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Boy Bands and Heartthrobs by LuAnn McLane

Yesterday was Paul McCartney’s birthday – his 75th, but in my mind, he’ll always be 25 and I’ll always be a 15-year-old Beatlemaniac, poring over his pictures in every teen magazine I could afford. Today’s guest, LUANN McLANE, discusses a romance trope that will bring on flashbacks for many of us. LuAnn’s new series will help a lot of us achieve our youthful fantasies, if only through the written word. (Actually, there’s no “if only” about it!) 

Ah… boy bands and heartthrobs!  Sigh.  I just bet you’re thinking of your favorite one right now. Even as a young girl I adored the Monkees and had a crush on Davy Jones. During my tween years, I had posters of The Osmond Brothers hanging all over my bedroom walls. I still know it’s Donny Osmond’s birthday on December 9th and his favorite color is purple.  My infatuation with Donny was my first taste of falling in love, making me dream of walking hand-in hand with a boy or (gasp) to be kissed!  I thought that LuAnn Osmond had a nice ring to it, but alas, we never got married, and well, I had to move on…

Later in life I watched my daughter swoon over *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Today, girls have One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer and whoever becomes the next big thing. So, who was your favorite boy band?  Whether it was the Beatles, Jackson Five, New Kids on the Block, Menudo or New Edition, I just bet that you can still sing all the words to all the songs and have some choreographed dance moves that you and your girlfriends can still perform.

My love of boy bands inspired me to create my new series, Heartthrob. Set amid the sundrenched beaches of the upper Florida east coast, the series begins with the reunion of Heartbeat, the international boy band sensation who once topped the pop charts and made girls swoon. Although the sexy brothers enjoyed their glory days, being heartthrobs made finding true love a tough task and twelve years later, they are all still single. While Grady, Oliver, Jesse and Jimmy have remained connected to the music industry, they have no idea that coming back into the limelight will rock their world in in ways they never expected.  With the sultry backdrop of the sun-kissed Florida coast, the Heartthrob series brings the heat, the glamour and the fun of reuniting a famous boy band. But above all else, the Heartthrob series is about the importance of second chances and the healing power of everlasting love.

Meet the sexy Heart brothers:

Grady Heart: Grady, the oldest, is the broody, bad boy of the brothers. Tall and athletic, with dark, shaggy hair and piercing blue eyes, he makes girls swoon with just one look. His smile is rare and his ways are wild, but like all bad boys when they fall in love they fall hard and Grady is no exception to the rule.

Oliver Heart:  Oliver, the youngest, is the hotter than hellfire brother. Tall and muscular, with perfectly tousled hair and deep brown eyes, he stops girls in their tracks and he knows it. He’s a lady’s man, a total flirt just waiting for the right girl to tame him.

Jesse Heart:  Jesse is the happy-go-lucky brother.  Tall and lanky, with sandy blond hair and sky-blue eyes, he wins girls over with his comedic charm. It’s all fun and games until he falls in love with the woman of his dreams.

Jimmy Heart: Jimmy is Jesse’s fraternal twin, but unlike his brother, he’s the strong, silent type. Tall and athletic with long dark hair and warm brown eyes, he intrigues girls with his air of mystery. He lives a quiet life but longs for love and just might find it with the feisty girl next door.

I wanted to pay homage to boy bands because in most cases their fame is white-hot but fleeting, lasting for only a few years.  And then what becomes of their lives that were interrupted by tours, hotels and countless days on the road?  How can they adjust to ordinary life?  Being a teen idol meant missing out on high school, dances, dating and friends.  Boy bands aren’t always given the respect they deserve with their talent being overlooked because of the popularity and bubblegum dance songs, scoffed at by other genres.  Trying to break out of the boy band mold and go on with a solo career is difficult.  In the Heartthrob series, I delve into all of this as the Heart brothers mature and must deal with their adult lives.

I’m hoping by this time you’re thinking back to your heartthrob crushes.  Boy bands and heartthrobs were our introduction to that fluttery feeling, the long sigh while listening to a love song, the posters hanging on the walls and the absolute thrill of going to a concert and screaming like crazy people.  Those dreamy boys made us want to know what holding hands felt like, sharing a kiss… having a boyfriend!

