Heroes in Pursuit

Found here are romances with heroes who pursue the heroine with everything they have. These heroes have more than lust in mind, however. They have noble intentions, or, at least, intentions that turn noble very quickly. They want (and need!) to be with their ladies forever.

(List begun 09/03, updated 07/13)

 

Medieval Romances
Regency Romances
European Historical Romances
American/Frontier Historical Romances
Contemporary Romances
Alternate Reality

 

Medieval Romances

  • Fairest of Them All (1995) by Teresa Medeiros - Sir Austyn of Gavenmore
  • Uncommon Vows (1991) by Mary Jo Putney - Adrian de Lancey, Earl of Shropshire (A at AAR)
  • Mystique (1995) by Amanda Quick - Sir Hugh the Relentless, Lord of Scarcliffe (C+/C at AAR)
  • Katherine (1954) by Anya Seton - John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (A at AAR)

Regency Romances

  • The Notorious Rake (1992) by Mary Balogh - Lord Edmond Waite (A at AAR)
  • Lord Stanhope's Proposal (2000) by Jessica Benson - Tristan Rutherford-Hayes, Earl of Stanhope (A at AAR)
  • A Debt of Honour (1982) by Diana Brown - Peter, Lord Chalmsforth (B+ at AAR)
  • The Toll-Gate (1954) by Georgette Heyer - Captain John Staple
  • The Unknown Ajax (1959) by Georgette Heyer - Hugh Darracott
  • Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career (1992) by Carla Kelly - James Gatewood, Marquess of Chesney

