Romance author Lori Foster shares her top five favorite heroes in literature—of the dangerous variety!
I have loved soooo many dangerous heroes, but to choose my top five, I figured I’d go through different genres, with historical first. (Since historical romance is my first love—at least when I’m reading.)
That immediately brings to mind my favorite dangerous hero ever, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—from Honors Splendour, by Julie Garwood. Such an amazing medieval romance. Duncan is incredibly powerful, invincible and, best of all, honorable. The way he protected and loved Lady Madelyne…sigh. The man had unending patience and an enormous heart to go with his “I’m in charge” attitude and ability. The dialogue is the absolute best. It will always remain one of my favorite romances.
When it comes to contemporary, I have to pick Joel Blackstone from Jayne Ann Krentz’s Perfect Partners. Oh my, that book is so delicious. Not only supersexy with some laugh-out-loud banter, it has the best line ever: “Good news, Dixon, she doesn’t need therapy.” (If you haven’t read it, you must! Then you’ll be in on the joke!) Joel is the perfect mix of studly alpha, hard worker, wounded soul and considerate lover. I still reread it every so often, like visiting an old friend.
Moving on to paranormal, I’ll have to say superhero Lachlain MacRieve, a big, strong Lykae who falls in love with his mortal enemy, a vampire female, in A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole. The entire series is awesome, but I fell hard for Lachlain, in part because it was the first I read by Cole but also because it started out so gruesome (which I loved) and then the story had me cracking up (which I loved!) and then…wow. Mega sexy! It’s sort of a mix of werewolves that don’t get all nasty and furry, but rather have the power (aura) of the wolf, with Scottish touches, and some dominating male attitude and tons of hilarity. Really good stuff!
For Young Adult, I’ll admit I’ve fallen hard for Katie McGarry stories—all of them! But Pushing the Limits is really special—because of Noah Hutchins. He’s the tough guy, with long hair and a leather jacket and bad attitude—but he’s also a very grown-up, mature young man who more than anything needs to get his family back…even while going all protective and wonderful for Echo. I love the happy ever after that Katie gave to him—and I love how Echo loves him. First love is always a special thing, and Katie knows how to do it right.
Lastly, futuristic. Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey is amazing. I loved Tedra, I loved her computer Martha, but Challen Ly-San-Ter…wow! Challen is the ultimate alpha. A throwback to the age of “a man is the protector, period, and the little lady allows herself to be protected.” Not that Tedra bought into it, and that’s where it got so fun. Challen kept his man-card, but he also managed to win over an alpha female used to being a protector, herself. When the past meets the future, a guy has to really step up—and Challen did, in all the most important ways.