July 19, 2013

Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop

Update: I mistakenly told random.org to choose 4 winners, so we'll go with that! :)
Winners, randomly drawn are: Nikki McCarver, strawberryrose, Silvia Fugate and Mel Bourn. Look for an email from me coming to your inbox today.



Welcome to the Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop!
Up for grabs on this hop are:

1. A Kindle Fire
2. $50 Amazon.com gift certificate

Winners will be will be selected from post comments via random number generation so be sure and LEAVE A COMMENT.

Also, I will be giving away three (3) eCopies of my book,
NOT WITHOUT RISK. 

Thanks for visiting!

Today I thought I would talk a little bit about my favorite type of romance hero: The Damaged Hero

They draw us in with their gut-wrenching pasts and their painful presents - the lost soul, so damaged by the million different things life has thrown at him he grows defeated, feels adrift and unworthy. We love their stories, no matter how painful or bittersweet. We yearn to see them find happiness as they travel down that long, difficult road toward happily-ever-after.

With a damaged hero, what you see on the outside is never what you get on the inside. The damaged hero feels deeply and I think that’s one of the reasons he appeals to female readers. I know when I read about a damaged hero I want to nurture and ‘heal’ him. I just can’t help myself.

There are many types of damaged heroes:

• Scarred - A scarred hero has visible damage. His body has suffered a lot and is usually covered in scars. The loss of his looks is a real blow for this type of hero.

• Wounded – A wounded hero can also have scars, but he also has physical damage. He has lost one or more of his senses, suffers disabling headaches or is dealing with lost or limited mobility.


• Tortured – A tortured hero is a damaged hero at the end of his rope. He is at his lowest point. He believes himself unworthy of love, most likely from being emotionally or mentally abused at some point in his life.

• Tragic – A tragic hero is an emotionally damaged hero. He’s lost family, friends, careers, purpose, and drive. He doesn’t want to/can’t possibly love again for losing that love just might kill him.

• Burdened – A burdened hero is a damaged hero who acts alone. His experiences in life have shown him he can’t trust others. A burdened hero may be harboring a deep, dark secret. He could be seeking vengeance, revenge, or absolution.


From my own writings, Sergeant Justin Harrison in NOT WITHOUT RISK is a wounded hero. A San Diego homicide detective, Justin is all cop. It’s all he knows, everything he is. His job defines him. Or so he believes, until the day a long-legged brunette stumbles into his crime scene and tips his world off its axis. Struggling against lingering physical limitations from taking a bullet, the last thing Justin wants is an unwelcome attraction. But as he works to uncover the identity of the person who killed her friend and is now threatening her life, Justin discovers Paige Conroy is exactly what he needs.

Who are some of your favorite damaged heroes?


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39 comments:

Not Everyones Mama said...

Any of the Sinners On Tour boys, any of Maya Banks guys, Dale from Dear Rockstar, Jett from Surrender/Conquer your love, then there is Professor Gabriel, and there are TONS more. LOL heather1974 at gmail dot com

LhasaLuma said...

I don't have a favorite, but the saddest hero has to be the burdened hero :( kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

Ingeborg said...

I like Noah from Barbara Longley's book Far From Perfect.

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Valerie R said...

I really enjoyed Dale of Dear Rockstar

laurie said...

I don't have a favorite, but the saddest hero has to be the burdened hero

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Jessi said...

I think my favorite would be Maddox from the Redwood Pack series. He is scarred and burdened and you just want to help him out.

carly said...

My fav damaged heros are zadist & tegan from JR Wards BDB & Lara Adrains Midnight Breed series

Cassandra said...

There are so many I love the men from JR Ward's BDB and from Kresley Cole's IAD series are just a few :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Sue said...

I love Kristen Ashley's Luke!!

BLHmistress said...

I have to say my favorite is Acheron from the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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susanmp said...

JR Ward BDB series have damaged heroes.

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Nikki McCarver said...

I'm all about the Burdened or Tragic Hero!! The book looks great!!
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Sebella Blue said...

Ooooh, I just finished the best book, Arctic Prison by J.E. Hopkins, and the hero, Julian, was both emotionally and physically damaged. It was awesome.

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Ashley Fasolo said...

hmm well I'd have to say I have quite a few heroes I like/read that are like that fit into one or several of the categorizes.

(and it seems it not just books that have them either. I was playing huh that sounds like X,Y and Z as I was reading along XD )

and thanks for the giveaway ^ ^

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deasuluna said...

Scarred and Burdened are so of my favorite types but as for favorites I can't really choose...maybe any of the dark hunters from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters series.

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books4me said...

My favorite damaged boys are from Larissa Ione's Deomonica series!

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strawberryrose said...

I don't think I have read any books that I can remember that had damaged Heros. I have always found Alpha males. I think I found a hole in my reading. I so need to fix that.

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Juana said...

My damaged hero is Ash from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. He had a tragic past yet he was able to feel love not only for his chosen lady but for humankind.

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Theresa said...

Acheron from the book Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon fischert484@gmail.com

Sherrie Vermurlen said...

I love the men of your books and I love the Quinn Brothers of Nora Roberts Chesapeke series.

JanD said...

My favorite is Zarek from Dance with the Devil (Sherrilyn Kenyon).
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Natasha said...

I don't have a favorite.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Tanya conaway said...

My favorite would have to be the boys from the nauti series Lorain Leigh thanks for being part of the hop
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Swordlily said...

Noah from Pushing the limits :)
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Jessica said...

thanks for being part of this blog hop!
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Silvia Fugate said...

I do not have any favorite heroes at all as I tend to love them all!
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Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on heroes. My favorite heroes are the Alpha males. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

K. April Holgate said...

First I wanna say, I am so sorry to be cut and pasting this but it is the end of the day and the hop is almost over. I know crappy defense but I am tired! I promise I am adding books as I go along!
So many great books being added to my TRB list today!!
Thanks for being in the hop!
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BookLady said...

The Black Dagger Brotherhood
Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Jessmartin said...

I think my favorites are the men from The Lords of the Underworld.
Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and for giving me the opportunity to win!
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bn100 said...

Zsadist from the BDB series

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Beth said...

The first one that came to mind after reading your post is Rhage from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Zsadist too.

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Janhvi said...

Love wounded, tortured heroes!

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Rachel dosSantos said...

There are so many to choose from but I think my favorites are the boys from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.

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Mel Bourn said...

I don't have one favorite. But I do love a tortured hero. Provides for great conflict making my HEA so much sweeter.

Mel
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Book Attict said...

Dante Baptiste from Adrian Phoenix's The Maker's Song series, Terrible from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series, Simon from Anne Bishop's The Others series and Severn from Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series.

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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Pam said...

I think my favorites are the men of Sherrilyn Kenyon's The League series.

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veRONIca said...

Gideon Cross is my all time favourite. But I do love most tortured heros. I love seeing them deal with and/or overcome their pasts for love

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Shadow said...

Hi! One of my favorite heros is from Bling Promises by Diana Palmer! Love him! Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)
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