European Historical Romances

  • Love with the Proper Husband (2003) by Victoria Alexander - Marcus Holcraft, Earl of Pennington (A- at AAR)
  • The Care and Feeding of Pirates (2005) by Jennifer Ashley - Christopher Raine (B- at AAR)
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (2009) by Jennifer Ashley - Lord Ian Mackenzie (A- at AAR)
  • Winter Garden (2000) by Adele Ashworth - Thomas Blackwood (A at AAR)
  • Seducing an Angel (2009) by Mary Balogh - Stephen Huxtable, Earl of Merton (B+ at AAR)
  • A Summer to Remember (2002) by Mary Balogh - Christopher Butler, Viscount Ravensberg (A at AAR)
  • Thief of Dreams (1998) by Mary Balogh - Nigel Wetherby, Viscount Wroxley (B+ at AAR)
  • A Lady's Pleasure (2006) by Renee Bernard - Drake Sotherton, Duke of Sussex (B at AAR)
  • The Spymaster's Lady (2008) by Joanna Bourne - Robert Grey (A at AAR)
  • As You Desire (1997) by Connie Brockway - Harry Braxton (A at AAR)
  • The Dark Queen (2005) by Susan Carroll - Justice Deauville, Comte de Renard (A- at AAR)
  • Captives of the Night (1994) by Loretta Chase - Ismal Delvina aka Comte d'Esmond (A at AAR)
  • Miss Wonderful (2004) by Loretta Chase - Alistair Carsington (B+ at AAR)
  • Night Fire (1989) by Catherine Coulter - Burke Drummond, Earl of Ravensworth (A at AAR)
  • Dance (1996) by Judy Cuevas - Sebastien de Saint Vallier (A- at AAR)
  • At Your Pleasure (2012) by Meredith Duran - Adrian Ferrers, Earl of Rivenham (B+ at AAR)
  • The Duke of Shadows (2008) by Meredith Duran - Julian Sinclair, Marquess of Holdensmoor (partially set in India) (B- at AAR)
  • Wicked Becomes You (2010) by Meredith Duran - Alexander Ramsey (A- at AAR)
  • The Fortune Hunter (2002) by Diane Farr - George Carstairs, Baron Rival (B+ at AAR)
  • Sweet Awakening (1995) by Marjorie Farrell - Giles Whitton, Viscount Whitton
  • Guardian Angel (1990) by Julie Garwood - Marquess of Cainewood (A- at AAR)
  • The Lion's Lady (1988) by Julie Garwood - Marquess of Lyonwood (A at AAR)
  • To Catch a Bride (2009) by Anne Gracie - Rafe Ramsey (B+ at AAR)
  • The Marriage Bed (2005) by Laura Lee Guhrke - John, Viscount Hammond (B+ at AAR)
  • Lady Be Bad (2007) by Candice Hern - John Grayson, Viscount Rochdale (B- at AAR)
  • Devil's Cub (1932) by Georgette Heyer - Dominic Alastair, Marquis of Vidal
  • Powder and Patch (1923/30) by Georgette Heyer - Philip Jettan
  • The Sheik (1919) by Edith Maude Hull - Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (set in Algeria) (B at AAR)
  • Provocative in Pearls (2010) by Madeline Hunter - Grayson, Earl of Hawkeswell (B+ at AAR)
  • Beast (1997) by Judith Ivory - Charles Harcourt (A at AAR)
  • Lord Ruin (2002) by Carolyn Jewel - Ruan Bettancourt, Duke of Cynssyr (B- at AAR)
  • The Game (1995) by Brenda Joyce - Liam O'Neill (Elizabethan)
  • The Dream Hunter (1994) by Laura Kinsale - Arden Mansfield, Viscount Winter (B+ at AAR)
  • Flowers from the Storm (1992) by Laura Kinsale - Christian Langland, Duke of Jervaulx (A at AAR)
  • The Prince of Midnight (1990) by Laura Kinsale - S.T. Maitland
  • Mine Till Midnight (2007) by Lisa Kleypas - Cam Rohan (B+ at AAR)
  • Lady Sophia's Lover (2002) by Lisa Kleypas - Sir Ross Cannon (A at AAR)
  • Tempt Me at Twilight (2009) by Lisa Kleypas - Harry Rutledge (B- at AAR)
  • Then Came You (1993) by Lisa Kleypas - Alex Raiford, Earl of Wolverton (A at AAR)
  • Where Dreams Begin (2000) by Lisa Kleypas - Zachary Bronson (A- at AAR)
  • Dishonor and Desire (2007) by Juliet Landon - Sir Chase Burton
  • All About Love (2001) by Stephanie Laurens - Alasdair "Lucifer" Cynster (B at AAR)
  • Devil's Bride (1998) by Stephanie Laurens - Sylvester "Devil" Cynster, Duke of St. Ives (A/B+ at AAR)
  • A Rake's Vow (1998) by Stephanie Laurens - Spencer "Vane" Cynster (B at AAR)
  • A Secret Love (2000) by Stephanie Laurens - Rupert "Gabriel" Cynster (B at AAR)
  • What I Did for a Duke (2011) by Julie Anne Long - Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge (A- at AAR)
  • One Night is Never Enough (2011) by Anne Mallory - Roman Merrick (A at AAR)
  • Almost Heaven (1991) by Judith McNaught - Ian Thornton (A at AAR)
  • Whitney, My Love (1985) by Judith McNaught - Clayton Westmoreland (B at AAR)
  • The Duchess War (2012) by Courtney Milan - Robert Blaisdell, Duke of Clermont (B+ at AAR)
  • A Kiss for Midwinter (2012) by Courtney Milan - Dr. Jonas Grantham (B at AAR)
  • Unveiled (2011) by Courtney Milan - Ash Turner (B+ at AAR)
  • Silk and Secrets (1991) by Mary Jo Putney - Ross Carlisle (set in the Middle East and Afghanistan) (A- at AAR)
  • Dangerous (1993) by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Sebastian Fleetwood, Earl of Angelstone
  • Second Sight (2006) by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Gabriel Jones (C at AAR)
  • Must Have Been the Moonlight (2004) by Melody Thomas - Major Michael Fallon (B at AAR)
  • Beguiling the Beauty (2012) by Sherry Thomas - Christian de Montford, Duke of Lexington (B+ at AAR)
  • Not Quite a Husband (2009) by Sherry Thomas - Quentin Leonidas Marsden (partially set in India) (A at AAR)
  • Tempting the Bride (2012) by Sherry Thomas - David Hillborough, Viscount Hastings (A- at AAR)
  • A Rose in Winter (1982) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss - Christopher Seton

American Historical/Frontier Romances

  • Comanche Moon (1991) by Catherine Anderson - Hunter of the Wolf
  • The Randolph Legacy (1997) by Eileen Charbonneau - Ethan Randolph (B+ at AAR)
  • Ribbon in the Sky (1991) by Dorothy Garlock - Mike Dolan
  • For the Roses (1995) by Julie Garwood - Harrison Stanford MacDonald
  • True to the Law (2013) by Jo Goodman - Cobb Bridger (A at AAR)
  • Sweet Lullaby (1994) by Lorraine Heath - Jake Burnett (A at AAR)
  • The Savage (1994) by Nicole Jordan - Lance Calder
  • Heartbreak Trail (2010) by Shirley Kennedy - Clint Palance (B at AAR)
  • Gold Rush Groom (2011) by Jenna Kernan - Jack Snow (B at AAR)
  • Logan's Outlaw (2012) by Elaine Levine - Logan Taggert (A- at AAR)
  • Gone With the wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell - Rhett Butler (historical fiction)
  • Cherished (1993) by Elizabeth Thornton - Leon Devereux (partly set in England) (A- at AAR)
  • Colorado Dawn (2012) by Kaki Warner - Angus Wallace, Viscount of Ashby (B+ at AAR)
  • Shanna (1977) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss - Ruark Beauchamp

