I’m thrilled to welcome Liz Kelly to Magical Musings! Good Cop is her debut full length novel.
Lolly DuVal has signed on to help Henderson’s ‘Golden Boy’ learn to loosen up, shake his good cop image, and embrace his inner bad-boy. Yum!
At the same time, she’s coaching the town’s notorious ‘Great Seducer’ on how to appreciate women outside the bedroom. Hmmm.
And the two of them are best friends.
What could possibly go wrong?
My Lifelong Love of Hero-centric Romance
I read romance for the heroes.
My favorite hero is the plantation owning, swashbuckling, insanely romantic, alpha male Ruark Beauchamp from Kathleen Woodiwiss’s 1977 epic historical romance novel Shanna.
Ruark was perfect—handsome, witty, noble, honest, resourceful and…sexy. And what made him so sexy was the great lengths he was willing to go to in order to conquer evil, save, rescue and then win the heart of the young, impetuous, self-centered heroine.
There was a scene that I will remember until the end of time. Shanna’s maid, Hergus, is upset by having to be an unwilling conspirator, hiding the love affair from Shanna’s father. As she confronts Ruark, he says to her “I can only swear to you that all I do and all I intend is for Shanna’s good, for you see, Hergus,”—and his voice became a hoarse whisper—“I love the lass beyond all else.”
I love the lass beyond all else.
I swear to God when I read those words for the first time my heart stopped. I held my breath. And then I read that line over and over and over again. I wanted to be loved like that. Just. Like. That.
And all these years later, isn’t that why we fell for Christian Grey? Because he loved the heroine so profoundly.
I realized that this hero worship thing is entrenched in my writing as well because my stories usually start in the hero’s point of view. Because, although I want to know the heroine and her story, what I really want is to know—deep in the depths of my soul—the hero. I want to fall in love with him right along with the heroine. I want to experience the romance. The fictionalized—can’t get it in real life all that often—romance. It’s why I go to the movies, it’s why I watch TV. I love the romance. And boy do I want to do my best to share the romance, and the hero, and the emotion, with readers.
J. R. Ward does this brilliantly in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Her heroes are dark, dangerous, angsty-out-the-wazoo, and have terrible habits most of us wouldn’t tolerate. But we fall for them every time. Because we know what’s in their soul, what drives and motivates them, we feel the depths of their emotion and, in the end, they ‘love the lass beyond all else.’
Brilliant. Simple. Romantic.
So what happens when best friends—friends that have been through the trenches of life and have bonded closer than brothers, ‘love the same lass beyond all else?’ That’s the premise in my book Good Cop. Which, considering how much I love my heroes became a pretty tricky book to write. Because in the end, somebody has got to get the girl, right? (Don’t worry. The sequel Bad Cop is on the way. I refuse to leave a hero hanging!)
I’d like to thank Dale for allowing me to indulge in my hero worship while we celebrate the Fourth of July. If you are looking for a fun, sexy, hero-centric summer read, give my contemporary romance, Good Cop a try. Right after you kiss your favorite non-fiction hero and start some fireworks of your own.
Happy 4th of July everybody!
Liz Kelly grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, which she refers to as home even though she now splits her time between the sensational city of Chicago, and the fabulous weather of Naples, Florida. As a graduate of Wake Forest University she came to realize that North Carolina is, indeed, the greatest state in the union, and that southern gentlemen are not afraid to dance. The Heroes of Henderson series is set in her own fictionalized version of Henderson, NC as a tribute to southern hospitality and a whole lot of fun.
Liz’s publishing debut, a novella titled The Keeper of the Debutantes, is part of the book Countdown To A Kiss ~ A New Year’s Eve Anthology. That novella is also available separately in e-book form as Playin’ Cop, Heroes of Henderson ~ Prequel
Good Cop, Heroes of Henderson ~ Book 1 is her first published single title romance. For more information, visit her website: www.LizKellyBooks.com