What villainous villainy by Kiru Taye

Sexy Romance Stories has a special treat today with our very first guest on the blog – award-winning author Kiru Taye. She’s offering an ebook giveaway of her new erotic romance, An Engagement Challenge, to one lucky commenter. Here’s Kiru:

Hello everyone. I’m happy to be hosted today by Sexy Romance Stories.

Villains. Oh, villains. How we hate them or love to hate them. Some of the most memorable books I’ve ever read have villains. Think Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, The White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Sauron in Lord of the Rings, Hannibal Lecter in Red Dragon and if you think romance, Robert Lovelace from Clarissa Harlowe by Samuel Richardson.

What dastardly fiends they all are. We can certainly agree that they are creepy, calculating, wicked, slimy, evil and cruel. I’ve run out of adjectives but I’m sure you can come up with more. LOL!

But when I think about all the villains I’ve read about or watched in movies, the ones that I dislike the most are the ones who are usually quite close to the protagonist and work against them from within or stab them in the back. Those are usually the worst kind because they hurt the protagonist the most. The protagonist usually trusts them or looks up to them before they realise the villain is actually plotting their downfall.

When fictional villains are well written, they carry the story as much as the protagonists do. In some stories, they make the story by providing the reason for conflict.

As An Engagement Challenge is a romance novel, the main conflicts come from the emotional tension between the hero, Paul and the heroine, Ijay. But I added an extra dimension of conflict and suspense by adding a villain to the story.

When I was writing the story, some of the comments from my beta readers about the villain made me laugh so much. At one point they were holding a collection to hire a hit man and kill the villain off. I had to remind them the villain was fictional. LOL. But what their comments told me was that the villain was bad (in a very good way).

While the villain was working hard to pull Paul and Ijay apart (as if they didn’t have enough to deal with already), the opposite was actually happening. The events around them pulled them together and forced them to acknowledge what they felt for each other at least to themselves. In the end they realised they had a common enemy to fight instead of fighting each other.

So what about you? Do you have any favourite fictional villains or any that you remember vividly? Please share. I’d like to know. I’ll select one lucky commenter to win an ebook of An Engagement Challenge.

If I had to pick at the moment, I’d say my favourite fictional villain is Edmund from King Lear by William Shakespeare. He is almost similar to the villain in An Engagement Challenge.

According to Ceri Radford in The Telegraph’s 50 Greatest Villains in Literature, Edmund is: “The ultimate bastard. Tormented by the injustices of his illegitimate birth, he frames his own brother, plays the love rat to Goneril and Regan and finally orders the execution of Lear and Cordelia.”

What villainous villainy. LOL!

About the Author:

Kiru Taye is the award-winning author of His Treasure. She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romances. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings atmospheric and exotic. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hanging out with family/friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with her husband and two children.

You can reach her via her Website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

An Engagement Challenge (Challenge Series, #2)

Publisher: KT Press

Length: 75,000 words

Genres: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense (Interracial, Light Bondage)

Available at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | All Romance eBook


Book 2 of the contemporary romance Challenge series, set in Nigeria. Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love?

When savvy PR consultant Ijay Amadi meets successful Industrialist Paul Arinze, the only things on her mind are to forget the pain of her failed relationship and enjoy the delights his branding touch and soul-searing kiss promise. It’s a one-time only event. Perfect.

However, Paul is annoyed to wake up and find her gone the next morning. He isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together just yet. So he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night.

Except when Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute. Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post to go in the draw to win an ebook copy of An Engagement Challenge!

10 thoughts on “What villainous villainy by Kiru Taye

  1. Hello, everyone! Time to pick the winner.

    Congratulations to… Stu Needel

    Email me by 30 June so I can send you an ebook copy of An Engagement Challenge.

    Thanks again to SRS for hosting me. I enjoyed my time here.

  2. Hi Stu–

    You may know my husband, Dale? Or somewhere in the Jewish community in Baltimore? I’m drawing a blank, too. Thank you for reading and commenting and for representing MEN who are romantics! LOL! Brave soul. I agree, Scrooge is one creepy guy!