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LuAnn McLane


So, tell me, who was your boyband or heartthrob crush?  Mine was The Osmonds and David Cassidy.  I was lucky enough to see both in concert as a pre-teen and then later in life I saw David Cassidy, and I must admit that my heart still went pitter-patter.

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LuAnn McLane writes sexy contemporary romance with a touch of southern sass and humor. Published in 2003, her novels have appeared on bestselling lists including USA Today, Nielsen BookScan, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Her books have been featured selections for Rhapsody and Doubleday Book clubs. A love of country music led her to a collaboration with superstar Wynonna Judd with the novel Restless Heart. A member of RWA, she conducts workshops on a local and national level. She divides her time between her home state of Kentucky and Naples, Florida and when she isn’t writing she enjoys connecting with readers on social media, at libraries and book fairs.


Available July 24, 2017

From USA TODAY bestselling author LuAnn McLane comes the first in a brand new series featuring the sexy Heart brothers: formerly the members of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat, they’re all grown up and back together for one last reunion tour….

When Grady Heart, former lead singer of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat and eldest of the brothers, decides to bring the group back together for a highly anticipated reunion concert, he doesn’t expect to be met with so much resistance from his brothers. He also doesn’t expect them to hire his ex-girlfriend and ex-Heartbeat choreographer Arabella York to help the band rock some new dance moves.

Back in Heartbeat’s glory days the brooding bad boy fell hard for Arabella; the studious, stable dance teacher tamed Grady’s wild side but her lack of trust in him eventually drove them apart. Although their chemistry burns hotter than ever, Grady tries to keep his relationship with Arabella strictly professional this time around but in his heart, he might just still long to find out what could have been.

Filled withs “McLane’s trademark devilish dialogue” (Publishers Weekly), All I Ever Wanted is a sexy rock ‘n’ roll romance, perfect for anyone who’s ever loved a boy band!

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37 Responses to “Boy Bands and Heartthrobs by LuAnn McLane”

  1. I’m looking forward to reading your new series, LuAnn! I was and still am a hardcore Beatle fan, and while I loved them all, Paul was always my favorite.

    I liked the Monkees, too. Davy Jones was so sweet but even in my imagination he was too short for me. I loved Mike Nesmith’s wit and humor, and Peter Tork was my second favorite.

    My daughter was all about the Backstreet Boys. I went to so many concerts with her I think I rate a place in their Moms-of-fans-club. (If there isn’t such a thing, there should be!) I also went to ‘N Sync concerts with her, and later the two of us wrote a book about them. Yes, Backstreet Boys were her favorites, but my (garden book) publisher already had a book about BSB and they needed a book about ‘N Sync. (By the way, I thought the picture across the top of this page looked a little like Justin Timberlake – what do you think?)

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 19, 2017, 1:26 am
  2. Oops – signed out too soon. I just wanted to add that I have a LOT of romances on my keeper shelves where the hero was an actor or musician/rock star. I’ve always loved that type of story because it’s so easy to relate to them!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 19, 2017, 1:30 am
  3. I have a long list of bands I swooned over. You mentioned several above, but I’ll toss one in that most people won’t remember: The Bay City Rollers. I had a huge crush on Les McKeown. Ah, those were the days.

    Good luck with your series. It sounds really good.

    Posted by Staci Troilo | June 19, 2017, 8:48 am
    • Staci – My husband is English and we moved to England in 1975, when the Bay City Rollers were HUGE in England. I don’t know any of their songs, but I remember when it seemed like half of London was dressed in the style of the Bay City Rollers – striped knee socks in crazy colors, and everything else in tartan plaids. 🙂

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 19, 2017, 9:53 am
    • Thank you Staci! I loved the Bay City Rollers too! I know how you feel. Boy bands bring back simpler times of our youth.

      Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 10:00 am
  4. Thanks for having me as a guest blogger today! So many of my romances have had music as the backdrop but writing about a boyband is so much fun! Feel free to ask me questions about the series or anything else that pops into your mind.

    Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 9:06 am
  5. I can so relate to this. I loved Donny Osmond too. I too saw him in concert. I also loved Shaun Cassidy and Andy Gibb. Thanks for a great post! I had fun reading it!

