Mar 23 2015 3:30pm

In Pursuit of Perfection: Qualities of the Perfect Romance Hero from Ward, Weber, and More!

Her Fallen Protector by Nichole SevernToday we're thrilled to welcome Nichole Severn to Heroes and Heartbreakers, whose latest release, Her Fallen Protector, came out last month. In Her Fallen Protector, former archangel has to jump through a lot of hoops to help his long-lost love, and it kind of earns him status as a perfect hero... Nichole is here today to talk about the qualities of a perfect hero and wherelse you can find them in romance. Thanks, Nichole!

I don’t know about you, but one of the main reasons I read romance is the vast array of swoonworthy heroes. I may be slightly embarrassed to admit no matter how the plot plays out or which bimbo he ends up with (shove off, Beth from Dark Lover!), I catch myself envisioning myself as the heroine in every book. But I’m sure I’m not the only one.

There’s just something about finding the perfect man in all these stories that makes us fall head over heels and pick up yet another romance. The heroes elicit passion, desire, and maybe a few too many fantasies. ***clears throat*** Every romance reader has their favorite “book boyfriend,” but what is it about these fictional men that makes them perfect for thousands of readers?


The very first thing heroines notice of their heroes are looks and isn’t that true for us here in the real world as well? Sight is the first sense to register attraction, but the mind’s eye can be just as satisfying if not more so.

Five o’clock shadows make our heroes darker, the six-pack abs mean he takes care of himself and most likely everything else in his life, and those mesmerizing eyes can peer down into our souls. All of it produces a racing pulse, heated skin, and shallow breathing from our imaginations alone. Even if our hero is just on the page.

So who are my top three hotties?

  • Cade Sullivan from A SEAL’s Surrender by Tawny Weber: This one screamed Channing Tatum to me
  • Rory MacDermot from Faerie Fool by Silver James: I imagined him as actor Dylan McDermott
  • Jacob Strauss from Her Fallen Protector by Nichole Severn: I’m allowed to fall for my own hot hero, right? Totally based him off of actor Kevin Durand.


Once you get past the deliriously good looks your “book boyfriend” has, you’re either going to love him or hate him. All depends on personality, doesn’t it? And he’s got to have some personality, even if he’s a raging, guilt-ridden, bad-ass sour puss most of the time (thinking of Zsadist from Love Awakened off the top of my head). Without that, he falls flat and so does your motivation to read any further.

I tend to go for the darker hero, but there are just some times I can’t take anymore negativity in my life and need a lighter side of things, but personality is key for me. If a hero can make me laugh, I’m his. If he can make me smile from talking dirty, even better. If he can’t make me like him at all? I’m chucking that book against a wall.

My favorites for this round:

  • Jim Heron from J.R. Ward’s The Fallen Angels series: He’s got that bad-ass thing down pat.
  • Sawyer Branson from Countermeasures by Janie Crouch: I love sarcasm and this character has it in spades.
  • Travis Chase from The Breach by Patrick Lee: Not a romance, but one of the most compelling heroes I’ve ever come across.


A hero’s career choice absolutely determines his level of sexiness. Whether he works for the government, studied to become a doctor, or is in the corporate life, that choice really makes the hero who he is, don’t you think? Every moment in his life has molded him into that role.

Military heroes are huge right now, as are the millionaires/billionaires and doctors, and these careers keep us turning page after page at two in the morning. The men in these roles can be ruthless, make calculated decisions, and generally get what they set out to have. No questions asked. They’re seen as strong, capable, dependable. And, man, do I love a hero who has his head on straight, but every once in a while, I love seeing them lose all that power and turn into putty in their woman’s hands (the best part of the story, of course).

Some favorites come to mind:

  • MacArthur Patton from Fiancé for Hire by Tawna Fenske (Entangled Publishing 2014) Got to love the special ops missions and the danger that comes with them.
  • Brody Donovan from Trapped by Beverly Long (Harlequin Intrigue, 2014) This doctor reminds me of Jack Shepherd from ABC’s Lost TV series.
  • Glenn Danning from Forced Disappearance by Dana Marton (Montlake, 2014) Somehow he’s the only millionaire I’ve been able to stand in all the contemporary romance I’ve come across.

So who is your favorite fictional hero and what makes him perfect for you?


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Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she spent most days at her grandmother’s house watching X-Men, Married with Children and The Simpsons, Nichole Severn migrated to the Salt Lake City valley to live life as scandalous romance author. 

She graduated with a degree in psychology from Utah Valley University and resides with her very supportive and patient husband, as well as her terrorist of a toddler, in Sandy, Utah. When she’s not writing, she’s constantly injuring herself running, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and snowboarding.

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