Author Helena Newbury is stopping by the blog today to tell us the qualities she looks for in a swoon-worthy male lead. When she’s done with that, you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win an ecopy of the both books in her Fenbrook Academy series and a $50 Amazon giftcard!
Helena Newbury is a New Adult Romance author with a love of bakingly hot summer days, strawberry gelato, good coffee and interesting people. Unlike the characters in her books, Helena cannot dance, act or play anything (though she is substantially more flexible since she started writing Dance For Me and tried doing dancer’s stretches, so she’s hoping that something will rub off on her from each book).
Helena writes in a very noisy, very busy coffee shop which means she sometimes end up mainlining caffeine to keep her seat. You’ll know when this happens because she’ll still be on Twitter that night at 4am.
She loves meeting and talking with other authors, traveling to new places and discovering new books.
Let’s start with the obvious: the looks. He doesn’t just have to be gorgeous, he has to be gorgeous in the right way. He has to be the heroine’s type, even if she doesn’t see it at first—even if she doesn’t think she has a type. In this case, blue-gray eyes and black hair. A couple of tattoos that tell a story. Muscles that speak of boxing, not gym-preening. And, of course, it’s all down to how he wears his looks—the tousled hair, the battered leather jacket, the guitar slung over his shoulder. Connor with slicked-back hair and an Armani suit just wouldn’t be the same.
I think some of the best heroes are foreign—or at least, foreign to the heroine. When the hero is an outsider, he can hold up a mirror to the heroine’s life in a way the boy next door can’t. Connor’s Irish and not only does his accent turn his singing voice from silver to pure gold, it also lets him turn even the most innocent question into something loaded with filthy innuendo, and growl some things in Karen’s ear that turn her into a quivering mess.
It’s interesting when heroes are a contrast to their heroines. In Connor’s case, he’s virtually penniless, in New York on a scholarship, whereas Karen’s the daughter of a wealthy concert pianist. He’s a bad boy known for partying hard. She’s the ultimate good girl, sheltered and a virgin. He’s chaos, she’s order, and their very different lives lead them to start questioning the directions they’re heading in.
The most important element in a swoon-worthy hero, though? What he does. Without action, he’s just a good-looking bag of potential. To really make us swoon, he has to save a heroine who may not even realize she needs saving until it’s almost too late. The best way to make us swoon…is to be ready to catch us.
Who’s your favorite hero, and what about him makes you swoon? Leave a comment below!
Everyone expects her to succeed….
Karen plays the cello like an angel, and it’s the only thing that makes her truly feel alive. But her father’s dream—for her to join a prestigious orchestra—leaves no time in her life for anything but music…not even love. Trapped on her path, she doesn’t know how to rebel.
Everyone expects him to fail….
Connor plays rock guitar like the devil himself, and his ability has got him all the way from a dead-end life in Belfast to a scholarship at Fenbrook Academy. But beneath his arrogance and charm, he doesn’t believe he has what it takes. He’s spent his time in New York drinking and partying, and the only future he sees is a return to Ireland as soon as he flunks out.
But what no one expects….
When Karen’s duet partner is injured, the bad boy guitarist and the shy, sheltered cellist are forced to team up. Neither likes the idea, but what begins as anger and distrust slowly spirals into love…and lust. If they can face up to their feelings, they might just have a chance together. If Connor will allow Karen to stop his fall, maybe he can show her a life she never thought possible….
Oh, Helena, you’re speaking my language! I agree with everything you said and especially loved the part about the Irish accent growling filthy things in her ear. I do believe I just swooned. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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