Because I like to analyze and title just about everything (neurotic
reader/writer that I am), Iâ€™ve analyzed and labeled each of the various, yummy
types of men that make us swoon, giggle, and want to leap through the page,
punch out the heroine, and take her place. As an alpha-loving girl, you'll find
my favorite leading men tend to lean toward the aggressive type. Sorry, beta
girls. Still, I think thereâ€™s a book boyfriend out there for everyone. Letâ€™s
take a look at a few archetypes, shall we?
Devastatingly handsome, smoldering smile, and sarcastic with a biteâ€”all of which
makes you want to slap him or kiss him. Probably both, in that order. Why does
he intrigue us so much? Well, hell, just look at that smirk! And you never know
whatâ€™s really going on behind those scintillating looks (but we can pretty much
*Examples: Edward Rochester in Charlotte Bronteâ€™s JANE EYRE; Dorian the Fairy
King in Richelle Meadâ€™s DARK SWAN series
Golden good looks with sparkling eyes and a smile that makes you melt into a
pile of goo. This guy is exactly what his title suggestsâ€”all charm and sparkling
wit. Though he may sometimes have a devious edge, he tends to be a more
light-hearted leading man. But donâ€™t let that pretty smile fool you; heâ€™ll
defend his lady love till the death then carry her off into the sunset (or
*Examples: Prince Charming, of course; Jamie Fraser from Gabaldonâ€™s OUTLANDER series
THE BAD BOY
Doâ€”Notâ€”Messâ€”Withâ€”Him. Seriously, ladies, this man does not play games. And if he
does, he'll always win. And the loser (you) will probably end up blindfolded and
bound to a bed awaiting his "punishment." Eeek!
Heâ€™s all kinds of hot, and I promise you, youâ€™re bound to get burned. His badass
temperament is no joke. Thatâ€™s just who he is. And donâ€™t ever delude yourself
with the idea of changing him. So why does this terrifying man attract us so
much? I donâ€™t know. Why is the moth drawn to the flame? We just canâ€™t help it.
We want to feel the burn.
*Examples: Ryodan from Karen Marie Moningâ€™s FEVER series and recently published
ICED; Christian Grey in Jamesâ€™ 50 SHADES OF GREY
This guy will take a beating and keep on ticking. No matter what idiotic thing
our heroine does, he will remain steadfast and true, almost to a fault. Not much
more to say about him. Beat him, abuse him, betray him. Heâ€™ll keep sniffing
around the honey pot. He canâ€™t help himself.
*Examples: Edward Cullen in the TWILIGHT series and Jacob in the TWILIGHT series
(Funny, but true.)
Animalâ€”pure and simple. Look out, because this oneâ€™s got night vision and heâ€™s
stalking you with stealth. Sometimes, he likes to play with his prey. Heâ€™ll cage
you into corners and smile while doing it, making your heart beat right out of
your chest or just stop altogether. Just like The Bad Boy, this one is lethal,
so BEWARE. While The Bad Boy and the Predator are closely related, one is
certainly more beast than the other.
*Examples: Barrons from Karen Marie Moningâ€™s FEVER series; Hawke from Nalini
Singhâ€™s KISS OF SNOW.
STRONG, SILENT TYPE
All business, this one. And, man, can he brood. Though sometimes viewed as cold
and arrogant the way he keeps his distance, heâ€™s just calculating. Be careful of
the quiet ones, because when he finally unleashes his hidden emotions . . .
*Examples: Riley from Nalini Singhâ€™s BRANDED BY FIRE and Mr. Darcy from Jane
Austenâ€™s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
A big thank you to Fresh Fiction for having me on today. What fun!
In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.
Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and
Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain
distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.
As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her
arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a
loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.
Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest
enemy of Jessenâ€™s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms,
his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the
brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the
man refuses to admit the truth.
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About Juliette Cross
Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into
her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in
creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education,
and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in
grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant
inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she
fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings,
persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to
read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
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8 comments posted.
Love the many types of heroes out there... SOULFIRE sounds like a book I would enjoy reading... thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 2:54pm October 21, 2014)
Love dragon shifters and would love to win your contest. Have a Happy Halloween!
(Sharon Extine 7:56pm October 22, 2014)
I loved your break down of different type heros. I would love to win your new book. Thanks!
(Cynthia Cook 9:38pm October 22, 2014)