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The Sweetest Kiss By Marie Higgins

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Adorable Heroes

What makes a hero adorable? Is it because he’s good looking? Built like a body-builder?

Or is it because he has a funny personality?

Well…I happen to think it’s all the above plus more! If the hero doesn’t know how to treat the heroine – he’s rude to her, doesn’t respect her, doesn’t want to do special things for her – then he isn’t a very good hero, in my opinion. Heroes can start out with faults in the beginning of a story. They can even be a little bit immature. Let’s face it…nobody is perfect. Right? Stories are about character development. It’s not fun to read about a perfect hero all the way through the story. At least not for me.


When I write a story, I want to make my hero physically attractive, but usually there’s something about him the heroine doesn’t like. Usually it’s because they’re a rogue and the heroines are after a family man. Regardless, slowly and surely, the hero becomes more adorable in the heroine’s eyes by their actions…by the way they make my heroines laugh…by the way they enjoy a flirtatious conversation. It may be the little things he does to help his family – or hers – or strangers in town.

Several years ago, I started writing a sweet Regency romance series about three brothers: Trevor, Tristan, and Trey Worthington. I fell in love with all three of these heroes…but it didn’t stop there. Especially when their common friend, Dominic Lawrence, Lord Hawthorne, was introduced into the story. He has a roguish attitude that’s hard to overlook, and I couldn’t help but want to give him a story, too.
All of my heroes have faults – although they may be gorgeous and charming men. heehee But each one had to grow in the story. Each one has their own obstacles to overcome, and of course they must fall in love with the heroine even if they fight it all the way.

The Sweetest Kiss starts my series. Although this is the first book, this story is about the youngest brother, Trey Worthington. I wanted to write a love story, but I also wanted humor. Trey and Judith are cute together…and they love to tease. I hope you enjoy the humor I have written in this story.

Lord Trey Worthington isn’t about to give his heart to a woman. He does not want a marriage like his parents. But when his mother brings a childhood acquaintance into the home to sponsor into society, Trey has to get Miss Faraday trained properly. The more he gets to know Judith, the more he yearns for something he doesn’t dare reach for. Judith is after a faithful husband—something Trey has been convinced most of his life he’ll never become.

Judith Faraday is only after one thing—to marry her Naval Officer and enjoy a life full of love. She’s doubtful her dream will ever come true while living as the ward to the dowager duchess. However, the longer Judith is with the dowager’s son, Trey, an attraction blossoms. Judith now wonders if God has different plans for her life, because Trey doesn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage…the very thing Judith cannot do without.

**excerpt**

He stopped near a lilac bush and bent to remove a dead leaf. “Judith? I know how anxious you are to meet up with your young man. Probably just as eager as my mother is to give you a coming out ball and fulfill her duty as your guardian.”

She tightened her jaw. Where was this leading?

He stood and faced her. “Here is what I propose. You allow me to look for your fiancé to see what his true intentions are. Meanwhile, you let my mother do all she can to prepare your ball.”

Judith sucked in her breath. He was actually trying to compromise? Ridiculous! Yet, his proposal sounded genuine. Half of her wanted to agree, the other half didn’t believe him. What choice did she have? The letter she hid from Trey not too long ago in her reticule was ready to send to Alex, only if Trey’s servants would do the errand. But Trey’s suggestion was better. He had more contacts than she did, so perhaps she should let him locate Alex. It wouldn’t be too hard to pretend to let the dowager teach her, either. It might turn out to be entertaining.

She smiled. “Agreed.”

A familiar look crossed his features, causing his eyes to darken again. She wished his mesmerizing gaze didn’t affect so. Why did it tickle her insides and make her heart flutter? Only Alex should do this to her.

Grinning, he nodded. “Agreed.” He presented his elbow for her to take. “Shall we continue our walk?”

Before she could answer, he took her hand and draped it over his arm then led them further into the gardens.

“I do not think I have told you yet, but you have blossomed into a lovely lady, Judith.” His gaze swept over her. “I’m pleased to see the years have been so kind.”

Her heart skipped a beat. What was wrong with her? Why did her body react so quickly to him? Hadn’t she just admitted how much she loved Alex? Yet, the harder she tried to picture his face, the deeper Trey’s rugged good looks crept into her mind. Not only that, she had started to think of him as a decent person. A potential friend.

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Marie Higgins is a multi-published author of romance; from refined bad-boy heroes who makes your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. Visit her website / blog to discover more about her – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com