My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Heroes

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite romantic heroes. In no particular order, they are:

1.     Bannor the Bold, Lord of Elsinore – Charming the Prince

Sir Bannor will wage war on your heart and use every trick in the book to win.

2.     Galen Valgarssen – A Twist In Time

Galen might be displaced out of time but he’ll not be displaced from your heart. Claiming this honorable Viking might not be as difficult as you think.

3.     Karl Lindstrom – The Endearment

Karl’s proud, strong, wholesome, and good. His virginity just makes him sexier. That and his accent – remember he likes blueberries over vatermelon.

4.     Sebastian Ballister, Marquess of Dain– Lord of Scoundrels

He might be Beezlebub, but he’s your Beezlebub. Poor Sebastian. Don’t you just want to plant a big kiss on that nose of his?

5.     Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon – These