When it comes to heroes, everyone (well, okay, not everyone, but a LOT of people) loves an alpha. They’re strong, protective, decisive and when they want something they go out and get it. What’s not to love about that? But it's not all sexy alpha perfection. In order for them to be a true romance hero, they've got to have a problem. Deals, man! Issues!
My hero Joseph, in Talking Dirty with the CEO, has issues. Major issues. He's got ADHD. It's something that's been a strength for him in business but it's pretty much shot his personal life all to hell. Why? Because he’ll focus on something quite intensely and then, just as quickly, lose interest. His relationships suffer because he forgets dates, gets so interested in something he'll forget he's supposed to meet someone. Or dismiss something as unimportant because he's too interested in what he's doing right now. He's thought of as unreliable. And it's not because he's innately selfish, it's because he's got ADHD.
It sounds like something only kids get, right? But it's not. It affects a lot of people and can play havoc with their lives. And the really tricky thing about writing a hero like this is that he's not ever going to get better. All he can do is manage his condition and try and live his life the best he can.
Poor guy, I actually wrote him like that on purpose. Not because I have the condition myself but because – and this goes for all my books – I reckon everyone, no matter damaged or how hard they issues they face are, deserves a happy ending. Everyone deserves to find that special someone who understands them and helps them get through the bad times. Don't you think? :-)
So what about you? What kind of issues would you like to see handled in a romance? Or have you read about an about issue you thought was unusual? If so, what was it?
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Talking Dirty with the CEO by Jackie Ashenden
Book #1 in the Talking Dirty series
Gadget journalist Christie St. John is more geek than chic. But when research for an article she has to write on online dating leads to the bed of the hottest guy she’s ever met, she knows that if the geek is to keep the hottie CEO, she’s going to have to come out of her digital shell.
Tech mogul Joseph Ashton never expected an Internet blind date to end in the best sex of his life. Yet as the chemistry between him and Christie burns out of control, he can’t help but think this woman is out for his money like all the rest. She claims she wants his heart instead – but that’s the one thing he can never give.
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