Military heroes are the twofer of romance. They fit the bill of a romantic lead
with their alpha ways, rugged good looks, and heroic ways, and provide the
double whammy of bad-ass protector. And yet despite the box we attempt to put
them in, there are lots of different versions and interpretations of them. So,
who would be my favorite military heroes? You would think picking them would be
easy, but it wasn't. Here goes:
First up would be Kimberly
Kincaid's Kellan Walker from SKIN DEEP, the first in her
Station Seventeen series. He is a scorching hot hero who is a tough-as-nails
former army ranger. I love this story because of Kellan's continued commitment
to service through his dedication to his community as a firefighter once he
leaves the military. When he's not fighting fires, he's fighting his attraction
to for the sexy detective who he thinks botched a case that was supposed to keep
his sister safe. But as with every great romance, nothing is ever as simple as
it seems, and Kellan has to work with her to stop a ruthless killer, despite the
sparks that fly between the two of them.
If you love Keanu Reeves
in Speed and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, you will LOVE Jax Irons, the hero
of Sidney Halston's KISS,
MARRY, KILL. He is the perfect blend of both characters... broody, huge, and
often pissed. He used to be the clean cut guy next door but now he's tattooed,
bearded, and hot. What made this story sing for me was the first meeting of the
hero and heroine who kiss on a Jumbotron at a ball game... while the heroine's
boyfriend checks out his phone in the seat next to her.
No list of military heroes would be
complete without Swanny from Mya Banks' WHEN DAY BREAKS. The hero
of the ninth book in her KGI series is tortured literally and figuratively. I
LOVED the contrast between his steely exterior and the emotional wreck he is
inside. It leads him to feel unworthy of Eden, the supermodel heroine who has
challenges of her own. What makes him so great is the way he finds purpose in
protecting her and loving her while allowing her to save him from the disastrous
path he's on.
Katy Regnery's THE VIXEN AND THE VET is a
gorgeously written military twist on Beauty and the Beast, which is really all
you need to know. But I'll continue in case you still need convincing. Asher has
resigned himself to a solitary life because of a disfiguring injury gained in
active service. He's vulnerable and alpha at the same time, and the day Savannah
knocks on his door his eyes open to the possibility of more for himself.
Those who know me well, know how
much I love candy, so of course, candy-loving Colby Winters, a former Navy SEAL,
from Cristin Harber's WINTERS HEAT is going to
make my list. Honestly, all I need to tell you is that he is a single father...
of a baby girl he saved and adopted from a human trafficking ring. Like, really,
do you need any more than that? I mean, I could go on about his long list of
attributes, but I think that sums it up best.
Yep, no list of awesome and
(very) long awaited, military heroes would be complete without a hero from Julie
Ann Walker, and Ethan Sykes in WILD RIDE (the ninth book
in her Black Knights Inc.
series) is my absolute favorite. He begins the story injured after a
black-on-black mission that went to heck in a hand basket and is hounded by the
feisty heroine, Samantha Tate, an ace reporter who feels there is a story behind
BKI. Ozzie is a take-no-prisoners operative who likes to live on the edge, but
watching this badass fall for Samantha and find out just how much he is willing
to give up for her was absolutely perfect.
It's a little cheeky of me, but for my final military hero, I am going to
include Sixton Rapp from my new release UNDER FIRE. The former SEAL
descended from Vikings, is focused on setting up a new black ops security firm
with his friends, and certainly isn't prepared to meet heroine Louisa North. I
love the conflict the alpha warrior with a heart of gold feels as he tries to
resist the growing feelings he has for his client. Love and duty make for uneasy
bedfellows, but I hope you'll love the way this bad-ass warrior navigates his
way between the two.
More about Scarlett Cole and her upcoming release, UNDER FIRE
2-time RITA nominee Scarlett Cole’s UNDER FIRE pairs a hot Navy
SEAL with a medical researcher who finds herself in too deep. Can Sixten Rapp
take the heat and Dr. Louisa North handle the flames? Fans of Laura Kaye’s HARD
INK series and Julie Ann Walker’s BLACK KNIGHTS INC. series will devour Cole’s
hot military hero in this opposites attract, romantic suspense.
HE CAN TAKE THE HEAT.
Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his
brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that
offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can
provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a
mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.
CAN SHE HANDLE THE FLAMES?
Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle”
medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample
so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first,
Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the
danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including
a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an
enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect
The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary.
Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club
(a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life.
That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable.
Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car
maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running
strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in
Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both
of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs
earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either
could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office
cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character
descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.
One of my favorite authors for sure. I know I won't be disappointed when I slide into world created by her newest in my hands. (Nicole Newman 12:44pm August 1)
Scarlett Cole is a new author for me... have not had the pleasure of reading anything yet of hers... making note! (Colleen Conklin 1:10pm August 1)
I totally agree and love a little action and intrigue with my romance! I've been a sucker for SEAL heroes and look forward to reading Scarlett's. (C P 2:56pm August 1)
I wish you luck and can't wait to sample! (Diane Pollock 6:44pm August 1)
All of these books sound so good! Thank you Scarlet Cole for the book list and the giveaway. (Tanja Dancy 8:07pm August 1)
Scarlett Cole is a new author to me and I am looking forward to diving into this book! (Amber Niebaum 1:02am August 2)
I love military heros but haven't read any of these books yet. Sound great. (Pam Howell 5:41am August 2)
I usually don't read books like this, but after reading to see what yours is about I am definitely interested (Shakeia Rieux 6:29am August 2)
Scarlett Cole would be a new author for me but it sounds like a great book and I will have to give it a try :) (Kristy Imig 8:28am August 2)
I have never read any books by Scarlett Cole but Under Fire sounds really good. I definitely would like to read this. (Becky Kinard 11:14am August 2)
Scarlett Cole is a new author whose book sounds wonderful. (Sharon Berger 11:27am August 2)
Thanks for sharing your list with us. Couldn't agree more on why military heroes are so appealing! (G. Bisbjerg 2:00pm August 2)
I love the way you described attributes of your heros and gave examples via book hero's. I concur! Thanks! (Kathleen Bylsma 4:06pm August 2)
What a great list of military heroes! I have a few personal favorites as well. Keep up the good work! (Dynal Roberson 5:25pm August 2)
Those are great military book heroes mentioned here. I also have a few similar book heroes that described the aforementioned book heroes' traits, too. Thanks for sharing! (Ela Raymundo 5:35pm August 2)
S cole's under fire will be added to my TBR LIST (Joanne Pezzuti 6:31pm August 2)
I am familiar with a number of books in that list and I will have to put Under Fire in my look for list. (Annetta Sweetko 8:46pm August 2)
I love reading about Military Heroes. Marilyn (Marilyn Collins 8:47pm August 2)
Yes I like the military, the books sound interesting. thanks. (Deb Pelletier 12:00pm August 3)
I enjoy reading these kinds of books. Have yet to read one by this author so I have added her name to my TBR list (Joy Isley 4:45pm August 3)
Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. (Jackie Wisherd 5:06pm August 3)
i love military romance! would love to win this. (Dana Hopkins 5:08pm August 3)
I have never read any books by Scarlett Cole. (Tm Occhip 11:50pm August 3)
This sounds like an interesting book and I would love to read it. (Anna Speed 4:58am August 4)
Was lucky enough to get an advanced copy. HOT, HOT, HOT! (Mary Smith 8:42am August 4)
I love reading about military heroes. (Cheryl Haut 4:14pm August 4)
Love reading romance with a great military hero! (April Kirkland 7:33pm August 4)