Build Us Your Ideal Story with Belinda Williams
$2 A take-charge hero
I think most romance readers will admit to enjoying a take-charge hero and this is exactly what I had in mind when writing Marc Romero’s character. He’s the Hollywood security specialist looking after my leading lady, Lena, in my latest release, HEARTBREAKER. It was fun to apply this take-charge quality in a physical sense. For example, when a reporter tries to get too close to Lena:
The balding man, who I now recognized as a reporter I’d seen on another occasion, shot Marc a withering look and went to push past him.
I sucked in a sharp breath as Marc, in a flash of movement so fast I almost missed it, twisted the guy’s arm behind his back.
The man cried out in pain and struggled against Marc’s hold, but Marc only tightened his grip.
“Ow. Let me go! This is assault, you asshole! I’ll have you fined. I’ll have you—”
I cried out in surprise as the man hit ground with a loud thud.
Marc knelt over him. “I’ll tell you what this is,” he said in a voice so low I could barely hear it. “This is a secure area, you bastard, and if you ever attempt to pull a stunt like this again, you’ll have me up on more than assault charges. Do you understand?”
$2 Dizzying sexual chemistry
Next on the menu is some dizzying sexual chemistry between our take-charge hero and Lena Lyons, one of Hollywood’s hottest movie stars. Lena is used to looking after herself, too. Perhaps it was a little cruel of me, but I thought I’d throw in an injury, which means she needs to rely on someone else for a change! It meant that their sexual chemistry got more than just a little bit uncomfortable at times:
“I’ll be fine. I’m used to looking after myself.”
Marc stepped back and shook his head. “You’re on-set in a tiny bathing suit for the whole world to see, and you won’t let me help you?”
“That’s different.” I crossed my good arm across the front of my body.
He looked at me incredulously. “How is that different? The cast and crew were watching. I’m just going to help with your sling and your top, not strip you naked.”
At the words ‘strip you naked’ a sharp jolt of something approaching pain shot from my belly. I swallowed, doing my best to ignore it. “No, thank you,” I said primly.
His eyes glowered in the dim light. “Believe me, if I wanted you naked, you’d know about it.”
$3 Conflict that forces personal growth
Speaking of discomfort, I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for a story that challenges our hero and heroine. For Lena and Marc to be happy together, they’ll have to face some painful issues from the past. Which brings me to the next item on the menu…
$1 Unquestioned trust between the characters
Lena and Marc aren’t good at trusting others and that independent streak is something they’ll have to grapple with if they want to get to know each other better. This issue manifests itself in a very literal sense when Lena has to decide whether to allow Marc into her personal space when she needs help:
“Let me help you with your sling,” he said.
For a split second, I entertained the idea but I closed my eyes, willing myself to think clearly. When I opened them, I forced myself to smile. “No, it’s OK. I’m fine.”
He dropped his arm and stepped back, and I immediately felt a sense of loss. Then he smiled, like he’d expected my response. It was just a curl of the lips—that wry, barely there grin of his—but it undid me.
“Wait.” I reached out for his hand before he walked away. Only our fingertips brushed but it was enough to make him stop. He met my eyes again, but didn’t speak. He just waited, like I’d instructed.
“OK. I trust you.” And I did.”
$2 A surprise, unexpected ending
For dessert, you can’t go past a twist! HEARTBREAKER is a contemporary romance but it’s also got an element of suspense woven into the storyline. I love nothing more than a plot that surprises readers along the road to the happy ending!
I hope you enjoy Lena and Marc’s story.
HEARTBREAKER: Hollywood Hearts 2
WHEN LOVE IS AN ACT, WILL HER HEART BE FOOLED?
Lena Lyons, one of Hollywood’s hottest female stars, has a celebrity problem: she’s too famous.
Lena’s had stalkers before and figures the crazies come with the territory, but when things start going dangerously wrong on the set of her latest movie, her production company isn’t taking any risks. They hire Marc Romero, Hollywood security expert. And Lena thought stalkers were bad—Marc appears to hate his job and anything celebrity, including Lena.
Still reeling from her divorce, the last thing Lena needs is a brooding investigator who won’t let her out of his sight. Worse still, his plan to protect her involves him going undercover as an up-and-coming actor and pretending they’re a couple.
Lena has no choice but to get close to the mysterious man who won’t share anything about himself. With her life depending on her acting skills, she must convince everyone that Marc’s the man for her. But will she be able to convince her heart it’s all an act?