Forget those bad boys, Aven Ellis admits she’s always drawn to the nice guy.
A lot has been said about the Bad Boy in romantic fiction. He’s got a past. He’s dangerous. He’s a tortured soul. Only the love of the heroine can save him from himself.
And you know what? I’ve never wanted to write for him.
Whenever a hero comes to mind when I’m sketching, I’m drawn to the Good Boy. He has his issues – but don’t we all? He’s smart. Successful. Respects women. And while he doesn’t need the love of a heroine to save him, he does need the love of a heroine to make him a better person. One who is complete with her, and her alone, by his side.
Yet the Good Boy doesn’t have to be boring. I find those attributes above incredibly sexy, actually. William Cumberland, my hero in Connectivity, is a badass business mogul who is very demanding in the corporate world. But this dashing British hero, with his dark wavy hair and baritone voice, needs more from a woman than beauty. With the heroine of the story, Mary-Kate, William finds not only a beautiful woman but one who is strong, independent, and passionate. And those are the qualities my Good Boy needs to make him complete, and he finds those in Mary-Kate.
But at the same time, William is confident, polished, humorous … and makes being a gentleman a complete turn-on.
In my next book, Waiting For Prince Harry, hockey superstar Harrison Flynn is an athletic ginger with a temper and doubts about his future once his professional career ends. He’s had his share of gorgeous women and woman seeking him for his fame and money, but that’s not what he wants. He needs a partner who completes him. He wants someone to see the man underneath the hockey gear, to share his passions and interests, and discover there’s more to him than being a celebrity athlete.
Again, the Good Boys I write for demand the entire package, both inside and out, in any relationship they enter into. I find them both fun and inspiring to write for, and I dare say both of my Good Boys are very, very, sexy men indeed.
Just the way I like them.
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use — when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer … Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry — Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option. Or does it? Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy — yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry — all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year. Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.