Guest Blogger: Allison Paige
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Thanks so much, Lynda for inviting me to guest blog. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to talk about my latest Harlequin Spice Briefs, RAVEN.
I have to admit this story isn’t your typical romance because the hero isn’t your typical romantic hero. He’s a demon. To be more specific he’s a non-corporeal soul eating demon. And the heroine is his enslaved Raven shape shifter huntress, forced to find him one-hundred souls and one Raven shape shifter to replace her when the last soul is captured. Not your typical romantic couple and the odds against them finding love under those circumstances are pretty steep. So when they finally do come together it’s all the more passionate because they’ve had to overcome so much.
When I sat down to write RAVEN I knew Akram, the Leshii demon hero, wasn’t going to be easy to love. The woman who loved him would have to really know him, all his faults, all his needs, and love him anyway.
As strange as it might seem, Morrigan, Akram’s Raven huntress, is in the perfect position to be that woman. No one knows Akram the way she does and with her help he can be more, better, than he ever could without her.
Morrigan isn’t without her faults and needs either. Ravens are a lot like the old gypsies, nomads roaming the world as they pleased, never having a real home anywhere. Their gifts would provide them everything they needed and more, if they could resist their carefree, wasteful urges. With Akram Morrigan has a home, a place she belongs and wants for nothing except her freedom.
One thing that makes this odd, explosive, sexy couple even more inevitably romantic is the setting. Sorrento Italy is a slice of heaven here on earth. A beautifully romantic town on the Mediterranean coast across the bay of Naples from Mount Vesuvius. Anyone would be hard pressed not to fall in love there.
Old and new mix seamlessly in the scenic town, cell phone stores in buildings that stood when Julius Creaser ruled his empire and tour buses and scooters buzzing along the same volcanic stone roads chariots once rumbled over.
With cafés on every corner and some of the world’s best food, golden sunsets and warm sea breezes in RAVEN Sorrento is a character all its own. Sorrento is the perfect place for a couple who never realized what they needed most was what the other had always given them. In the end, Akram needs someone who can love him despite what he is and Morrigan needs someone who can ground her without tying her down. What they both need is trust.
RAVEN is my third Spice Briefs. I also wrote, DARK MOON GATHERING and MEDUSA’S FOLLY. But I have to admit RAVEN was my favorite to write. As seemingly insurmountable as the odds were for Akram and Morrigan to overcome the obstacles that are keeping them apart, their attraction and feelings for each other were the most undeniable. I loved bringing them together and allowing them both to find the kind of soul deep love they could only find with each other.
I’d love to hear from the blog readers some of your favorite stories where the hero wasn’t the most heroic character in the beginning and overcoming his faults made him all the more undeniable in the end.
Thanks again for having me Lynda!!!
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