Nov 12 2012 8:19am

Favorite Soldier in Romance Novels?

Today is Veterans Day, a national holiday in the United States. Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first commemorated on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

The name of the day was changed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in honor of those who served in all American wars. There were 1.6 million female veterans as of last count.

What's your favorite romance novel featuring a soldier hero or heroine?

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Michelle Palmer
1. ChelleP
Most of this post will probably be about contemporary novels, but when I think of soldiers, I always think of ELizabeth Hoyt's historical To Seduce a Sinner (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #2). Out of the four heroes, Jasper reigns. On the surface he's the life of the party, but on the inside he's struggling with guilt and self-hatred for how his men died.

And, of course, his romance with Melisande is so freaking romantic!
Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
Ok, that would be Vadim Krasnorada and Dan McFadyen from Aleksandr Voinov's Special Forces. Love them something fierce....
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
@ChelleP, I actually was thinking of Hoyt's soldiers, too. I do like the soldier in Anne Stuart's The Soldier and the Baby; one of the few of her heroes who's actually on the right side of the law.

@LegeArtis, we hope to have a Voinov post soon!
Michelle Palmer
4. ChelleP
@Megan, just read the Amazon blurb about the Stuart book. I've never read her contemporaries, but...nuns and tough guys? What's not to love! ;)
Megan Frampton
5. MFrampton
I just love Anne Stuart in all the genres she writes in! I did like that book, and back when I read it, I never read contemps.
Ella Quinn
6. Ella Quinn
I'm going way back to John Smith in Georgette Heyer's Spanish Bride.
Carmen Pinzon
7. bungluna
I love Suzanne Brockmann in all her reincarnations. Mary Jo Putney had some nice soldiers in a historical setting. Her description of the battle of Waterloo and it's aftermath is impressive. Lisa Marie Rice does millitary men well also.

Suzanne Brockmann - "Get Lucky" in category and "The Unsung Hero" in longer length.
Mary Jo Putney - "Shattered Rainbow" had the battle description but my fave is "River of Fire".
Lisa Marie Rice - The Protector series is about former military men, the first is "Into the Crossfire".
Ella Quinn
8. Wolf Baginski
Ella, you're thinking of Harry Smith, who was entirely real. Heyer did a good re-telling of the story, but it isn't half as invented as most fiction. I agree, he's a fine hero, and Juana María de los Dolores de León Smith is worth a mention in her own right.
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