Contemporary Romances

  • When a Man Loves a Woman (2000) by Alina Adams - Dr. James Elliot (B- at AAR)
  • Phantom Waltz (2001) by Catherine Anderson - Ryan Kendrick (B+ at AAR)
  • Savannah Blues (2002) by Mary Kay Andrews - Danny Stipanek (B at AAR)
  • Penny Parker's Pregnant (7/1999) by Stella Bagwell - SSE-1258 - Ethan Hamilton
  • The Boyfriend School (1989) by Sarah Bird - Gus Kubiak (A at AAR)
  • Here Comes the Groom (1/2011) by Karina Bliss - HSR-1682 - Dan Jansen (A- at AAR)
  • Nothingness of Ben (2012) by Brad Boney - Ben Walsh (male/male) (A at AAR)
  • The Defiant Hero (2001) by Suzanne Brockmann - Lt. John "Nils" Nilsson (A- at AAR)
  • Everyday, Average Jones (8/1998) by Suzanne Brockmann - SIM-872 - Harlan "Cowboy" Jones (B at AAR)
  • Letters to Kelly (4/2003) by Suzanne Brockmann - T. Jackson "Jax" Winchester (B- at AAR)
  • A Bride for Saint Nick (11/1996) by Carole Buck - SIM-752 - John Gulliver
  • A Shot at Forgiveness (2013) by Cardeno C. - Isaac (male/male) (B at AAR)
  • Pants on Fire (2007) by Meg Cabot - Tommy Sullivan (young adult) (B+ at AAR)
  • Virgin River (2007) by Robyn Carr - Jack Sheridan (B+ at AAR)
  • MacAllister's Baby ( 2007) by Julie Cohen - HP PromoAngus MacAllister (B at AAR)
  • Bet Me (2004) by Jennifer Crusie - Cal Morrisey (A at AAR)
  • Sunshine and Shadow (1986) by Sharon and Tom Curtis - Alan Wilde (A- at AAR)
  • In over His Head (3/2003) by Jacquie D'Alessandro - HT-917 - Josh Maynard
  • Second-Chance Hero (3/2005) by Justine Davis - SIM-1351 - John Draven
  • This Lullaby (2002) by Sarah Dessen - Dexter Jones (young adult) (B+ at AAR)
  • Murphy's Child (8/1999) by Judith Duncan - SIM-946 - Murphy Monroe
  • The Last Good Man (2000) by Kathleen Eagle - Clay Keogh (B+ at AAR)
  • A Different Kind of Forever (2012) by Dee Ernst - Michael Flynn Carlucci
  • Cavanaugh Heat (2/2008) by Marie Ferrarella - SRS-1499 - Brian Cavanaugh
  • Cavanaugh's Surrender (10/2012) by Marie Ferrarella - HRS-1725 - Logan Cavanaugh
  • The Law and Ginny Marlow (1/1999) by Marie Ferrarella - SYT-83 - Quint Cutler
  • Will and the Headstrong Female (11/1998) by Marie Ferrarella - SYT-79 - Will Cutler
  • The Protector (2011) by Shelley Shepard Gray - Loyal Weaver (inspirational) (B- at AAR)
  • Somebody to Love (2012) by Kristan Higgins - James Cahill (B at AAR)
  • Death Angel (2008) by Linda Howard - Simon (A at AAR)
  • Kill and Tell (2003) by Linda Howard - Marc Chastain (A+/B+ at AAR)
  • Just the Sexiest Man Alive (2008) by Julie James - Jason Andrews (B- at AAR)
  • Fabulous Beast (4/1984) by Stephanie James (Jayne Ann Krentz) - SD-127 - Dev Colter
  • Restless Heart (2011) by Wynonna Judd - Seth Caldwell (B+ at AAR)
  • Mad Dog and Annie (12/2000) by Virginia Kantra - SIM-1048 - Maddox Palmer (A at AAR)
  • After the End (2013) by Alex Kidwell - Brady Branner (male/male) (A- at AAR)
  • Blue-eyed Devil (2008) by Lisa Kleypas - Hardy Cates (B+ at AAR)
  • Almost Like Being in Love (2004) by Steve Kluger - Travis Puckett (male/male) (A- at AAR)
  • Ghost of a Chance (11/1984) by Jayne Ann Krentz - HT-34 - Julian Aries
  • Silver Linings (1991) by Jayne Ann Krentz - Hugh Abbott (A at AAR)
  • Sweet Fortune (1991) by Jayne Ann Krentz - Sam Hatchard
  • True Colors (1/1986) by Jayne Ann Krentz - HT-91 - Cade Santerre
  • Trust Me (1995) by Jayne Ann Krentz - Sam Stark (A at AAR)
  • Call of Duty (1998) by Merline Lovelace - Colonel Mike Page (A- at AAR)
  • Undercover Man (9/1995) by Merline Lovelace - SIM-669 - David Jensen
  • Jade Island (1998) by Elizabeth Lowell - Kyle Donovan (B/C at AAR)
  • Out of the Blue (2000) by Sally Mandel - Joe Malone (C- at AAR)
  • Book of Daniel (2013) by Z.A. Maxfield - Daniel Livingston (male/male) (B+ at AAR)
