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Alex Montoya, the leading man in The Deception, has to be one of the most likable, not to mention sexy, characters I've ever created. He's strong, yet quirky and vulnerable at the same time. The American-born son of a Spanish immigrant father, Alex is American in every way, while his father still clings to Old World customs and traditions.
Alex and Carrie, the leading lady, have a friendship dating back to the fourth grade. They remained friends through high school, but when they ended up going to colleges on opposite ends of the country they drifted apart. Ten years later Carrie deeply regrets letting Alex go. After her identity is stolen, and she's accused of a serious wrongdoing as a result, a friend arranges for her to meet with a bright young attorney who can help her. Much to her surprise, that bright, young attorney is none other than her long-lost best friend, Alex.
I created Alex in part as homage to a friend who was the first American born child of Italian immigrant parents. While proud of her heritage, she too sometimes found herself in conflict with her parents whenever they tried to impose their Old World expectations on her. He was also inspired by a real-life cousin who's an attorney and dedicated family man. In fact, the book is dedicated to him.
If I had to describe Alex in one word, it would be loyal. He's the kind of man who's willing to go the extra mile for the people he cares about, while not expecting anything in return. That's what makes him a positive role model.