July 13, 2016
Kate McMurray joins us today to chat about tropes and her new book
The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom, out July 15!
I have a large and varied collection of old category romance novels. They’re one of my not-so-guilty pleasures. My favorites are the ones that take a well-worn trope—a secret baby, say, or a hero with amnesia—and do something fun and different with them. Category romances, for the uninitiated, are the short novels, most published by Harlequin these days, with titles like The Billionaire Boss’s Secret Mistress and The Royal Baby Scandal. (I made those up, but it would not surprise me if these are actual books.) They are trope-tastic, populated by wealthy, dominant men, set in exotic locations, and always end with true love.
I have no idea where my love for these books comes from. A lot of romance readers inherited their love for the genre from their mother. (Indeed, a good chunk of my collection came from a friend who passed along a bunch of category romances form the seventies and eighties that she got from her mother.) My mother would never deign to pick up a romance novel. I snuck a few romance novels into my bedroom when I was a teenager, because I’ve always enjoyed love stories and books about relationships, but I began reading these in earnest as an adult. And now I have hundreds of them.
When I first decided to write a book for the Dreamspun Desires line, I figured I’d start with some familiar tropes to anyone who is a category fan. So we’ve got a Greek tycoon, or in my case, a New York City real estate magnate of Greek descent. I set him up with a marriage of convenience, or in this case, a mutually advantageous green card marriage with a Czech immigrant. And then I decided to flip everything on its head.
That both protagonists are men is just the first twist. I wanted to play with the Greek tycoon trope. In most category romances, the tycoon is a dominant alpha male. So I thought, what if my tycoon is gruff on the outside but a totally softy on the inside. And what if he were broke? Enter the immigrant husband, who just wants to stay in the States, and who also has enough money to bail out our tycoon hero.
Thus The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom. Archie, the Greek tycoon, and Ondrej, recently arrived in New York, make an arrangement in a board room, a marriage that begins as not much more than a financial transaction, but then they start to actually fall for each other. That’s when things start getting interesting.
Check out The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom today!
Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.
It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.
But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.
Kate McMurray is an award-winning romance author and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers and is currently the president of the New York City chapter of RWA. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.