I mentioned once before that I’m studying cozy mysteries again. I read them for years, and then sort of got sidetracked by urban fantasy and then romances. Now, I combine them all in a big stew of happy reading and watching with an occasional steam punk thrown in. I’d never watched the Hallmark mysteries, so I’m catching up on those, and it’s fun to see that a romance subplot is thrown into almost every single one of them.
I’ve read some mystery authors who are new to me, too. And that’s what got me in trouble. I stumbled onto Jenna Bennett’s Samantha Martin series. The only time that I’ve been able to read one author, back to back, over and over again, was when I discovered James Fenimore Cooper when I was in middle school. I admit it. My young teenage heart fell in love with Natty Bumpo, also known as Hawkeye. He was so brave with so much honor. This quote might prove it. It takes a Mohican only minutes to bury his dead…but many moons to bury his grief. He’ll wander the hills alone until he’s ready to come down. If anyone could walk in another man’s moccasins, it was Natty Bumppo.
It pains me to admit that the reason I’m reading one Samantha Martin mystery after another is because I’m crushing on her romantic interest–Rafe Collier. Rafe is brave, too, with honor, but it’s buried under many layers of sexy bad boy. And what a combination that makes! If Rafe Collier quirked his brow at me and drawled the word “darlin’,” my knees might melt. Now bad boys, in general, don’t interest me, but GOOD bad boys, who are heroes under all the naughty things they do….well, they’re pretty darn hard to resist. At least, on paper. And it’s so easy for an author to get them into trouble. Talk about tension waiting to happen.
I’ve never written a bad boy. I don’t think I’m frisky enough to pull one off. My protagonists are always pretty squeaky clean and above board. They win the heroine because they’re so dependable and good–like Natty. So it’s fun for me to read someone whose character is used to people assuming the worst of him, and who’s fairly happy to reinforce that opinion. In fact, Rafe has a natural gift for it. If you have a thing for bad boys, here’s a link for Jenna Bennett’s: jenna bennett savannah martin series.
I’m about ready to do rewrites for my first mystery, and as usual, my protagonist falls for a good guy. I got comments back from my critique partners, so I’ll finish it way ahead of my Oct. 2nd deadline. And Ansel Herstad, the tall, blonde Norwegian who’s Jazzi’s love interest, got good reviews. I like him–a lot. Will he make female readers swoon like Rafe does? Probably not. But like I said, I don’t think I can write a bad boy and pull it off. So I’m happy with Ansel.
Do you write mostly “good” characters? Do you have a favorite love interest who makes you keep buying books? Did you ever write a “bad” boy/girl for one of your stories?
It’s hotter than blazes in Indiana. If you’re sweating, too, hope you get to hibernate–like I have–and write. Happy Writing! Judy
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