A darkly handsome New Orleans detective who insists he’s no hero is blindsided by his one-time lover, a sexy investigative TV reporter, who exposes his secret troubled past to the whole world...and nearly costs him his job. When the at-risk teens he mentors start turning up dead, his vow to protect the other kids hits a major snag...his only clue to finding the determined killer is held by the one woman he never wants to see again. Compelled to work together to solve the vicious murders before another child dies, their passion reluctantly reignites, and their mutual mistrust slowly turns to respect as she realizes there’s much more to being a hero than outward appearances, and his deeply wounded heart gradually opens to the possibility of love.
"I believe readers will fall in love with Dev, a
man whose tortured past taught him that it's
dangerous to love, and will cheer for Reghan,
who is sure there are no heroes
until she glimpses the true man behind
Dev's guarded heart."
Hi Mallory. Thanks for stopping in today to answer some questions about your new book, No Hero.
1. Writing spicy romance has to have its challenges. What is the funniest love scene you ever tried to write and why?
In the 2nd book of my Black Hills Brotherhood trilogy, THE SHARPSHOOTER'S SECRET SON, I kept trying to write a love scene between the hero and the heroine, his ex-wife who was almost 9 months pregnant at the time. No matter what I tried to write, the characters just weren't going to do it. Oh, they'd do other things, but not it. So I had to be satisfied with writing a very very near-sex-scene. As it turned out, it was quite exciting.
2. Do you write with music playing or do you prefer silence?
I write while listening to Pink Floyd. For some reason when I put on the Floyd I can get into the zone almost right away.
3. What makes a man a hero in your eyes?
Honesty, protectiveness, integrity, kindness, humor, responsibility--in two words, my husband.
4. What are the elements that make a good romance novel sing for you? What are some of your favorite authors?
Elements of a good romance? Basically, as Deb Dixon said, goals, motivation and conflict. The tighter the conflict, the more impossible the goals and the stronger the motivation, the better the story.
5. Can you tell us about your next writing project?
I'm currently working on a Harlequin Intrigue called Special Forces Father. When Travis Delancey checks himself out of a military psychiatric ward and drives home to New Orleans, the last thing he expects is to find out he's a father. To his horror, he finds out his son is being held hostage to force Psychiatrist Kate Chalmet to testify that a senator accused of manslaughter is insane. Travis hates the idea of marriage, but he loves Kate, and of course she loves him. But the course of true love never runs smooth, does it? Weaving the suspense of their missing child in with their insecurities about their love is one of the most fun and interesting things about writing romantic suspense. SPECIAL FORCES FATHER will be on shelves in May of 2013.
Thanks so much for inviting me and for the great interview questions. This was fun.
Thanks Mallory for stopping by Bookgirl Knitting!
When I received this book for the blog tour, I was excited to read it and was pleasantly surprised. While the suspense of the book takes you on a roller coaster ride, there is some serious heat going on between the two main characters, Dev and Reghan. It is a contemporary romance with a high thriller content.
What I liked:
The plot was well structured and the story line flowed well. The characters had a chemistry between them and it flared good and true throughout the book. The conflict kept you turning the pages it was equal parts romance and suspense. Who is killing the kids that Dev is saving? It looks clear cut, but is it? I really liked the way the dialogue felt how the characters worked toward a central goal to stop the killer.
What I didn't:
Not a thing. For a short book it had everything!
The mystery, crimes and romance made this book a 5/5 all the way. Proving that there are indeed heroes left in the world when you look in the right places was a really great theme. If you want a book to take to the beach or relax with for a spellbinding read, give No Hero a try. I loved the vivid descriptions and the serial killer plot twists, especially for a book of this length. This author has natural dialogue and character movement that was spot on. Excellent read! I will be looking forward to more books by Mallory Kane.
Mallory Kane has always loved reading and writing stories. She credits her love of books to her mother, a librarian, who taught her that books are a precious resource and should be treated with loving respect. Her father and grandfather were steeped in the southern tradition of oral history, and could hold an audience spellbound for hours with their storytelling skills. She aspires to be as good a storyteller as her father. She loves romantic suspense with dangerous heroes and dauntless heroines. She is also fascinated by story ideas that explore the infinite capacity of the brain to adapt and develop higher skills.
When she's not writing, Mallory creates and designs greeting cards. She lives in Brandon Mississippi with her husband Michael and their two cats.