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Hi everyone, welcome to my post on the HOT SUMMER HEROES BLOG HOP. I’m giving away three copies of my debut paranormal romance IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES. It’s an international giveaway, so everyone is welcome to enter by simply leaving a comment.

What makes a hero hot? Not a really tough question is it? Everyone has their own ideas, their own type of hero they fall head over heels for, whether he’s between the pages of a book, on a TV or movie screen or walking by you on the street.

I always wonder if a writer’s criteria for what makes a hero hot is different than a reader’s. For me, if I don’t find him hot, I can’t write him. Doesn’t matter who he looks like, if he’s too cocky or arrogant, I tell my muse ‘next’ and keep going till I find someone I can work with.

Personally, I’m a sucker for a hero with great eyes and arms. If they have that, they’re in.

Before I write a book, I pretty much cast my hero. For my upcoming paranormal release, DARK INTENT, Ryder is pretty much modeled lookswise on Criss Angel (circa 2007). He’s morphed a little in my head over time, but he’s got the right build, the right hair and that cocky, self assured attitude that define’s Ryder. (That comes through the first time he officially meets Arabella and tells her straight out “I don’t do demons.” Well, Arabella is one, so you can imagine how well that meeting goes after that.)

Then I found a picture in a magazine of Jonathan Rhys Meyers with the sword. I’ve only ever seen a handful of episodes of the Tudors, but that pic on it’s own, gave Ryder a bit more life too. Although I may use him as more of a template for the hero in the next book in the series.

What makes a hero hot for you? Is there a certain trait that you fall for every time or is it something you just can’t explain? πŸ™‚


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  1. thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


    1. Hi Laurie, thanks for stopping by the blog πŸ™‚

  2. For me it’s his kindness that makes a hero hot.

    1. Hi Nana, I agree. Kindness is one of the best traits for a hero to have.

  3. Eyes are important, a nice butt doesn’t hurt!!


    1. Hi Tia. So true! πŸ™‚

  4. The heart of a man defines who he is. A woman can catch glimpses of his heart by the way he treats her. Unconditional love, protector, giver, a man who can take care of his family and works hard but still can play. It doesn’t hurt if he’s hot looking though. sonsethues yahoo dot com

    1. Love that Susan! πŸ™‚ It’s easy to forget sometimes that the woman in a man’s life sees a side of him few others get to see.

  5. Strong, smart, with a great sense of humor.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    1. Gotta love a man with a great sense of humor, Jean! πŸ™‚

  6. The pics you found are HOT!

    1. Thank you, Heather πŸ™‚

  7. My hot hero is tall, dark and handsome with a great sense of humor. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Another vote for sense of humor πŸ™‚

  8. His strong protective nature, of course nice abs and biceps aren’t bad either.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

    1. Protector seems to be a popular theme too πŸ™‚ Nice abs are always a nice plus!

  9. I like a hero that is strong and protective and a bit of a bad boy.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. That is a really good mix, Natasha πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  10. My perfect hero is tall, muscular,confident,loyal, Alpha,bad-ass, intelligent, protective, vulnerable and majorly damaged — but ultimately redeemable!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    1. Great description Elizabeth πŸ™‚ Redeemable is such an important quality too.

  11. I find the hero’s actions determine his hotness. I remember that easily than his physical attributes.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    1. Actions are always important. Thanks for stopping by, Jan πŸ™‚

  12. good excerpt

    for me an hero must be persistant, honest, loyal and protective but not controlling


    1. I agree, those are great characteristics for a hero. Loyalty & honesty are a definite must. Thanks for stopping by, Miki! πŸ™‚

  13. intelligence

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Very good one πŸ™‚

  14. I agree that eyes are important. I like arms too. Hands are very, very important. If a man has ugly hands, he’s got to go. Those hands are going to be touching me, so my ideal hero has sexy hands. Thanks for the great post and the lovely giveaway. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

    1. There’s something I never thought of that way, but you’re right. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by Michelle!

  15. I don’t really know if I can explain it. The easiest way to be Alpha protective trait and the eyes will always be hot. I love how you pick yours with your muse. Thanks for sharing the hop and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks Eva πŸ™‚ Maybe I’ll do a blog post on casting with the muse next month, could be fun.

  16. There’s something about a fighter that does it for me.


    1. Oh a fighter, all that roughness and bit of an edge. Good mix, Pam! πŸ™‚

  17. I find that I like the demanding yet subtle alpha’s.. sexy of course, loyal, and for sure bad boyish. Loved the excerpt.

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

    1. Demanding heroes can be fun. Thanks for stopping by, Valerie! πŸ™‚

  18. Since I’m sucker for historical romance, I love Tudors series…. oh, glorious day of hot antihero ;p
    shinigami_light @ ymail. com

    1. There is something special about a really hot antihero πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Ashtrie πŸ™‚

  19. I love Jonathan Rhys Meyers! Can’t wait for the Dracula show to begin! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    1. Me too, Elizabeth! Loved when he played Elvis. His eyes stole scenes in that one hehe πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Hi! For me, i love an alpha hero, someone brave, protecting there own, helping, and i love a bit of cockiness. And they have to have a bit of humor! Thank you for sharing and for the awesome hop & giveaways!

    1. That’s a great mix for a hero, Shadow. I think the humor sometimes helps balance out some of the cockiness. Thanks for stopping by the blog! πŸ™‚

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