Your Favorite Romance Hero--and What He Says About YOU!

I’m Diana Laurence, today is my birthday, and my present to myself is joining you on the RJ blog today to talk about my favorite subject in all the world: hot and sexy heroes.

Heroes that capture your mind, heart and will. Heroes you fantasize about, pine for, can’t live without.

You know what I’m talking about…sometimes in your reading you encounter a guy that just really sends you. Well, when you react that way to a hero, it’s really something special, and it says something about who you are and what you seek in life. I’ve spent a lot of time studying this phenomenon, talking about it with romance lovers and women of all kinds, and writing about it. So I thought today I’d do a really fun little experiment with you: Let’s talk about a few classic types of heroes, you pick your favorite, and let him tell you why you chose him and what it means! Intrigued? Good!

To help us out, I invited five heroes from my Soulful Sex anthologies to compete for your attention. Each one represents a particular heroic archetype, and each one attracts different kinds of women.

I’ll start with looks alone…although looks can be deceiving! Meet:

Mr. Wellsley

Your Favorite Romance Hero--and What He Says About YOU!

Prince Lucan

Your Favorite Romance Hero--and What He Says About YOU!

Captain Adesteis

Your Favorite Romance Hero--and What He Says About YOU!

William of the King’s Archers

Your Favorite Romance Hero--and What He Says About YOU!

Raniwa of the Osha

Your Favorite Romance Hero--and What He Says About YOU!

Have a favorite yet? Well, you might be leaning towards a couple of these guys, but of course you need to get to know them better before you can tell which one really makes you crazy. For that you really need to have a brief encounter. So I invite you to click on any or all of these links below to read a passage starring your potential hero.

Mr. Wellsley exerts his sinister allure
Prince Lucan insists upon his evil way
Captain Adesteis saves the day
William demonstrates his boyish charms
Raniwa works his soul-magic

Did you find a favorite hero? Maybe two? All right then, let’s find out what heroic types these five gentlemen represent, and what your choice says about you!

If you picked Mr. Wellsley, your favorite hero is THE VAMPIRE. You may also enjoy characters like the Dark Wizard, the Cruel Master, and the Hypnotist. If we were to ask this guy what it is you see in him…well, I’ll let him speak for himself!

The Vampire: Good evening…Pardon that clichĂ©, I couldn’t resist. I’m delighted to tell you about the woman who is drawn to me. She is the cheerful sort, always positive, helpful, like a ray of sunlight. She always looks on the bright side, which is why she secretly longs for the darkness. She is captivated by my amorality, my freedom to indulge my lusts without compunction, for she would never dare to live in such a way. She is also in love with surrender. She experiences deep bliss when giving away her will to a power greater than herself, and that I am. Surrender satisfies her longing to unite her darker side with her optimistic one. By union with me, she may bring these warring elements to peace within herself.

If you chose Prince Lucan as your favorite, you are a fan of THE BAD BOY. You go for various anti-heroes–the Sexy Killer, the Gigolo, and the Rebel. And here he is to tell you why…

The Bad Boy: Are you hot for me? Hell yeah. If you say no I’ll just tell you you’re lying. Half the thrill of it–although you won’t admit it–is that you love lusting after what you shouldn’t. You love wanting something so bad it makes you do what you know you’ll regret. It’s so damn powerful, it just gets you high. You’re one of those women who always does the right thing, thinks of everyone else first, wouldn’t dare be selfish. You want me because I don’t give a sh*t what anyone, including you, thinks about me. Wouldn’t you love to be so cocky, so self-confident, so reckless? Of course you would, and that’s why you can’t resist me.

But what if you went instead for the gallant, high-minded Adesteis? Well, then you prefer THE WHITE KNIGHT. You love archetypes like the Athlete, the Superhero, and the Soldier. And here’s what this wonderful fellow can tell us about you:

The White Knight: My lady is one who longs for something better, higher, purer. She who seeks me has high standards for herself and longs for one who can likewise prove his worth. She so often must be strong and protect others; she dreams of someone courageous, bold, and mighty, to be her champion and protector. She has known cruelty at the hands of men but still believes there is one who is noble, kind and true. She is only too well aware of the complexities of real life and real love, and wishes for the sort of bond that transcends time and reality. So my love longs for me, and I for her…so we always have and ever will.

If your selection was William, that means you’re a fan of THE PERPETUAL YOUTH. Your type has a childlike, youthful spirit, and includes the Rock Star, the Adventurer, and perhaps even the Computer Geek. Here’s what he thinks of you:

The Perpetual Youth: My type of girl? She just wants to play. I admit I like to chase her, just as long as it stays fun. I guess she finds me charming, funny, irresistibly cute or something. I don’t always get why she likes me, but I don’t mind that she does. Actually, I admit I kind of like it. I don’t think much about stuff like this, but I suppose she’s attracted to me because her own life is so responsible. She always has to be the grown-up, make the right choices, work hard. Me, I just pretty much do what I want to: I be who I want to be, I go where I want to go. It’s a challenge pursuing me, but I think my girl likes challenges too–nothing too easy for her.

And lastly, if you picked Raniwa, your favorite hero is THE SHAMAN. You probably likewise enjoy the Priest, the Teacher, the Magician, and the Beneficent Alien. Let this wise man teach you about yourself…

The Shaman: The woman drawn to me is special. She perceives the mysteries beyond what we see with our eyes and longs for enlightenment, especially as learned from a wise, devoted teacher. She sometimes finds her life too mundane, her daily activities too routine, and rejoices that together we can find the deeper realms beyond. And meanwhile, she so often plays the part of guide and strength to others, she seeks one greater than herself to turn to and rely upon. Her satisfaction in our bond is deep and fulfilling and empowers her to greater achievements. And my devotion to her, although quiet, is as profound as the universe.

And that’s the story on your hero and you! In my opinion, few things in life can teach you more about yourself than the heroes that captivate you. That’s part of the reason I so enjoy creating these guys and getting to know them. If you like to know any of these heroes better, or meet some of their compatriots, please visit www.dianalaurence.com. A good place to start is my character gallery at www.dianalaurence.com/charactergallery.html.

Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me and my heroes!

4 Responses to Your Favorite Romance Hero–and What He Says About YOU!

  1. ChristinaR

    I picked William (what a surprise, hee hee) but I hadn’t really thought before about “my type of hero.” Of course, I love all these guys, having read their stories in full, but it was fun to read the Perpetual Youth’s blurb and marvel at how much he sounds like my husband! I hope you have a wonderfully happy birthday!

  2. Diana Laurence

    CC, I love the sound of your husband! 🙂 Thanks for posting that link to your beautiful fan art of William and Abigail, so others can see it…just LOVE. Thanks to for your kind words and the birthday greetings, too!

  3. Katie

    Happy Birthday!!
    Is it any surprise I picked the Vampire?? Finn from Bloodchained kept coming to mind. Although he’s a mix of Vampire and White Knight I think. I like the Bad Boy as well, but Liam in Bloodchained is the Vampire/Bad Boy and I much prefer Finn…so that must say something about me! Now I want to read Bloodchained all over again haha!

  4. Diana Laurence

    Thanks, Katie! I know what you mean…sometimes the best hero is the sort of White Knight/Bad Boy hybrid. Kind of like your Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre or Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. That’s what I like about Finn.

    And any time you want to reread Bloodchained is cool by me! LOL

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