Confessions of a Hero Slut, by Ruthie Knox – Celebrating ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Confessions of a Hero Slut, by Ruthie Knox – Celebrating ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Or, A Tale of Two Heroes – How do you make an ordinary guy sexy? That’s the question Ruthie presents to herself with each book she writes, let’s find out more, shall we? + 3 FREE print copies of Ruthie’s book is our random Giveaway today – good luck!WINNERS:
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I sat in on a panel about contemporary romance at the RT Conference back in April, and this was one of several questions posed to the panelists, who included fabulous contemporary romance writers Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Louisa Edwards, Christina Skye, and Jodi Thomas, as well as Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blogger extraordinaire Sarah Wendell. While each of them answered, I bit my fingernails and wondered why nobody was saying what I was thinking:

Ordinary guys ARE sexy!

No “making” required — there’s so much sexiness out there in the real world, to me it’s just a matter of choosing which bits to put on the page.

To my way of thinking, a man doesn’t have to be a billionaire or a ranch owner or an English duke in order to be a romance novel hero. In fact, one of the things I most enjoy about contemporary romance is that it encompasses so many guy-types. Because I like all sorts of guys. I’m an equal-opportunity lover of men.

Greek shipping magnate? Let me at him! Construction worker? Yum! Trucking company operator? French whore? Pittsburgh thug? Park ranger? Professional football player? Disgraced Anglican priest? Oil-rig worker? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

It occurs to me, having just written that paragraph, that I’m something of a hero-slut. In real life, I’m as upstanding as they come, but in fiction, I’ll run away with just about any sort of man, so long as he has the qualities that matter to me in a hero.

And no, I’m not sure just what those qualities are, but they’re like pornography: I know them when I see them.

In a stunning and unintentional display of this hero-sluttery of mine, writer of sexy romancemy first two novels showcase wildly different heroes. The hero of my first book, Ride with Me, is Tom Geiger — a dark, grouchy, wounded…bike mechanic. Whereas the hero of my second novel, About Last Night (Out today! Whee!), is Nev Chamberlain — a refined, kind, buttoned-up English…banker.

Not only that, but my upcoming books feature a charming veteran of the Military Police; a stuttering semi-reformed hacker wunderkind; a part-time railroad museum photo archivist; a globe-trotting, responsibility-avoiding whistle-blower; a builder with an online gambling problem; a National Geographic documentary producer who’s chronically unable to stay put; a manipulative politician with a thing for spanking — and more! And you know what? I LOVE THEM ALL.

So call me a hero-slut if you must. I’ll just call myself “big-hearted.” :-)

What about you — do you have a favorite type of hero? Are you like me, willing to (virtually) fall in love at the drop of a hat, or are you choosier about your man candy? What do you think makes an ordinary guy sexy? Remember, you’ve got to comment to be able to win!


About the book:
Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.

Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.

Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine—even her name turns him on—with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.

When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?

About Last Night, coming from Loveswept (Random House), June 11, 2012!

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More about Ruthie:Ruthie Knox

Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.

These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, came out with Loveswept (Random House) in February.

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