By: Jeannie Moon
Congratulations to "Bn100", the winner of Jeannie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
When I write my books I infuse the characters my dream traits. They aren’t perfect but they possess the things that set them apart from the guy delivering bad lines as he tries to pick you up in a bar. Jason and Josh from my two Forever Love Stories, The Temporary Wife and Unexpectedly Yours, are smart, handsome and have more than a few faults, but they learn from their mistakes and do everything they can to win over the ladies they love.
As I was preparing this post, I had to really look at my top romances and think about my favorite heroes and why they qualified for this list. I looked for a few key things. Intelligence, the ability to grow and change, and kindness, like Josh and Jason. Now, they’re all gorgeous, but that wasn’t what gave a character a place on this list.
Here are my three favorite romance heroes:
1. Cal Morrisey from Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. I love this book. I love Cal. He’s gorgeous, successful and has no trouble getting the women in his orbit to fall for him. Min, the heroine, is successful and brilliant, but she's not thin, lacks confidence and has no luck with men. She and Cal meet, the stars align and the chubby girl gets to have her love story with the gorgeous guy who can't resist her. The truth is, Cal appreciates every round inch of Min, but more than anything he loves that she challenges him, makes him think and look inside of himself. It’s awesome. It’s the book I read when I need to fall in love with the hero. Cal does it for this chubby girl every single time.
2. Jack Sheridan from Virgin River by Robyn Carr. This is the first book in a series that focuses on the fictional, small, Northern California town of Virgin River. This is a town populated by former Marines, so the testosterone level is at Defcon 5. In the first book we meet Jack, a retired sergeant and now bar owner, who has his lightning strike when he meets Melinda. Mel is a nurse midwife, who has moved to town to escape the tragedies she suffered in Los Angeles. He falls for her almost immediately and even though she resists, Jack is so damned perfect and honorable, it's impossible for Mel not to love him. Jack is patient, kind, smart and is most alpha alpha male I’ve ever come across in a romance. (Of course he’s great in bed and has a stock portfolio if you need any more reasons to love him.)
3. Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Claire is a WWII nurse, a Brit, who after leaving active duty takes a holiday with her husband to the Scottish Highlands. One morning, when out for a walk, she touches a standing stone and finds herself hurled back in time to 1743. There she meets a tall, broad Scots warrior named Jamie Fraser. The book is full of passion, adventure, humor and tenderness, and Jamie is the reason why. I know he’s a historical character and this is a contemporary romance blog, but what makes him so irresistible to a modern woman is his ability to let Claire be who she is even thought he doesn’t understand it. His love for her, his protectiveness are enhanced by a deep respect for all she is and does. The fact that he’s hot as hell, brave, and funny just adds to the reasons I’d give up indoor plumbing for this Highlander.
So, there you have it. My favorite heroes—now you have to give up your favorites.
I’m giving away digital copies of The Temporary Wife and Unexpectedly Yours to one lucky commenter. (US only for Kindle, Nook, iPad, KOBO or Sony Reader) Tell me about your favorite romance hero and what makes him special. I can’t wait to see what you all have to say.
If you’d like to read more about Jason and Josh, check out the Forever Love Stories excerpts on my website at www.jeanniemoon.com/books/.
About the Author:Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat and resides on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy. Unexpectedly Yours is the second book in her Forever Love Series. Visit Jeannie’s website at www.jeanniemoon.com
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