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Everybody Loves a Hero by Tracy Wollf
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

One of the reasons I love to do these contests is that I get to meet some amazing authors. I just met Tracy at the beginning of the month, and she’s an extremely warm, generous lady. She also knows a thing or two (or three) about writing some very sexy love scenes, as you’ll see below. Please give Tracy Wollf a big welcome to the Paradise Rules contest!

Everybody Loves a Hero by Tracy Wolff

First off, I’m excited to be back here with Beth today. She’s a fabulous writer and I so enjoyed my last visit here.

I’ve been reading romance novels since I was in the fifth grade. My mother handed me a couple after an unsuccessful visit to the bookstore, where I couldn’t find a book because I’d already read everything in the Young Adult and classics sections of the store. From the first page of the first book (Jude Deveraux’s Velvet Angel) I was hooked. Hooked by the fabulous story, incredible clothes, terrible dungeon, plucky heroine, and, of course, the sexy as all get out hero, Miles Montgomery. Seriously, there was nothing about this man not to love. He was tall, sexy, handsome, loyal, intelligent, cunning, adored by women from age 1 to 99 and a hell of a good fighter, to boot. Needless to say, he made my 11 year old heart go pitter patter. And then some.

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Anyway, I’ve been reading romances for 22 years now—and I’m not a one sub-genre kind of girl. I read just about everything—romantic comedy, category, erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormals, historicals, YA—if it’s a romance, I’ll give it a shot. My TBR pile numbers in the high hundreds. Now, the sub-genres of romance are very different—in tone, temperament, style, heroine, and any number of other things. I enjoy the differences, I really do. But for me, the one constant in romance novels is the hero. And let me tell you, I love me a good hero.

Maybe because Miles Montgomery, a truly fabulous hero, was my first example of the romance novel hero, I always strive to create a hero that is as fabulous and yummy and all around amazing as he was. So when I sat down to write this blog post, I thought I’d give you a thumbnail sketch of my newest hero and let you be the judge. But I’ll warn you, I write seriously alpha heroines, so my heroes need to be pretty kick-ass themselves.

Cole Adams, the hero of my brand new erotic suspense, Tie Me Down, is a tall, dark and gorgeous documentary maker on the trail of his sister’s murderer. Desperate to solve the cold case, he turns to Genevieve Deveraux, one of the few honest New Orleans homicide detectives around, to help him. Sparks fly as the two search for his sister’s murderer—and face down a psychotic serial killer—and Cole, who relishes being in control in and out of the bedroom, finds himself seriously turned on by Genevieve’s strength and determination. Though his relationships are always a little dark, even Cole is shocked by the intensity of his need for Genevieve and the lengths he will go to to get inside her body and her head.

Her independence and need for control bring out a side of him that he’s never known existed—one that is dark and dangerous and determined to bend her to his will. And though he is shocked by his need to dominate her– to be everything to her—he is unable to walk away from the wild, often frightening, pleasure he feels when he’s with her. The sexual gratification he brings Genevieve may be her obsession, but every day he’s with her drives him closer to a primal edge he’s never suspected.

And if Cole sounds like your kind of hero, here’s a little excerpt to whet your appetite for the book.


“I’m sorry I jumped down your throat this afternoon.” She said the words quickly, as if they tasted bad.

“I thought that was my line.”

She shrugged. “Maybe both of ours?”

He nodded. “Okay.”

“So go ahead and say it.” She watched him expectantly.

“I’m sorry I was an ass this afternoon?”

“You’re not supposed to say it like it’s a question.”

He grinned because he couldn’t help himself. Then reached for her hand and tugged. “Come on in.” He dragged her through the living room and down the hallway to the kitchen. “You want a drink?” He nodded to the bottle of tequila on the counter.

She glanced at the discarded lime peels. “It looks like you’ve been drinking enough of that for both of us.”

“Not even close.” Then, because he couldn’t keep his hands to himself for one second longer, he pulled her into his arms. “I’m glad you came.”

“Me too.”

He rested his chin on the top of her head for a minute and just breathed in the sweet honey scent of her.

She shoved against his chest, pushed him away. And for a brief moment he felt bereft, though for the life of him he couldn’t figure out why.

Striving for control, needing to keep his hands busy with something other than her, he reached into the bar cabinet and pulled out a shot glass. “You ever tried Patrón?”

She wrinkled her nose. “I’m not a big tequila drinker.”

