Welcome To A Hero’s Blog Hop!!

Welcome to A Hero’s Blog Hop!  We’re here to celebrate all the wonderful heroes in the romance novels we love, and to have a great time hopping from one blog to another.  And when you do, you have the chance to win some wonderful prizes from the over 100 bloggers and authors who are participating in the hop.

Even better, there are THREE grand prizes. You 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!

Pretty awesome, eh?  All you have to do to win either on my blog, the other blogs, or one of the grand prizes, is to leave a comment on the blogs you drop by, which includes your email address.  That’s particularly important if you want to be eligible to win one of the grand prizes.

Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, let’s talk about the man candy, er, romance heroes.  As a romance writer, I have to confess that I love ALL my heroes.  If I didn’t love them I don’t think I could write them – makes sense, right?  So, what do I find so attractive about them?  Let’s take two heroes from the sexy contemporary romances I write with my husband under the pen name of VK Sykes.  That’s Jake Miller from Fastball and Nate Carter from Hardball, the first two books in our sports romance series about the fictional baseball team, the Philadelphia Patriots.

Jake and Nate are best friends but, on the surface, they’re really  not much alike.  Oh, sure, they’re both incredibly hot, good-looking dudes with great bodies–after all, they are professional athletes–but Jake is an all-around good guy while Nate is the classic bad boy.  While Jake plays his cards close to his chest, keeps his personal life to himself and stays out of the limelight as much as he can, Nate is pretty much the opposite.  He dates supermodels, drives fast cars, and lives life as hard as he pitches those curve balls over home plate.  Really, when you think about it, it’s almost a miracle that Jake and Nate are such good friends.

But they do share some really important qualities, ones which are necessary to every good hero:  they are loyal, decent men, they treat women with respect, and they will do whatever is required to protect the women they love from whatever threatens–even if that threat is nothing more than a big old nasty spider crawling up the wall.

Now, in both Jake and Nate’s stories, the women they love are strong and resilient and well able to take care of themselves.  But Holly and Maddie, my heroines, both run into some serious trouble, and when they do their heroes are willing to move heaven and earth to help them–even if it means breaking the rules.

Handsome, sexy, loyal, respectful, great in bed–oh, did I forget to mention that quality?  And willing to put their lives on the line for the women they love…what more could anyone ask for?  You can check out my VK Sykes website to read excerpts from both books, and to get a taste of what my two uber-sexy heroes are like.  I’m hoping you won’t be disappointed!

And now for the question!  What qualities do you think are essential to any romance hero, be it a paranormal, historical, or contemporary romance kind of guy?  Tell me one or two qualities that really work for you.  One person who comments will win a $10 Amazon gift card. 

Once you comment on my blog, just follow the link below to continue on with your hop:

Carrie Anne’s Blog Hop List

The hop will run through July 31st.  Have fun, everyone!



149 thoughts on “Welcome To A Hero’s Blog Hop!!”

    • darn that’s what I was gonna say. i now have a whole new appreciation for the sport.

      pinkelmo3 at gmail dot com

  1. I need a romance hero to be intelligent & quick witted. Everything else usually falls into place after that.

  2. Fangs help, but the most important qualities for me are a quick mind that can make me laugh (no wonder I love my hubby, my own romantic man), and one that shows he cares in a million ways, even if he almost NEVER says “I love you.”


  3. Compassion, respect, intelligence and a good sense of humor. Oh yes, and he has to love dogs. For me, that’s a deal breaker. 😉

    I’m thinking this weekend might be good for spending a little “quality time” with Jake and Nate. 😉

    pjpuppymom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. I like reading quick-witted comments/comebacks – especially double entendres. I don’t have to have them, but they spice up a book (deliciously).
    seytype at hotmail dot com

  5. Two qualities I like the best when reading are loyalty and wit. I love to read the banter 🙂 These books of yours look really interesting, thanks for sharing them!!

  6. For me I need for the hero to be Wounded emotionally. I do read others, but that is my very favorite kind.


  7. I think my hero would have to love me for me and not want me to change who I am and I think he would have to be funny.

  8. For me, a hero needs to be loyal and have a heart of gold. I mean that no matter what he’s like on the outside, deep down, he’s really a good guy.

  9. I think a hero should have intelligence and a sense of humor. Honesty is another important quality whether in frienships or romantic relationships. Of course, looks don’t hurt either.


  10. I loved Hardball and I cannot wait to read Fastball and Hot Number…hopefully I have time soon.

    Since I love vampires and shifter stories, I love the Alpha Male type; strong, hard and determined to rule…but if this male has a heart of gold especially for its mate, that will be the top of the iceberg for me.

  11. My perfect hero must be honest! A heroine needs to know where she stands!! If said hero wants to get the girl he needs to be truthful…any self-respecting woman should demand and deserves the truth!!

  12. I defintely have to go with what everyone has been saying about intelligence. I just can’t see a hero not having that essential quality. I also love vulnerablity. I belileve that is one of the most sexiest qualities a hero can have.

