Our November 2011 Romance column has smoldering cowboys and happy-ending romance, but for readers looking for some serious spice, there's The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton. With violence, murder and dangerous chemistry, it's romantic suspense at its best.

Burton got down to serious business with BookPage for a chat about hot guys and not having to wear pantyhose.

Describe your book in one sentence.
When her traumatic past comes back to haunt her in the form of eerily familiar murders, Detective Anna Pallino must turn to the man she once loved in order to help her find the killer.

If you could change places with any of your characters for a day, who would you choose and why?
Elizabeth Darnell in Changing The Game. She’s a sports agent, which I think would be such an exciting career. Plus, a job surrounded by hot sports players? Dream come true.

What is the sexiest type of hero to write?
One who’s confident in who he is and knows how to treat a woman, and also knows when to admit he’s wrong. Perfect heroes are boring, and an apology can be very sexy.

Where do you write?
Mostly at the kitchen table, though sometimes I’ll move to the sofa. Or the kitchen. Or the garage. A laptop is so fun and so mobile.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
The no make-up, no pantyhose dress code. The naps. And the reader mail. Sorry, I can’t choose just one. There are so many great things about being a writer.

What are you reading now?
I just started Wife For A Week by Kelly Hunter.

What's next?
A Rare Gift, the second book in my Kent Brothers series releases digitally through Carina Press on December 5th. After that, Taking A Shot, Book 3 in my Play-by-Play series releases March 6th, 2012.

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