Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MK's Desert Island Keepers & Heroes

Hey Everyone! I decided I'm doing my books and heroes all in one day. Sure it makes for a longer post, but then it enables me to get to...other stuff.

Also, thank you Lisabea for the piccy of Mr. Hotty McTattypants. I might have actually drooled on my keyboard when you featured him on your blog. He's

As a reminder, here are my additions to the already excellent DIK Library:

The Windflower by Tom and Sharon Curtis. Why? It's my all time favorite romance, without a doubt. Reasons for that are listed here.

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught. Why? It's a superb example of a medieval and also of old school deliciousness. The hero is alpha, the heroine is sassy and cast of secondaries is delightful. Plus it features an ending that makes me heave a big sigh every single time.

Sea Swept by Nora Roberts. Why? I could read this book over and over again. It features all of the things that Nora does best, write families, write alpha males, write guy speak, write hot sex that isn't explicit, and leave you panting for more.

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. Why? I've read this book probably 30 times, and each time I find something new that I love about it. But mostly, it's the simple love story, not just between the hero and the heroine, but between the heroine and her native people, and the people she comes to belong to. It's a spectacularly well written, well imagined book.

Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh. Book Two in the Psy/Changeling series is just as much fun, and Vaughn, the hero is all dark and broody and alpha. But his heroine, Faith, is even stronger. This book proves that Nalini was no one hit wonder!

Mary Balogh's Slightly Dangerous. Why? Because the hero, Wulfric Bedwyn is one of the most complicated, fascinating, deeply subdued men I've ever read. And watching him thaw into this wonderful, warm man is among the best times I've ever had reading a book. And it remains so every time.

And now, for the more important entires, my heroes:

Roarke (In Death series, JD Robb) - Much to Katie(babs)'s dismay, I picked before her, and I picked up the man who I think is the best hero in the pantheon of heroes. In Roarke, we find every woman's dream: a man with fallen angel looks, an Irish accent, gads of money, a caretaker, but someone who is alpha enough to kick anyone's ass. He is my favorite hero of all time.

Lucas Hunter (Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh) - I chose Lucas because he is the hero who most stays with me, and whose book I go back to over and over again. He's dominant and domineering, alpha and tender, obsessed with his woman, and a man who wears a great mantle of power. What's not to love about that? Plus, he sports the tatt. And we all know how I love the tatts.

Maximillian Pesaro (Gardella Chronicles, Colleen Gleason) - I love me a reluctant hero, and Max is exactly that. He's a good man, who is cranky and difficult. He delights in needling the heroine, but he's reliable and trustworthy and a hero at his core -- even if he's pissed off about it.

Cameron Quinn (Sea Swept, Nora Roberts) - One of my favorite bad boys, I love me some Cameron Quinn. He's quick tempered and difficult. He speaks Italian, dates super models and races boats. And when push comes to shove, he gives it all up for loyalty to his family and finds that home, even through struggles, is where his heart is. I adore him.

Jacob Green (Vampire Queen's Servant series, Joey W. Hill) - Mmmkay, well. I'll be honest, I chose Jacob because he's damned handy. Sure, he's tremendous in bed and is willing to try most anything, which is key, but he also gives a killer pedicure and can whip up a meal or fruity drink. I'm nothing if not practical, handy and good in bed? I'm sold.

Captain Jack Seward (All Through The Night, Connie Brockway) - Ah, Captain Jack -- the original. I love him. He's dark and suspicious, he's bowled over by a thief who ties him to a chair in my all time favorite non-sex sex scene. I love this man. Or, maybe I just love Connie Brockway's writing. Either way, he stole my heart.

Hawke (Psy/Changeling series, Nalini Singh) - I don't think there is a hero in Romancelandia whose HEA I want more. Every time Nalini gives us a glimpse of Hawke, I'm mesmerized. He's powerful, and has a tragic past. He might be even more alpha than Lucas, and whooo-damn do I love him.

And there you have it, MK's books and boys. Enjoy!


Bridget Locke said...

