Hi! Misa and Anna here, tag-teaming the Naked Hero (heh), to ask: Which do you like best in a hero, good good guys or bad good guys?
The best romance novel heroes are hunks, and they always get their girl, and we can’t help but fall in love with every perfect thing about them… But they can’t be too perfect right? They have to be real enough to make us believe while we’re drooling all over every sexy page of them. Misa and I are two of the Entangled Dead Sexy launch authors, and we love the drooling, too. Really we do. Still, we’ve written two very different heroes–both hunkalicious, but in ways that are uniquely their own.
So we were asking each other, and now we’re asking you, how good is too good, and how bad is too bad, when it comes to creating the perfect hero?
Misa and I duke it out below. Meet our latest leading men and read why we think they’re the hunkiest of the hunky. Then cast your vote or tell us what’s your ultimate in a dead sexy man: a good good boy or a bad good boy. Or is there something in between you like better?
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Cole from Anna’s Her Forgotten Betrayal
What’s a good boy, without a little bad to make things interesting?
Okay, in Cole Marinos’ case, a LOT of bad.
Not the kind of bad that will make you hate him. The kind that will make you want to jump him, reform him (just a little) and take him home to be not-so-good in all those ways we dream our rough and tumble guys will be ;o)
When I write a good boy, I always paint in a flash or two of bad, just to keep things interesting: a back story he’s overcome (but not completely); some scars to show he’s lived and loved and lost and learned–so he’s ready to help the heroine as she fights to do the same; a shadow over his soul, if you will, that reflects that he’s more than just a pretty face, and sucks you in because you’re dying to know more.
HFB’s Cole Marinos is scarred, inside and out, and his past is coming back to haunt him, and no matter how hard he tries he can’t stop loving the woman he thinks betrayed him when they were teenagers. Shaw Cassidy is trouble—hell, his bosses think she’s guilty of espionage. But Cole puts his life and his job as a deep cover FBI operative on the line to both protect her and prove her innocence. YUMMY!, right?
Yes, he’s hunky and a kick-ass agent and vulnerable and attentive and caring, while he’s more than willing to take on whomever’s trying to kill Shaw. But he’s also hurting. He’s a wounded warrior. And he must risk the solitary life he’s created to protect himself, if he wants to save Shaw and win her back.
Whatever will he do???
And how long must I wait until he ditches Shaw for me, his one, TRUE love ;o)
Yeah, I’m the one who’s trouble, because I think I like the bad in our hunky, shirtless guys a little more than the good. Because the bad is where they’re vulnerable, where they’re protecting themselves from the women who’ve reached down deep to capture their souls. Our guys don’t know how to lose, but our heroines have already won their hearts, whether our heroes are ready to admit it not.
So we put up with a little acting out from them, right? Actually, if you’re like me, you look forward to it!
The Goddess of Mischief will alway need herself more than a little bad…
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Vic from Misa’s Sacrifice of Passion
Good boys. Bad boys. It’s the little bit of bad in a good boy that makes a guy irresistible. I totally agree with Anna on this. Guys who are too good are saddled with the too nice syndrome, and no man wants to leave a woman with that impression. Sure, in real life we want the nice guys. They’re the ones who take care of us, warm up our coffee, help with the dishes, and all that jazz, and in my world that stuff is better than foreplay.
In fiction, we want those good guy qualities, too (because no one wants an asshole, right?), only we want our guys to be shirtless while doing the dishes, and to wrap the towel around
us…er, the heroine and pull us her close, teasing us her just enough to have us her begging for more.
Because goodness is good, but badness is sexy.
He’s definitely the perfect mixture of good and bad.
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He cared for Delaney enough to wait for their wedding night (when she was 18 and he was 20)
He planned to ask her parents for their blessing
Once he met her, he was ruined for other women
He loves his son, even if he doesn’t know how to be a father to him
He knows how to help a mare birth her foal, and he’ll drop everything to help
When Laney left, he licked his wounds in the arms of other women
And he numbed his mind with a heavy round of drinking
He barely resisted taking Delaney before their planned elopement. She was ready and willing, and they got damn close
A verbal tennis match with Delaney opens up all his old wounds and his protective walls come crumbling down, so he goes for the jugular, calling her out for leaving
With no other way to purge her from his mind and soul, he thinks a dea- to have sex- ought to do the trick
A moment in a cabin with some rope and Vic in charge. Need I say more?
As the Magical Goddess, I love weaving in the good with the bad.
Anna and I want to hear what you think of our two heroes, and what makes you stand up and take notice of a hero. Leave a comment for your chance to win a free digital copy of Dead Sexy launch releases!