Alexander (Shura) Belov from The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. By now you all know how much I adore this book, so much so that the hero, Alexander is one of my all time favorite heroes in all of literature. This Russian solider who defected from the United States with his parents when he was only a boy, lives in fear everyday of the war that he will be found out and shot. He finds love with a young girl who would die for him, but he can’t be with her because of the place he has put himself in. His so-called best friend blackmails him and he is already involved with the older sister of Tatiana, his soul mate. He has some gut wrenching decisions to make. His love and devotion for his beautiful, blonde angel brought tears to my eyes. He is not perfect and makes some uncomfortable decisions, but because of this, Simons makes him so very human. Plus he can make some excellent blueberry ice cream (and his uses for the ice cream are so very creative)
Rehvenge from the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward. Rehv is my ultimate bad boy, the enigma of this series. He is a drug addicted, impotent wanna be pimp who can destroy a person with one thought from his mind. He feeds off a person’s emotions and god help the woman he ends up mating with, because the orgasm he gives her could kill her literately from the pleasure. But oh my, what a way to go! He also can wear a mohawk and still look cool.
James Diaz from Cry No More by Linda Howard. Diaz is a loner, a mercenary who survives through intelligence and muscle. He is the silent and sexy type who doesn’t have a lot of experience seducing women, but when he finds the one woman that maters, watch out gals because he is a quick learner. Diaz is my all time favorite Howard hero. He would be a great guy to co camping with.
Gabriel “Sully” Sullivan from Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair. He can make a woman see stars during sex, literally. And he saves the woman he loves from a fate worse than death even though she can’t stand him. His deep love for his captain and soul mate is one romance that should be written in the stars. (har har I made a funny pun)
Rain Tairen Soul from the Fading Lands series by C.L. Wilson. His name is a bit strange but he can turn into a flying cat! What more do you need in a man? Or maybe it is his undying devotion and protective instincts for the woman who gives him back his soul and makes him whole again?
Jack Prescott from Dangerous Lover by Lisa Marie Rice. Jack is a lot like Diaz. This man has survived for one reason alone; because of the love he has had for the one woman who makes him feel human. He is so very heroic in my eyes because he wants his lover to have the basic needs she deserves. He make sure his lover is kept warm, fed and loved late into the night, keeping her safe in his arms. His undying love is all consuming, knowing that he can bring a smile to his love’s face is enough to keep him going. And the man wanted to paint Caroline’s bedroom the same color she had when she was a teen, when he first fell in love with her… awww….
My final hero pick is a bit out there but so very worthy. Sherlock Holmes is my first literary crush. He is one of the first Bohemian characters that I can think of. He seems like a loner but is comfortable in the lifestyle he is accustomed to. He is very intelligent and quite the dresser and lives during my favorite time period- Victorian England. Sherlock may seem to be a bit... asexual shall we say, but in my teen fantasies, I was able to bring out that underlying sexuality that is below the surface. Sherlock is my older man crush.
Tomorrow is my final day and the DIK. The question is, what do I have in store for tomorrow? *insert evil laugh here*