Welcome to the Nickel Nasties series! In celebration of my first scathing Amazon review for A Ranger's Tale (1 in 58 ain't bad), I've decided to devote February to the stories that garner so much stereotype and ridicule, but still comprise one of the world's best-selling genres: ROMANCE! I hope you'll enjoy this series. Please leave comments for the wonderful contributors. And...don't forget to check out their books!
THE THIN RED LINE, PART 1: THE “BAD BOY”
There are many romance books where the bad boy alpha male breaks all the rules, is viewed as a terrible person, etc... and is eventually revealed to be a truly gentle soul with a heart of gold. That is totally—and sadly, for us women who find them attractive—unrealistic.
Men who are dangerous in multiple aspects of their life do not possess a heart of gold. If they take delight in doing bad things to people, odds are at some point, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end, not because they don’t love you, but that the way that they love is different from what “normal” society recognizes as love. Understand, I am not defending men who hurt women in any way (or the reversed roles, either). I’m saying that some men are only capable of that kind of love, and that the danger inherent to them never goes away. These men cannot be tamed by being loved.
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There are a great deal of women who think that their love can make such a man change. This is playing with fire—especially as many dangerous men recognize full well the attraction they have for such women, and exploit that to its fullest potential. How many of us have friends who date great guys, then break up with them because they were “too nice, boring, or too straight-laced”? I’ve heard that before. Usually those same friends are often treated badly by the men that they do allow into their lives, sometimes horrifically.
Some of bad boy attraction results from movies and fiction…which might have come about because of a kind of “mistaken identity.” There are two types of dangerous men – those that became dangerous out of necessity, and those that chose to become dangerous. The difference is that a man taken out of a situation who became dangerous to deal with said dangerous situation will revert back to how he was, with a good deal of effort on his part and help from those around him. We see this in wartime, or other social situations. But there are those that seek out the thrill of being bad and revel in it, no matter what situation they are in. No amount of TLC is going to cure these latter men, because they already ARE exactly who they want to be. In short, they don’t want to change.
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There are strict rules for romance novels: HEA, etc. In upcoming Promise Me novels, that thin red line will sometimes be crossed, when the story dictates it is necessary…because my “bad boys” are realistic. When you have characters that refuse to bend in their desires or listen to their conscience, explosive conflict and tragedy is the result.
Taken in the Night is the last Promise Me Series Book to qualify as vampire romance. Beginning with Taken for His Own, subsequent books will be labeled paranormal fiction because of certain story arcs. Stay tuned for romantic elements, steamy sex, and keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat action and suspense!
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series.
Tara divides her free time unequally between writing
novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing
cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
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Taken in the Night (Promise Me Series, Book 3)by Tara Fox Hall:
When Theo disappears, Sar is left bereft, the uncertain guardian of Theo's newly born werecougar daughter, Elle. As months pass, clues emerge about Theo's disappearance, yet the twisting trail ends repeatedly without answer. In her grief, Sar turns to Danial and hesitantly begins to build a life with him and Elle.
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