Love Romance Passion. She’s a longtime romance reader, a new Kindle owner, and a junkie for USA TV shows. She loves marriage of convenience plots and angst ridden breakups that ultimately end up in gooey happily ever afters. You can also find Keira on Twitter at @reviewromance.
When I’m in a bookstore browsing shelves, I’m on the look out for key words in the blurbs on the backs of romances. Most of the time these key phrases refer to the hero or heroine type I’m most eager to gobble up at the moment. Now some of you know me and may have heard of my preferences in one way or another as I’m not shy about disclosing them, but hopefully you’ll bear with me and keep reading.
4 of My (Not-So-Secret) Favorite Romance Character Types: *Cue Applause*
1. Damaged Heroes: I love these guys. No seriously, I LOVE these guys. If the hero is listed as blind or scarred, a recluse, or having headaches from an accident on the back of a book cover it’s pretty much an auto-buy for me.
I’ve gone over different types of Damaged Heroes at my blog, but I’d love your input. Do you crave damaged heroes? Are they one of your favorite character types? If you do, who’s your favorite and why?
I love so many, but one that I read recently was Kilraven from Diana Palmer’s upcoming June release, Dangerous. He’s pretty much the epitome of a tragic hero. The poor guy lost his 3 year old daughter and wife in a brutal murder and it takes much work and skill on Diana’s part to make his romance with Winnie, the heroine believable.
2. Clumsy Heroines: One look at my blog and you can see I am a Twilight Junkie. One of my favorite things about Bella is her awkward clumsiness. I figure if a girl like that can find true everlasting love – so can I! Plus it makes for much fun in the storyline.
I love Clarissa from Lynsay Sands’ Love is Blind. The girl has extremely poor vision and when her stepmother Lydia takes away her glasses she’s simply disastrous, over spilling teacups, knocking over candles, stomping on feet, etc.
3. Older Heroes --- Way Older Heroes: I like heroes who are a good number of years older than their heroines. They’re usually insecure about falling in love with a younger heroine or they’re jaded and regain some of their innocence by falling for the heroine.
Theodore from Years by LaVyrle Spencer is one of my favorite older heroes. He has a son who’s age is closer to the heroine than he is and that really messes with him.
A love for older heroes plays really well with vampires too! Those guys are not simply a decade older than the heroine – they’re centuries older than the heroine. Can you imagine? Yum. I love Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake series. I would eat blueberry pie until it came out of my ears for him.
4. Insecure Heroines: This breed of heroine is very close to clumsy heroines, but an insecure heroine is not necessarily clumsy. Plump and plain heroines fall under this category for me and I adore them. Their heroes are especially scrumptious because they work to tear down that mountain of insecurity and replace it with unconditional love. Tolerance, acceptance, and self-love are major themes in these romances, and really, who doesn’t love that message? We could all do with loving ourselves more.
Minerva from Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is one such heroine. She’s a little overweight, loves to eat, and wears sexy shoes. It’s the shoes that do the hero in… he lives for her footwear.
So there you have it! What are your favorite character types and why?