“This isn’t any ordinary tequila.” He poured a shot, handed it to her. But stopped her when she started to sip.

“If you’re going to do a shot, you’ve got to do it right.”

Genevieve lifted one cool brow, licked her full lower lip and nearly had him coming in his fucking jeans. “I didn’t realize there was a wrong way to do this.”

“Sweetheart, there’s a wrong way to do everything.” And then he was putting his hands on her waist and lifting her up so that her sweet ass was on the center island, her legs just a little bit open.

Stepping between them before she could change her mind, he slipped yet another god-awful suit jacket off her shoulders—he was seriously going to have to do something about her wardrobe. Maybe if he ripped it all off her . . .

Licking a trail from the hollow of her throat to her breastbone, he savored the taste of her.

“Mmm, salty.”

She blushed, then leaned back on her hands so that her breasts were thrust forward. “It’s a hundred degrees in the shade. Hard not to sweat.”

It took all his self-control to take things slowly when all he really wanted to do was to eat her alive.

“I wasn’t complaining,” he murmured as he trailed his tongue over the curve of first one breast and then the other. Then he slammed back the shot of tequila and finished it off by biting into a lime slice.

Her mouth was slightly open, her eyes wide as she stared at his lips. “That’s the right way to do a tequila shot?”

He loved her voice, the syrupy sweetness was a turn-on even without the hard-ass tone she deliberately injected into it. With the hard-ass tone, it was irresistible. “It’s the best way.”

“I bet.”

He poured another shot. Handed it to her. “Here. You try.”

He shrugged out of his T-shirt and nearly smiled as she did the same. Would have, if his first look at her body hadn’t brought him all the way to the edge. She was still covered in little bruises, the love bites he’d given her the last time they’d been together. It was hard to imagine that he’d done that to her, had marked her as he’d marked no other woman. Had claimed her as he’d never had the desire to do before.

Maybe he was a Neanderthal, because looking at her covered in his marks— seeing her proudly wearing the evidence of his desire for her—turned him so hard and fast his vision blurred.

Shit, how he wanted this woman. Was dangerously close to becoming obsessed with her.

Her sexy pink tongue darted out, swiped across her top lip and then her bottom one, as if she couldn’t quite decide where to lick. And every thought he had or might have had got lost in the wild need pumping through him.

Groaning, he tangled a hand in her hair and urged her closer. “Come on, sweetheart,” he whispered. “Taste me.”

So tell me, what kind of hero do you like to read about? Leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of the erotic anthology, Naughty Bits.


25 comments to “Everybody Loves a Hero by Tracy Wollf”

  1. Mary G
      · September 16th, 2009 at 8:42 am · Link

    Hi Beth & Tracy.
    I like an alpha male hero who can be vulnerable with his loved ones & he has to have a good heart & a sense of humor & if he plays tennis it’s icing on the cake LOL.
    Don’t enter me. I have all of your books Tracy. Tie Me Down is on it’s way from Chapters. Just wanted to say hi & to tell everyone to read your HOT books.

  2. Amy M
      · September 16th, 2009 at 8:45 am · Link

    I love the Alpha hero! Dominant, cocky, possessive…but really loves his woman and would do anything for her.

    Tie Me Down sounds so good! I have a list going of books I want to buy (I have to stay on a budget) and that is at the top for October!! :mrgreen:

  3. Tracy
      · September 16th, 2009 at 9:08 am · Link

    I going out on a limb and say that while I enjoy the alpha male as much as anyone, once in awhile I like to see the beta male in a romance. This guy is your best friend who secretly loves you and will do anything for you. He will be there when you need him, and when things get hot and heavy, oh boy he will do whatever it takes to make you happy 😉

    Thanks Tracy, I’ll have to check out Tie Me Down.

  4. CrystalGB
      · September 16th, 2009 at 10:09 am · Link

    I like a alpha hero that will do anything for the woman he loves. 😀

  5. Melissa
      · September 16th, 2009 at 11:03 am · Link

    I’m all about an Alpha hero…but I also like ’em tall, dark and broad shouldered. Yup, I’ve been known to change a hero around a little in my mind to suit my tastes, lol.

  6. Marjana kaly
      · September 16th, 2009 at 11:08 am · Link

    I like to read about bad boys and alpha male

  7. Jeanette Juan
      · September 16th, 2009 at 11:52 am · Link

    I would have to say alpha heroes who aren’t perfect and also have a hidden soft side.

