Heartbreaker Hop: A History of Heartbreak


Heartbreaker ButtonHeartbreak:  intense and overwhelming grief, especially through disappointment in love.

Heartbreaker:  a person, event or thing causing heartbreak.

When I looked these words up, I was surprised to find out the first one dates back to 1575; the second one came into usage about a hundred years later.

So we’ve had heartbreakers for more than 500 years!  That’s a boatload of bad boys for sure!

And in the 16th and 17th century they had another word for heartbreaker–rakehell.  A licentious man who is sexually unrestrained and immoral.  Yes, just because it’s history doesn’t make it boring.  These guys were anything but!  They lived the high life, going from woman to woman and leaving heart break in their wake.

The Rake's Progress: The Orgy  by William Hogarth

The Rake’s Progress: The Orgy by William Hogarth

During the English Restoration rakes were quite popular and dashing aristocrats, witty fellows who were sexually irresistible.  My favorite Restoration rake is Jack Horner from Wycherly’s play The Country Wife.  Horner, a charming and notorious rake, puts the rumor about that he’s now a eunuch due to the “French pox” (syphilis) in order to put suspicious husbands off their guard and give him access to their wives. What ensues is a steady stream of women into Horner’s chambers and a series of very funny encounters.  You know that heartbreak is just around the corner for these women, but who can blame them for their folly?

There’s nothing so irresistible as a bad boy!

I have a bad boy of my own making in my historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do.  Duncan Ferrars, Marquess of Dalbury has a hellacious reputation as a rake (rumor has it he’s slept with over 500 women!).  Out for another night of sport, he tries to charm one more woman–and finds he’s met his match!


Blurb for Only Scandal Will Do:

He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?

Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.

Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?

WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.

Only Scandal Will Do is available at Amazon, Lyrical Press and Barnes & Noble, as well as other e-retailers.

Leave a comment telling me who your favorite heartbreaker in romance is and you’ll be entered to win my prize of a $10.00 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card and you’ll also be entered for the Grand Prize Drawing!

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! 


So be sure to write your comment below


and be entered to WIN!

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90 Responses to Heartbreaker Hop: A History of Heartbreak

  1. Shannon Bereza says:

    My favorite heartbreaker is Damon like so many others he just does horrible things to me and makes me swoon. Thanks for being a part of the hop. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com


  2. Anne C says:

    An actor for me -> Jude Law. I had the biggest crush on him when I was younger. I may have a crush on him still. 🙂
    anne.j2 (at) gmail.com


  3. Mer says:

    Damon from Vampire Diaries
    skye4774 AT yahoo DOT com


  4. Jillyn says:

    Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster.
    Thanks for the giveaway!



  5. barbara says:

    Vishous from BDB.
    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com


  6. Rhevenge from BDB.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com


  7. Kary says:

    Vance from Witches and Warlocks… God I love that bad boy!



  8. Terri says:

    My favorite heartbreaker is Eric Northman


  9. Megan says:

    Damon from Vampire Diaries

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com


  10. Dovile says:

    Damon from Vampire Diaries

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com


  11. I think my new favorite is Klaus from TVD. #1 I think he’s hot which leads me into #2 to hate him at the same time b/c of the bad boy in him. I want to root for him too. I’m also way behind in watching the series though, like I haven’t watched any of season 4. But in my defense, I didn’t start watching the series at all until around November of last year, then I sat and watched Season 1-3 on Netflix. LOL
    Thanks for the chance at your giveaway,
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com


  12. Missie Jones says:

    Favorite Heartbreaker…ummm I guess that would have to be Damon from Vampire Diaries. Gosh knows he breaks my heart everytime I read (or on the show, see) him with another woman…lmbo
    Thanks for the hop & giveaway
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com


  13. Michelle Tucker says:

    My favorite heartbreaker is Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Really…I love to hate him and vice versa.
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net


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