I’m delighted to be supporting fellow blogger and friend Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources in bringing you a super guest post from Lara Temple to celebrate Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal. We all need a bit of romance in our lives and not only is Lara explaining how the dynamics work between her protagonists, but you have the opportunity to win one of three e-copies of Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal further down this blog post.
Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal is published today, 22nd February 2018 by Mills and Boon and is available for purchase here.
Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal
“Women either ran from Lord Ravenscar or ran to him.”
A Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story.
Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…
It Takes A Strong Heroine To Make A Strong Hero
A Guest Post by Lara Temple
The reason I began writing regency romances was because I love to daydream. Some people watch television or reads books to lull them into sleep – I daydream. These daydreams are the stage onto which I invite my heroes – they are strong, complex, sometimes aggravating, often tortured, and always ready (with some prodding) to undergo an emotional journey that will land them just where I want them.
So it’s all about the hero, right? Of course not! No hero worthy of his name is of any use to me without that emotional journey. For anyone to really change and grow and learn, they need an equally strong force working on them (internal or external). So I see my heroes and heroines as the case of the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object and both having to give (they trade places throughout my books).
It doesn’t mean my heroines and heroes need to be extroverts or domineering – strength of character comes in many forms. Just as I love a charming rake as much the strong silent types, my heroines can be all along the spectrum – but they will never simper and they will never be truly passive (though they may be cautious and suspicious and afraid of being hurt).
The one thing I need from my heroes is that they earn my respect as they undergo their emotional journey towards the HEA and I can’t respect a hero who wants a passive woman. I mean, how is that even possible?
In my Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series my three heroes are all rakes who have been labeled the Wild Hunt Club because of their sporting and racing prowess and success with women. But they have a hidden side – they are also benefactors for Hope House, a home for wounded veterans. The war has affected each one deeply and they tackle their own wounds and losses by helping wounded veterans.
I love the tension between the rake and the redeemer that runs through their tales. This is why I needed three strong heroines to help them complete their journey to open themselves to the love they both fear and crave. If these men are going to trust someone enough to lean on them, that person would have to have an inner core of strength and integrity.
So in Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Bride, Nell might suffer from panic attacks but she is a fearless rider and has found her strength through working as a schoolmistress and training horses. When she takes her fate into her hands, she won’t allow fear or disappointment to take away the opportunities she seeks. It’s her determination and bravery that give Hunter the strength to face his own demons. It is precisely because he believes she can stand up for herself and doesn’t always need him to shield her that shows how much he respects her and values her. My kind of hero.
In Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal, Lily knows she wants a family. She had a lonely, isolated childhood and is willing to compromise in her choice of husband so she can have children and a modicum of freedom. Lord Ravenscar lost his parents and baby brother to disease and has sworn never to open himself to such pain and guilt again. He made his own way in the world and other than his friends he needs no one and nothing. Children in particular are not an option. But Lily’s combination of strength and vulnerability draws him even if what they want is in complete opposition. I can’t imagine anyone matching up with a rakish self-made charmer like Ravenscar who couldn’t meet him at his level, whose strength and vulnerability push and shove at him until his defenses crumble.
It’s that dance of strength and weakness (and which is which in the end?) that I always love about romance novels. So, yes, my heroines are always strong even when they are weak, and always have agency even when they are deeply vulnerable. The same can be said for my heroes. And neither would have it any other way…
(Fascinating Lara. I’ve never thought about physics in relation to romance before! Thanks so much for this guest post and happy publication day.)
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
For your chance to win one of 3 e-copies of Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal click here. Open internationally.
Please note this giveaway is run independently of Linda’s Book Bag.
About Lara Temple
Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, ‘Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,’ will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.
When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.
Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…
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