowex-fiancé, who threatens both Alyssa and the son she gave up for adoption. With nowhere to go, she turns to the one man she can trust.
Former Marine sniper Hunter Reece’s lethal skills could save Alyssa’s life. But his little sister’s best friend has turned into a woman, who is an irresistible mix of secrets and sexiness. And while Hunter can trust himself to protect her, he can’t trust himself to keep his attraction hidden…or even pretend to be the man that Alyssa remembers.
Because the only way to keep the lovely heiress safe is to become the one thing he knows she could never love…a killer.
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Why Danger Enhances the Romance
Thank you to Literal Exposure for having me here today to chat about why I think danger can enhance a love story. In Exposing the Heiress, Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather was paying her fiancé to marry her, and breaks off the engagement. But the fiancé refuses to break up, using threats and blackmail to insist she marry him. Alyssa is in serious danger, and she runs to the one man she knows will protect her.
Hunter Reece is a former Marine sniper now working as a security specialist. He’d known Alyssa as a child, but the full-grown woman who walks into his office takes his breath away, and ignites a fiery longing. But Hunt is determined to ignore his desire as Alyssa was his little sister’s best friend—she needs him to protect her, not seduce her. However, that vow is tested as the danger ramps up and chemistry explodes on the pages.
So what does danger add to the romance and sexiness? Here’s some of my thoughts:
1) Danger forces the hero and heroine together. Alyssa was best friends with Hunt’s sister, and spent summers with his family. After a tragedy in her life, she’d cut off contact. And Hunt had his own issues. But danger brings them together.
2) Strips away defense. Alyssa is so rattled and desperate, she tells Hunt her deepest, most painful secret. And that, in turn, makes her emotionally vulnerable. For Hunt, seeing Alyssa’s threatened and scared rips away his ability to hold himself at a distance from her.
3) Brings out the protective alpha male. There is little sexier than a man protecting his woman. It sounds caveman-like and yet, it’s so sexy. But what makes the hero NOT a caveman is that he doesn’t try to control the heroine’s life. He just wants to protect her with his skillset. Alyssa is an heiress controlling a vast fortune, and Hunt doesn’t try to tell her what to do. Instead he supports her choices, and encourages her to go after her real dreams while he keeps her safe. That’s what makes him an alpha make rather than a jerk. And it has to be said, a hero never abuses a heroine (the BDSM genre is a separate issue with its own rules.)
4) The chemistry burns hotter. The fear of dying or losing their loved one ramps up the sexuality, and just as importantly, the emotional connection. And since the reader is worried to, they are rooting even more for the hero and heroine, desperately hoping they can have a few stolen moments together.
Those are some of my reasons for liking an element of danger in my romance. What about you?
If you like a little danger in your romance (along with a hunky sexy hero!) I hope you’ll give Exposing the Heiress a try!
Award winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons.
While her husband worked on his master’s degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of pursuing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice.
Choosing writing, and with the full support of her husband, she poured herself into her dream. A mere eight years later, she published her first book DATING CAN BE MURDER. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances. Taking the pen name of Jennifer Lyon, she also created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and most recently, The Plus One Chronicles, an emotional and sexy adult contemporary series.
Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of nonfattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.
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