Hot Heroes Blog Hop

Welcome Dear Reader!

Some of you are regulars, some are hitting me up through the hop, which you can find the links for below. Today, and the rest of this week, I’m participating in the Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop. I feel like this is rather appropriate since I returned from Author’s After Dark late last night. Please, forgive my typos and lack of caffine. There’s an update about the conference coming, I swear, but today I want to talk about the theme of the hop.

Heroes.

Last week I started watching a TNT science-fiction drama called Falling Skies. The basic premise is that aliens have invaded, killed billions of people, stolen our children and now small bands of survivors are fighting back. How many things have you read or watched with a similar plot? Yeah, I can name a few as well.

What sets Falling Skies apart for me is our nerdy, former professor hero. Now, he also has a military background, but whenever some set back or other occures with the invaders, he pulls from these lessons he would have taught his students. In the ending of season one in particular he delivers a moving speech about how through history a few, passionate people with everything to loose have defeated greater forces.

I like unusal heroes.

The former military turned professor turned resistance guy.

The low-man-on-the-totem werewolf.

The handicapped, unassuming hero who can do everything his able-bodied fellow men can do.

Those are the books that make my fingers itch to turn the page and figure out what happens! In a way all of romance features unusual heroes, big burly men who secretly like to cuddle, or the big bad alpha guy who also knows how to waltz. We’re attracted to these out of the box characteristics. Every time I sit down to write a new hero I ask myself, what sets him apart?

In my first book, Flirting with Rescue, Scott is the ultimate animal lover. In Personal Adventures, Carey is the kind of guy who leaves a comfortable life to do something that makes him happy. In Under His Skin, Brian sets out to take back his life after tragedy and spits in the face of those who tell him he’ll never walk again. In Dream Vacation, Luc has transformed himself and takes the chance to fly halfway across the world to meet the woman he thinks he’s in love with.

Think of your favorite books, what was unusual about the hero? What drew you to falling head over heels for him?

I’m offering one of my three Ellora’s Cave books (Flirting with Rescue, Personal Adventures or Under His Skin) and the winner’s choice of a gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble to one commentor. Simply answer my above questions. The contest is international, since this is an electronic delivery, and ends on the 19th.

  43 comments for “Hot Heroes Blog Hop

  1. rubyswan
    August 13, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Truly undeniably there is no Great JOY ,that plesantly plezzzezz me than a Flawed Hero from the wrong side of the tracks. Street smart that knows how 2 protect his lady & acts like a crack fein that hopeless inlove with his woman..;D
    I’m excited & extremely appreciative of this great Summer Heros Blog hog giveaway..thanQQ!
    redz041@yahoo.com

  2. Kim
    August 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Definitely must be Alpha male, even if he doesn’t know it just yet. I really enjoy a hero that is on a trip of discovery, whether by choice or force. I love to see a man grow but still retain his alphaness.

  3. lisa w
    August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    The strong alpha male hero with such a deep rooted fear… it’s usually something in his past that makes him so unsure of himself and he believes himself unworthy!
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net
    *** I love Falling Skies also, Tom is a great hero that just wants to be part of the background!

    • August 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      LOVE FALLING SKIES! I’m on season two, so shhhh!
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  4. laurie g
    August 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    for me a perfect alpha is a flawed alpha. one who maybe has been hurt in the past and doesn’t see the right woman for HIM till she lands in his lap

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  5. August 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I love the dominant male with an Achilles heel – something he refuses to face or admit. He seems to have it all together on the outside, but inside, he’s falling a part and it takes more tragedy to bring him to face his weakness.

    Thanks for the contest!

  6. Chelsea B.
    August 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I’m drawn to heroes who are physically scarred and don’t think they can be loved, but then his heroine comes along and completely changes his life. That’s the kind of story I like to read about :-)

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  7. Kim D
    August 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Love the HOP!!! I love a guy that thinks about me just as much as himself! I hate guys that think being romantic is not manly!
    Thanks for the contest!

    swkimbell@yahoo.com

  8. Donna/BLHmistress
    August 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I love a flawed hero, for example Zsadist in the BDB, everyone hates him but once you peel away the layers you see he is a good man not the one everyone thinks he is.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. August 14, 2012 at 8:27 am

    A hero is hot when he’s got that tender heart on the inside (the one where it’s completely obvious to everyone but him that he’s in love and wants to be loved in return) but on the outside he’s Alpha and strong, kind of a bad ass attitude sort-of look. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

  10. Krista
    August 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I do read a lot of books about tortured heroes. They are yummy!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  11. Renee B
    August 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Woohoo! Loving this hop! All those HOT sexy hero’s to drool over!
    A hero is HOT when he’s an alpha; (shifter, human, or vamp) tall, handsome, sexy, with a sense of humor, loyal, and a BAD ASS! He doesn’t want anyone to know that he is soft on the inside, especially for his woman.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. Jess
    August 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    My ideal hero is someone that is more dominate! I like a guy that knows how to take charge! I love Cabal from Lora Leigh’s series Breeds. I like that he knew what he wanted and went after it. He is very dominate!!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    jessharrison78@yahoo.com

