What Makes a Good Romance Hero? And a #Giveaway!

I’m sitting at my desk, writing away and loving my current hero, Jones. He’s tall, dark and handsome. Strong and silent. Does the right thing, even when it’s the hard thing. He’s not particularly roguish, however. He’s deep, is my Jones, and laughter doesn’t come easily to him.

img_20161114_150750While I’m writing, I look over and see one of my favorite desk accessories. Jamie Fraser. He keeps me company to remind me what I love in a romance hero.

Now, Jamie is not like my Jones beyond the fact that he does the right thing (and is there anything hotter than that)? Well, Jamie is tall, too. And handsome. So I guess they have more in common than I thought!

Still, they got me thinking. I love all sorts of heroes, from the roguish to the serious. I’ve written some of each. Both Julian in THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK and Angel in IN BED WITH A SPY have a bit of the rogue in them. Maximilian, the hero in my next book (as yet untitled, releasing in 2017), is serious, as is Jones.

So my questions is, what is your favorite type of hero? It’s an age-old question, but I always want to know. I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of IN BED WITH THE SPY to one commenter!

Disclaimer (because I have to): Open to US and International, 18 years or older, winner to be chosen by random.org.

P.S. The rock behind Jamie really is from Culloden Field, given to me by my MIL, who received it from a friend who visited. Is that not the COOLEST? The butterfly was a birthday gift from one of my besties, and reminds me that everyone is their own brand of beautiful. The Happy Buddha was a purchase on a weekend away with Mr. A, to remind me that happiness comes from within, not without. The computer screen reminds me that I need to get writing!  

 

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Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes. Alyssa’s debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick, nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by the Romantic Times and Best First Book in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, released in December 2014 from Berkley, and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.” You can find Alyssa at all the usual places! Please stop by and say hello! And you can always reach her by email at alyssa@alyssa-alexander.com.

16 Responses

  1. I actually just watched season 2 of Outlander and I loved it and thanks for sharing. Also I started reading the three book of the series. I love your books too.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      I haven’t quite finished it yet, but I need to. Enjoy the third book!

  2. Diane Flannery

    So, heroes, yeah. A little naughty, mostly nice. Someone honest who also knows how to use his poker face. I find myself mostly drawn to flawed heroes as perfect men can be boring and predictable. I also love a hero who can make the heroine (and me) laugh once in a while. Loved your books, can’t wait for the next one!

  3. I think the hero has to be intelligent. If there’s a Big Misunderstanding, he doesn’t go off in a huff of wounded pride. He asks the heroine to explain. And he has to have a sense of humor.
    I’ve gotten tired of the hero being handsome. My current ms. has a hero who’s not that good looking. But he is brave and kind and loves the heroine with all his heart, so she doesn’t really notice his looks.

    • Intelligence is a must. And I *love* that your current hero isn’t handsome. Ultimately, we all fall in love with what’s on the inside. Happy Writing!

  4. My favorite type of hero is one who is strong, courageous with a snarky sense of humor. Of course, I read and love all different types of heroes. I like all different types of heroes.

  5. Jamie is a perfect hero and so is Roarke (JD Robb) to me. I like heroes that are kind and have a sense of humor.

  6. Jennifer Wadkins

    Love a hero that is the ultimate rake. Not only does he love hard but he also saves hard. He has to have a great personality with a remarkable sense of humor to boot! He has to be very manly and roguish. When he finally saves the woman of his dreams and reforms, he still cannot lose the wonderful sense of humor!

  7. I don’t have a single favorite type of hero, seriously. There are some characteristics he must have though: a sense of humor, strong set of morals – even if they don’t line up with the norm, and he must ultimately be a caring person and not totally self centered.

    • I like the strong set of morals, even if they aren’t the norm. Some of the best heroes have their own sense of honor and justice, even if they are skewed a little. As long as they stand by them, I love it!

  8. Tammy Gowan

    A hero definitely has to be intelligent,honest and with a wicked sense of humour. I myself love the dark brooding hero. I really enjoy reading your books.