Awkward Heroes, Cari Quinn, and NO DRESS REQUIRED giveaway

The Awkward Hero…and why I love them!

Thank you so much for having me at Manic Readers today!
A while ago, the awesomesauce reviewer FictionVixen commented, “I’m already a fan of Cari Quinn’s writing style and the way she makes her quirky, awkward heroes transform into sexy beasts.” She pretty much nailed many of my heroes. I love making my characters quirky. I also love making my characters awkward because, seriously, who wants to read about someone with perfect hair and the utmost composure at all times? Bo-ring. My heroes, especially, often seem to get the awkward treatment. There’s something so delicious to me about a hot guy who blushes or wears glasses. Two of my biggest triggers right there.Jake from my recent Entangled Publishing Flirt novella, No Dress Required (Flirts and Ever Afters are two great, brand new novella lines at Entangled Publishing!) doesn’t wear glasses, but he does blush. And he also feels unsure of himself as often as he feels cocky. A breakup in his past – and worse, who exactly his ex left him for – has made him doubt his swagger in the bedroom…and well, everywhere, really. He’s still working on facing his insecurities when Noelle decides to rock his world, but he comes around soon enough. Inside Jake, there is definitely a sexy beast just waiting to get out. Luckily he has the perfect woman to help him!

How about you? Do you like reading about awkward heroes or do you prefer the men in your stories to be a bit more polished? I’m eager to hear what kind of fictional men push your happy buttons! Comment early and often for a chance to win an e-book copy of  NO DRESS REQUIRED!

Contest ends at midnight est 1-30-12. Winner will be contacted via email shortly thereafter.  Winner has three (3) days to acknowledge or alternate winner will be chosen.

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About No Dress Required
After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.
Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.
When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.
Reader Chapter One.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Morning!
    Well let me think about men- my favorite type would be larger than life, immortal Acheron…….but thinking again I find Alexandra Ivy’s character, Levet-little, very quirky french gargoyle with a sense of humor! I guess any size is OK with me!!! You can’t be fun if you’re flawless!!
    Thank you for the contest & your book sounds super!

  2. Years ago, in a Susan Kay Law book–I’m almost positive it was ONE LONELY NIGHT–the hero whimpered. It was at a time when any sensible, sane person would have whimpered (or sobbed; I scare easy) and it made me love him so much. Also made me read every word Susie has written since. So your heroes sound yummy.

  3. I love to read about awkward heroes! Who isn’t awkward in real life? I think it make it so much more believable. I’m not saying I don’t like to read about a bit more polished hero as well. I like to keep a nice balance! 🙂
    I just finished Sweet As Sin by Inez Kelley. The hero isn’t exactly awkward but has his demons from the past haunting him. They make his present life really hard at times and he’s very horrible to the heroine at times but people in real life are like that sometimes, too, and just for that I loved that book (and the hero).

  4. You got it…awkward = sexy. If they’re too perfect then why would I root for them to fall into messy love? Hmm…or messy love makes a perfect guy fall apart?
    Hmmm. story idea.
    Love ya, CP!

  5. I think gawky or uncomfortable heroes are endearing. Unusually prefer confident Alpha heroes. Having a quirky or shy hero would be very interesting to me.

  6. I like all sorts of hero, whether they are polished or in need of one. An awkward one may even comes across cute. Whatever their personality I’m just happy if they have a story that lets them shine.

  7. Thanks for this blog!

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