    Have a great day,


  3. Hey, forgot to mention my favorite villain. Supported the others, but forgot to come up with one on my own. After long, exhaustive reflection and recollection, I have to nominate the one and only Ebeneezer Scrooge. Maybe out of genre somewhat, and no violence or gore here, but what a classic tale of personal transformation and redemption. I love the movie adaptation, “Scrooge” of this classic story with Albert Finney in the title role. He was very young at the time, but made to look crotchety and oh so wicked. Great music from the movie as well. “Thank you very much, thank you very much!!!…”

  4. Hello to the SRS crew. Thank you so much for hosting me.

    I’ll have to pick up a copy of Desire & Deception, Sharon. I do like a bad girl as well as a bad boy. lol

    Darth Vader, Hannibal and the Phantom are certainly popular. Thank you all for commenting. 🙂 Will be back later to pick a winner.

  5. The best, and my favorite, villains ARE the ones who present a paradox or a conflict. The ones mentioned, Phantom and Hannibal Lechter definitely come to mind. Darth Vader I love only because of: a) the voice quality and the production that was attached to it, and b) that voice belonged to the amazing James Earl Jones. Such a great actor, human being, and just good guy (even as a villain!)

    Now for the reason I’m here, I AM a guy!! I’m a man representing that population of men who ARE NOT the stereotype of all that men are NOT. I’m artistic, sensitive, passionate, caring, considerate, and more romantic than a thousand Valentine’s Day’s rolled together into a dark chocolate covered, very fresh strawberry!!!

    I’m a writer, author, speaker, consultant, coach, musician (drums & percussion), music facilitator, actor, voiceover artist, Reiki practitioner, and other talents and skills I either have forgotten I possess or have yet to discover!

    For those of you who feel you need to get lost in stories and fantasy about the romantic potential of human beings, I certainly encourage that pursuit as a sort of laboratory for the human potential of what’s possible in a relationship of no limits, BUT I urge you to put to the test that commitment to explore and either encourage and entice your mate to endulge you in an ongoing living and breathing romance novel, or if you don’t see that possibility with the one you’re with, or aren’t in a relationsihp at the moment, put your intention and attention on finding someone who you can write your own novel with!!

    FYI, I’m engaged to the most incredible woman in the world, who I spent 50 years and one long bad marriage determined to find. I proposed after I sang to her last New Year’s Eve, on one knee, tears in my eyes, in front of 100 of our closest friends, and I would do it again and again and again!

    Sharon, I was “introduced” to you by WIll de Rosset and something sounded familiar. He seems to think we know each other and your name definitely sounds familiar. There’s certainly the writing and speaking/teaching aspect. Praying that I’m not forgetting what should be obvious.

    Knowing nothing else than I already do, we’re definitely kindred spirits. 🙂 Love what you’re doing.

    Talk to you soon!

  6. I have to agree that the ones closest to the hero or heroine are the ones we hate the most. That’s one of the attractions of the murder mysteries where it has to be one of the people in this room.

    It’s funny that Sharon mentioned Darth Vader–I was thinking of Annakin, and how he is much like the Phantom!

  7. Interesting post, Kiru! Thinking back to my university days, I remember reading Moby Dick – that white whale made a powerful impression on me, and in my view is worthy of mention as one of my favorite villains.

    And I can’t resist mentioning Voldemort, too!

  8. Kiru–

    Thanks for guesting on SRS. I love writing and reading about villains. When I write them, I can mentally act out all my bad impulses, as I did with Isabel Ramirez in DESIRE AND DECEPTION. Now that was a very bad girl!

    If we don’t have a strong villain, then our heroes and heroines don’t appear to be strong, either. The challenge is minimal. And readers could care less about a wimpy hero or heroine!

    Hmmm. My favorite villain? A tough call. I do love Hannibal Lecter. Such a great sociopath! I’d have to say DARTH VADER, too. The archetypal baddie, who is the father you loathe and love to hate.

    Thanks for a great post!


  9. My favorite villain is the Phantom – the one from the opera, of course! A tortured soul for sure. He’s so damaged you want him to find love, but you hate him for scaring the living daylights out of Christine.

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