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:- http://carrieannbloghops.
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:-http://amzn.to/RuSl7Y (UK) http://amzn.to/WZQtZK (US)
and Sign of the Times can be bought here:- http://amzn.to/GKqZGd (UK) http://amzn.to/IYN0Fc (US)
a Rafflecopter giveaway Tune in on Tue 12th for the winners and for an interview with US chicklit author Meredith Schorr.