Writers on Rogues -- Lorraine Heath on the Lord of Scoundrels

The cover of She Tempts the Duke. The heroine is wearing a gorgeous scarlet dress, and the hero is wrapped around her. Yum!Yesterday, I launched a new series on the blog--Writers on Rogues--in celebration of the launch of A Rogue By Any Other Name at the end of the month! I'm so so happy to say that one of my very favorite authors EVER has agreed to join us today and talk about one of my very favorite rogues EVER.

Today, Lorraine Heath (whose most recent book, She Tempts the Duke released last week and landed handsomely on New York Times Bestseller list!!)  shares her fascination with Sebastian, Marquess of Dain, the hero of Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels.

Welcome Lorraine!  

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I have to confess to being quite fickle when it comes to rogues. My loyalties can shift with little more than a sultry look on the big screen or a well-written line in a novel. In this case: “His was a Dartmoor soul, where the wind blew fierce and the rain beat down upon grim, gray rocks, and where the pretty green patches of ground turned out to be mires that could suck down an ox.”

Loretta Chase has given me such an incredibly enticing rogue in Lord of Scoundrels. I only recently read the book and discovered a wonderful author and scoundrel in the process. Lord Beelzebub, as Dain refers to himself, is such a wounded, tormented soul that I’m not sure anyone could resist falling in love with him. On the outside he appears hard and monstrously wicked and yet the glimpses into his heart and soul quite often had my own heart tightening in sympathy. I just wanted to hold him close and assure him that he wasn’t the beast that he was painted to be.

The original cover of Lord of Scoundrels is amazing--it's bright orange, Dain is topless and gorgeous, and he has Jessica down on the ground in a field of flowers. She's wrapped around him, her black hair spread out beneath her.The heroine describes him as, “Coal black hair and bold, black eyes and a great, conquering Caesar of a nose and a sullen sensuality of a mouth—the face alone entitled him to direct lineage with Lucifer…”

She is beauty to his beast and quite up to the task of taming him.

The same could be said of my Mary in She Tempts the Duke. It, too, is a beauty and the beast tale. My hero is also named Sebastian, but he’s the Duke of Keswick, and like Dain, he possesses emotional wounds that run deep.

I believe that every scoundrel does. Scoundrels aren’t born, but made—by circumstances of their life which usually involve harsh lessons learned, very often at the hands of those who should love them unconditionally. They strive so hard to live up to their reputation of not caring and yet there is always that one moment when their guard slips just a bit and we catch a glimpse of the hero lurking inside.

And the heroine has the great fortune of discovering the hero within before anyone else and luring him into the light.

In fiction, every beast can become a prince. But even then, he usually remains a scoundrel at heart.

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Your turn, readers! I love what Lorraine says about Scoundrels not being born, but made. In fact, I'm most fascinated by those moments when a man splinters and the scoundrel emerges. I'm so happy she joined us today to discuss Dain (whom I love with frightening fierceness). Who is your favorite romance scoundrel? 

Lorraine is generously offering up a copy of She Tempts the Duke to a random commenter (U.S. and Canadian residents only)!