  • Grime and Punishment (2013) by Z.A. Maxfield - Jack Masterson (male/male) (B+ at AAR)
  • Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost (2011) by Z.A. Maxfield - Ari Sheffield (male/male) (B at AAR)
  • Second Helpings (2003) by Megan McCafferty - Marcus Flutie (young adult) (A at AAR)
  • Flat-Out Sexy (2008) by Erin McCarthy - Elec Monroe (B+ at AAR)
  • After Hours (2013) by Cara McKenna - Kelly Robak (erotic)
  • Behind Closed Doors (2002) by Shannon McKenna - Seth Mackey (B at AAR)
  • Paradise (1991) by Judith McNaught - Matt Farrell (A at AAR)
  • Moonlight & Shadows (12/1991) by Glenna McReynolds - LS-500 - Jack Hudson
  • Forbidden Captor (11/2005) by Julie Miller - HI-880 - Bryce Martin
  • Tactical Advantage (3/2013) by Julie Miller - HI-1408 - Nick Fensom (B at AAR)
  • The Creed Legacy (2011) by Linda Lael Miller - Brody Creed (B+ at AAR)
  • Red's Hot Honky-Tonk Bar (2009) by Pamela Morsi - Cam Early (A- at AAR)
  • The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch (2002) by Marsha Moyer - Ash Farrell (A at AAR)
  • If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend (2005) by Alison Pace - Ian Rhys-Fitzsimmons (B at AAR)
  • First Kiss (2000) by Marilyn Pappano - Tom Flynn (A at AAR)
  • The Way Back (2012) by Carter Quinn - Jason (male/male) (B at AAR)
  • Love Unscripted (2013) by Tina Reber - Ryan Christensen (B+ at AAR)
  • Dangerous Lover (2007) by Lisa Marie Rice - Jack Prescott (B+ at AAR)
  • Dangerous Passion (2009) by Lisa Marie Rice - Victor Drakovich (B at AAR)
  • Midnight Angel (2005) by Lisa Marie Rice - Douglas Kowalski (erotic) (B at AAR)
  • Midnight Man (2004) by Lisa Marie Rice - John Huntington (erotic)
  • All the Possibilities (7/1985) by Nora Roberts - SSE-247 - Alan McGregor
  • Birthright (2004) by Nora Roberts - Jacob Graystone (B+ at AAR)
  • Blue Smoke (2005) by Nora Roberts - Boween Goodnight (B at AAR)
  • Born in Fire (1994) by Nora Roberts - Rogan Sweeney (A/A at AAR)
  • Born in Shame (1996) by Nora Roberts - Murphy Muldoon
  • Inner Harbor (1999) by Nora Roberts - Phillip Quinn (B+/B at AAR)
  • Midnight Bayou (2001) by Nora Roberts - Declan Fitzgerald (B at AAR)
  • The Search (2010) by Nora Roberts - Simon Doyle (B at AAR)
  • Sweet Revenge (1987) by Nora Roberts - Philip Chamberlain
  • Tribute (2006) by Nora Roberts - Ford Sawyer (B at AAR)
  • The Witness (2012) by Nora Roberts - Brooks Gleason (B at AAR)
  • Always a Lady (2/1993) by Sharon Sala - KIS-130- Case Longren (B+/C+ at AAR)
  • Never a Hero (2013) by Marie Sexton - Nick Reynolds (male/male) (B at AAR)
  • A Town Like Alice (1950) by Nevil Shute - Joe Harmon
  • Hold on Tight (5/1988) by Deborah Smith - LS-255 - Rucker McClure (A at AAR)
  • A Place to Call Home (1998) by Deborah Smith - Roan Sullivan (B+ at AAR)
  • Family Blessings (1994) by LaVyrle Spencer - Christopher Lallek
  • Spring Fancy (1984) by LaVyrle Spencer - Joseph Duggan
  • Exclusively Yours (2010) by Shannon Stacey - Joe Kowalski
  • Above and Beyond (3/1986) by Erin St. Claire (Sandra Brown) - SIM-133 - Trevor Rule (F at AAR)
  • Grace Grows (2012) by Shelle Sumners - Tyler Wilke (women's fiction) (A at AAR)
  • Frat Boy and Toppy (2012) by Anne Tenino - Brad Feller (male/male) (B at AAR)
  • Love, Hypothetically (2012) by Anne Tenino - Trevor Gardiner (male/male) (B- at AAR)
  • Someone Else's Fairytale (2011) by E.M. Tippetts - Jason Vanderholt (B at AAR)
  • Whisper (7/2002) by Nancy Warren - HBZ-47- Nick Cavallo (B at AAR)
  • Army of Two (8/2010) by Ingrid Weaver - SIM-1621 - Mitch Redinger
  • Fall Into Me (2009) by Linda Winfree - Troy Lee Farr
  • Miranda Blue Calling (2004) by Michelle Curry Wright - William "Billy" Wordsmith Steadman (B at AAR)
  • Reaper's Property (2013) by Joanna Wylde - Marcus "Horse" McDonnell (erotic)

