The Life After Series by Katlyn Duncan – Recipe for Swoon Worthy Boys!

Posted 13 March, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Blog Tour, Danny, Giveaways / 15 Comments

Today, I have to pleasure to host The Life Afzer Series by Katlyn Duncan. The series is just the perfect paranormal romance Young Adult themed story that I love so very much! So I was excited when I got a spot on her Blog Tour!


And … since I’m a bigger for love and romance and since I so easily fall for the fictional boy in these stories. I asked Katlyn to share with us her Recipe for Swoon Worthy Boys!

Ingredients for a swoon worthy love interest 

by Katlyn Duncan


When I read or write, I love to escape to a place outside of reality for a little while. And even though it is quite real to experience a swoon worthy love interest in the real world, coming across them in books is much more likely.

In earlier drafts, Jackson was always alluring but he wasn’t very swoon worthy. A lot of his layers came later in drafts where his position in the story changed. I had to think why Maggie would ever be attracted to him in her past and him being a lifeless guy who was just hot wouldn’t do it for my heroine. The list of ingredients that I love to read about in other books started to come to life in Jackson as I developed him further.

I love making lists so here are my ingredients for a swoon worthy love interest. Note, there are many (many!) other qualities of a swoon-worthy love interest but for sake of making this a book in itself I will just list a few qualities that Jackson possesses.

  • Physical attractiveness: It is key to have at the very least, the lead be attracted to a swoon worthy love interest. She sees him and her heart stops and her stomach flutters when he is near her. Jackson is a smouldering dark-haired, blue eyed guy that catches Maggies attention almost immediately.
  • Loyalty: I love a guy who will do anything for his girl. Initially, Jackson is forced to be in Maggie’s life, but soon enough he doesn’t need anyone’s help in knowing where he wants to be. Sometimes his loyalty goes over the top in some people’s eyes but in his mind it’s just as normal as breathing.
  • Chemistry: In addition to that first spark of attractivness, the swoon worthy love interest has to have chemistry with the lead. Jackson had an advantage on Maggie in her past but that just added to how he felt about her. And Maggie’s sensed connection with him from the day they met intensified their chemistry.
  • Confidence: Sometimes I feel this is misinterpreted into cockiness, but I think a love interest should be confient in his actions; whether it is because he has concrete walls around him or as a consequence of his back story. With Jackson, he borders on the line of confidence and cockiness when it comes to his job, but he has a lot of experience to atribute to that characteristic.
  • Mystery: And there’s always the mystery! Understanding why the guy acts confident/cocky and why he shies away from questions is part of the reason I keep reading a book with a swoon worthy guy. And Jackson is full of mystery. We really don’t know much about him until later in the trilogy so be sure to stick with it and remember not everyone is as they seem…

What are your ingredients for a swoon-worthy love interest? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!



About Soul Taken

After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.

Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!

About Soul Possessed


Life after Life

Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love—Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?

When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn’t just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission…she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can’t tell a soul…

About Soul Betrayed