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Jun 15 2015 3:30pm

Heroine Worship: Top Traits a Heroine Must Have

Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden

Today we're so excited to have author Caroline Linden on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Last month, we saw the release of Love in the Time of Scandal. The secret to any great romance is giving us a heroine we can't get enough of, and a hero who can't get enough of her! Caroline is here today to talk about the top traits of heroine must have. Thanks, Caroline!

Many people are unabashed in their preferences: they read romance for the hero. A lot of very popular series revolve around a group of men, be they brothers, fellow spies, or members of the same military Special Forces team. And I am not arguing with this; a well-written hero is a work of art. It’s not to say that the heroines are secondary, it’s just that heroes are more likely to be larger than life, battling demons, risking the impossible, and generally being… well, heroic.

But a heroine is just as important. Do you close the book with a happy sigh if the magnificent hero battles his way through danger only to end up with a needy, clingy heroine? Do you feel charmed when the thoroughgoing ditz captures the very virile all-man hero? Me neither. To be clear, a great hero is important—VERY important! But so is a good heroine. And while a heroine doesn’t have to match the hero on every level, there are a few important things I look for.


If the girl can’t find her way out a paper bag, how long is it going to be before she blows up herself and her hero? I love a smart heroine like Daphne from Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase, or Minerva in Tessa Dare’s A Week to be Wicked. And no one tops Tatiana in Eve Kenin’s Hidden, who knows what she can do, and what she cannot. Even when she’s operating in the dark, Tatiana is just so sensible and capable, I want to cheer for her.

[More heroines and the authors who created them...]

Apr 29 2014 1:40pm

10 Tropes That Make Historical Romance Awesome

Today we're thrilled to have not one but three authors—Gayle Callen, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Caroline Linden—weigh in on one of our favorite genres, historical romance. Gayle's latest release, Redemption of the Duke, is out today, and its hero is a duke (of course!) with secrets who needs redeeming. Laura Lee Guhrke's How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days pairs an American heiress with a duke, and is also out today, while Caroline Linden's It Takes a Scandal offers a love triangle between a wealthy heiress and two very scandalous gentlemen. The ladies are here to discuss what makes historical romance so awesome. Thanks, Gayle, Laura Lee, and Caroline!

1) Dukes. Now come on, when you see the word “Duke” in a title, doesn’t your heart speed up? There’s just something about powerful men at the top of the aristocracy, brought to their knees by love, that just makes us all swoon. That’s probably why I’ve used “Duke” in the title 3 times in my 21 historical romances, including my most recent, Redemption of the Duke. –Gayle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

Source: runningoffthereeses.com

[+9 more historical tropes we'll love forever and always...]