Heroes: Dark & Edgy, or Bad Boys? by Susan Stephens, with Giveaway!

by Susan Stephens, author of The Argentinian”s Solace (Harlequin Presents, April 2012)

Writing about the four Acosta brothers and their wild child sister, Lucia, has been the most wonderful experience. I can hardly bear to say I’m writing the last book in the series – serial bad-boy, Kruz, hooking up with hard-nut, Romily Winner — as I almost feel part of the Acosta family now!

The series has been an interesting challenge with some of the books being written for Presents/Modern and some for the lighter, RIVA/Presents Extra. The question, I suppose, is, do you prefer the dark, edgy heroes, or the younger mavericks? I like both, though Diego, my hero in The Argentinian’s Solace, is definitely on the black edge of dark.

Diego is sexy, edgy, and…sexy. Go see his picture on my Acosta pages at susanstephens.com! I love all my men hot, just in case you hadn’t guessed that already! And when Diego goes head to head with Maxie Parrish, a woman who can match him for fire and determination, sparks won’t just fly they’ll light a fire that will never go out.

Diego’s polo playing days are over for now, yet the cut and thrust of battle on the polo field has always defined this warrior without a heart – until the arrival of Maxie Parrish, a woman who is keeping a big secret beneath her seemingly innocent exterior.

Having seen quite a bit of life our heroine Maxie is impatient of brooding men with injured legs. But she’s kind too – if a little too adventurous for Diego’s taste. Diego likes his horses wild and his women tame and gets quite a shock when wedding-planner, Maxie,  crashes her boat into the dock where he stands waiting. And the shocks aren’t nearly over yet for Diego.

So… do you prefer your fictional men edgy and dark, or younger bad-boy mavericks?

Let’s hear your thoughts with a signed copy of the book for the entry that makes us feel your enthusiasm for those sexy heroes!

And don’t forget to visit the Acosta family on their own special pages at susanstephens.com where you’ll find all the latest news along with my inspiration for the Acosta series

I”ve had the best time writing this series, and now it”s off to finish writing Kruz. I just can”t wait to get back to him!

My very best to all the wonderful readers who have already written to share their enthusiasm for the Acostas, and my warmest wishes to all of you. Keep those thoughts on heroes coming – can’t wait to hear them!


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  1. Fiona Marsden
    March 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I like my heroes the hotter and darker the better, especially darker. There is something so satisfying about seeing them finally melt.

  2. Lori Y.
    March 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    The older I get, the more I like my heroes dark and edgy.

  3. Laney4
    March 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Can’t choose. It’s like choosing your favourite child….
    I like the variety of romances available. Could be edgy, dark, bad-boy, maverick … but could be cowboys, teachers, CEOs, sports stars, investigators, sheikhs … who are kind-hearted, rough around the edges, gentle in private, strong, powerful, reclusive, and even “real b*st*rds”, as they are often called in the stories.

  4. chey
    March 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    The major requirement I have of my heroes is that he not be too similar to the last guy I read about.

  5. Kai W.
    March 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I like my men edgy and dark. I still, however like that
    bit of the bad-boy type attraction. Both still have that dark tragic, dark secret past that they are trying to hide. It’s those dark secrets that give the air of mysteries.

  6. Susan Stephens
    March 31, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Hi and thank you all for joining in 🙂
    I’m with a dark, edgy man right now… his name is Ruiz Acosta, and I LOVE him!
    I have to admit, I’m liking dark, edgy men more and more. The challenge is bigger for the heroine, and I want to see her power over him – I want to see his power too. I want everything ramping up and up until I can really feel that heat zinging between them –
    *Exhausted now* Better get back to writing!
    Do keep those ideas coming – And thank you so much once again Sx

  7. Melanie Milburne
    April 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Susan!
    Just adore your edgy heroes. Keep them coming!

  8. Sandra Marton
    April 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Bad boys for me, please, Susan. The guys our mothers warned us to avoid are always super-sexy. As for Diego…. he’s wonderful!

  9. Susan Stephens
    April 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you all SO much for joining in.
    I love these rare chances to chat and hear your views. KAI – can you send me your snail mail, pleas? You’re our winner this time around. I’m so with all the comments – but I just think it was that word, tragic that really resonated with me. Having just finished Nacho’s story – a great-looking guy who falls in love with a blind woman – a woman who doesn’t feel sorry for herself for a moment – even if I do – I just thought, yes, those are the elements I’m aiming to touch upon – the tragedy and triumph of life. So thank you Kai – and thank you everyone for sharing your thougts with me.