Micah: Okay, we wouldn’t write romance if we didn’t love romantic heroes. I don’t know about you ladies, but I certainly develop crushes on my favorites. So how about a face-off? Here are our favorite heroes from our favorite paranormal romance series (and one odd-ball face-off). Did we pick yours? Did we lead you to stray from your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
Favorite paranormal romance crushes face-off:
Rhage vs. Zsadist from The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Micah: Rhage is the hottest brother J.R. Ward has ever written. That blond hair, those gorgeous eyes. I was smitten right away. The best part about Rhage is that he’s a reformed player. He can have any woman he wants, but he wants Mary, even though Mary herself doesn’t think she’s very pretty. He’s the perfect reader fantasy! What woman hasn’t wanted the world’s most gorgeous man fawning at her feet?
Nikkie: Zsadist. Oh. My. God. I get hot and teary eyed at the same time just thinking about him. He is so freaking broken. Damaged. Never coming back from the edge. Then, he does for Bella. Tortured and held as a blood slave for his earliest years, Zsadist has serious issues: trust issue, touching issues, food issues, sexuality issues. Lots of issues. With Bella, though, he overcomes them, and how hot is that?
Malkom Slaine vs. Lothaire from Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
Micah: Oh, Malkom. Dear, sweet, innocent/not-so-innocent Malkom. He’s Kresley Cole’s first male hybrid, and he’s got built-in internal conflict because of it. Demons hate vampires, and vice versa. So, Cole puts them together in one man. Flawless. Writing. I love how Malkom is this great mix of cave man and puppy with his leading lady, Carrow. And reading his interactions with little Ruby—forget about it. That is one fine man
Nikkie: Lothaire is the scourge of the Immortals After Dark world. He’s ruthless and dangerous. He’s
so lost in his own bloodlust and need for revenge he can’t even see his Bride in front of him. Elizabeth manages to pull him back though. All that furious energy he has devoted to revenge for centuries becomes devoted to Elizabeth instead. He gives up every favor he has received in order to save her. He’s so driven. (PS
The sex in this book is HOT! I know, I know. That probably shouldn’t count, but let’s be honest. It totally does!)
Reyes vs. Amun from Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter
Micah: Reyes is a dirty, dirty boy. I was not too interested in his book before I read it. I’m not a pain girl. But, because Gena Showalter is as amazing as she is, she pulls it off without a hitch. Reyes is so vulnerable as
well as being so tough, and that’s just irresistible.
Nikkie: What is so sexy about a man who doesn’t talk? I can’t explain it, but Amun is sexy. He also has a surprising sense of humor for a man who carries all the world’s secrets. The novels leading up to Amun’s left me more and more curious about the man and his demon. The book satisfies as Amun risks everything to redeem a woman who in a past life killed one of his best friends.
Favorite surprise fictional crush face-off:
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee vs. Rubeus Hagrid from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Micah: Yeah, To Kill a Mockingbird is a great classic. It’s filled with amazing themes, symbolism, social issues—but when I read it? I’m reading it for that hunk, Atticus Finch. There’s just something about his quiet strength. He’s a good man who’s willing to stick up for what he knows is right in a society that won’t thank him for it. And that blend of tailored suit, spectacles, and perfectly parted haircut just does it for me. I can’t help
thinking he could use some help raising that rambunctious tom boy… Miss Maudie better watch out!
Nikkie: I grew up with the Harry Potter series. The series has so many loveable boys and men: Harry, Ron (oh Ron.), Draco, Neville (I loved Neville before he became hotter than Harry, Ron, and Draco.), Fred and George, Lupin, Sirius, Dumbledore (I know he’s old, but jeez.)… So many men. My all-time favorite has to be Hagrid
though. He’s this big, awkward, gruff man with a mushy center. He could crush you with one hand. Instead, he’s caring for all sorts of animals: big, small, cute, gross (I think of you, giant spider. Ugh!). He watches over the students with fierce protectiveness and tends to let secrets slip (“I shouldn’t have told you that.”)