He’s the one who is always at least 6-foot-5, sometimes taller. He might be a warrior, or a special forces operative, maybe even a werewolf or a dragon.
Whatever his occupation or identity, he’s been in some sort of combat mission, might have a few scars, and is pretty rough around the edges. He probably doesn’t really get along with other people that well. Until he meets the heroine, that is.
He always manages to attract the thirsty (thirsty = slutty) woman the minute he walks into the room. His hunky hotness, mixed with his brooding attitude and dark demeanor often draws stares from the more reserved women in the room. Men are threatened by his presence. This hero is clearly someone who you don’t want to mess with. Unless you are one of the thirsty women.
You know who I’m talking about though. He's common in paranormal romances — the super-macho, hunky hero who is ready to defend, torture, maim and kill for his woman, though he rarely has to. At the same time, he does have a sensitive side reserved solely for the heroine.
That hero — I call him the warrior — is far and away my favorite. For me, he can sometimes save a less-than-stellar book (i.e. The Bliss Factor) and make me look past unlikable heroines (Heart of the Dragon, The Pleasure Slave). In fact, many of Gena Showalter’s romance novels include the dumb-heroine-warrior-hero combination, and despite the fact that I dislike many of her heroines, I still find myself coming back to her books sometimes. That’s the power of a sexy warrior hero, I suppose.
Dark and enigmatic, with a hint of sensitivity and moral compass — yeah, that's my hero.
Tell me about your favorite type of hero in the comments below. I'd love to hear. :)