I’m not sure if I would say that Stephanie Laurens is a guilty pleasure or the most cracktastic author in my library. I do know that I devour each release even though none have lived up to my love for Devil’s Bride. I recall when DB first came out in 1998 that it was revelatory in its own way. Most of the genre historicals featured the unwilling hero, a man who didn’t want to love, didn’t want to marry, and certainly didn’t want the heroine. His character arc, more often than not, included coming to terms with commitment.
This hero trope can often be seen in category novels, but since Lauren’s Devil’s Bride, the hero in pursuit has become almost de riguer in the genre. I’m not saying that Lauren’s invented the trope or that there weren’t books featuring hero in pursuit before the publication of Devil’s Bride, but she and Christine Feehan popularized it. (Feehan’s Dark series began publication in 1999).
I think because I associate the hero in pursuit trope to Laurens, she has become my most cracktastic author. One who I can’t stop reading, no matter what.
In celebration of Laurens and the hero in pursuit, Avon has donated two signed books to giveaway:
Tell me about your most cracktastic author in the comments below.