My bookA Shadow of Guilt is the third book in the Corretti Series, and I have to say I loved writing it. The characters I was given were unlike any I’ve done before. Gio, the hero was very Alpha but not like my usual heroes. He had a deep well of pain at his core. Valentina the heroine was also unlike any other heroine I’ve done, and she shared a very similar pain with the hero.
As Gio and Valentina’s lives collide again and their relationship plays out, Gio comes to realise that perhaps he doesn’t have to accept the full blame for Mario’s death. And Valentina has to face up to the dark secret she’s been harbouring since her brother died.
It’s a story of guilt, atonement and healing. I love that Gio accepts Valentina’s fury because he feels he deserves it. To me it makes him even stronger, more worthy. He’s not being self – pitying, it’s a quiet acceptance of his guilt which is heart – wrenching.
Valentina’s anger at Gio fuels a desperate passion between them but ultimately it also forces a deeper intimacy and brings her to a point where she just can’t avoid her own conscience anymore.
I think we have all felt varying degrees of guilt in our lives, perhaps not as extreme as the guilt Gio feels for the death of his friend. It certainly added to the poignancy of the story for me.
I’m wondering if you feel that an emotion like guilt adds to, or detracts from a romantic story – line? Do you prefer things to be kept light or to go to the dark side?!
Note: this post originally appeared on The Harlequin Blog.