Nov 11 2014 10:45am

Attention! Top 10 Military Heroes in Romance

All I want for Christmas is You by Jessica ScottToday we're joined by author Jessica Scott, whose All I Want for Christmas is You is released today. Jessica's Christmas novella is also a military romance, as it features a hero and heroine who are both in the military—but who have to figure out what home means now. Jessica wants to share her Top 10 Favorite Military Heroes with H&H today. Thanks, Jessica!

As a military member, I find that many military heroes miss the mark for me. Which is not to say that there’s anything wrong with the way other people write them – just that sometimes, there’s something specific I’m looking for when I read military heroes.

And no, I can’t actually tell you what that specific thing is. It’s more of an I know it when I see it type of thing.

So who are the military heroes who do work for me? Here’s my top (and not in order of precedence, either).

Sam Starrett from Suzanne Brockmann's Out of Control

Sam is a reader favorite. I came late to the Troubleshooters series and was able to glom up to like book 9 before I had to join the legions of fans waiting for the next book. Sam and Alyssa were smoking hot and had amazing chemistry on the page well before their book ever hit the shelves. I can still remember Alyssa telling Sam he “eviscerated her” when he went and got married on her. It was a complicated relationship but Sam, there was just something lost and loveable about Sam for me. He remains one of my favorites.

Will Hodges from Laura Griffin's Whisper of Warning

Will and Courtney were the very first book I ever added to Goodreads (yes, I discovered that when looking back through my books to see what I’ve added over the years). Will has that quiet stoicism that’s just amazing and he’s got this incredible patience to deal with Courtney and the mess she’s made of her life. This book is one of my all time favorites and I love it specifically for the ending – it’s classic and timeliness and gorgeous.

The Homecoming by JoAnn RossSax Douchet from JoAnn Ross's The Homecoming

I first met JoAnn when I was in Iraq. I had just started writing and I’d written a book—wait for it—called Shattered with a hero named Shane Garrison who also had a lower leg injury. Well, JoAnn also had a hero named Shane Garrett who had a lower leg injury. JoAnn’s High Risk novels were incredibly sexy, but there’s just something about Sax Douchet that tugs at me. He’s got demons from the war but that hasn’t broken him or changed who he fundamentally is. He’s got to learn to forgive himself for still living. The conversations with his buddy’s ghosts are touching and tender and I really love this entire series.

Jack Sheridan from Robyn Carr's Virgin River

So funny story about how I met Robyn. I was at RWA10 in NYC and I’d just sold my first bookBecause of You. My editor told me she had asked Robyn Carr to blurb it. And I was just flipping out and raving to anyone who would listen at the bar. So there I was, running my mouth and the woman I’m talking to goes, “Well I have to read it first.” Holy crap, I had been blathering on to Robyn Carr about Robyn Carr blurbing my book. Talk about awkward. But I’d read her books when I was back in Iraq and fallen in love with Virgin River and the cast of military heroes looking for place to call home. Jack Sheridan is the owner of a bar in tiny Virgin River and he’s never really gotten a thing for a woman—until Mel shows up. Theirs is a slow build that takes you through the pitfalls of small town life.

Striking Distance by Pamela ClareJavier Corbay from Pamela Clare's Striking Distance

Striking Distance is not an easy book to read. It’s a story about recovering from rape and being a prisoner of war and even though it’s a tough book, I thought Pamela did a great job bringing some amazingly touching scenes to the page. Javier is sexy and soothing and patient and exactly the man Laura needs after the trauma she’s endured.

Zach Angelino from Roxanne St. Claire's Edge of Sight

Zach. Man, I love this book so hard. Zach is not a perfect military hero. He’s scarred. He’s lost an eye from a firefight in the war and he’s a little bit jaded. There’s this amazing scene where Zach lays the scarred side of his face against Sam’s hair and it cools the burn. It wasn’t some instant healing from the magical hoohoo, but that scene is just so damn heartbreaking. I love it.

Sheridan Drake from Laura Kinsale's Seize The Fire

Okay, I know I said not in order of precedence but this one, this one really just does something for me. Sheridan Drake is not a nice man, he’s not even a good man. He’s been to war and is tired of being held up as a hero. The story is long but Laura wrote it at a time when America was just starting to wrestle with the ghosts of Vietnam and the trauma that war had inflicted not just on returning veterans but on the nation as a whole. Olympia badly wanted to be a hero and Sheridan knew just how terrible the price for that honor would be. It’s a devastatingly good book.


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Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.

She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time  and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

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1. Kareni
What a great list of books; I've read some of these and now have more to add to my towering to be read piles. Ms. Scott, I also enjoyed Back to You and look forward to reading more of your books.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
Great post, thanks, Jessica! LOVE the cover for All I Want for Christmas Is You, how pretty.

Sam!!!!! Yep, still adore him to pieces. I also really loved the Senior Chief, Stan, in the SEAL Team 16 series. I need to reread those early books...
3. SoCalGal5
Great list, Jessica! I have put most of them on my TBR list. I, too, LOVE Sam Starrett and the Troubleshooter series. I have read your Coming Home series. Love them, especially Izzy! I can't wait to read All I Want For Christmas Is You.
4. Karen H
I have read and loved all these books, but I think my heart belongs to Will Hodges..... I'll have to go re-read now!
5. Vickie Russell
I picked that Jack Sheridan and Sam Starret would be on there, and someone by Pamela Clare, but I was a bit surprised no heros from Cindy Gerard, maybe Johnny Reed from Whisper No Lies.

I'm curious to know what the missing something from a lot of military heros is - but then again, I adore military books so maybe it's better I don't know. Another lady who is in a romance forum I am in was in the military herself for years and she says she just can't read military romances as they are just so wrong as to real life.

I'm going to check out some of these titles you mentioned. I love these kind of posts as I can pick up some new authors.
7. Alison R
Sam - yes!

I loved that he was more invested in their relationship than Alyssa and when she used him as a booty call and he trashed his room after she left - epic romance!

And then when he was married - oh the angst
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