  13. Lona Stringer
    August 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I really like the flawed, tormented hero’s, its hard to watch them overcome everything, so they can be loved. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  14. Lona Stringer
    August 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I love the flawed tormented heros, my heart breaks watching them figure out how to love and be loved. Thx

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  15. Carol B
    August 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    My hero is someone that is very masculine but still romantic. My favorite hero is Nathan (KGI series)! I loved that he never gave up on his love! Great contest! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    carol.byles at yahoo dot com

  16. Donna S
    August 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    A hero is someone that knows what to do when it gets tough! I like when they are somewhat protective and gorgeous…of course!
    Lucan rom Kiss of Midnight is my absolute favorite hero… and a vampire to boot! SO SEXY!
    Thanks so much!!
    donnasing777@yahoo.com

  17. JanD
    August 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I read Pleasure Me (Monica Burns) recently and the virgin hero is the first I’ve encountered in a romance novel.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  18. Joy F
    August 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I love highlanders. They are always strong, tall and kind.

  19. desiree
    August 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    well the book can be vamp fae or just a cute cowboy or the guy in suit or women what drw me to book it the blurb and then the cover andthen i ask the authro if they have book mark or trading crd and then i hit them up all over the net and blog on theings

  20. August 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    All my favorites are Take Charge Alphas..sometimes they don’t think before they act, but I love ‘em anyway! thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com
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  21. Evelyn
    August 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I really go for the guy that has just a little too much testosterone LOL but has the lady that he allows to kick his ass back inline! Kresely Cole is great at those characters! Conrad is all badass in her book but Neomi kicks back! Love them! Great contest! Thanks!

    evelynmoly@yahoo.com

  22. Dovile
    August 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

    My favorite was the hero who was pretending to be a bad boy, but that was all an act.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  23. Mel Bourn
    August 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    My hot hero is an alpha man who enjoys the small things in life. And has a good sense of humor.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  24. BookAttict
    August 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    One of my current faves is Terrible from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series — he’s the enforcer for a crime boss but he’s so good to Chess!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  25. patti
    August 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

    i loved all the elves from the Who Needs Christmas by, Joyee Flynn they are soo funny
    prettyunicorn78@yahoo.com

  26. Foretta
    August 19, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I really like Alpha males as my Hero’s! My ALL time favorite hero’s are Blay and Quinn in BDB. They have not had their “HEA” YET but it’s soon!!!!!! AND I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the great hop and all the chances to win great prizes!
    forettarose@yahoo.com

  27. June
    August 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I generally go for the extreme Alpha heroes, but the ones who are intelligent, respectful, protective, kind, has a sense of humor, and is protective of others. I do like heroes that tend to grow/improve during their stories. I have way too many faves to just pick one :)
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  28. August 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I haven’t seen or heard of Falling Skies, but your description made me think of The Stand. The last person you’d think of would step up to the plate and show that there’s more to him than meets the eye. I also love heroes who are seemingly victims of stereotypes. Like you said, the big burly guy who loves to cuddle or the alpha who can waltz. I love inked heroes. A lot of them seem to be lumped into a box labeled “bad boy”, but that doesn’t always have to be the case, and I love when those heroes prove people wrong.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    msromanticreads at gmail dot com

  29. Vanessa N.
    August 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I also love the unusual hero. I love the alpha male who’s strong, powerful, and intimidating but he can also be gentle and compassionate.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  30. Cathy M
    August 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I love alpha heroes who realize just how lucky they are to find love in their lives. Plus the ability to laught at themselves, even if snarky, makes them memorable.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com
    cathy m

  31. Lisa Walker
    August 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I love a flawed hero.
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

  32. August 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    A Certain Wolfish Charm,by Lydia Dare.Simon is powerful and sinful. He also has a bad temper but is kind to his loved ones.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

  33. August 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    A hero to me is kind and protective. One of my favorites that fits that description is Aiden from the Covenant series.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    BookcaseLaura *at* gmail.com

  34. Mandi
    August 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Feirce protectivnes, loyalty, honor and willingness to show his love without shame! Right now I am reading Kresley Cole’s IAD series. There are some amazing men in that series! Bowen and Lachlain are my favorite two. Thank you for the amazing contest!
    mandicounter@yahoo.com

  35. Juana Esparza
    August 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    My favorite story is Ash from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. What is unusual about him is that he had a terrible childhood, and he is still capable of feeling love.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

  36. Spav
    August 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I like the quiet, intense hero with a mysterious past.

    spav05(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  37. Tina B
    August 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    In my current read, the hero gives up his life (family/job) to protect his heart and his mate’s heart and life. He leaves her before either one of them can get hurt. Her father is trying to harm him or get him fired and he doesn’t want to emotionally hurt her by showing her who her father really is. I love him for it! It talks a lot to leave someone you love to better your life or theirs.
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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