Hey all you romantic suspense readers out there! Julie Ann Walker here, celebrating the release of the fourth book in my bestselling Deep Six series, DEEPER THAN THE OCEAN, by sharing with you my three least favorite book villain archetypes. Because, let’s be honest, a good bad guy can make for a great book. But a lackluster one can kill an otherwise wonderful read.
Drum roll please!
1) The cliché. You know what I’m talking about. The bitter mother-in-law, the narcissistic business partner, or the jealous ex-lover. These antiheroes are so played out. I want the villain to be someone I never expected, someone the protagonist would never expect. Am I right or am I right?
2) The devil incarnate. I’m sorry. But no person is all bad. Even the xenomorphs in the Alien franchise were just trying to propagate the species. A good villain needs good motivation. Pure evil is plain boring.
3) The bad case of verbal diarrhea. This might be my greatest pet peeve. When in the history of man has a murderer stopped murdering someone to explain in detail why they’re murdering them. It simply doesn’t happen. And when it happens in a book, I want to toss my Kindle across the room!
About the Book:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers perfect pulse-pounding romantic suspense! The former Navy SEALs of Deep Six Salvage thought they could retire to the sea and hunt for treasures of the deep, but when trouble comes to visit, there’ll be hell to pay.
Ray “Wolf” Roanhorse took one look at Chrissy and knew she was the woman of his dreams. There’s a hitch, however. He screwed things up with her. Big time. Now all she wants is to be friends. He’ll have to be his most charismatic and charming self if he has any hope of changing her mind. And winning her heart.
Christina Szarek knows all about sexy, brooding men like Wolf. She grew up watching her mother fall for – and be broken by – plenty of them. If she had her way, she’d avoid Wolf altogether. But they’re partners in the hunt for the Santa Cristina’s legendary treasure. Avoidance is impossible. And the longer she’s near him, the more he chips away at the walls she’s erected against him.
The danger to Chrissy doesn’t only come from her burgeoning feelings, however. There are mysterious players who would see her silenced – for good. And Wolf, with his wicked grin and spec-ops training, is all that stands between her and a date with death in the deep.
Praise for Julie Ann Walker’s Deep Six Series:
“Hot men, hot action, and hot temperatures make for one hot romance!”—BookPage
“Walker blends the tender romance of a reassuring touch with lusty sex scenes… Readers will be panting.”—Publishers Weekly
“Julie Ann Walker and her SEALs serve up spicy fare…an exciting, spellbinding story.”—Long and Short Reviews
About the Author:
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Julie loves to travel the world looking for views to compete with her deadlines. And if those views happen to come with a blue sky and sunshine? All the better! When she’s not writing, Julie enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, fishing, cooking, petting every dog that walks by her, and… reading, of course!
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