The hero in A Healing Love is a BIKER.
What do you visualize?
Let me guess. You think of a man covered in tattoos, probably skulls and naked ladies, maybe an American flag, long, grizzly hair on his head, a beard to match—maybe he even braids it? A bandanna around his head, a cig hanging out of his mouth, a sneer gracing his lips, because bikers are all Hell’s Angels, right?
I’m married to a biker. My husband is clean-shaven, has a short military cut, has one tattoo to honor his military service (he never bares it), and when he rides, he just looks contented. He’s never committed a crime in his life, just so you know.
So when I put Carlos on a Harley, I had a lot fun busting the stereotype barrier.
He’s a doctor, Latino, clean-shaven, has short hair, no tattoos, and I guarantee that even though he’s not all alpha male, you’ll fall in love with him, ladies. (He also looks like Danny Pino.)
My point is…while some bikers actually strive to make themselves look like a stereotype, not everyone is.
Man on motorcycle doesn’t = bad man any more than woman wearing a halter top = slut.
Even my heroine, Kimberly, has her previous assumptions put to wrong.
“I never would have pictured you as a biker if I hadn’t met you before, in the coffee shop.”
“What is the bike type?”
Kimberly hesitated. “Err, fat, hairy, with a beard down to his belly?”
Carlos threw his head back and laughed. “Don’t stereotype, dear.” He started the bike with a roar. Kimberly squealed and squeezed him tightly around his waist. It was too loud. Her breath caught. She was torn between fright and pleasure. He called me dear!
When they first meet in a coffee shop, the biker makes her feel special just for a moment and sticks up for her when another attempts to harm her.
Even Kimberly, in her own way is busting a stereotype. Many of you have heard “deaf and dumb” linked together.
Well, Kimberly may be hard-of-hearing and she may be mute for a time, but this Army girl isn’t dumb, as you’ll very well see.
Disabled doesn’t = dumb either.
What stereotypes would you like to see kicked in the bud?
Kimberly Rogers vowed to fight a tragic past the only way she knew how: she joined the Army and became strong. No man would hurt her again. But a war wound sends her to her brother’s in Cripple Creek, WY, with vision and hearing impairments.
Whereas glasses can help her see and hearing aids can help her hear, nothing can force her to talk again. Is she really unable to speak, or is she hiding behind her disability to protect herself, her pride, and her heart? Regulated to the most menial of jobs, her world in shambles, Kimberly is finally convinced to seek medical assistance.
Carlos Medina is Jackson Hole’s best therapist. If anyone can make Kimberly speak again, it’s him. But Kimberly has to meet him halfway, and Carlos has his own past tragedy that the young, mute woman threatens to force him to conquer.
They both have wounds…and sometimes wounds must be reopened before they can heal. Can they open up to each other? Can Kimberly find her voice again and open her heart? Can love heal them both?
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Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, dog mom, writer, and editor. You’ll never see her without her Kindle or a book within reach. As a child, she would often take a flashlight under the covers to finish the recent Nancy Drew novel when she was supposed to be sleeping.
Tara is addicted to Law & Order: SVU, has a crush on Cary Grant, laughs at her own jokes, and is constantly modifying recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She writes about strong women facing obstacles—in the military, with their handicaps, or just learning to accept themselves. Her heroines can stand alone and take care of themselves, but they often find love in the process.