Love ‘em or leave ‘em?

loversSo my new book is coming out and while those in the book club may have already received their November shipment, the rest of the world has to wait until A MAN WORTH LOVING hits the shelves the second week in November. And because I'm excited about the release of this new book, I thought I'd give one away! But first, you have to answer a question. I'll pick one lucky poster and send them a free book. Is that cool or what? I think so. Free books make my day.

Okay, so here's the question: What do you think about heros that start out kinda prickly? Personally, I love them. Maybe it's because once upon a time I used to have a thing for bad boys, I don't know, but I do love reading books with jerky heroes. With that said, they have to change and become wonderfully soft and sweet by the end of the book in order to qualify.

Tell me what kind of hero makes your toes curl and I'll randomly pick a winner!

19 Responses to “Love ‘em or leave ‘em?”

  1. I actually think that a hero who makes a bad first impression can make me love him more in the end. I mean, hey, it worked for my husband…

  2. kimwrites says:

    Stephanie: Amen! My dh wasn’t a jerky guy but I fell for my share before him. What I think I discovered was that bad boys make wonderful eye candy but terrible boyfriends! But in a book, where anything is possible? Give me a bad boy anytime!

  3. Marcie says:

    I’m okay with them as long as they aren’t cruel to the heroine. Sure, they can be snarky, but hopefully the reason why he’s this way is made clear early on.
    Plus, the heroine has to have her reasons why she stays with him.
    Redeeming a bad boy can be tough, but as long as the way he changes isn’t contrived and is believable then I’m all in.
    In the end of the story I hope he’d keep some of those bad boy qualities too.

  4. kimwrites says:

    I agree with all your points. I think with this book, because he’s an established character in the series, readers have already seen the side of him that everyone loves. It’s because of the tragedy that he changes but through the love of a good woman, he returns to the man he was before his life imploded. So, I think the redemption is believable. At least I hope it is. You’ll have to read it and let me know. ;-)

  5. Kimberly Queriolo says:

    I think it’s interesting that its usually the “bad” boy that we love to chase because we believe that we can change them. They truly are a challenge. I think every guy wants to be a little bad…some are just worse than others. It’s the “good” bad guys that we truly fall in love with in the end. They are the ones that give us a little challenge, but will love us till we grow old!

  6. Lynz says:

    I’m okay with men who start out prickly as long as they soften up… mostly. The thing is that if he’s prickly because his ex aborted his baby or cheated on him and thus all! women! are! evil!, I don’t want to read about it. If he has a good reason to be prickly – in other words, any reason other than the one I mentioned – then I’m okay with it. I like bad boys, I like rakes who end up redeemed, and, most importantly, I love a good grovel. A hero needs to be prickly at some point for me to get my grovel.

  7. Angie says:

    Prickly or bad or jerky–I think all men fit that description. That’s how they get our attention. All of us seem to think that we can change them if we give them our love and make them feel good about themselves. In real life it doesn’t always happen that way–but in a book, anything can happen.

  8. Kim Q: Hey girl! Good to see you. Oh yes, we love bad boys because we think they’re changeable. I think we like the potential instead of the reality. But in books it’s nice because it is possible to find that diamond in the rough!

    Lynz: Oh yes, a good grovel is delicious. Especially when they bare their heart and soul without any guarantees that it will work and he risks a broken heart in the doing. But of course, she takes him into her heart and all is forgiven. If only it was like that in life…

    Angie: Yes, it’s so nice that everything works out in the end. That’s why I’ve always loved romance. That Happily Ever After is so yummy.

  9. Bec says:

    I do love the redemption of a jerk. But there are limits. i read a book recently where the ‘hero’ called the heroine a slut – a bit too far for me, verged on plain nasty!

  10. Bec, Yikes, a slut, huh? Well, we all have our list of words that are unutterable in our world for whatever reasons. I have a dislike for a certain “C” word and you can bet you’ll never read that word in one of my books!

  11. Marcie says:

    Kim – commenting on your comment to me – I’ll take you up on your offer and let you know. I have no doubts you’ve made Sammy redeemable. Like you said – we knew him from before and now life has thrown him a curve (for lack of a better phrase)we’ll see how he finds his way back.

  12. Brooke says:

    Heros need to be complex and diversified. If they are dark and mysterious with an unapproachable or stormy aura, they need to have a history that has made them that way, something that endears them to the reader – lost love, betrayal, etc – this sets up the situation for the perfect misunderstanding and conflict to cause the friction between the hero and heroine . Classic heros: Hamlet, Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Hamlet and Heathcliff, unfortunately, redeem themselves too late, which makes it all that much more tragic. Darcy, well, he’s just right.

  13. Brooke: Who doesn’t love Mr. Darcy! Yum! I love the BBC movie version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. So yummy.

  14. In books I’m definitely a “bad boys” type.

    Okay… Okay…

    I tend to lean towards bad boys in real life too. There is something incredibly sexy and incredibly sweet about a man that is rough around the edges, tattoo’s and/or scars to tell a story about him, then finding the one woman that breaks down his defenses and finds the sweetheart underneath. Yum!!! That’s my idea of a dream man.

  15. Michelle: Ah the sweetheart underneath…*sigh* dreamy!

  16. *as posted by my sister at another blog site*
    Hmmm, I will have to think about this one. LOL. I just wanted to say that I love your little graphic. I will take that free book now. :)

  17. Donya Pedigo says:

    Personally I love bad boys. If it wasn’t for bad boys being redeemed some of us women wouldn’t have men of fantasies for that matter. There is just something about watching a dark, brooding man as you peel away his layers to the fuzzy warmth underneath. Something about seeing him, and the way he can open up only to you can make many womens blood bubble.

  18. I decided to pick two winners! Brooke and Marcie, hit me back with mailing addies and I’ll put your free book in the mail.
    Thanks everyone who commented! A MAN WORTH LOVING should hit stores nationwide around Nov.8

  19. Marcie says:

    WooHoo! Thanks Kim! congrats Brooke!