Adriana Anders | Gruff, Grumpy, and Reclusive: Five Heroes Who Hit all the Right Buttons
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August 3, 2017
There’s a certain hero cocktail that hits all of my buttons. Big and gruff?
Check. But a love on the inside. Also check. Scarred and messed up in so many
ways? Check check check. And a loner. Yes. One hundred percent yes. I’ve got
heroes who don’t fit this mold, because life is made up of more than just loners
and I like to think my books mirror life, but when I can write one, I jump at
the chance. And I absolutely love to read them. Luc, the hero of IN HIS HANDS, the third
book in my Blank Canvas
series, is a gruff, but sweet recluse and I absolutely adored putting him on the
Here are a few other loner heroes who are impossible to forget.
In UNBOUND, Cara McKenna
gives us reclusive Rob who is kinky and strange and totally my kind of hero.
He’s a mess, so of course I love him. The man is in self-imposed exile in the
highlands, after his life fell apart in large part due to his alcoholism. By the
time the heroine comes across him, he thinks he’s a lost cause. Aren’t lost
cause heroes the best?
Noah Gideon Grant in Charlotte Stein’s INTRUSION is the guy
everyone’s afraid of. He’s the killer who lives alone, and the last thing the
heroine should do is get involved. But she does. And it’s so very good.
O’Keefe’s heroes are my crack. It’s like she pulls them straight from my
fantasies. In EVERYTHING I
LEFT UNSAID, when scarred, mysterious Dylan comes into the picture and he,
literally, lives in isolation on his very own mountain, well… need I say more?
My heartstrings are pulled.
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by
Susan Elizabeth Phillips features one of my favorite grumpy, loner heroes ever.
He’s suffered a great tragedy and would rather be alone forever than get
involved in life, so when the heroine shows up and forces him out of his shell,
he’s harsh and resentful and OMG, I love him so much.
Finally, I’ve talked about Pamela Clare’s SKIN DEEP before because I
guess this hero hits every one of my buttons: Nathaniel West is a scarred,
reclusive veteran with a terrible opinion of himself. There’s nothing better
than watching him emerge from his shell for the sake of the heroine. Sigh.
What makes your reader heart go pitter patter? Is it the most messed up man or
are you more a perfect billionaire kind of gal?
Dark and moody Luc Stanek craves a quiet life. But when a desperate woman
lands bloodied and branded on his doorstep, he finds himself pulled into her
world…and determined to save her no matter the cost.
Jo Merkley joined the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith as a child, and the
brands marring her skin mark her as little more than the charismatic leader's
property. Only Luc is able to see her for the woman she truly is. Determined to
win her freedom, Jo and Luc will fight the only family Jo has ever known…for a
future neither is certain can be theirs.
Adriana Anders has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s
worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until
she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d
come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children
and fat French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she
writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (Tanja Dancy 5:51pm August 4)
A reclusive, grumpy hero wouldn't be like that around me! (Melanie Bracco 12:59pm August 6)
My grumpy hero is Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte. (Anna Speed 2:18pm August 8)
Grumpy heroes are hard to be around and even harder to live with. So I like my heroes with flaws and when they try to make up, the more creative edge gets me every time. Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind is one ornery guy. (Alyson Widen 3:48pm August 8)
No billionaires here. I'll take a brooding, alpha male with secrets to hide. Any one of Lisa Marie Rice or Pamela Clare's Heroes will do nicely! I'm finally reading Ms. Clare's I-Team series....so good! (Cynthia Netherton 6:16pm August 9)