Please welcome guest author Kait Gamble to the Cafe!
I was recently asked why I find them so fun to write and I didn’t really have to think too hard about it.
It’s all about wish fulfilment.
Who wouldn’t want a man who could provide your heart’s desire with a snap of his fingers?
It’s not a new idea, of course. I’m sure we’ve all noticed the sheer volume of romance novels coming out with billionaires as the hero lately. Long before billionaires there were millionaires and tycoons, and I’ve already seen a few trillionaire romances (though they have yet to actually occur in real life). As long as there is a monetary system that rules the world rich men will figure in romantic fantasies.
What makes them so wonderful to write and read about is that their fortunes take away daily concerns that most of us have to deal with. Bills, jobs, chores they can all be wished away by a character with a bottomless cash supply.
Which opens the characters up to much more varied and exciting conflicts. The heroine might not be of the same social class or he might be trying to hide who he is because he thinks that all women are interested in is his money. Perhaps he needs to find a wife in order to keep his inheritance or she is his dream woman but doesn’t fit in his world. Things that aren’t usually a problem in real life. It makes for a fantasy that’s just beyond reality for the reader to fall into and lose themselves in.
I do like to mix it up a little, however.
For example, in Breaking Rossi’s Rules, I had both the hero and heroine be fantastically wealthy in order for the hero to find other ways to turn her head. He’s got a Pagani Huayra? Well she’s got a Ferrari 458. There wasn’t a thing he could throw at her that she couldn’t buy or do for herself so he had to impress her by revealing the heart of the man under the tailored clothing.
In Fuel to the Fire, I swapped their roles around. Where the heroine was once the rich one, when she meets the hero again he’s the one with the world at his feet. He tries to charm her with his wealth not knowing that she’s lost nearly everything and couldn’t care less how much he can spend on her. All she wants is the truth and someone who loves her for her.
This time around in Sins in the Sand, the heroine, Kendra, has to contend with two billionaires who enjoy one upping the other. They keep her on her toes and definitely mess with her sense of ethics as she tries to figure out how things work in their world while trying to maintain the façade that she is one of the elite. As they splurge and show her a whole new world that goes beyond riches Kendra can’t help but fall in love with them both.
Obviously, I love writing about billionaires and the world that they inhabit because it’s so different from my norm. In the stories I get to travel the world, ride in private jets and limos, and temporarily live in a rarefied world while bringing the reader along with me for the ride.
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Sins in the Sand
Kendra has scrimped and saved to care for her ailing father and to keep bailing out a sister who can’t seem to get her life in order. When Kendra is moved to Dubai and into a job at the illustrious Totally Five Star Hotel, she can’t afford to let anything ruin it.
So when a celebrity whom Kendra closely resembles doesn’t show up for a big charity event and Kendra is recruited to take her place, she can’t say no. After all, everything has been set up so that her deception won’t be exposed…
Only, no one could have predicted that rival billionaires Nikos and Dmitri would be at the event, willing to bid astronomical sums to win the dinner prize—time with Kendra. Or that the chemistry between her and the men would be so explosive…
Overwhelmed and completely out of her depth, Kendra finds herself drawn to both powerful, enigmatic men, and they seem just as taken with her.
But what will Nikos and Dmitri do when they find out the truth?
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An inveterate traveller, Kait has set foot on three continents and has the other four on her bucket list (yes, even Antarctica). Until she can see them all, she writes romances that take readers to far flung locales, often to places she’s been or hopes to one day go. For now, she’s settled in England where she spends most of her time plotting, scribbling ideas on every available scrap of paper and trying out dialogue on her cat.