Isabella Connor (or rather the two authors behind the name) and Christina Courtenay have at least three things in common – we love bad boy heroes, we love men with dark hair and blue eyes, and we are all fans of the hit TV series Once Upon A Time.
Our fellow ChocLiteers may think us shallow, but apart from being a brilliant modern gritty take on fairy tales (and incidentally, a great lesson in how to revamp old stories and make them relevant to today’s readers/viewers), Once Upon A Time also provides a seemingly endless supply of “eye candy”. And the main one, as far as we’re concerned, is Irish actor Colin O’Donoghue who plays Captain Hook in the series. This isn’t the silly pompous twat of the Disney version, but a proper bad boy pirate, complete with black leather trousers and a long black leather pirate coat that we would give anything to own! Plus lashings of guyliner. What’s not to like? Rumour has it he becomes a hero in future episodes. We’re sure we can live with that!
Isabella and Christina have even more things in common actually – we have books out in August and both feature – yes, you guessed it – heroes with dark hair and blue eyes. In Beneath An Irish Sky, the young protagonist, Luke, isn’t really a bad boy, but he does have attitude. Basically, he’s just very feisty and fighting against what he sees as a massive injustice. He does have very blue eyes though …
And in New England Rocks (YA contemporary) the hero is Jesse Devlin, a troubled teenager with ambitions to be a rock star who wants to escape from the hell that is his home town.
We have all heard the argument that bad boys would make for very bad partners in real life, but doesn’t that depend on whether you want to spice up your existence a bit or play it safe? We know which one we’d prefer – you only live once (upon a time …)!