Holly: It’s no secret I struggle with romance heroines. I find that I’m much harder on the heroine than I am the hero of the story. Mostly, I think, because I have high expectations for women in general. I want to see my sex represented well in all places, especially in romance.
It doesn’t take much for a heroine to ruin a story for me. Last night I read a contemporary romance. I really enjoyed the first half of the book. During the second half the heroine started blaming the hero for things outside his control and generally acting crazy..before I knew it a book I was really loving ended up a wallbanger. That’s all it takes for me sometimes.
So when I find a book with a heroine I love, it’s practically a miracle. It doesn’t happen often, but when I finish a novel and think “wow, I really loved that heroine”..well, that’s the best feeling in the world.
Here are 5 romances featuring really amazing heroines:
1. Amber Flame (aka His Bonnie Bride) by Hannah Howell – Storm Eldon is one of my most favorite romance novel heriones ever. Honestly Tavis, her hero, kind of pales in comparison.
2. The In Death Series by J.D. Robb – Eve Dallas is probably one of the most well-known kickbutt heroines. She’s strong emotionally and physically. I kind of want to be her when I grow up.
3. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase – Jessica Trent. Oh how I adore Jessica Trent. Here’s a woman who is confident in herself, knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it (or him, as the case may be).
4. Heart of Fire by Linda Howard – Jillian Sherwood is another woman who is confident in herself and knows her own mind. Plus, she deals in sarcasm..something I greatly appreciate.
5. Anything by Meljean Brook – I was going to choose one of Brook’s heroines, but..well, I just can’t decide. She writes very heroine-centric novels and every one of them is strong and amazing (though I will admit to having a soft spot for Savi).
Casee: I mostly agree with Holly about being harder on the heroines than the heroes. As we all know, Holly has a bit of neuroticism running through her (one of the reasons I love her so).
Recently I have found myself deluded with men and their eternal stupidity. Heroes are generally stupid in the choices they make and how they are always trying to protect the heroine a) from herself b) from himself c) some unknown enemy. Thus the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING. It’s almost always perpetrated by the heroine because of some the hero has done. We need heroines that are smarter than that.
Here are my 5 favorite romance heroines:
1. J.D. Robb In Death – Eve Dallas. She can kick Roarke’s ass and she puts up with Summerset.
2. Elena Deveraux from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. She has changed so much from the first book in the series, but everything that made her a great heroine has remained the same. She’s a consort to the scariest Archangel and she doesn’t even blink. Elena has never disappointed me as a heroine.
3. Christina Bennett from Lyon’s Lady by Julie Garwood. I love her guilty innocence.
4. Lady Emma Wells Finch from Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Only a very special heroine could put Kenny Traveler in his place.
5. Evangeline Jenner from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent. Enough said.
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