Susan Stephens's Hero Inspiration: Polo Players!

by Susan Stephens, author of The Untamed Argentinian (Harlequin Presents, August 2011)

Hen nights are always such fun, but I could never have guessed when I was invited to a hen night at a polo match held at Smith”s Lawn, Windsor, Her Majesty the Queen”s back yard, that I would be inspired to write quite so many romances with polo at their heart.

I have always had a thing for impossibly powerful forearms and hard-muscled thighs, and when someone explained to me that there can never be a polo world series because Argentina has best players as well as the best horses in the world, I had my first hero, my deliciously dark and dangerously untamed Argentinian, Nero Caracas.

In this first book Nero plays against a band of brothers–the Acosta Brothers–and so it seemed only fair that each of the Acostas should have their own story. It was my editor who wondered out loud what it would be like for a sister with such fierce and overbearing brothers watching her every move as she grew up. So from that hen night, and that one polo match, there are now six books!

My untamed Argentinian, Nero Caracas, has everything going for him–royal patronage, money, influence, plus Nero is at the very top of his game, while my heroine, Bella, is fighting to stay afloat both personally and professionally. But Bella has one thing Nero wants: Bella”s playtors top polo pony, Misty.

Misty, is the only thing left of Bella”s disgraced father”s once famous yard, and Bella is determined to clear her father”s name and keep the pony she loves.

Nero is ruthless and will stop at nothing to have Bella”s pony. As a side dish he”ll have Bella in his bed. But for once, the untamed Argentinian has bitten off more than he can chew with a frighteningly in-control woman.

Q. Will the ice maiden melt?

A. Only if she chooses to!

I have a free, signed copy of this book to give away to one winner of this question:

Q. What has inspired you most recently and how did you put that inspiration into action?

I hope you enjoy reading about sizzling hot Nero as much as I enjoyed writing about him!

* The first book in the Band of Brothers series, “The Shameless Life of Ruiz Costa”, featuring the hard-living Acosta brothers, is coming soon *

  • The Shameless Life of Ruiz Acosta February 2012
  • The Argentinian”s Solace TBA

Happy reading everyone!


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Comments ( 6 )
  1. Sharon Kendrick
    July 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Susan – this book (indeed, this whole series of six books) sounds unmissable. I particularly like the fact that your hero is called Nero – as in BLACK – no doubt like his heart!

    I love the fact that the books grew from that one amazing experience you had – that kind of inspiration is priceless and in my experience – makes for the most satisfying read of all…

  2. Melanie Milburne
    July 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Susan,
    It was great to see you in NYC!
    Inspiration is a funny thing. Thoughts just pope into my head at times triggered by something that I’ve heard or seen.
    Nero sounds fab. That picture with that gorgeous guy pulling up his shirt is enough to inspire anyone!

  3. Abby Green
    July 26, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Susan! Nero sounds delicious! Can’t wait to read the books, I’m a sucker for linked stories. Love how you manage to beautifully combine your social life and work at all times ;). Such a professional author. xxx

  4. Susan Stephens
    July 26, 2011 at 1:58 am

    It was the most amazing experience and Bella’s feelings when she walked into the marquee later that evening after the match exactly mirrored mine- everyone seemed to be ten feet tall and know everyone else, and while the polo players strode about like gods I squeezed and squashed my way through to find my friends, arriving red-faced, crumpled and stomped on. But we did dance until dawn with the memory of thundering hooves and amazing-looking men to inspire us 🙂

  5. Rachael Thomas
    July 26, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Nero and Bella’s story sounds fabulous. A must read I think!
    As a wannabe Presents author my latest story was inspired by all the people who became snowboud in Britain last winter.
    Looking forward to reading The Untamed Argentinian!

  6. Laurie G
    August 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Hi Susan,

    I don’t think I’ve read any books with a polo player for a hero. In fact, I’ve never seen a match. I know nothing about the game.

    My SIL, Dave, is my inspiration. He has a strong faith and practices it daily. He volunteers at his church teaching a youth group, he tutors school age children, he sponsors two Afican children, he sponsors a speaker of the Kenyan Lost Boys and a speaker for Save Darfur. Finally, he collects money to build wells in Africa. His dream is to go to Africa and help in the build wells project. He has gotten me to question my beliefs. He has forced me to reevaluate my life and to give back to my community.