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Subject: Any heros who aren't hot and charming?
Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:15 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend books where the hero isn't incredibly handsome and utterly charming?  I'd like to find something a bit different--perhaps a hero who is staid and proper.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:46 PM ET
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if you are into paranormal books, maybe the 2nd story Ride The Night Wind in Love at First Sight by L.A. Banks.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 2:19 PM ET
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I've never read a paranormal.  Maybe I'll try one.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 2:56 PM ET
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Not sure if you like western settings but " Texas Destiny" by Lorraine Heath  was awesome!

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 2:58 PM ET
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The Precious Jewel - Mary Balogh - the hero is very average in every way. Its a superior read imo!

Oh and if you want to try paranormal my very favorite hero of the entire genre is Zsadist from Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward. He is physically, emotionally and socially damaged to the point of being antisocial. The antithesis of charming and handsome!

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Date Posted: 12/13/2009 3:48 PM ET
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Simply Love by Mary Balogh (regency) - Syd Butler is a maimed and scarred war veteran. Anne is a single mom.

Dark Thirst by Sara Reinke - He's a deaf/mute virgin vampire.

Callaghan's Bride and Calhoun by Diana Palmer - Coyote ugly ranchers - DP has lots of heroes who are not hot and charming.


Date Posted: 12/13/2009 5:24 PM ET
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Thanks, I'll look those up.  If anyone else has any ideas, please post them.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Oh this easy. My favorite book: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 6:46 PM ET
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Oh definitely, Lord of Scoundrels.  I reread that regularly.  The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt is another that would fit the bill.  Also, many of Jayne Anne Krentz/ Amanda Quick heroines fall into this category.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 8:28 PM ET
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I think the Hero, Adam Kent, Duke of Ridgeway, in Mary Balogh's The Secret Pearl would also fit the description.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2009 8:35 PM ET
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I haven't read it yet, but Nora Roberts' Vision in White, is about a geeky guy.

From Publishers Weekly

The frighteningly prolific Roberts kicks off a frothy series about four friends who form an all-inclusive wedding service called Vows. Mackensie Mac Elliot loves capturing happy and playful moments with her camera, but her own life is all about work—until she meets English teacher Carter Maguire. He's escorting his bride-to-be sister to a meeting with the Vows team and recognizes Mac as the girl he crushed out on in high school. Funny sparks fly: he's a geeky guy who quotes Shakespeare, she's a trendy workaholic who loves shoes. He's crazy about her, which makes him verbally clumsy and, to Mac, charming, though she's saddled with a needy mother, an absent father and difficulties with both that make falling in love complicated. Roberts pulls off a nice switch in making the woman afraid of saying I do, and her gentle humor and likable cast will immediately endear this series to readers.
Date Posted: 12/13/2009 10:37 PM ET
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The Raven Prince is a good suggestion, Lord of Scoundrels is a great read too, very funny. Some of Laura Kinsale's books may fit what you're looking for too.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 11:03 PM ET
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Revealed by Kate Noble.  It's book 2 in a series, but you don't have to read book 1 first.  I didn't anyway:P  It was really good.  Hero is a Joe average type - wears glasses, etc. and thinks the heroine is a nitwit, so it makes for a cute story.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 7:56 AM ET
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This was a keeper for me, a beauty and the beast type of story....
Date Posted: 12/15/2009 12:45 AM ET
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I second Texas Destiny - fabulous book

Slighty Dangerous by Mary Balogh - Wulfric the hero is very Mr. Darcy-like (the whole book is somewhat of a nod to Pride and Prejudice).

Flowers From The Storm by Laura Kinsale

Englands Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch

Subject: Nora does "good" beta type heros
Date Posted: 12/15/2009 10:03 AM ET
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Carter, the hero mentioned in Vision in White is adorable imo.  Christine Merriel also had a severely average(in his opinion) hero in her latest Wicked Liasion.  It's a historical. 


Nora has done more beta hero types-especially in her trilogies but I can't remember names and titles right now.  It's one of the reasons I'm keeping a list of what I've read with short descriptions. One I'm remembering is the 2nd in the 3 sisters trilogy-the geeky, ghost hunter type guy???

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 12:07 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  I ordered a couple of the books suggested--another couple to add to the towering TBR pile :)

If anyone else has any suggestions...keep em' coming.