Every year, the review staff at RT Book Reviews reads and rates more than three thousand books. And when each year draws to a close, we pick the best of the bunch for our readers to enjoy — the Reviewers’ Choice Awards. For the next few weeks, leading up to Thanksgiving, we’re going to be celebrating the nominations for many of these awards, across genres. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating all these wonderful authors, and, hey, if you find a great new book to read, all the better! Today, we'll be taking a look at the nominees — and their dashing heroes — for Historical K.I.S.S. Hero — our favorite Knights in Shining Silver!

 


       

       

 

Suzanne Enoch, The Handbook to Handling his Lordship, Nate Stokes

What’s your favorite trait in a romance hero, versus your favorite trait in a real life partner? 

In a romance hero I love decisiveness, that willingness to take on the world with a growl and a lifted eyebrow in order to win a lady’s heart. In an actual partner, though, I expect that he'll ask my opinion, and that he’ll be willing to walk away rather than punch somebody in the snout.

Who’s your favorite romance hero of all time? 

My favorite romance hero of all time is Westley from The Princess Bride. I mean, to win the girl he leaves home, becomes a pirate captain, climbs the Cliffs of Insanity, fights the worlds best swordsman and a giant, gets tortured, becomes mostly dead and then wins the final battle with his wit rather than his fists. Ah, Westley.

 

Gayle Callen, Surrender to the Earl, Robert Henslow 

What’s your favorite trait in a romance hero, versus your favorite trait in a real-life partner?

For me, romance heroes and real-life partners can be very similar, especially when it comes to a sense of humor. Some guys have a subtle one, others more obvious. But nothing gets a heroine — whether real-life or fictional — through the day like a guy who can see optimism and humor even on a tough day.

Who’s your favorite romance hero of all time?

I’m going back a long way, but the first historical romance I ever read was Shanna, by Kathleen Woodiwiss. To this day, I find her hero Ruark Beauchamp one of the sexiest, most honorable heroes ever. And boy did he take a lot of resistance from the heroine, and yet was so patient as she matured and learned what love really meant.

 

Christina Brooke, London’s Last True Scoundrel, Jonathan Westruther 

What’s your favorite trait in a romance hero, versus your favorite trait in a real-life partner?

I adore masterfulness in a romance hero, and for some reason I love to see him fight the bad guy in a man on man physical battle over the heroine. In real life, I value kindness above all. If a man is basically kind, any other problems can be worked out.

Who’s your favorite romance hero of all time?

That is a tough one. I would probably say the Marquis of Vidal from Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub. He's handsome as sin and passionate in his devotion to prosaic, clever Mary.

 

Julianne MacLean, The Prince’s Bride, Prince Nicholas of Petersbourg 

What’s your favorite trait in a romance hero, versus your favorite trait in a real-life partner? 

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one favorite trait, because I expect a lot from the men in my life! My favorite trait in both a romance hero and real life partner is an unwavering sense of integrity. Under that umbrella comes all the good stuff like faithfulness, intelligence and respect for the women in his life. Sigh!

Who’s your favorite romance hero of all time? 

Devon Crandall from The Windflower, by Sharon and Tom Curtis.

 

Margaret McPhee, Dicing with the Dangerous Lord, Lord Linwood

What’s your favorite trait in a romance hero, versus your favorite trait in a real life partner? 

What I value above all, and therefore my favorite trait, is integrity, because in my eyes a man can’t be a hero without it. But I’m not averse to a bit of tall dark and handsome, and a few lean hard muscles and well-defined abs!

In a real life partner I value integrity, but my favorite trait would be the ability to always make me smile no matter how I might be feeling.

Who’s your favorite romance hero of all time? 

If I have to pick only one, it has to be Batman. The “dark knight” might not be the typical romance hero, but being a strong alpha male who is dark and mysterious, maverick and conflicted, with integrity by the bucket load, he ticks all the boxes for me. I confess to having a poster of him on my study wall, purely for inspiration, of course.

 

Maya Rodale, The Wicked Wallflower, Duke of Ashbrooke 

What's your favorite trait in a romance hero, versus your favorite trait in a real-life partner?

Honor, integrity, a wicked sense of humor and a damn good kisser are my favorite traits for all romance heroes, both real life and fictional. In real life, I like a tall guy to reach things on high shelves for me. 

These ladies certainly surmounted their challenges to create exciting, romantic series debuts! Many congratulations to these authors and their books on their 2013 Best First Series nominations, and check back tomorrow as we celebrate another set of award nominees. For the full list of 2013 award nominess, click here.

Tags: Historical Romance, RT Daily Blog, Romance
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