Everyone has their favorite heroes. I was recently asked about my favorite hero within the romance genre. It wasn’t easy to choose one, but after some thought, I cheated and settled on two. First:
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My reason for this is four-fold. Allow me to explain and maybe it will get you thinking about your favorite romantic hero.
- Vishous is tall, dark, dangerous, powerful, built like a brick house and hot as hell. He’s inked up, has jet black hair, a goatee, and ice blue eyes that can look like diamonds. He’s a Red Sox fan and a vampire.
- Vishous is damaged goods. He’s a closed off demi-god with enough emotional baggage to fill double digit steamer trunks. A horrible childhood that included assault, physical mutilation and forced infliction of violence upon others – he could’ve been anything but heroic. Add to that the gift of foresight and feeling other people’s emotional turmoil and he’s uber dark hero material, that Vishous. He’s designed to be the perfect anti-hero, yet he’s not. Not really. He’s a valuable member of the BDB team and at times is the one who keeps them together. He’s loyal to his brothers, even while giving them hell. He serves his King, though he’d be the first to call him out on his bullshit. Sure he can be withdrawn at best, downright cold bastard at worst, but he is a true alpha hero. When the end of the world goes down, you want Vishous there to save your ass.
- Vishous is off the charts intelligent. His best bud and soul mate brother Butch would say he’s “wicked smaahht.” The BDB’s resident techno wiz, linguist, and historian, V is a genius level brainiac with the body of a perfectly sculpted assassin.
- Vishous is anything but vanilla in bed. While his style is predominantly Dom, his level and need to dominate has changed throughout the series. He’s even filled the role of submissive and done pretty much everything in between. If you can say he’s flexible in the D/s relationship, then he totally breaks the Kinsey scale. He’s not straight, he’s not gay, maybe he’s bi. I don’t know. All I know is Vishous wants what he wants, when he wants it, how he wants it. End of. He’s not the Brother to let something like social mores or the opinions of others guide his lifestyle either. More to the point, he doesn’t give a damn what you or anyone else thinks. Now that he’s mated to Jane, he’s completely Jane-sexual, but even Jane isn’t a traditional female. Ghost lovin’ anyone? Here’s an example of V hotness. If you’ve read the series, you know THE SINK scene:
Jane pulled back and got to her feet. “Fantasies don’t interest me. If you don’t want us to be together for real, then let’s not go there at all.”
He pulled part of the duvet over his hips, covering an erection that was straining against his flannels. “I don’t want to hurt you.”
She shot him a glare that was part sexual frustration, part Gertrude Stein. “I’m tougher than I look. And to be honest, the whole male-driven, I’m-looking-out-for-your-best-interests bullshit gives me the scratch.”
She turned away with her chin up, but then realized there was nowhere really to go. Way to make an exit.
Confronted with an utter lack of alternatives, she went into the bathroom. As she paced between the shower and the sink, she felt like a horse in a stall–
With no warning at all she was tackled from behind, pushed face-first into the wall and held in place by a rock-hard body twice the size of her own. Her gasp was first one of shock, then one of sex as she felt V grind into her ass.
“I tried to tell you no,” he growled as his hand buried itself in her hair and locked on, pulling her head back. As she cried out she ran wet between her legs. “Tried to be nice.”
“Praying’s not going to help. Too late for that, Jane.” There was regret in his voice–as well as erotic inevitability. “I gave you a chance to have it on your terms. Now we’ll do this on mine.”
She wanted this. She wanted him. “Please–”
“Shh.” He cranked her head to the side with a twist of his wrist, exposing her throat. “When I want you to beg, I’ll tell you.” His tongue was warm and wet as it rode up her neck. “Now ask me what I’m going to do to you.”
All of this makes V a stand out hero. Maybe he’s my favorite because I’ve never read about anyone who is anything like him.
My other favorite hero is one of mine: Zack from my book, SLOW BURN. Release date: Today!
Zack is the antithesis of Vishous, even if he does have some damage in his past. Zack is my athletic beach boy. My fun loving, laid back, floppy haired hero with the bright smile. Even with the emotional wreckage of his past, he’s pretty positive about life in general. That’s a good thing because when Zack meets the most belligerent patient of his PT career, Detective Douglas Brody, it will take every ounce of his cool not to throttle the man. Or kiss him. He wants to do both.
What about you? Who are some of your favorite heroes from romance? Who do you love to love?
Detective Douglas Brody has only ever known the life of a cop. Raised strict but fair by his police chief father, he joined the academy right out of school, climbed the ranks hard and fast, and now works homicide for the City of Charleston. The job is his entire life. For years it’s kept him happy enough to minimize the side of him that craves what he believes is wrong. An accident on the job puts him on medical leave and everything in Brody’s world changes. He has to prove himself once more to be best cop in the department, all while dealing with Zack – his persistent, sexy, and out of the closet physical therapist.
Zack is tan skin, big grins, floppy hair and tackles his job with the same full-blown enthusiasm he does everything else. When the “patient from hell” is thrown his way by another PT who can’t handle him, Zack is committed to achieving the impossible. His new patient is a head strong and hot as hell homicide detective, who oozes as much resentment as he does sex appeal. Any involvement with a patient, especially a man who is so deep in the closet he can’t see light, is something Zack swore he’d never do. But Brody slowly proves too much to resist…
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