Over on Sybil’s blog, the fabulous Vivi Anna is a guest author. (I just bought her new Nocturne release, Blood Secrets and I’m hoping to read it this weekend.) Anyway, in a list of her 5 things on reading, Vivi said:
4. I donâ€™t read for the heroes in the book, I read for the heroine. If sheâ€™s someone I can relate to, or want to be. She needs to be strong and preferably kick-ass.
I’ve heard other readers say that as well. (I’ll give a little caveat here that Vivi tends toward urban fantasy/paranormal, while I’m a little more traditional, so that probably makes a difference. I used her quote because it sparked the thought that became this post, not as a direct comparison.)
I am so totally the opposite. While I don’t like dishrag or TSTL heroines, I rarely relate to them at all. For me it’s all about the guy. I want to completely, irrevocably fall in love with him. A few heroes I can think of that totally rock my world:
* Obsidian — Ravenous (Book I of The Horde Wars series) by Sherri L. King
* Jamie Frasier — The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
* Roarke — Kismet: Fiery Fate by Jaci Burton
* Zhadist — Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
* Rogan Peregrine — The Taming by Jude Deveraux
* Roarke — The In Death series by J.D. Robb
* Ranger — The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (Okay, so he’s a little iffy with the “hero” title, but I’m a Ranger girl which makes him the leading man.)
One thing I’ve noticed about the heroes I love the most (and I didn’t list them all) — they’re all Alpha, with some of them extreme-Alpha.
Right off the top of my head I’ll brainstorm some words that come to mind when I think of my perfect hero: arrogant, fierce, dominant, proud, protective, strong, honorable …
Okay, I’ll stop. So reading over it—yup, that’s my guy right there. And there’s nothing better than watching him suffer—when an Alpha male falls, he falls hard and it’s naked and raw. Obsidian has a scene in Ravenous that is nothing short of emotionally brutal. Heartbreaking. And I hate to use the word raw again, but…it is. And an Alpha groveling?…okay, where was I?
So, assuming the fact we’d all like both lead characters to be captivating and well-drawn is a given, which really sucks you the most into a book—the hero or the heroine?