The amnesia trope has been done – and done well – over and over. There are so many amazing amnesia romance novels, so when my editor and I decided to do one, I was nervous. I knew it needed a twist and it had to be a bit of a risk. *yikes*
Before I get into my risk that still has me biting my nails, I want to hone in on the hero.
For the most part, it seems the hero can get away with anything: lying, stealing, betraying…the list goes on.
The hero justifies his actions in such a charming, often sexy way and in the end, the heroine forgives him and the reader sighs with happiness and all is well.
I’m speaking for myself as a reader here. Feel free to disagree and we’ll discuss. :)
But, when I read a hero who is borderline a…okay, if he has jerkish tendencies, I find myself looking for that redeeming quality. I *know* he has to have one, right? I’m analyzing every action and word from him, waiting for him to redeem himself.
Do you agree? Do you find yourself forgiving the hero for things you’d probably never forgive if this were real life? I absolutely do. He’s the HERO. I feel he’s at a level of awesomeness from the start so I can overlook a multitude of issues.
Now, having said all of that, what about the heroine?
What if she does something as unforgiveable? Are we quick to cut her down because we see the hero as “our man?” I’m also guilty of this. How dare she treat him bad?!
Do you see where I’m going with this? Why I’m still biting my nails on a book I turned in nearly a year ago?
I switched the deceiving rolls and my heroine is the one doing the betrayal. In A Royal Amnesia Scandal my Prince hero loses his memory and believes he’s engaged to his assistant.
She’s had a slight infatuation with him since they were kids, but all he *knows* is that they are engaged. So, she goes along with the lie.
I promise, she justifies her actions, but I wonder how readers will relate to this. I wonder if they will like this twist of a very vulnerable, yet Alpha hero and the heroine who is lying to him.
Can you think of another book or movie where the heroine did the deceiving? I know there are some, but my brain is not cooperating! And, bonus question, why do we, as readers, accept a hero with less than stellar actions? Personally, I believe it’s because we see him as “ours,” but I may just be getting too involved with my fictitious men... ;)
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She’s about to have an unforgettable affair…with her royal boss.
He was desperate to forget a broken engagement…until an accident has Prince Lucas Silva forgetting his fiancée’s identity. Now he believes his loyal assistant, Kate Barton, is his bride-to-be. And she’s under strict orders to keep up the pretense.
Playing the role of beloved is no stretch for Kate; she’s had a crush on her boss for years. But palace rules prohibit royalty from mixing with the help, so Kate knows her happiness can’t last. Once Luc regains his memory, she could very well be tossed aside…unless the prince is willing to forget the rules, too!