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Subject: Who is your ideal hero?
Date Posted: 10/16/2008 12:19 PM ET
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What type of person is your ideal hero/heroine in a romance?  Give some examples as if you were writing the story of your dreams...

 

For me a hero would be someone along the lines of Jamie (Outlander) or Brodick (Ransom) if a historical and Jack (Virgin River) or Joe (Next to Die) in a contemporary.    I also really love the uber-alphas in Paranormals.

I would ask about heroines but I'm so darn picky I really don't have an ideal one I've read yet....

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 12:51 PM ET
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I'd say someone like Dain from Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels.  There's just something about a neurotic stud muffin with self-esteem issues:P

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:32 PM ET
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Zane Mackenzie from Linda Howard's Mackenzies Pleasure. would be my contemporary. I'll have to think more on the historicals.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:41 PM ET
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hee hee I was just thinking Zane Mackenzie myself! totally alpha! also like John from Shelter Mountain(virgin river series) totally male super strong yet gentle at the same time(plus he can cook!) I"ve always enjoyed the undercover types like the Seals - loved Kenny in Brockmann's troubleshooters series..you know he's super strong just for being a seal but a great sense of humor and sorta vulnerable in some ways. dang it's getting sorta warm in here..

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 2:05 PM ET
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I would agree with Jamie and Preacher both- and I think that what I like about them is that they are strong and masculine, but also have some sensitivity, and are not without flaws.  I actually like to see the flaws of a hero, because the way he deals with them gives that much more depth to his character, plus it makes them believable.  I am always suspect of heros who are completely flawless- makes me wonder what they're hiding, just like in real life I guess, lol.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 3:02 PM ET
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Hmm, LH''s MacKenzie men definitely come to mind, especially Wolf from MacKenzie's Mountain, or Marc Chastain from Kill and Tell http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780671568832-Kill+and+Tell.  Right now, though, at the top of my list would have to be John Huntington from Lisa Marie Rice's Midnight Man http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781419950506-Midnight+Man or Dash from Lora Leigh's Elizabeth's Wolf  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781419951374-Elizabeths+Wolf+Breeds+Bk+3

 



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 5:52 PM ET
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ooh forgot about Huntington..I liked the one in Midnight Angel too

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 6:30 PM ET
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I'd like put in my order for a mix of SEP's Dean Robillard (for the athletic talent, looks and quirks) and GD's Jamie (uh, for everything)and maybe a dash of anyone of Sarah McCartys guys (for the sex of course).

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 6:32 PM ET
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hmm..yep I'd take Asa from Promises Linger in a heartbeat!

Date Posted: 9/24/2010 2:27 PM ET
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Sherri, your ideal hero's are the exactly ones that I would choose.  It has been almost two years since you posted this.  Just wondering if you have any others by now??  I would like to check them out.  :)

Date Posted: 9/24/2010 4:49 PM ET
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Sherron, I'd definitley add Adam from Brigg's Mercy Thompson series or Lucas from Singh's Psy-Changeling series!!! 

Date Posted: 9/24/2010 9:15 PM ET
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I agree with Dain from LOS - and one of my favorite contemporary heroes is Will from Susan Wiggs' JUST BREATHE.

edited to say I didn't realize this was an old thread; the subject does stand the test of time; interesting that I hadn't read the Wiggs book when the thread started so I probably would have picked someone else but ideal heroes never go out of style.

Gail



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Date Posted: 9/24/2010 9:55 PM ET
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Take a big pinch of Ethan Quinn (Rising Tides by Nora Roberts), throw in a generous portion of Cosmo Richter (Hot Target by Suzanne Brockmann) and a drizzle of Bones (from the Grave series by Jeanienne Frost).  Mmmm Mmm Good!

Date Posted: 9/24/2010 10:25 PM ET
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Hmm...Robert from Enoch's "England's Perfect Hero" and Gideon from Amanda Quick's "Ravished" are probably my favorites. Intelligent, masculine, slightly tortured heroes that worship the ground the heroine walks on.

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 9:58 AM ET
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James from Ivory's Sleeping Beauty and Mick from The Proposition. Humor, humility and hotness - I love beta heroes!

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 11:11 AM ET
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Amanda - I just read that Enoch book this past week and agree about Robert, a real hero.

Questions like this are packed with power - so many wonderful heroes out there, how to choose just 1, or even just 2.  I can't remember half the great guys out there in bookland.

Gail