I love books where the big, strong Hero is thrown into a situation where he’s floored and in need of help. Which is also the topic of my talk with Author Alina.
The Successor by Alina Jacobs (Holbrook Cousin’s Saga, #1) was published a few weeks ago in the Adult, Contemporary, Romance Genre.
He’s gone from the battlefield to the boardroom; now this billionaire has to win his girl.
Hot tempered Grant Holbrook has just returned to the states and he’s already in trouble.
In jail and estranged from his adoptive parents, Grant thinks his luck is turning around when Kate, his birth father’s gorgeous assistant walks into the police station to bail him out.
As the newly discovered heir to a multi-billion dollar fortune, Grant is the talk of New Cardiff, his father’s exclusive New England hometown, and not everyone is happy that he’s there.
Deemed the most eligible bachelor in America, Grant has to run an international corporation and fend off the woman that want him.
But there is one woman who won’t throw herself at him—Kate.
How can he convince her that he needs her in his life not just for a night but for the rest of his life?
Sleeping with the boss’s heir is not in her job description.
Kate has sworn off men. After a string of bad relationships culminating in the absolute worst night of her life, Kate promised herself she was going to concentrate on her career and bury all of her bad decisions.
But when her billionaire boss asks her to find his long lost heir after a Holbrook family tragedy, Kate finds herself falling for the volatile Grant—but she cannot give in. She would lose her job and ruin her reputation if she were caught sleeping with her boss’s son.
Kate is the executive assistant of billionaire Walter Holbrook, and she prides herself in achieving the impossible. But when Grant starts pursuing her, he may be the one problem Kate won’t be able to solve.
As secrets from her past start to resurface, will it drive her into his arms or will she ultimately resist Grant Holbrook?
The Successor is book 1 in the Holbrook Cousins Saga, but can be read as a standalone novel. This 80,000 word steamy romance novel has no cliffhangers but a very happily ever after.
Hi Alina, and thank you for being here.
Despite being a Marine and now at the helm of a multi billion fortune, the Hero feels very vulnerable. Can you tell us more about him?
Grant Holbrook has a temper! It’s been made worse now that he has been thrown from one world, the military, and the infantry specifically, where physical strength is the main indicator of your worth. He had to be faster, stronger, and more violent than the men around him and the enemy he was fighting against.
In the span of a few days he is immediately thrust into the other world, where money and social connection is your marker of strength, and he is expected to behave as if he had been born and raised in this upper class environment. Such an abrupt transition would be difficult for anyone and it is especially so for our hero because Grant is also trying to reintegrate back into civilian life after spending his formative years in the Marines.
During the process of finding his place in his billionaire father’s world, Grant lets his temper get the better of him on more than one occasion. This causes him to make mistakes along the way and it almost costs him Kate, the love of his life, (though she just doesn’t know it yet!) The moments where Grant allows himself to step back and be vulnerable help him form relationships, not just with Kate, but also other members of his long-lost family.
I think the trend for the last decade or so has been that of the alpha male. Perhaps at one point this archetype had a bit more substance, but it seems that the men in some ways have turned into caricatures of an alpha as opposed to someone who is strong in spite of their circumstances. Grant’s strength is his shield, his weapon, and his sometimes, his security blanket. His strength is also very real—it is not an act and in fact he can be quite destructive—but below the surface Grant is still incredibly vulnerable.
Being vulnerable doesn’t make a man undesirable, however, as Grant shows us. On the contrary it makes him more intriguing, as Kate would attest to. The best relationships are ones where the hero and the heroine can both lean on each other and support each other.
Through falling in love with Kate, Grant becomes a better leader, a better son, and a better boyfriend (or husband!) With Kate’s help, Grant is able to navigate through all the family drama, and he finds a way to steer them both to a happily ever after!
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Alina Jacobs is a pen name.