Leading Man in THE BETRAYAL
Something I enjoy as an author is crossing characters from one novel into another. After all, they’re just sitting there, doing nothing, so I may as well put them to work. One of these crossover characters is Kyle Madden, who we first meet in The Reunion. Kyle is the police detective who warns leading lady Gillian about her ex-husband, Jason.
As I formulated the plot line for The Betrayal, I decided to include a good cop/bad cop story. My leading man would be the good cop, and the story would be set in Phoenix. So, rather than create a leading man from scratch, I thought why not use Kyle? He’d only played a minor role in The Reunion as a generic police detective, so he had plenty of potential. In The Betrayal, Kyle becomes a thirty-something divorced dad. He wants very much to be a good father, but his demanding career takes up too much of his time, and it has left him feeling burned out.
Kyle first meets leading lady Emily at an art gallery opening, but they’re destined to meet again. This time, however, it’s official police business, and Kyle soon realizes that Emily is being framed for a crime she didn’t commit. As he fights to prove her innocence, he’ll discover that one of his fellow officers is behind the nefarious plot, and he’ll risk his life to keep her safe.
Kyle is a hero inspired by real-life heroes; all of the dedicated real life police officers out there who put their lives on the line for the rest of us.