Coded for Love #5
Adult Fantasy Romance
March 27, 2014
Abused wife, Jill Thompson knows she has to get out of her bad marriage. Like yesterday. With no money, no job and no friends, this small town girl can’t find a safe harbor. But when she sees a news report that The Program, a US military base, is seeking women to be matches for their genetically enhanced soldiers, she sees her opportunity. If she is lucky enough to be a match, her snake-mean husband, Jack, won’t be able to find her, let alone hurt her ever again.
Rowan Blacker, is the only soldier of his cohort to request a breed match. He’s the newest soldier on campus and thanks to his genetic defect, he feels like an outcast. Matching and breeding with a woman will help him fit in with the team. Unfortunately Rowan’s match is nothing like the sexy, fun woman he was hoping to romance. The woman they claim is his perfect DNA match, is a scared shell of a woman carrying a trunkful of emotional baggage. Against their better judgment, they move in together and as Jill shakes off the shackles of abuse, their attraction ignites.
Engineered with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.
But finding and convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re Coded for Love.
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Guest Post ~ Top Ten “Different” Heroes
By Lynne Silver
The hero in my current book, Desperate Match, is handi-capable. He was born, due to a genetic defect, without his right arm. It was really rewarding and difficult at times to write a hero with one arm. (The love scenes were particularly fun). Today I’m thinking about other authors who’ve taken a risk by writing a hero who is different in some way.
1. Rowan Blacker from Desperate Match by (Moi) Lynne Silver– Rowan is supposed to be a perfect genetic specimen, bred to be a super soldier. Too bad no one told his genes. He is born minus an arm.
2. Ian MacKenzie from The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley- In a world before the word Aspergers was on the spectrum, Ian Mackenzie, has all the signs of it. He’s unable to look people in the eye or carry on polite drawing room conversation. His “Madness” gets him institutionalized.
3. Dorian from The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh- To most of us, Dorian isn’t different, but in Nalini’s world, a leopard changeling who can’t shift, might as well be in a wheel chair. Good thing for Dorian, he’s stronger than perception.
4. Ransom, Duke of Rothbery from Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare- Ransom is blind. He wasn’t always blind. It’s a recent thing, and he’s not happy about it. How can a Duke be all-powerful, if he can’t even read his own mail?
5. Phury from Lover Enshrined by JR Ward- Given Ward’s popularity, I’ll assume you’ve all read this. In case you haven’t (and you should) Phury is a 300 year-old vampire with a prosthetic leg.
6. Gareth Lloyd, Duke of Warneham from Never Decieve a Duke by Liz Carlyle- Gareth aka Gabriel is Jewish. Now to those of us in 2014, religion doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is for two reasons. 1. Jews weren’t dukes. At least not in Regency England, and 2. Even in 2014, it is rare to have a Jewish hero.
7. Benny Wright from Sin’s Haven by Carlene Love Flores- full disclosure, Carlene is my critique partner so I’m biased. But you’ll be emotionally drawn to Benny who has a bad burn scar. I won’t tell you where, but it’s kind of important.
8. Almost every Navy Seal in Seal of My Dreams anthology by a lot of authors. So many authors in that book were brave enough to write heroes who were home from war minus body parts they’d left with. And they were hot and sexy!
9. Macrieve from Macrieve by Kresley Cole- most romance heroes have a tormented past, otherwise they wouldn’t be the brooding men we all love. Kresley chose to give Macrieve a dark past in which he was sexually abused as a child. In Romancelandia, it’s far more common for the heroine or the villain to have been sexually abused, never the hero. But Cole pulls it off, and Macrieve is one sexy wolf.
10. Robert Hamilton, Earl of Westbrooke from The Naked Earl by Sally Mackenzie. Hero. Is. Impotent. ‘Nuff said.
So who have I left off the list? Are there any other heroes that stick out in your mind because they are very different or handicapped in some way?
By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.