  13. I think my two qualities are being intelligent/witty (I like a lot of banter between the hero/heroine) and loyalty/honestly (you got to know he’s committed).

    bluebubbles24 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  14. I like someone who isn’t afraid to be vulnerable–all that alpha stuff bothers me. Loyalty and intelligence are musts, and humor doesn’t hurt!


  15. For me, the heroes have to seem REAL, they must have flaws, because what man doesn’t have a least a few? I like a man that has depth of character, one dimensional characters of any kind are not a good thing though. He must be willing to sacrifice. He is not afraid of confrontation, and he is not so self deluded as to think he is always right.

  16. Wow, the models on your covers are positively sinful! Thanks for the excerpts.

  17. My heroes need to be intelligent and funny! I think I found some baseball reading I need to do :O) Carin

  18. Vanessa –

    Whether I’m reading your historical romances or the “sports” books you’ve co-written with your husband I love your books!

    I’ve finally “converted” my husband and he’s also reading your “V.K.” books – thanks to your husband for finally getting my husband to read books that I love as well!

  19. I love sarcasm, heart of gold buried deep inside but its there and a protectiveness of those he cares deeply for. Once he finds his true love not afraid to show his romantic side even if he gets ribbed by his friends.


  20. I’ve always been partial to the Alpha male types in all genres I have read, but they must also be intelligent, have a sense of humor and not selfish

  21. Must have a strong personal moral code and be gentle to those who are weaker than him be it physically or emotionally.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  22. My hero would be smart, loyal, trustworthy, and especially humorous! I love a guy who can make me laugh 🙂

  23. I love a man who is respectful and honest, in life and in my books. Other than that, the nearest he can get to Mr. Rochester, in my opinion, the better 🙂

  24. Some of my favorite qualities are responsible, respectful, intelligent, and caring heroes.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  25. Successful heroes need to create a sense of maleness. I want my hero to be strong, not weak. He has to have enough of a soft side to ‘change’ throughout the story from all business, minor interest TO still business, but strong feelings of love/adoration (snort, yes ADORE ME) toward the heroine.
    Oh and hot, he needs to be hot…whether old-fashioned, or supernatural, or uninformed (i.e. time-travel oblivious to period updates)–not to be confused with unintelligent. I love nearly all subcategories of the romance genre!

  26. clburns1024(at)comcast(dot)net
    Successful heroes need to create a sense of maleness. I want my hero to be strong, not weak. He has to have enough of a soft side to ‘change’ throughout the story from all business, minor interest TO still business, but strong feelings of love/adoration (snort, yes ADORE ME) toward the heroine.
    Oh and hot, he needs to be hot…whether old-fashioned, or supernatural, or uninformed (i.e. time-travel oblivious to period updates)–not to be confused with unintelligent. I love nearly all subcategories of the romance genre!

  27. The two that always stand out for me are loyalty and humor. Can’t have a hero without those.

  28. alot of times the cover of a book makes me pick it up and possibly buy it..of course I do read the synopsis on the back cover but covers definitely catch my eye first

  29. At the very top of my list are 1) honesty and 2) sense of humor. Everything else is a bonus. I love heroes, who can engage in cheeky verbal sparring 🙂

    Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win.


  30. Fun to read the responses. So many good qualities. =)
    For me I like a hero to have honor, there must be lines he will not cross. He must also have a tender side, even if the only soul to see it is his woman.

  31. I really love them very alpha male strong and protective!
    Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  32. I love an alpha hero who’s not only protective, loyal, dependable and compassionate but doesn’t take himself too seriously. Thanks for the giveaway!


  33. I agree with Lex. I like my heroes to have honor. Even if it is their own code of honor. I love a hero that also has wit and humor. And of course I melt when the hero is such a gentleman he melts when his lady is in need.

  34. The one or two top qualities? Intelligence tempered with compassion–that’s pretty irresistible in a hero, Vanessa!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  35. He has to be intelligent, quick-witted, sense of humor, protective, compassionate, loyal, honorable, and good-looking with a hot bod, and a sensual smile doesn’t hurt neither.

  36. I think a hero needs to be intelligent, compassionate, and honest!
    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  37. I love a hero who is loyal, honorable, and soft hearted.
    A sense of humor helps too.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  38. the hero are the fire dept here now and then we are having fire and then they are trying to keept the grass down

    deistheb onde at msnd dot com

  39. Hmm, I’d have to say vulnerability. A hero isn’t a hero unless he has a vulnerable side. Otherwise he’s just made of ice and just isn’t as interesting.


  40. I think a deep sense of selflessness is required to be a true hero — the ability to put the needs of others before our own is hard to come by! feathermaye at gmail dot com

  41. Some of my favorite qualities is kindness, humor, loyalty, i love an alpha, i especially love a hero with a tragic past. One that needs a strong heroine to match him. Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! 🙂

  42. My top 2 qualities that a hero has to have is loyalty and courage. I have many others, but those are musts! 😉
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    trb0917 at gmail.com

  43. I think a man who’s steadfast and true is essential, as well as a man who can see humor in any predicament that might arise.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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