Susan Stephens on the Youngest Acosta Brother + Giveaway

by Susan Stephens, author of Taming the Last Acosta (Harlequin Presents, March 2013)

Polo players are

courageous, powerful and lithe. They control their ponies with subtlety and intuition, which are just two of the qualities I look for in my heroes. Add a dose of humour, loyalty, strong principles, and a healthy serving of intelligence, and we”re almost there. I like a man who can turn his hand to most things too.

With top polo ponies worth millions

of dollars, and riders needing a string of ponies in order to play at the top level, the players or their sponsors need to be fabulously wealthy, and that”s a world I love to explore in my books.

The four Acosta brothers and their sister Lucia have taken me on a roller coaster ride, sweeping me into their glamorous world and giving my emotions a real work out along the way. Tough heroes with flaws and heroines with unsuspected strengths are my ideal raw material. I can honestly say that this series has been the best fun ever to write.

The youngest brother, Kruz Acosta, is arguably the hardest of all the brothers. A veteran of Special Forces who now handles the Acosta Family”s security, Kruz is less than amused when photographer Romy Winner crashes his brother”s wedding. But Romy is on a special mission of her own, and when she can”t be frightened away, things get heated. And I mean hot.

Romy is a strong, independent woman who must find even more strength to deal with the consequences of her explosive meeting with Kruz, while Kruz is forced to expand his skill set to deliver a baby that simply won”t wait.

What are the top qualities you look for in a man? I have a signed copy of The Shameless Life of Ruiz Acosta, the first Acosta Brothers book, to give away so don”t hold back! Share your wildest fantasies with us. Or, if you prefer, tell us about your man and why you love him.

I can”t wait to hear from you.


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Comments ( 11 )
  1. Laney4
    March 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Perhaps because I’m 5’10” tall (and now overweight), I like my book heroes to be strong men who can easily carry me during my dreams about them. The tall, dark and handsome bit doesn’t hurt with my fantasy, but isn’t necessary. Caring and being gentle when necessary are lovely attributes. My favourite books are those that include witty banter between the hero and heroine; I think that is a wonderful form of foreplay (in books and in real life).

  2. Rebe
    March 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

    It’s cliched, but I do love a good sense of humor in my heroes! I also like him to be tall, dark, and handsome. Loving dogs doesn’t hurt, either!

  3. Melanie J
    March 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I am a cross between muscled men (military ish) and also maybe a little cowboy side. HOT!

  4. bn100
    March 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    any kind of alpha

  5. Kaelee
    March 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Give me a man who is honorable, hard working but can also laugh at himself if he needs to. I don’t want someone weak but I want them to display vulnerability to the heroine and maybe the rest of his family. I like a hero who knows his worth and what he wants out of life. If he’s tall dark and handsome with a good body that’s just icing on the cake.

  6. Linda Henderson
    March 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I look for strength, integrity, compassion, humor, a great work ethic and a willingness to accept change easily. One thing I’ve found over the years is that things can change in an instant, so I would look for that quality in a man. Of course if he is good looking too that would be great, but it’s not my top priority.

  7. Marcy Shuler
    March 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I like humor in my heroes and a wild protective streak. Someone kind, strong and honorable. Someone with a hard candy shell, but gooey chocolate middle that melts in my hands. 😉

  8. Susan Stephens
    March 4, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Phew! Made it! Leaping off the weekend chaos bus to spend some quality time with you ladies 🙂

    Loving the comments here. Marcy, your mention of chocolate struck a chord!

    I’m starved of chocolate, having given instructions that NO MORE is to be brought into this house…

    AM I MAD?


    Integrity? Linda, I’m with you all the way on that

    Kaelee, I’m totally in tune with a man who can show he’s vulnerable too

    Bn100 Alpha? YES. both in real time and in fiction. I love the challenge.

    Melanie… Military? Without a doubt. And I do have to admit to a certain hankering for a cowboy

    Rebe, a sense of humour is ESSENTIAL FOR ME. how would we get through life without one? And I love to see that knowing glint in a man’s eyes… And curve on his firm, sexy mouth- Fan me someone!

    Laney, caring and gentle are qualities I think we all vale.

    Picking a winner is NOT going to be easy. Keep them coming ladies. Back again soon.

    S 🙂

  9. Susan Stephens
    March 4, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Laney, my apologies. The weekend chaos must have taken more out of me than I thought 😉

    My response to you should of course have read:

    Caring and gentle are qualities I think we all VALUE

    Actually, I know we do, so thank you for making that point

    S 🙂

  10. Susan Stephens
    March 5, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Congratulations,, Rebe, you got me with that sense of humour. Please send your snail mail details to Amy.

    And huge thanks to everyone who took the time to comment!

  11. Amy
    March 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats Rebe! Please email me at amy _ wilkins @harlequin . ca

    ~Amy from Harlequin