  8. Tracey D
      · September 16th, 2009 at 12:15 pm · Link

    I like heroes who are a bit flawed, physically or emotionally, that drives to be an alpha male…. Does that make sense??? :blush:


  9. Tracy Wolff
      · September 16th, 2009 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Hi guys,

    Thanks, Beth! You’re so sweet– I love being here.

    Thanks, Amy. I hope it’s worth it 🙂

    Tracy, I’m usually all about the alpha, but I really like Nora Roberts’s beta heroes. I think she does a fabulous job with them.

    Crystal, there’s somthing very sexy about that, isn’t there? I’m married to an alpha and even after thirteen years I think his take no prisoners attitude regarding me and his sons is very sexy.

    And yes, Melissa, I like em tall, dark and handsome, too. My third book, Tease Me, features a blonde hero and it was really hard to write him. But I was trying for some variety …

    As for flawed characters, Tracey, Marjana and Jeannette, the badder and more flawed the better. I loooooooove bad boys!

    Thanks for commenting!

  10. Roberta Harwell
      · September 16th, 2009 at 12:29 pm · Link

    Hello Beth and Tracy,

    First, Tracy your book sounds awesome. I love the fact it is set in New Orleans. Second, I love all heros. I like the alpha ones, the funny ones, even the tortured ones. All I want is a happy ending. Have a great day.

  11. Armenia
      · September 16th, 2009 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Hi Beth and Tracy,

    I love the Alpha hero that is compassionate, confident, loyal and gentle to his heroine, deeply passionate, and of course, all with a sense of humor. 😉

  12. Eva S
      · September 16th, 2009 at 1:26 pm · Link

    I love a tall,dark and dangerous alpha hero, I’m more for the bad boys…

  13. Lisa F.
      · September 16th, 2009 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I’ve always love an Alpha hero. I like them when they have had a dark shady past.

  14. Maureen
      · September 16th, 2009 at 2:13 pm · Link

    I like a hero with a sense of humor who is strong, both physically and emotionally.

  15. Estella
      · September 16th, 2009 at 2:18 pm · Link

    I like a hero who who will do anything for the woman he loves.

  16. Fedora
      · September 16th, 2009 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Hi, Tracy! Lovely to see you at Beth’s! As for heroes, I do like a good alpha hero as long as he’s matched with a woman who can hold her own 🙂 And if he’s got a sense of humor, all the better!

  17. Amelia
      · September 16th, 2009 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I like a man who takes care of his woman, but not to the point where her independence is gone.

  18. Tracy Wolff
      · September 16th, 2009 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Amelia– yep! I’m a big one on independence. Fedora, I agree. I love to see them strike sparks off each other. And there is something really HOT about a guy who will do anything for his woman. Especially if he’s a little naughty to begin with 😉

    Thanks for commenting everyone. I love hearing about others ideas on the perfect hero.

  19. Bella
      · September 16th, 2009 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Alpha man, all the way! I think Cole sounds just about right and yummy!

    I already have N Bits, so no need to enter me. Just wanted to say hi to you and Beth 😉


  20. Booklover1335
      · September 16th, 2009 at 5:29 pm · Link

    I too like an alpha hero. I like him to be strong, but willing to do anything for the woman that he loves, even if he doesn’t yet realize that is the emotion he is feeling. I also like him to be flawed in some way, because nobody is perfect and overcoming those imperfections helps to make the character come alive.

    After that excerpt I have a new appreciation for tequila 😉

  21. Beverly G
      · September 16th, 2009 at 7:00 pm · Link

    i cant wait to read this book tracy first off awesome excerp for me honestly i like to read about realistic badboys who lve their womena nd like to cause soem trouble but still have that soft sweet side as welll

  22. lorettaC
      · September 16th, 2009 at 7:42 pm · Link

    I love a alpha man who will love his woman and let her be his partner.


  23. Mari
      · September 16th, 2009 at 8:00 pm · Link

    I like Alpha heroes. The harder and tougher the better. Probably because I like betas in real life!

  24. Lyoness2009
      · September 16th, 2009 at 8:50 pm · Link

    I think I’m like most of the ladies here…I definetly like the alpha male!

  25. RachieG
      · September 16th, 2009 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Tracy Wollf in da house! The book looks fabulous…and Naughty bits looks pretty fine as well.

    I like heros who are totally into the heroine. They can be tough or funny, but I like a single minded dedication.

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