A Hero’s Blog Hop

When it comes to romance, the best part of the book—for me—is the hero. Whether I’m reading about risk-taking cowboys or sexy urban werewolves (or, in some cases, werewolf cowboys!) how the hero’s portrayed is the reason I read the genre. Maybe part of it’s the fact that romance heroes tend to be larger than life, in a way. Maybe it’s the fact that romances (typically) end with a Happily Ever After (or at least a Happy For Now) for the couple in the book and I like that. I can curl up with a romance and be entertained for hours.

What I like about heroes differs from book to book. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that I don’t always enjoy Alpha males—but I’ve read some that I have liked. It depends on how it’s written, how the character acts beyond his Alpha traits. I tend to like the more mysterious-yet-somewhat-sensitive hero. I’m currently reading the Sign of Seven trilogy by Nora Roberts (I’ve enjoyed almost everything I’ve read of hers, though I do have my favorites) and the hero Cal Hawkins in the first book, Blood Brothers, is a fairly good example. He’s gentle and sensitive at times, when he needs to be, yet he’s also strong and takes control of the situation after being dealt a hard hand.

Though probably my favorite heroes—so far, because I’m always reading and finding new loves—would be Hunter Brown in Second Nature by Nora Roberts, and Zeke Noble in Ava Gray’s paranormal romance, Skin Heat. Hunter is a horror writer (a plus in my book: I love characters who are writers!) who is mysterious, passionate, and secretive, yet for good reason. Zeke is both mysterious and wild-natured and protective of the woman he loves.

My paranormal m/m romance debut, Bonedust, happens to have two heroes: Gabriel and Urban. Quiet and a little cynical, Gabriel’s been in the slave ring since he was a child and, much to his dismay, has wound up with a sadistic vampire master who wishes to keep him…eternally. Urban, quirky and fun-loving, is a part-time exotic dancer, part-time bounty hunter with child support to pay. Thanks to his past, he’s not looking for a relationship, but when he meets Gabriel, he might just change his mind…

Blurb~

Unable to stake his cruel vampire master himself due to the bonedust inked into his skin, Gabriel Sharpe flees the Boneyard with one thing on his mind: find vampire hunter Dante. If he doesn’t kill Jeremie now, the vampire will find and Change him and Gabriel would rather die than be a slave for the rest of his immortal life.

Snake-shifter Urban Winters lives life by the experience; a part-time bounty hunter to pay child support, his true calling is exotic dancing. The minute he sees the scarred and beautiful Gabriel walk through the doors of his club, he wants him—and when Gabriel offers him a job as his bodyguard, Urban jumps on it for a reason to spend time with the runaway slave. They fall into a searing relationship that leaves Urban breathless…and terrified of what the future may hold. Urban wants to be lovers; Gabriel wants a relationship.

Dante’s a part of Urban’s past that he’d rather not dredge up, but when Gabriel is stolen away from him, he’s the only man Urban trusts to take out the vampire, once and for all.

Now Available At: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords.

The Giveaway

To celebrate this blog hop, I’m giving away a prize package to one lucky winner who comments on this blog post! All you have to do to qualify is post a comment with the traits you love in a hero, as well as your email address! Simple as pie 🙂 At the end of the blog hop, I’ll pick a winner using random.org and email you the coupon codes for three ebooks in the format of your choice!

Included in this prize pack (click the image for book info!)

One ebook copy of Bonedust by Xoe Xanders.

One ebook copy of Hounded by Sadie Hart.

One ebook copy of Bending Steele by Sadie Hart.

The Grand Prize

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You, as a reader, can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

So, what’re you waiting for? Go visit the other blogs in this blog hop and enter to win some stuff 🙂

You can find links to the rest of the Hero’s Blog Hop here!

Happy hopping!

~XX

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36 thoughts on “A Hero’s Blog Hop

  1. what i love in a hero also depends largely from book to book HOWEVER there are certain traits they all MUST have. they are honesty, strength and a real great sense of humor plus being creative.

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  2. I adore m/m, and that may be my favorite reason–two (or more!) amazing heroes, instead of one.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  3. I like them to be protective, strong and a bit dangerous. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  4. I’m much like you – I’m rarely drawn to alphas unless they show some redeeming cracks in that armor .. humor and a sharp wit always get to me, as do those who are, against all fear, taking another risk with trust.

    glhince@gmail.com

  5. I like my heroes Alpha, protective, loyal, sense of humor, damaged and redeemable!

    Thanks for another amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  6. I like a hero who is strong, confident, determined and compassionate. They’ve got to be more than just bossy. Thanks for the giveaway!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  7. I like an alpha male with the ability to be vulnerable with the ones he loves. He needs to have a strength of character & honor. He should also have a sense of humor.

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net
    Lisa G

  8. I love a hero with honor, respects the heroine’s capabilities, assertive, and isn’t afraid to reveal his emotions.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  9. These two heroes sound like exactly the type I like to read about.
    Thanks for the chance to win some great sounding books.
    Michelle
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  10. I love heroes that are dark, dominant, tortured, strong, and that can sometimes crack a smile.
    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I tend to love smart and sexy heroes, with a warrior spirit, strong in mind and body, has a sense of humor and when he falls in love, falls hard (but not necessarily easy, lol).

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  12. If nothing else my kind of hero must have a wicked sense of humor. Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for your great giveaway..

    cms72023(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. I love a hero with an accent, He has to have humor, loyalty and power. Thx for hopping.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  14. I love the tortured/flawed hero. To take it a step further, I like it if the hero is physically flawed in some way as well. I love the tug on the heart strings when a heroine can break down the hero’s insecurities and fears.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop and for the giveaway!
    msromanticreads(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. I love the Signb of the Seven Trilogy. It was the first books I read from the heroes POV. It was rouhg, exciting and pure amazment from the beginning. But her Born In Ireland Trilogy is my all time favorite.
    I really like the idea of your shifters. Great post.
    Debdebss@yahoo.com

  16. Right now my favorite hero is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. I love this book and i love the characters! Especially the hero. 😀 Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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