The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Stop Here for the Charming Hero Blog Hop

Welcome to the Charming Hero Blog Hop! Too often our gorgeous heroes get short shrift in the promotional department—we dwell on the heroine’s beauty or her predicament as the driving force in the story. But where would she be without her hero? This hop lets a spotlight shine on our heroes—those wonderful boys without whom there would be no happy ending. Do visit the hop after you've been here for more wonderful heroes:

All of my heroes are charming in their own way, but since I’m giving away a copy of Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine, we’ll dwell on the sundry attributes of Cameron Mason, hero of my Gulf Coast romance/mystery. To be entered, be sure to leave your email address in your comment. 

This is what the heroine, Tessa Diamond, thought when she first met him:
 He reminded her of a dream she’d had a few weeks earlier, in which a stranger held her in his arms and crooned a love song. Here in the flesh was her stranger. Dark blond hair feathered with gold, the mysterious tawny eyes of a stalking tiger, gently tanned skin drawn taut over the arched cheekbones, a nose…well, the nose could use some work. It tilted at an odd angle, presumably due to a collision with a blunt instrument sometime in the past. Tessa found it endearing.” 

Jason Lewis

Simon Baker
Cameron could hardly be compared to some of the current leading men--soft, metro creatures that they are. With his craggy face and feline coloring he'd more likely be found cruising with the rat pack--or even the brat pack. Jason Lewis or Simon Baker, maybe. 

Not a modern wuss, but not a caveman either. He can be thoughtful and funny, as you'll note in this little exchange:

“Tessa? Are you awake?”
Relief and something warm and fuzzy flooded through her. “Yes, Cameron.”
“I’m bringing coffee up.”
A minute later a tall, cool piece of manhood framed the doorway. He ducked his golden brown head under the lintel and set a tray down beside the bed. A sunbeam rippled through the window, melding with Cameron’s eyes. An image flashed across her mind, of swimming naked in a vernal pool under the canopied rainforest, begging the green-eyed leopard that drank from the verge to come make love to her. A heavy body bouncing on the bed brought her out of the trance. “Stop that! You remind me of my brother.”
“Was he a brat too?” Cameron’s eyes glinted with humor.
"Ah, but he didn't makeup for it the way I do. At least I hope not."

On the other hand, there's an underlying steel that can't be softened even to please his new love:

“God damn it, Cameron, I want to help!” The hot wave of anger traveled from her stomach all the way to her ears. Her small hands went of their own accord to his face and only a last smidgen of reason kept her from boxing his ears.
He stepped back, his eyes flashing aggravation. “Stop it, Tessa. You’re being ridiculous. This is not some sort of amateur hour. I mean what I say. Live with it.”
His words struck her like a bucket of ice water. Ridiculous? This man, who only a few minutes ago gazed at her with real affection, who called her dear one, now considered her ridiculous? Her fiery Scots blood ignited the French passion in an explosion of mortified fury."

So what does Cameron do, and why is Tessa drawn to him?

With his swimmer’s build and tough, clean-cut good looks, it’s no wonder Tessa is surprised when Cameron claims he’d been hired to do public relations for the Mote Marine Laboratory of Sarasota, a world renowned oceanographic facility. He seems more a sheriff or Marine type of guy. Sure enough, as the list of sinister events grows, she suspects he has another agenda, especially when she sees him sneaking around with binoculars.Is he a bad guy or a good guy? Tessa can’t tell, and it drives her crazy. He is clearly keeping a secret.  Plus he sports an odd array of skills, like languages and gambling. She senses he’s more than a PR guy, feels danger when she’s near him but isn’t sure if it emanates from him or if he’ll protect her from it. Either way, it ignites new and powerful feelings in her.

In short: the perfect hero.
His motto? "My other car's a Bentley." Don't ask me why.

Mai Tais and Mayhem is available in both ebook and print. Buy links:


Elise VanCise said...

Cameron is a keeper :) He sounds like a fun guy that knows how to take care of his gal :)

M. S. Spencer said...

Multifaceted, yes. You can tell I kinda got bored with describing him as the usual perfect specimen (hence, the nose)!Thanks for reading. M. S.

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M. S. Spencer said...

Too funny! M. S. (I'll ask...)

diannehartsock said...

You have me intrigued! Sounds like an interesting man and an equally interesting story line. Thanks for sharing him with us. :)

Denise said...

Too funny! Thanks for sharing!