Question and a small giveaway!

Prepare yourself for a long, rambling post.

But there’s a question and possibly a prize at the end.

I was thinking about flawed characters for some reason. And as a reader, I’ve always felt one of two things, if the heroine (or hero) knows their own flaws and tries to work on it (that they’re humble I guess) it doesn’t bother me. Or if the hero finds those “flaws” utterly adorable about the heroine, then I can get on board too. I had a specific book in mind, but now I can’t remember what the heck it was and I don’t like to use other author’s books as examples anyway. So that got me thinking, Hope tends to be kind of shy about things (I like to think she’s just a classy lady).  But since that’s a big turn-on for Rock and he doesn’t want her to change, I never give it a lot of thought.  Is that weird? I mean, I’m—ahem—near Hope’s age and I write some dirty books, but if you came up to me in person and said “hey, Autumn I have to tell you, it’s really hot the way Rock likes to jizz all over Hope in every other sex scene” I’d probably turn beet-red and run away from you.

On the other end of that spectrum, I have my club girl, Trinity. And I know in romance-land an, um “experienced” heroine isn’t as accepted as a slutty hero is. (Why, the double standard, folks!?) Not that her experience was a “turn-on” for Wrath, but he was able to be an adult and move on. Even twisting it to mean he knew he was the best she’d ever had (which personally, I found funny). He had his own issues too, mostly acting first and thinking later, but eventually realized that wasn’t working for him and tried to change his behavior.

So here’s my question.  What’s a “deal breaker” for you in a hero or heroine? What can you accept and what do you hate no matter what?

For me, I guess it’s if the heroine’s an ungrateful twat, you know, the hero does lots of nice simple things for her, but when he doesn’t buy her the exact giant diamond engagement ring she wants, she makes his life miserable. (I’m exaggerating…sort of).

As for heroes, I strongly dislike the ones who do things the heroine hates (to her personally or sexually) but keeps doing them anyway because that somehow makes him “alpha”. Nope. Just makes you a dick. I’m not talking about BDSM-type situations where the parties agree to such things. More like the heroine would prefer he wear a condom but he doesn’t want to so that’s final. Um, no. Nope. Can’t get on board with that. Or to use my earlier example, if Hope objected to Rock coming all over her and he kept on doing it any way, then that would make him an asshole.

Just my opinion of course.

And here’s the prize:

LOKI swag pack: Mini notebook, Lost Kings MC pen, stickers (may vary from picture) book mark and bracelet.

LOKI swag pack: Mini notebook, Lost Kings MC pen, stickers (may vary from picture) book mark and bracelet.

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AutumnJLake

In love with romance and dirty-talking, alpha heroes.

20 Comments:

  1. I love this! It’s very true. I may not like a girl in a book, but if the hero likes her it’s usually enough to redeem her for me. Unless he’s a jerk too!

  2. I guess I kinda agree with you. I can handle a lot…just can’t stand the hero or heroine being a douchebag.

  3. What turns me off of a book is when either party overlooks the others feeling, thoughts, or opinions. Im not saying they have to agree on everything but not considering them at all is not cool. I love my alphas and they can seem like an ass but they must remember that they are not god. 🙂

  4. My deal breaker for a heroine are that she is just a bitch ( too good for everyone) or that she is always running and can’t get over her past to see the good thing she has in front of her. Lets see and for heroes is they are aholes with no heart. I see that daily no need to read about the. LOL

  5. Me too, don’t like ungrateful dicks or ungrateful twats.

  6. I hate when h is a cheater. When they sleep or kiss anyone else I can’t read it anymore. Just not my cup of tea 🙂

  7. OK, so here’s the thing … the word deal breaker for me doesn’t enter into consideration when I’m reading a book unless it’s in reference to writing. There are ALL kinds of people out there with all kinds of combinations to them. Will I enjoy myself more when I read a book where the hero isn’t an asshat or the heroine isn’t a bitch? Absodamnlutely LOL
    But I can still answer your question with one word: respect. Respect comes in many shapes and forms, but bottom line is that if the hero or heroine lack respect for each other in a book, then I’m not gonna enjoy reading about them.

  8. I totally agree with everything you said about the hero/heroine and how some flaws can be cute and what can be not so cute. You make a valid point and that is how I feel too!!

  9. Cheating.
    I know this is sexist but I can cope more with men cheating than women and trust me I know how wrong it is but it’s the way I feel.
    I prefer the woman to be more on the innocent side and the man experienced and dominate but he needs to love her and not be an arsehole.

  10. I commented on your Facebook page a while back that I had read the synopsis for Slow Burn and didn’t buy the book because I assumed Rock interfered with Hope’s marriage, and that she cheated on her husband. That’s a deal breaker for me. I read a post of yours, don’t ask me which one, and decided to give it a chance. A day later I was hooked! I’m so glad I read your books, I love your writing style.

    • Aw, thank you, Christy! I have a hard time with that one, because I don’t want to give anything away but I don’t want people to think there’s cheating either.
      Although, lots of people still won’t read it because of the Inga closet scene even though it’s “off page”. Glad you gave it a chance!

  11. I don’t tolerate cheating by either party. I also don’t like it when the h is in the picture but the H just keeps on screwing other women constantly. For me that’s repulsive. I wouldn’t tolerate it nor look at the guy the same way again, so I find it hard to “forgive” his screwing around with other women.

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