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About the Author
Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and, in her own words, an author by destiny. The writing bug has long resided in her and a contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August '13 with her book 'Bollywood Fiancé For A Day'. Her new release 'You Can't Fight A Royal Attraction' is her second book, both being published by Harlequin. She also won a contest for getting a short story published with Harper Collins which will be published in December. She writes romantic fiction with conflicted characters who come into their own in their quest of reaching out for love. She loves to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes.
She lives with her husband and two kids. When not bent double over the laptop, she might be found with her nose in books or munching nachos at the movies or glued to the telecast of Team India or Chennai Super Kings in action! She likes to take long walks which help in brewing story ideas.
Romantic Heroes Rule
Heroes in stories come in so many shapes, sizes and mental-ups. Mostly the hero is looked on as someone who will save the day. While the word ‘hero’ means the main character, male or female, here I’m talking about the men starring in fiction.
He may or may not have a flaw, though nowadays, flawed heroes are more common. It is so much more engrossing to will the hero to win when you know he has some inner weakness he has to overcome. A ready example that springs to the mind is Superman kneeling down to Kryptonite. At showdown though a hero has to overcome the inner and outer demons and win the day for all.
Life is difficult indeed when you're saving the world. But take a look at the romantic heroes. In a romance the hero not only has to be awe-inspiring but win the heroine as well, heart and soul. In the past, all a romantic hero had to be was the knight in shining armour and slay a dragon. There, done and dusted. But now while the heroine fights her own fears and hang-ups, he has to fight his own unwillingness to commit, his inner reservations and misconceptions and win his match.
That makes a romantic hero all the more heart-melting sweet as he lets go of his deepest qualms for the one he holds most cherished in his life. *happy sigh*
I love reading – and writing – romantic stories. In my book, ‘You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction’, the hero, Rihaan has to fight a lot of what he holds significant in his life. The heroine, Saira is playful and impudent and a perfect foil to him as he tends to keep his fist closed. It isn't easy giving up his secrets. But what I love about him, the winning streak that makes him a hero is how he is protective without being dominating. What woman wouldn't fall for a man like that?
Here’s a teaser from the book,
Only the expression in the eyes fixed on him was anything but soft. The belligerant brilliance made the anger seep away, even causing a quiet chuckle to escape.
‘Oh this is really amusing, isn’t it?’ she whispered fiercely, obviously incensed. ‘I guess it gives you a kick to see me helpless.’
‘Any woman would think it romantic.’ He kidded her, ‘Your arms are wound around my neck, I’m manfully bearing the burden of roughly fifty kilos. What could be more mushy? I thought you must be enjoying it.’ His mouth quirked in mockery.
‘Fifty kilos would hardly matter to you.’ She muttered, ‘However, I’m sorry to wrinkle your suit.’
‘The suit is the last of my worries.’ He dismissed. ‘Which one?’ he asked of the closed doors.
She indicated the door and he adjusted her weight to find the knob.
Inside, he put her on the bed. ‘You're lucky. It escaped serious injury.’ He examined the ankle which showed only slight redness. ‘How’s your headache.’
She didn’t look fine, so pale that she almost matched the white embroidered coverlet, her hair showing blacker in contrast.
Hope you enjoyed reading that! :)
Her Latest Release
The last thing Rihaan needs in his life is to play host to a woman who drives him crazy! Saira is gorgeous, yes, but she’s also wildly infuriating. Yet every time she comes within an inch of him he finds his normally iron-clad control slipping further and further away…
Wanting to protect herself from more heartbreak, Saira knows she should keep her distance from Rihaan —but there’s something about him she just can’t seem to resist… Little does she know that Rihaan is hiding a secret! When it comes to light will it tear them apart —or raise their passion to new, more majestic heights?
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