Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop - Heroes Who Make Me Melt
Heroes Who Make Me Melt
My favorite heroes--the ones who make me melt--are kind, caring, and protective. Alphas, but not overbearing. Cocky, but able to laugh at themselves. They care about the people around them, to the point of making serious sacrifices, even of the things they most want or even need. They cherish their mates, their families, their friends. And they're not afraid, in the end, of being vulnerable to the ones they love.
I swoon over heroes who are highly intelligent, quick on their feet, and ready for any challenge. They must stand up to injustice when they encounter it and have a moral code they live by--even if they live outside the law or bend the rules at times. They also must have a strong passion that guides them--some desire or goal that they're willing to move mountains to achieve.
I tried to imbue the heroes of my romantic suspense series, "Blood and Honor," with these same qualities. Even though all of these men are involved in the Mafia, they have lines they won't cross, injustices they won't abide, and loved ones they'll put their lives on the line for, time and again. They may be anti-heroes, or dark heroes, but to the women and families they love, they're the heroes they need, their bulwarks against foes who have no boundaries.
For example, in Revenge (Blood and Honor, #1), Enrico Lucchesi may be a Mafia don, but he doesn't hesitate to get involved when Kate Andretti needs help escaping her abusive Mafia husband--even though helping Kate risks restarting the long-standing feud between the Lucchesi and Andretti families. Enrico isn't the sort of man who can stand by and watch a woman be abused and threatened with death if she won't "behave." Soon, sparks fly between Enrico and Kate, and she learns that she may not want to leave the Mafia after all... but the Andretti family will do anything to exact vengeance on the woman who dared defy them and on the man who chose to break the code of the Mafia and help her.
Want to know what happens next? You can find Revenge at these retailers: Amazon US (Kindle), Amazon UK (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Apple, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords, and Diesel. If you prefer print, Revenge is also on Amazon (paperback).
Here are some of my other favorite romance novel heroes: Zsadist, in J.R. Ward's Lover Awakened; Jonathan, in Delilah Marvelle's Once Upon a Scandal; Mac in Joey W. Hill's Natural Law; Rehvenge in J.R. Ward's Lover Avenged (I love nearly all of Ward's heroes!); Eidolon in Larissa Ione's Pleasure Unbound; Ares in Larissa Ione's Eternal Rider (come to think of it, I love nearly all of Larissa Ione's heroes too!)
Who are your favorite heroes? What about them makes you melt?
To thank you for visiting my blog and participating in the Hot Summer Heroes blog hop, I'm giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice)! To win, you must post a comment with your name and email address.
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In addition to the giveaway at each blog, one commenter from the tour will win a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble!
Many thanks to Bella Media Management, H.D. Thomson, and Caris Roane for organizing this blog hop.