MK-You chose some great heroes! I can't wait for Hawke's story either. *sigh*

I just finished reading The Wild Road by Marjorie M. Liu. Lannes, the hero, is so...sweet. Old in spirit, but also so very young in his knowledge of humans. And he's so tall. You know how I like the tall heroes (being 6'1"). :)

I'm just glad I got Judd before anyone else did. Caressed by Ice is still my fave Nalini Singh book. :)

Sarah said...

Cool! I do like Warprize, a cool series.

Christine said...

MK-Just wanted you to know I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post.

You've really made me want to read each of the books in your DIK library. Really. The only one I've read is Visions of Heat. I want to read Windflower because everyone loves it so... and because its so hard to find, it must be worth it, right? I want to read A Kingdom of Dreams because I've got to get to that heaving big sigh ending. And you've totally captured my attention with your descriptors of Wulfric Bedwyn. Yikes! How will I ever have the time to read all of these!!?!

Your heroes. I adore Roarke as well. He is definitely the master of sex appeal... but I think Eve is the more heroic of the pair. Then again, I've only read the first four books so far, so maybe I need to read more to be further convinced of his heroism. Love that series.

I just finished The Rest Falls Away a few days ago, and already I totally get Maximillian's appeal. But gosh... Sebastian is so entertaining and damn sexy. I wanna go on a carriage ride with him. :D I have the next two books already, so I hope to get to them soon.

LOL @ Jacob Green! I adore him, too.

Sorry if I hijacked your post.

Kati said...

Mornin' Ladies!

Bridget - I enjoyed Judd, but I'll take a changeling over a Psy anyday of the week. You're safe from me, my friend! :wink:

Sarah - I love Warprize too. That whole series is wonderful!

Christine - Yay! If you pick up some of my library, that will make me happy. Yeah, The Windflower is incredibly hard to find. I actually own two copies, one I loan out and one I keep at my house. My loaner is with my pal Monica Burns at RWA right now (she read it on the airplane over), when I get it back, I'd be glad to send it to you so you can see what the fuss is about, if you like.

If you thought today's post was fun, wait til you see which of the DIK Ladies' pockets I'm picking tomorrow. :wink:

Sarai said...

I have A HUGE reading list ahead of me. Love me som Singh and so happy I have one of her heroes *g*

Great list now off to the library and what they don't have I will make up for at Boarders!!!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with a lot of your choices. I haven't read some of them..more to go on the reading list.

I am in the middle of Sea Swept just now and I am loving it. I think Ethan is going to be my man though...*sigh*

I love all of Nalini SInghs heros but I can't wait for Hawke. He did managed to worm his way in and I have no idea how...

If I had Roarke, I wouldn't need anyone else in my hut. Nuff said. ALthough I would make him cut his hair!! I know, blasphemy huh?

Katie Reus said...

I've never read Windflower but everyone seems to LOVE it. I must check it out :)

Kati said...

Sarai - There's nothing I love more than pimping books. I hope you pick up one or two and love them as much as I do.

Sayuri - Believe me, you missed the gnashing of teeth and extreme drama (including unladylike threats to my person) that came from Katie(babs) when I chose Roarke in front of her. She was peeved for sure. And she continuously tries to sneak into my hut and steal him from me.

Katie - Words really can't begin to explain how much I adore The Windflower, I truly believe it is the finest romance ever written. Every once in a while I meet someone who maybe doesn't love it as much as me. But they're rare, I'll tell ya. :wink:

Tracy said...

Great post MK!! I have to say I haven't read any of the books on your DIK list except Visions of Heat. Just more to add to the pile! :)

Love your heros. I can't say I've read all those books either but it will be fun to learn more about why you love them when I DO read the books! :)

Kati said...

Hi Tracy - Like I said, I *love* introducing people to new books. I hope you'll pick up just one and give it a try. Maybe you'll find a new keeper!

JenB said...

I saw a pristine copy of The Windflower at the used book store a few weeks ago for $25 and I didn't buy it.

I still hate myself for that.

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