It’s just about impossible for me to pick a favorite movie, book, song, or place is. I always have to qualify it. So, when asked what my favorite book is, I’ll respond with “Well, it depends. Do you mean my favorite non-fiction or fiction book? And if you mean fiction, that’s too hard for me. I need to break it down into smaller categories.” I’ve been thinking about my favorite romances ever since AAR began publishing its reviewers’ top ten lists this summer. Every time I try and make my list, I get distracted by other lists of smaller, easier things I feel decisively about.
This week I’ve been thinking about my favorite things in romance novels. I’ve contemplated my favorite alpha male hero, my favorite bath scene, my favorite pet, my favorite first time making love scene, my favorite governess heroine, and my favorite first and last lines. These are, of course, just my favorites this week. But they are fun to think about and I thought I’d share mine and ask for yours.
My favorite alpha male hero is Nick Ward from Shannon McKenna’s Extreme Danger. Ms. McKenna’s McClouds and Friends series is full of overbearing, super masculine men, but wounded bad boy hero Nick is the best. He’s smokin’ hot, got a wry sense of humor, and constantly puts his life on the line in order to save the heroine. The scene where they rendezvous in a hotel as Mr. and Mrs. Steiger after she has endangered herself and thus enraged Nick stands as a perfect example of how an alpha male makes his woman feel loved in the most alpha way possible. (more…)