Alternate Reality

  • Bitten (2001) by Kelley Armstrong - Clayton Danvers (A- at AAR)
  • Obsidian Prey (2009) by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Cruz Sweetwater (B- at AAR)
  • Spellbound Falls (2012) by Janet Chapman - Maximilian Oceanus (A- at AAR)
  • A Hunger Like No Other (2006) by Kresley Cole - Lachlain MacRieve
  • No Rest for the Wicked (2006) by Kresley Cole - Sebastian Wroth
  • Pleasure of a Dark Prince (2010) by Kresley Cole - Garreth MacRieve (B at AAR)
  • The Warlord Wants Forever (2006) by Kresley Cole - Nikolai Wroth
  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (2007) by Kresley Cole - Bowen MacRieve
  • North Wolf (2005) by M.A. Everaux - Eben Lowell (erotic)
  • Dark Challenge (2000) by Christine Feehan - Julian Savage (A- at AAR)
  • Dark Desire (1999) by Christine Feehan - Jacques (B at AAR)
  • Dark Fire (2001) by Christine Feehan - Darius (B+ at AAR)
  • Dark Guardian (2002) by Christine Feehan - Lucian (B-/B- at AAR)
  • Dark Legend (2002) by Christine Feehan - Gabriel (B at AAR)
  • Deadly Game (2007) by Christine Feehan - Ken Norton
  • Safe Harbor (2007) by Christine Feehan - Jonas Harrington (C+ at AAR)
  • Shadow Game (2003) by Christine Feehan - Ryland Miller (B- at AAR)
  • Turbulent Sea (2008) by Christine Feehan - Ilya Prajenskii (A at AAR)
  • Moonstruck (2008) by Susan Grant - Finn Rorkken (B at AAR)
  • Knight of a Trillion Stars (1995) by Dara Joy - Lorgin ta'al Krue (A at AAR)
  • Rejar (1997) by Dara Joy - Rejar (A at AAR)
  • Dream Eyes (2013) by Jayne Ann Krentz - Judson Coppersmith
  • Falling Awake (2004) by Jayne Ann Krentz - Ellis Cutler
  • One Magic Moment (2011) by Lynn Kurland - Jon de Piaget (time travel) (B+ at AAR)
  • If Only in My Dreams (2006) by Wendy Markham - Jed Landry (A- at AAR)
  • Naked in Death (1995) by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) - Roarke (A at AAR)
  • Beauty Dates the Beast (2011) by Jessica Sims - Beau Russell (A- at AAR)
  • Bonds of Justice (2010) by Nalini Singh - Max Shannon (C+ at AAR)
  • Branded by Fire (2009) by Nalini Singh - Riley Kincaid (B at AAR)
  • Heart of Obsidian (2013) by Nalini Singh - Kaleb Krycheck (B at AAR)
  • Mine to Possess (2008) by Nalini Singh - Dev Santos (A at AAR)
  • Slave to Sensation (2006) by Nalini Singh - Lucas Hunter (A at AAR)
  • Visions of Heat (2007) by Nalini Singh - Vaughn D'Angelo (A- at AAR)
  • Warprize (2009) by Elizabeth Vaughan - Keir (A- at AAR)

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