Monday, January 6, 2014

Romance heroes are sure to provoke discussion


Congratulations to "Bn100", the winner of Jeannie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Romance heroes are sure to provoke discussion.  Whether women talk about them as the latest book boyfriend or as an unattainable fantasy, the romance hero has survived it all. He’s evolved from the rogue in the bodice rippers you pilfered from your grandmother’s night table to the more evolved alpha we read about, and love, today. Billionaire or bar owner; duke or werewolf—we love them all.

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.  

Giveaway:
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

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Jan. 7th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

19 comments:

  1. Love Jack too . I read so much contemporary romance that I think I have to say my current boyfriend is always my current book. I love a good looking, hard working man. Needs to be kind too . Family oriented is a plus too .

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  2. I really loved Galen from Down the Aisle by Christine Bell. The tenderness and compassion he displayed was truly heartfelt and beautifully written.

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    1. I don't know him! And I've never read Christine Bell. I love new suggestions. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Aww I loved Jack too!!! Wasn't he the best?? I'm going to have to go back and reread some of those!
    I've never read anything by Jennifer Cruisie but after reading what you wrote, I want to! Im going to have to check her books out!
    Your Forever Love Stories sound great too! I'm a sucker for a series and these sound just like something I'd love!
    One of my favorites is Cameron Wilder from Jill Shalvis' The Wilder Series. He was my first "alpha male" and I immediately fell in love! :)
    kdjohnston73@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, Karen...read Bet Me. I hope you can find the time to read one of my books. I love writing them.

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    2. Oh, and my favorite Wilder is TJ. Love. him. :)

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  4. Since I'm a big fan of Jill Shalvis I love all the guys she has in her books. Each one of them brings something different to the table but a very good different.

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    1. Sheriff Sawyer Thompson, thank you very much. He is my favorite Shalvis hero. No one has beaten him out yet, although Luke in It Had to Be You is a close second. :)

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  5. Zsadist from the BDB series because he's caring

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I know, I'm living under a rock, but I haven't read any J.R. Ward. I guess I have to fix that. ;-)

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  6. I'm head over heels for Roarke in the JD Robb In Death series. *swoons* Billionaire, former criminal, *fans face* he's almost palpable.

    Next, Kristan Higgins Levi Cooper really sticks with me... that scene when he tells his dad to be a better father to his little boys? *grabs hankie* It gets me every time.

    Lastly, Jin Thomas Clarke. Yes, I realize you've never heard of him. He's mine! He's the hot British journalist I created for my unpubbed contemporary romance, Borderlines. "Someday, Thomas. Someday."

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    1. Roarke is without measure. Love him.

      Levi...the love he's always had for Faith is what got me. I think I need to read The Best Man again.

      Thomas. *sigh* You really have to write that romance Miss Patty!

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  7. Kevin Tucker from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, This Heart of Mine. Yummy jock who's not too full of himself.

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    1. Oh, I love this book! Kevin is so alpha, but he needs as much saving as Molly. I'm with you on this one, Kathye.

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  8. Jamie Fraser is right near the top of my list, too. He had so many amazing lines in those stories. I didn't read Virgin River, but I did read Bet Me. Great book, although Cal wouldn't make my top list. I'm kind of a fan of historicals, so off the top of my head, I'd rank Viscount St. Vincent (wryly humorous rake from Lisa Kleypas's Devil in Winter) and Winter Makepiece (Elizabeth Hoyt's Thief of Shadows) among my favorites. In terms of contemporaries, hmm, I have a harder time. I know there were some SEP books whose heroes I loved, but I can't remember their names right now. Jack Travis (also Lisa Kleypas)...and, of all things, some of Kresley Cole's paranormal heroes were pretty memorable, too! Fun post. Best wishes with you books!

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    1. I go on historical binges. Eloisa James, Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare are my go-to's. I have an Elizabeth Hoyt on my TBR pile that I should get to. I love Lisa Kleypas, but I haven't read her in a while...ugh...so many books! Thanks for commenting Jamie!

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