Friday, 8 February 2013

Heartbreaker Blog Hop

Morning everyone and welcome to the Heartbreaker Blog Hop. Lots of prizes to be won, so stay tuned after my Heartbreaker post on how to get your mitts on them.

Since it's Valentine's Day (nearly),  myself and the almost 300 participating authors and book reviewers/bloggers have chosen to talk about heartbreakers in our books or books we have read. Enjoy!
I will also be giving away an ecopy of THE DATING GAME (fitting really!)

What constitutes a heartbreaker? Is it always a motorcycle-riding, leather jacket-wearing James Dean lookalike?


The truth is in real life and in fiction, it can be anyone, as everyone’s taste is different. Yes, it can be the typical bad boy, but it can also be the person who doesn’t share your feelings, or who might not even know you exist or realise how you feel.

These comments work just as well for men as for women.  In Sign of the Times, Lucy is a heartbreaker, as she doesn’t believe in monogamy, although she has a long-term boyfriend.  Dario also is a heartbreaker, but without meaning to. His very presence, although he is basically a decent guy, makes women fall at his feet.  Ben is too scared to tell his new girlfriend about his past, causing a rift between them. Tom, had other events not unfolded could have left Holly’s heart shattered. As it is he breaks someone else’s.  Even Oscar, although provoked, and with cause, breaks his wife’s heart.

A heartbreaker can also be someone who does have feelings for you, but is unable to show it in the way you need - perhaps they are not particularly demonstrative, or cover their lack of ability to display their feelings with humour or sarcasm, meaning you think they are being cruel.

My favourite contemporary heartbreaker is Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’ Diary. Who didn’t feel for Bridget then?

In The Dating Game, after sharing a rather intimate evening together, what happens next is most unexpected between Gill and Anton, the sexy, sophisticated, kind Russian research scientist she likes.  Gill’s heart is definitely in pieces.

Charlie, poles apart from Anton, is a quintessential heartbreaker.  He hasn’t been truthful with Gill from the start, but has been charming and oozes sex appeal, including that pre-requisite leather jacket à la Tom Cruise in Top Gun! He sets his sights on Gill and nothing, but nothing will get in his way.

Sean, the Irishman with the twinkle in his eye, could have been cause for heartbreak, too, if he hadn’t revealed his true colours early on, since Gill really liked him and his sense of fun, plus she’s a sucker for an accent.

Liam broke Gill’s heart for totally different reasons, but I can’t share those with you here, as that would be a major spoiler. But let’s just say it brings me back to even the good guys can break your heart.

So what do our heartbreakers have to do to not break our hearts?  Be truthful, but not insulting. Be open, tell us how they feel. Be sensitive to our feelings. Be aware of how their comments can affect us. Be aware of what behaviour is acceptable. Be able to read us.

It’s not asking much is it...?! Hope you find your Valentine.  Sooz 
You can hop over to the other 300 blogs on this blog hop and enter on each one if you wish, to give yourself even more chances of winning the Grand Prizes.  Everything except the Swag Prize is international. The Swag Prize is US only, as it would cost the GDP of a small country to send it outside the US!
To visit the other blogs click here:-
Now to the prizes!

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
To enter the Grand Prize draw simply leave a comment on my blog post.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Dating Game leave a comment or use the Rafflecopter form below to have more chances of winning.

Or if you can't wait that long, as always The Dating Game can be bought here:- (UK) (US)

and Sign of the Times can be bought here:- (UK) (US)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Tune in on Tue 12th for the winners and for an interview with US chicklit author Meredith Schorr.



  1. Great post. I'm a fan of Daniel Cleaver too. :-)

  2. Great post! I loved re-visiting the characters in your books!

  3. Awesome post Thanks for the chance to win

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  4. I liked the post, it was informative.

    Thank you for a great chance to win


  5. Awesome Interview between characters!!

  6. I like that they point out that a heartbreaker isn't always what you would expect.

  7. Yes, Daniel Clever... he was a real heart breaker but somehow II wasn't attracted to him as I usually am to heart breakers :D
    Thanks so much for participation!

  8. Thanks for participating!
    doxisrcool at aol dot com

  9. For me the heartbreaker is a bad boy who goes kicking and screaming into love! When he falls he falls hard!

    The only heartbreakers I have encountered are literary! And my all time fav is Mr Darcy! Although, I am currently crushing on Zadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood!


  10. Cleaver is such a CAD! I stopped falling for those kinds in college. I married a nice guy...who hasn't broken my heart yet after 25 years.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. Great post and timely as I am nursing broken heart myself right now :(

    Meredithgschorr at gmail dot com

  12. Sooz, I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (you may well have already been nominated for this). The success with your novels and your very readable posts is inspiring, and your giveaways are very generous too. :-) This is the link to my blog to find out more about the award:

    Kate x

  13. I love reading about heartbreakers! They are usually bad-boys, they’re witty, funny and sexy and the female population is drooling after them lol

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. great interview between the characters :) Loved you post about heartbreakers being anyone :)


  15. Love it!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  16. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Great interview!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mary_reiss @

  18. I loved the interview!
    Thanks for the chance!

  19. I loved the interview. very cool!

    Judy Peterson

  20. Great interview! Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! :)

  21. Interesting interview.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  22. Thought it was spot on... Thanks for being part of the hop.

  23. It was so true.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  24. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Apparently I am the only one that can't seem to find the interview that we are supposed to comment on. I would be happy to do so, but from the post I don't see where I need to read the interview. I did find the interview with Lisa that was on Goodreads, so I am just going to comment on that one. I do love when blog do interviews with the characters of books. It somehow brings them even more into life than before. I love the interview and my favorite part is that she is happily single and not looking for Mr. Right, but instead Mr. Right Now. I can't wait to read this book.

  26. I don't know that I've met a heart breaker, but I've read about quite a few. My current favorites are both Lauren Dane characters. One is Shane from Fated and the other Todd from Laid Bare. I think the redeeming thing about them is that when they realize how wrong they are they are quite good at communicating their understanding and groveling.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  27. Charlie Hunnam from SOA...true heartthrob

  28. Thanks for the great giveaway!! So many great prizes!! Happy Valentine's Day!
    Ashley A

  29. Happy Valentines Day :D
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com