Monday, May 28, 2012

MALE ON MONDAY: Heroes with History

The Pink Heart Society is happy to welcome Harlequin author Jessica Matthews, who will discuss Heroes with History. 

As I focused on today’s topic of Male on Monday, I thought about the heroes in the stories, television shows, and movies that I’ve enjoyed the most.  I analyzed why I like G. Callen, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, and John Reese, and realized that these characters have one thing in common – they have history.  Some might call it ‘baggage’.  Others might call them ‘tortured’ or say they have ‘issues’.  Regardless of how you describe what makes them tick, the things that happened in their earlier lives shaped them into the cool, collected, seemingly aloof characters they are today.  Let’s take a closer look. 

G. Callen (NCIS-Los Angeles) is a man who had no past, which drove him to search for answers to his questions.  His time in foster care made it difficult for him to allow people to get close to him, but when they do, he is fiercely loyal to them.

Gibbs (NCIS) lost his wife and daughter in a tragic accident and it turned him into a loner, but while he struggles with close personal relationships, he, too, is a loyal, protective individual.

Then comes John Reese (Person of Interest).  He’d had an intense job as a CIA field officer before something happened and he joined the ranks of the homeless.  The best way to describe him is brooding with a capital B.   He’s a loner with secrets and he keeps people at arm’s length but once in a while, he allows someone to get close enough for him to show his caring side.  You’re left feeling hopeful that someday, someone special will him exorcise his demons.

It should come as no surprise then, that my hero, Lincoln Maguire in Unlocking the Surgeon’s Heart, had the same basic character of keeping to himself.  His history (parents killed in a car accident, leaving him to look after his younger siblings and a grandmother) shaped him into a man who focused on his work as a surgeon rather than his personal relationships.  Naturally, being the serious, business-like professional and play-it-safe fellow that he is, he needs a partner who’s his opposite - someone who embraces all that life has to offer.  Enter our heroine, Christy Michaels, who is working on her bucket list because life, she’s learned, doesn’t come with guarantees.  I hope you enjoy their story. 

Jessica has written over thirty books for Harlequin and is hard at work on a new one!  Unlocking the Surgeon’s Heart is available now in the UK and will be released in June in the USA.  She loves to hear from her readers, so contact her via her website ( or Facebook (Jessica Matthews Author Page).

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Great post Jessica. It's hard to beat a great hero. The wrong character can make or break a book or show. Lincoln sounds like a good match for Christy.