How Does a Character in a Story Break Hearts?

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How Does a Character in a Story Break Hearts?

This topic made me think more about how I write heroes and what makes readers relate to them and care for them. Our heroes come in a lot of different types and flavors, but I’ve had a few ideas about what makes readers connect with them.

Warning: disconnected thoughts ahead.

Heroes have to be strong, confident, smart, but they also have to have a vulnerability, something or someone they care about so passionately that they’ll take risks and make sacrifices to keep them safe and happy.

The heroes that break my heart have had to overcome adversity already to get where they are. They’ve been tested, sometimes they’ve failed, but they’ve learned from it.

They don’t give love or trust easily, but when they do, it’s all in. They take betrayal hard, but will give everything they’ve got–and even more–for the people they do care about.

They’re strong, even ruthless at times, but can be gentle when needed.

I’m sure there’s more…  What do you think makes a character a heartbreaker?

Secret_Santa_Sir_smThe hero of my most recent release, Secret Santa Sir is a hero and a heartbreaker.  He’s not your average romance hero in many ways, but he’s willing to take a huge risk to get the woman he loves!

Blurb: When Maggie gets a note from a very unofficial Secret Santa during the office’s holiday gift exchange, she’s surprised to be tempted by it. This Secret Santa offers to help fulfill her wilder sexual fantasies, those fantasies she’s never admitted to anyone else. Normally the very professional, uptight Maggie wouldn’t consider doing anything so risky. She wants a husband and family, but she also has kinky sexual fantasies and no man has ever moved her.

Maggie agrees to Santa’s proposal, and her first few anonymous encounters with him are a revelation, showing her levels of sensuality she’s never experienced before. But when she meets the man behind the gifts and the glorious kisses, her life gets seriously complicated.

As Maggie begins to fall in love with him, she faces two choices—longing for husband and family, and continuing a relationship that fulfills her in ways she never believed possible.

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How Does a Character in a Story Break Hearts? — 28 Comments

  1. Love the blurb. I will definitely be looking into your books.


  2. We all want to love a Heartbreaker. Maybe its because of his chiseled good looks, his bad boy attitude, or the mysterious nature of him. Some Heartbreakers are just that, they know what they got and how to use it to get what they want. Then there are those Heartbreakers that don’t even realize that they are doing it. The best part about a Heartbreaker is that there is always a woman that turns their world upside down until they realize it is love. I have read many Romance Novels over the years and have run into many memorable Heartbreakers and my favorites are usually the ones that don’t even know they are Heartbreakers! Some of my personal favorite Heartbreakers are :

    Kade Jamenson (Werewolf) from An Alpha’s Path. Kade is a sexy werewolf that will make you burn but a mishap with a potential mate makes him not think he will find love.

    Ian MacPhie (Vampire) from All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire. Ian is a heartbreaking Highland Vampire that was frozen in his immortality when he was only 15. With the help of his friend he is given a drug that helps him age to 28 so he could look like a man instead of a child after hundreds of years. He has no idea that he looks of a warrior and the lover.

    Lothaire Daciano (Vampire) from Lothaire. Lothaire is definitely a heartbreaker and his cocky attitude proves it! Thinks he’s a gift to women! Its just the sucker punch from a woman he doesn’t realize is his equal that brings him down a notch.

    Marius Parker from His Contrary Bride. Marius is every part the gentlemen but doesn’t realize he could also easily be the rogue!

    Benjamin Gateway from To Win His Wayward Wife. Benjamin doesn’t realize that he is a heartbreaker because the one woman he loved, he lost….or did he?

    Fury North (Human with Canine DNA) from Fury and Valiant North (Human with Feline DNA) from Valiant. Fury and Valiant are strong New Species and gorgeous to boot, but because they are damaged they doesn’t think they can hold onto to the women they love.

    Sigimor Cameron from Highland Conqueror. Sigimor is every bit the Highland Laird and warrior but can he hold onto to the beautiful English lady?

    Joshua Striker (Werewolf) from Alexandra’s Legacy. Joshua is a scared and battle hard enforcer for his pack and he thinks that he doesn’t have what it takes to make the women melt.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway and participating in the hop!
    I think that Christian Grey from “50 Shades of Grey” is a good example of a heartbreaker. He used and abused Ana at first, but then came to his senses by book two.

  4. For me the heartbreaker is a bad boy who goes kicking and screaming into love! When he falls he falls hard!

    The only heartbreakers I have encountered are literary! And my all time fav is Mr Darcy! Although, I am currently crushing on Zadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood!

    Love that cover for Secret Santa, Sir!!

  5. I love reading about hearthbreakers! They are usually bad-boys, they’re witty, funny and sexy and the female population is drooling after them lol

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  6. My favorite part of having a heart breaker is the world class groveling. Todd in Lauren Dane’s Laid Bare is my perfect example.
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  7. Oh I wanna read Secret Santa Sir!! Totally on my TBR!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! So many great prizes!! Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Ashley A

  8. My favorite heartbreaker is the one that your heart can’t live without. One of my best is Lucas from D B Reynolds book “Lucas” (Vampire in America series). Strong mind, well put together and tender when he needs to be.

    Judy Peterson

  9. Loving the Secret Santa story and am definitely purchasing that one. I can’t wait to find out what she does and what happens with their relationship. Thanks so much for the giveaway and taking part in the blog hop. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com