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Dear Reader,

Hi guys! So nice to be with you all! I thought today I’d talk one of our favorite subjects–heroes.

A rogue, a rascal and a scoundrel walk into a bar…

Is there a punch line? With all those alpha males in one spot, I suspect there could be punches if not punch lines. And a lot of fun, especially for the heroines of books featuring the rogue, rascal or scoundrel.

In Romancelandia, these three terms are used fairly interchangeably, but I think there’s a subtle difference between them. By the way, have you noticed all the ‘R’ sounds in these words (we can throw ‘rake’ into the mixture!)? Do you think it’s because all these bad boys make readers go RRRRRRR?

I’ve written a few rogues and scoundrels in my time. To my mind, they’re men with more dangerous agendas than rascals. Someone like Jonas Merrick from Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed who is out for revenge on his vile cousin and he doesn’t particularly care who gets hurt in the process. Hmm, ‘revenge’ is another of those ‘R’ words that proliferates in Romancelandia!

Up to now, I haven’t written a rascal. That to me indicates a more light-hearted hero. A rascal is perfectly happy to bend the rules, especially when it involves seeking his pleasure, but he’s not quite prepared to stomp over everybody else in that quest.

Sir Richard Harmsworth, the hero of A Rake's Midnight Kiss, book 2 of the Sons of Sin series, out from Grand Central Forever in September, is definitely a rascal.

Let’s survey the evidence: he breaks into the heroine’s house as a masked burglar; he moves in with Genevieve’s family, pretending to be a rich man of leisure, Christopher Evans; his motives for seducing Genevieve extend beyond mere attraction.

There’s more, but if you want to see all his rascality in action, you’ll have to read the book!

Richard was huge fun to write. He’s got emotional baggage but he’s not what I’d call a tortured hero. Instead, he faces his troubles with a careless smile on his lips and a witty answer to deflect anyone who gets too close. He plays things pretty light because grim experience has taught him that emotional involvement leads to destruction.

When he meets Genevieve, he wants two things: to finagle a family heirloom out of her clutches and to show this unworldly but beautiful woman a good time before he disappears and she goes back to her dusty books. So not a bad man, although perhaps a sexily wicked one! And when he falls in love, he has to step up and become a hero indeed. I always like that bit in a bad boy romance!

So do you have a favorite bad boy from romance? Do you think there’s a difference between a rogue, a scoundrel and a rake? And what do you think happened in that bar?

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