The Eight Great Heartbreaker Types!
Good morning to all. Today we’re going to deviate from the old west some and kick up our spurs learning about men. Yes, I said men and their unintended, heartbreaking qualities. Why, you ask? Because in my newest release The Cowboy Contract, Trey Walker is a man who comes from a long line of men who breaks hearts. He believes he carries the Walker Curse (as in he can’t commit) when it comes to women. We’ll see how this all plays out by the end of the blog.
Special mention goes to the Madam Noire site and writer Julia Austin for her insights.
So now onto the heartbreaking 8 along with my interpretation and a few examples of men in movies who fit the bill.
Heartbreaker 1- The Forever Child
He’s a man who lives life stress free. He is happy go lucky and has no big aspirations. When he’s encouraged to do more, he bails. Think of Tom Cruise in Cocktail.
Heartbreaker 2- New Career Man
He puts on a confident front but is worried about his performance at a new job. Nothing is more important than making a name for himself. He puts business above pleasure and often brings his work home in the form of insecurities or exhaustion. Think Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal
Heartbreaker 3 – The Heartbroken
He’s been injured or is just plain “Done with Love”. Women see this as a challenge and try to change him. He’s decided he’s heartless and women love his roguish behavior.
Heartbreaker 4 – First Time Boyfriend or Mate
He’s never been in a relationship and goes in, full steam ahead. He’s thrilled to have a girl, but isn’t ready for the responsibility. He won’t give up on his night out with the guys when she needs him the most.
Heartbreaker 5- The Man with Issues
He’s loaded down with baggage. Mostly, he has trust issues and isn’t ready for a relationship. Think Richard Gere in Pretty Woman
Heartbreaker 6- Far Away Man
Distance is a barrier. He’s not leaving his hometown and she’s not leaving hers. The long-term relationship is not sustainable and both discover Love is Not All You Need.
Heartbreaker 7 – Living in the Moment Man
He’s exciting. Every day with him is an adventure. He’s constantly in pursuit of something more thrilling, more exhilarating but when her adventure is over and she’s ready to settle down, he’s still looking for that next adventure. Think Ryan Gosling in The Notebook
Heartbreaker 8- The Taken Man
Needs no further explanation other than he’s got a girl or is already married, but continues to say to her, “I’m not happy”. She doesn’t want to be the “other” woman.
Of course in a romance, the right woman can cure a man of most of these issues! So where does Trey Walker from my new release fit in? Well, he’s a combination of Hearbreaker 3, The Heartbroken and Heartbreaker 5, The Man with Issues. So you see with two strikes against her, Maddie Brooks, the feisty veterinarian who comes to live under Trey’s roof, has her work cut out for her.
What do you think of this list? Which Heartbreaker would you love to read about? Can you add a movie or book title to the ones I didn’t, # 3, 4, 6 and 8. Giving away something fun today so be sure to comment! Yes, it’s a little surprise…
Review of The Cowboy Contract on Amazon:
Charlene Sands writes fabulous cowboys. This story also had one of my favorite romance tropes: forced proximity. The sexual tension was steaming up the pages, and I loved the parallel story of taming the wild stallion. Excellent characters in Trey and Maddie, and I could feel, smell, taste the setting. The country girl in me, suppressed by city living, showed up and had a great time. : )
See Trey in action as a heartbreaker at: