by Dee Tenorio
I’m guilty, I admit it. When I watch movies or read books, there are times when I smile like a fool and sigh, “Now, that’s my kinda man!” (This happens a lot when Terrence Howard is on the screen. Also Eric Bana. Really lot when Eric Bana is on the screen. Like, embarrassingly a lot. While sitting next to my husband even. Sighhhhh.) You know you do it. Or at least think it. (Remember that scene in I Am Legend where Will Smith is doing pull-ups? Tell me you didn’t. Just try. Uh huh, that’s what I thought!)
Now, in real life, my kinda man is artistic and ambitious. He has deep soulful eyes, a mouth made for kissing, hands that can hold me tight but still be strong enough to hold me up when my world has fallen apart.
He’s a father, able to guide and teach, laugh and support. His children run to his arms and they know he’ll catch them. He also broods. Like. You. Would. Not. Believe. He’s thoughtful. He’s kind, and so generous, giving of himself time and time again. A perfectionist, but I find he expects more of himself than he does anyone else. He’s funny, making me laugh until it hurts. And no one knows his secrets but me.
When I write, that man of mine is lurking somewhere in all of my heroes. A sliver, because I have to fall a little in love with them to tell their stories. They come from all walks of life, so they are all very different. From the CEO with a broken heart to the mechanic who thought he didn’t have one. From the graphic artist with no family to my latest hero, Locke Jackman, whose entire life revolved around the six siblings he raised after his parents died.
Locke is special to me because he gave up so much to protect his family and keep them together. In “Trust In Me”, readers get to meet a hero who is paternal and strong. One who knows the value of love and the price it can cost, but is willing to do whatever needs to be done to keep it safe. My husband is much the same, accepting my sister’s children as our own after she passed and being the center that keeps our family spinning, no matter what crazy turn our lives take.
It takes a special kind of man to do that and I wanted Locke to have that same core of family. His life has gone in a different direction because of his choices, but I wanted to show that those directions can be more than worth it. That when we least expect it, life rewards us with joy and fulfillment. Sure, sometimes we have to fight for it, but its worth it. Trust me on that.
So now that I’ve spilled my gooey guts all over the place (don’t worry, I brought a mop!), how about all of you share with me? What is your kinda man? Describe him in the comments and be entered in a drawing for your choice of one of my backlist titles!
Sometimes falling in love is the easy part…
A Rancho del Cielo Romance
Locke Jackman is single, childless…and he has a bad case of empty nest syndrome. For years, as he fought tooth and nail to keep his brothers and sisters together after his parents died, his entire life was focused on his responsibilities.
Now his siblings have all moved on with their lives, and there’s no one around to distract him from his overpowering attraction to his sister’s best friend. Their mutual desire is stunning…but then again, so are the secrets keeping them apart.
Susie Packard’s nightmarish marriage taught her what happens when she gives in to her weakness for powerful men. Too bad the big, stoic frowner across the street—the one who sets her bells jangling just by breathing—has her in his sights.
Try as she might to keep her emotional distance, Locke is determinedly knocking down all her walls. But as much as she wants to be the woman he needs, she knows better than most—passion may have its rewards, but every secret has its price.
Warning: This book contains a hot, modern-day Viking seducing his way to the heart of his woman, a stubborn lingerie designer with a world of secrets and a very deep bathtub… Enjoy!
Dee Tenorio has a few reality issues. After much therapy for the problem—if one can call being awakened in the night by visions of hot able-bodied men a problem—she has proved incurable. It turns out she enjoys tormenting herself by writing sizzling, steamy romances of various genres spanning paranormal mystery dramas, contemporaries and romantic comedies. Preferably starring the sexy, somewhat grumpy heroes described above and smart-mouthed heroines who have much better hair than she does.
The best part is, no more therapy bills!
Well, not for Dee, anyway. Her husband and kids, on the other hand…
If you would like to learn more about Dee and her work, please peruse around this site or visit her blog at http://www.deetenorio.com/Blog/.