A Tarnished Character
Great big revelation coming. Are you ready for it? Drumroll Please. I’ve not been even close to perfect in my *clears throat* 40 years on this earth. I’m sure there are several people that would love to back me up on that.
As a matter of fact, there are several people in my life who think the genre I choose to write in demonstrates this lack of perfection. On this particular point I disagree and I salute the haters with my middle finger. That’s for another blog post though.
In our lack of perfection Brad, the main character in A Tarnished Strength, and I are very much alike. So many times the heroes in books come across as these perfect people who don’t have any real problems. I can’t relate to people like that and I’m pretty sure none of us really can.
Now that doesn’t take away from the fact that those types of perfect characters are fun to read about on occasion. I love escaping into a book with a hot alpha male or males, plural, because sometimes one is not enough. Escapism pretty much sums up the Lakehouse Series actually.
The characters in the Pickleville Series are a different matter though, most especially Brad. When he’s first introduced he’s a homophobic drunk who beats up Jaron McAllister with a baseball bat. After book two I figured out he wasn’t so one dimensional as just being the bad guy in the series. He has things he needs to work out for himself. He has two brothers that rely on him and the security he provides. When he loves someone he loves completely, as he does his brothers.
This type of person I can relate too as a human being. He may not be perfect, but he’s not a bad guy. At some point we all have to say, “fuck it” and love ourselves despite our imperfections. Hell, a few of mine I’ve even embraced.
A Tarnished Strength by April Kelley
Coming May 15th via extasybooks
Violence has always solved most of his problems, but it can’t help him win over a man whose whole life is surrounded by things that scare him.
Brad Flynn had a rough start to life. With an abusive father and an addiction problem, his life hasn’t been easy. He has always been the resident bad ass and the town drunk. Even when he gets sober and becomes an upstanding member of the community it doesn’t seem to change the towns mind about him. If it weren’t for his two brothers he would have no one.
His past doesn’t make having a love life easy either, but when he meets Kendrick Ashby, the local bar own, he wants to give it a try. The only problem is Kendrick has his own problems, ones that make having a violent boyfriend impossible. Both have to decide if dating is even worth a try.