    Posted by Janice | June 19, 2017, 9:52 am
    • I bet you’re my sister’s age, which is 7 years younger than I am. She loved your favorites, too!

      A friend of mine was (and possibly still is) mad about Bobby Sherman. Anyone remember him?

      I remember when I was really young, teenagers used the term “dreamboat” and swooned over Fabian. You’re probably all too young to remember him!

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 19, 2017, 9:55 am
      • Oh posters of Bobby Sherman were on my bedroom wall too! I watched him in Here Come the Brides and had his albums.

        Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 10:01 am
      • I love the hotties of that era. Ricky Nelson is another one. Oh and Bobby Darin!

        Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 1:48 pm
        • I still love Bobby Darin’s version of “La Mer.” And how could I forget Ricky Nelson? He was probably my very first heart throb. I watched that TV show, counting the minutes until Ricky would get out his guitar and sing a song at the end. I saw him in concert a couple times shortly before he died. It STILL makes me sad to think of that. He died way too young!

          Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 19, 2017, 5:38 pm
          • Yes, a tragic death. I’m glad you got to see him in concert. I listened to Garden Party while writing the second novel because the youngest brother is going solo and is also debuting some new material. I knew the audience would want to hear the hits.

            Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 6:15 pm
    • Janice, I want to see Donnie and Marie in concert. They’re touring this summer but now coming anywhere near me. Guess I will have to go to Vegas! I have several of Donnie’s adult albums. He has such a great, soothing voice.

      Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 10:04 am
  6. I’m working on a story about a rock star who I’ve always thought was a cross between Adam Levine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Love Adam Levine!

    Posted by Janice | June 19, 2017, 10:39 am
  7. There’s just something about a musician, right ladies?

    Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 12:37 pm
  8. Boy bands sound like such a fun concept!

    When I was growing up I was obsessed with the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. There were fan wars at school over them but if I had to pick a favorite it would be The Backstreet Boys haha. And I loved The Monkees as well because of reruns.

    Posted by Morgen McCalla | June 19, 2017, 3:22 pm
    • Thanks Morgen! Backstreet Boys are now in Vegas! I would love to see them. I listened to lots of their music while writing the first book in the series. Most of the chapter titles (I always title chapters) are BBB songs 🙂

      Posted by LuAnn McLane | June 19, 2017, 3:29 pm
      • I always regretted that I never saw the Beatles in concert, although I have seen Paul in concert several times. When my daughter was papering her walls with Backstreet Boys pictures, my husband and I thought it would be fun to give her a little BSB experience. We saw them in concert in Kentucky, and some of Brian’s relatives sat by us. They told us how to find the fast food place Brian had worked at in high school. We went to eat there the next day, and we also visited the hospital where he’d had heart surgery. Later we went to Orlando and dropped off a bouquet of flowers for Howie’s mom on Mother’s Day. His dad came out to chat with us, and later honked when he passed us on the highway. We were all sad when Howie’s dad died a few years ago. We all enjoyed our BSB experiences, even our son (whose musical tastes ran toward Korn and Linkin Park).

        Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 19, 2017, 5:53 pm
  9. Hi Luann,

    I’ll take Becke’s second choice, Peter Tork, any given day. Bobby Sherman was my grade school idol. I think I still have those old albums in the garage. 🙂 Thanks for a fun post!

    Posted by Jennifer Tanner | June 19, 2017, 10:41 pm
  10. LuAnn – This post sure brought back lots of memories. *sigh* Now I feel OLD!

    Thanks so much for hanging out with us today!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 19, 2017, 11:16 pm
  11. Boy,this series sounds like great fun!
    I’ve read several books with musicians in them and loved them.
    I loved several of the sixties groups, the Beattles of course, Elvis was early on for me ss a girl. I also loved folk music, Peter, Paul and Mary but none of them were heart throbs. I’m trying to remember who was for me.
    I look forward to your books.

    Posted by Sherrill Lee | June 20, 2017, 2:47 pm
  12. My most secret crush: Dean Paul Martin of Dino, Desi & Billy! I slept with his photo under my pillow. I can’t wait for LuAnn’s new series!

    Posted by Morgan Malone | June 20, 2017, 4:09 pm

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