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Some that come to mind for me are:
Roake from Kathleen Woodwiss's Shanna
Michael from Julia Quinn's When He Was Wicked
Thomas from Ashworth's Winter Garden
Can you think of any others? Where the hero is in love with heroine first. And will do what ever it takes to get her.
Oh, I adore all of the guys on your list, Sher. I love Varian from MC's The Iron Rose too, and Cole from Woodiwiss's Ashes in the Wind certainly qualifies, I think. Others that come to mind: Grey from The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne and Julian from The Duke of Shadows. And whether he realized what it was right away or not, Wulf Bedwyn from Mary Balogh's Slightly Dangerous fits. Neurotic pill that he was, of course I have to include Dain from Lord of Scoundrels, and Ruck and Allegretto from Laura Kinsale's For My Lady's Heart and Shadow Heart respectively, Sam from Judith Ivory's The Indiscretion, Ryder from Games of Pleasure by Julia Ross, and Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas' Dreaming of You. And I'm sure there are more...
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I adore besotted heros too!
Beauty Like the Night by Liz Carlyle
The Romantic by Madeline Hunter
A Scandalous Proposal by Julia Jutiss
The Conqueror by Brenday Joyce -- @@ read the reviews for this one, this is a hardcore, dramatic romance/bodice ripper, has cheating@@
Ruthless Charmer by Julia London
Led Astray by Sandra Brown
The Love Charm by Pamela Morsi
Uncommon Vows by Mary Jo Putney
Heartbreaker by Linda Howards
Eternity by Maggie Shayne ( not many have tried this one or heard of it, but truly worth trying out)
Promise Me Kathleen Harrington ( not many info online about this book, but this is a keeper and the blurb doesnt do this book justice)
If I remember more I'll post later... ^_^
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I just finished Entwined by Emma Jensen and I would put Nathan up there with besotted heroes even though he probably wouldn't admit it.
And I'm drawing a blank here on the name but the hero in Untie My Heart is pretty much besotted with the heroine.
Ohhh...that's one of my favorite plots (like even better when the hero has carried a torch for years.) I'll check those books you guys are talking about.
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Sam Starrett in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series (his love for Alyssa Locke went on through several books, but they didn't get together until Book 6 - Gone Too Far).
Nikolas in Prince of Dreams by Lisa Kleypas -- I'm not much of a time travel fan, but this one is very good.
Ditto on Tina's mention of The Romantic by Madeline Hunter!
Simon Hunt in Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Rowdy MacKay in Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh
Nathan Malone in Wild Card by Lora Leigh
Marcus Wharton in After the Kiss by Joan Johnston
Jack Cole in Wicked Ties by Shayla Black
James Whitcox in Scandalous Lovers by Robin Schone
I am going to order Maiden of Inverness by Arnette Lamb, Sherri, right now in fact....
And pfftt....you guys, how in the world did you rememeber all the hero's names? I thought of few more:
Sweet Lullaby by Lorraine Heath ( havent read it yet but people raved and raved about it because of the besotted hero)
The Alibi by Sandra Brown (equal parts mystery and romance)
Touchstone by Dinah McCall ( the hero pines and pines away~), an OK book.
Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell ( modern day bodice ripper, no cheating but dark romance), I thought it was an OK book.
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I think I would add Rex deWarenne from Brenda Joyce's "The Perfect Bride" (deWarenne Dynasty series). He carried a torch ("admired her from afar" the blurb says) for Lady Blanche for years - she had previously been engaged to his brother Tyrell in the book "The Masquerade", and in the series you see hints of the development of his tendre. When in their story she walks in on him (not having seen him for years) having sex with a housemaid (he's lived an isolated hermit like existence) he's totally mortified, and it's actually quite comical. I think he qualifies as besotted, in a dark tortured sort of way.
I couldn't remember any besotted heroes off the top of my head so I looked at my bookshelf and remembered a few.
Heart Of Midnight Fiona Brand (although the hero won't admit it to himself or the heroine)
The Lovers Fayrene Preston
Morgan's Marriage Lindsay McKenna (this book takes place after the couple are married so I don't know it that really counts)
Plain Jane's Texan Jan Hudson
Proposition: Marriage Eileen Wilks
Wild About A Texan Jan Hudson
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