Thursday, December 18, 2014

What’s your Favorite Type of Heroine?

With: Nina Croft

Congratulations to "Colleen C.", the winner in Nina's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

One of the things I loved most about writing Taking Control, my recent contemporary release, was getting to know Jess, the heroine, a whole lot better.

Taking Control is book 3 in my Babysitting a Billionaire series, and Jess had already made an appearance in books 1 and 2. The series follows three friends, Kim, Dani and Jess who all work as bodyguards for a security firm. Jess is ex-army. She’s tough and she’s developed a bad-ass attitude to protect a vulnerable center. Jess had her heart broken at a young age and she’s determined that no one will get close enough to do it again—certainly not the man who broke it the first time.

Heroines come in many different types and that’s how it should be. But we all have our favorites, and I love a story with a strong heroine.

So what makes heroine strong?

For me, it’s a woman who knows herself, who understands her own strengths and her weaknesses, a woman who is pro-active and goes after what she wants, even if it’s not what she ultimately needs (and I love the transformation as she discovers the difference.)

Someone who is willing to accept that maybe they are wrong and face the consequences of that and then try to put things right. And Jess does all of that in Taking Control.

So here’s a few reasons I love strong heroines.

·         When I read a book, especially a romance, I want to identify with the heroine. When I was little (a long time ago) I wanted to grow up to be an assassin, or a spy or an explorer… well you get the picture. So it stands to reason that I identify with tough women (even if in reality I turned out a bit of a wimp).
·         And I want to fall in love with the hero. How can I fall in love with a man I don’t respect, and how can I respect a man who falls in love with a wimp, even if she is beautiful!
·         I want the heroine to be worthy of the hero. If I can’t have him then it’s because some great woman who truly deserves him has captured his heart, not some whiny, too stupid to live, beautiful young thing, who has absolutely no clue how to fight for her man.
·         Long gone is the time when we were happy to wait for some man to come along and save us, or the world. These days, if there’s anything at all out there in need of saving, then we want to be the ones to do it.
·         And finally, I love the moment when a tough heroine shows her vulnerable side, the side that only the hero gets to see, and only after he’s proved he’s worthy.

So what’s your favorite type of heroine? Sweet and vulnerable? Strong and daring. Or something in between? Let me know for a chance to win an ecopy of Losing Control, book 1 in the series.


Why play nice when you can be naughty?

Jessica Bauer is aces when it comes to security, but the PR side? Not so much. Now she has a chance to take over Knight Securities―if she plays nice with the next client. Unfortunately, that client happens to be Declan McCabe. And it’s too bad someone wants him dead, because after he broke her heart ten years ago, Jessica would have cheerfully murdered him herself.

Declan has taken his dad’s not-so-reputable company and turned it around, and in the process, he’s attracted the attention of some vicious killers. The only perk is being reunited with Jessica, who Declan still wants so much he can barely see straight. But Jessica has a plan of her own. She’ll protect Declan. She’ll have unbelievably hot sex with him. And when the job is finished, she’ll move on. Except that this time, Declan isn’t so willing to walk away…

Author Bio:
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 18th. 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 with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I enjoy the variety of heroines in books... seeing different personalities coming to life within a story... no particular fav... just like to see them and their story come about.

  2. My favorite heroines are strong and smart but with a sympathetic heart.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  3. smart and brave

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


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