Since this is the first blog here at Naughty Author Chicks, I thought I’d talk about what I love most in romance. Heroes. When I read romance, I read for the couple, the journey that gets them to their Happily Ever After, and the hot smexin, but for all that to happen, I need a hot hero. I have a few deal breakers in romance, and a crappy hero is in my top three. If the man is a jerk or if he’s wimpy and whiny, the book quickly becomes a DNF! (even if I love the heroine)
As a rule, I love my men to be alpha. Sometimes alpha males get a bad rap, but that's because they're so often labeled as assholes. There is a huge difference between alpha and jerk. A man can be demanding, protective, and sometimes pig headed, but he can still be respectful of the heroine at the same time. Once the respect goes out the window, so does my interest in the hero and so does his so-called alpha label. And a man who's willing to die for his woman? There's not much hotter than that! I like my men tall, dark, and dangerous and one of my favorite heroes is Fang Kattalakis of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Bad Moon Rising. He fits the bill for my three 'requirements'. He's dangerous with a capital 'D' and alpha with a capital 'A' but when he falls for his woman, he literally sells his soul to save her.
Despite what I said above, a hero doesn't actually have to be tall (or wealthy), but as long as he puts the heroine above all others, even if the book is only so-so, I'm definitely finishing it to see how it ends. I'll even admit that there are a couple of authors I read solely for their hottie heroes (Linda Howard and Lisa Marie Rice come to mind). I love it when a strong alpha male falls for someone and his entire world turns upside down as he tries to figure out what the hell is happening to him.
What about you? What do you look for in a hero?
In honor of our first blog here at Naughty Author Chicks, I'm offering a free download of Adrianna's Cowboy, my latest release from Ellora's Cave. Just leave a comment and the winner will be announced here next Friday so be sure to check back! And be sure to check back over the next week to see what Jina Bacarr, Dara Edmondson, and Calista Fox have in store!