Valentine's Lovefest: Who's Your Favorite Heroine of All Time? Round Three

We at RT love love. Which makes Valentine's Day basically like our Superbowl and Oscar Night all rolled into one. This year, to celebrate, we're championing all the amazing fictional women who have inspired us over our lives. Because who runs the world? Girls! All week long authors will be weighing in on their favorite heroine of all time, and readers can vote for their favorite. Then on Friday, we'll vote amongst the finalists to crown Our Favorite Heroine of All Time! And confetti shall rain down on us all!

Monday, we chose between Bridget Jones and Georgette Heyer's Sophy, and Tuesday we picked our favorite from Lennie of The Sky is Everywhere and Maggie Beaumont from Catch of the DayToday we're letting Lorraine Heath and Amy Jo Cousins champion their favorites. 

Here's Lorraine's pick:

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Lorraine Heath's The Viscount and the Vixen

My favorite heroine ever is Jessica Trent from Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. Jess is strong, confident, independent and ever so clever. The scene in the antiques and curiosities shop where she first meets Lord Dain is one of my favorites in romance. He hopes to shock her by showing her a naughty watch that reveals a gentleman performing “a lover’s service” on his lady. When Jess pulls out her magnifying glass to study it more closely, I laughed as I fell in love with her daring. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that scene. What Jessica represented with her wit and intrepid spirit was the sort of boldness that I’d always wished for in myself when I was younger and more shy. But she also taught me how a heroine could get the better of the hero with cleverness rather than snarkiness. She would have served as an excellent role model for my younger self. At the time that I met her, though, she served as a role model for my future heroines. Take the hero off-guard, bring him to his knees. And never be predictable. — Lorraine Heath's latest, The Viscount and the Vixen, is out now!

And now for Amy Jo's pick:

When I first saw Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I was mesmerized by Chow Yun-fat, yes, but also by those women. Glass Tidings by Amy Jo CousinsMichelle Yeoh’s Yu Shu Lien was powerful, precise, unflappable. Zhang Ziyi’s Jen Yu was mercurial, arrogant, flawed. They battled and loved and wept, and more than anything, I wanted to give them the happy endings they deserved.

When I read Jeannie Lin’s The Sword Dancer, I got my wish. Her heroine is the brilliantly skilled Wen Li Feng. She is manipulative and honorable; a performer, a thief, a sword dancer. When she’s cornered, she fights. When she’s captured, she keeps her cool and bides her time until she can escape to fight another day. When she meets a man whose understanding of the world is grounded in black and white, she helps him see the shades of gray, and teaches him that justice is more important than obeying the rules. And she doesn’t hesitate to flex her power when she corners the hero naked in the bath. “You are relying on my sense of modesty to prevent me from capturing you right now,” he said as he started to rise. With a flick of her hand, she unsheathed the short sword hidden beneath her sleeve and pressed the tip to his chest. “I’m relying on this blade.” His gaze remained on her, unflinching, but he did sink back into the tub. “Have you ever killed anyone, Miss Wen?” She cocked her head. “You can be my first,” she said with a smile. Wen Li Feng is the heroine I need right now. Fierce, graceful, a fighter who never quits. She’s my favorite. — Amy Jo Cousins

Follow along all week as we celebrate our favorite heroines of all time — and pick our all time favorite! After you vote, why not pick up The Viscount and the Vixen available here at: Amazon | | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay. And Glass Tidings is here: Amazon | | iTunes | Kobo