Perfection is Overrated by Adrienne Giordano

As a reader, I love sinking into a book with flawed characters. And I’m not talking about minor flaws.  Call me twisted, but I like characters who are damaged. Of course, they need to be likable. I want to connect with them and watch them overcome whatever challenges they face in the book. In short, when the end of the book comes, I want to watch them face their fear, conquer it and grow from the experience. That, for me, makes for a great read.

I tried to do this with Isabelle DeRosa, the heroine from my latest release in the Private Protectors series. In A Just Deception Isabelle is an emotional war zone.  Due to events from her childhood, she has learned to self-protect and has grown into a loner who doesn’t trust easily. She’s also a lawyer who chose this profession because she wanted to support herself. My Izzy doesn’t want to depend on anyone else.  She’s lonely, but she’s a survivor. And to her, that’s all that matters.

If I’m being truthful, Isabelle is my most damaged character (so far!), but something about her inner strength called to me. I teamed her with Peter Jessup, a Mr. Fix-it who loves a challenge.  Peter is no slouch in the emotionally damaged territory and Isabelle finds comfort in that. He allows her to be raw and unfiltered without judging her. Sometimes, that’s what someone with secrets needs.

So, yes, these characters are far from perfect. They are simply two people who think, despite their flaws, they’ve got it all figured out. And, as a writer, I love it when that happens because I get to prove to them how wrong they really are.

Readers, who is your favorite flawed character?

Here is a little more about Peter and Isabelle:

The protector: Peter Jessup, former Navy SEAL, currently employed by Taylor Security. He likes being the hero—in charge and in control.

His client: Lawyer Isabelle DeRosa. The sexy brunette is the personification of Peter’s fantasies. She’s willing to get physical but nothing more serious.

The assignment: When Isabelle becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her cousin, Peter is there to protect her and help her find the real killer. Their investigation leads to a big-name charity that seems to draw cultlike followers. Isabelle manages to infiltrate the group and become close to their leader, leaving Peter both jealous and worried for her.

As their search leads to danger, Peter realizes he’s falling in love with Isabelle. He wants all of her, but she’s too used to guarding herself to let him in…

Want more?  Check out Adrienne’s prior post on MAN LAW on July 7th.

Adrienne’s Bio:

Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. A Just Deception, book two in the Private Protectors series is available from Carina Press. Risking Trust, book three in the series will be available on November 7, 2011. For more information please visit  Adrienne can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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2 comments to Perfection is Overrated by Adrienne Giordano

  • Reading this book now and must say WOW I am really enjoying it. Great series. I hope there will be more.

  • Hi Bobbie. I’m so glad you are enjoying it. I think, of all my characters, these two are the most complicated. Particularly, Izzy. They were no easy fixes for her, but I had great fun figuring out ways she could grow.

    FYI, I’m interviewing Monk and Izzy over at the Carina Press Blog this morning.

    As for more books in the series, book 3 will be out on November 7 (Click my website link above for details) and I’m working on Billy’s book right now.

    Thanks for stopping in!