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What I like about my hero, Drake Cameron
My critique partner and I are always debating the value of an Alpha male hero. She writes historicals, so I can understand her men having to act a little more superior and domineering. That’s just the way they were. It makes her heroines that much more heroic when they stand up to them.
My heroes are no wilting flowers either, but they’re modern men. They don’t have to be convinced that a woman is more than a vapid receptacle for their seed. They automatically treat them with the respect they deserve. That isn’t to say that they’d let a woman walk all over them, either. Not at all.
When Drake and Bliss meet for the very first time, he’s the expert. He’s a firefighter and her building is burning. Even though Bliss has a good reason for wanting to turn around and rescue her computer, it’s not safe to do so and Drake knows that. He doesn’t stand there debating the issue while the building falls down around them. He picks her up and carries her to safety. But as soon as she’s safe, he listens to what she has to say.
He’s not only a smokin’ hot firefighter, he’s a fireproof dragon shifter. He knows he can survive the flames if he goes back into the building. Realizing too, he’ll probably be in trouble with his chief, he makes the decision to rescue Bliss’s computer if he can. Her whole business will go up in smoke if he doesn’t.
Were it anyone else, the chief would have been shocked, but Drake is known as the first one in and last one out. That doesn’t mean the chief will understand—in fact, Drake has pulled this move before, and even though he was awarded a medal the chief warned him not to repeat the heroics. Now he’s suspended for a week.
But Drake takes his punishment like a man.
I’d say he’s the perfect modern Alpha male. He doesn’t try to lie or make excuses for his behavior. He makes judgments based on facts, and if others don’t agree with his decisions, he doesn’t have a fit or act like he’s right and everyone else is wrong.
He, like all of my heroes, are the way I wish modern men were all the time. Emotionally mature, financially stable, but with a spirit of fun and playfulness that won’t disappear with age. My guys have more than their share of charm too. Drake wouldn’t have been the Russo’s first choice for their daughter, but he wins them over simply be being himself.
If any of you have had to deal with parents who want to see you settled and happy, but feel like no one is good enough, well…you’ll understand. It takes a special guy to win over a family like that, and Drake is up against a big, loud, outspoken Boston Italian family. It’s all part of the fun. I hope you’ll cheer him and Bliss on as they face not only the Russos, but even greater obstacles, like a TV design competition and a jilted “dragon-lady.” Suddenly the danger is extreme and personal.
I think you’ll enjoy how each character shows their true colors in this crazy romantic tale. Bliss has her own challenges, but thanks to Drake, she’s alive to face them.
HOW TO DATE A DRAGON BY ASHLYN CHASE
– IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2013
Let the Sparks Fly…
Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles and she’ll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up…if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again.
Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him. He’s met only one woman who might be able to stand the shock of his true nature. After all, she barely batted an eyelash when her home burned down. And feeling her curves against him was just as hot as the inferno. Just when he thinks he’ll never track her down, she walks into his firehouse—with no idea what she’s about to get herself into…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience.
She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross. She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.
She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who’d look like Hugh Jackman if you dyed his hair, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat. For more information, please visit www.ashlynchase.com, follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/GoddessAsh, and like her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase.
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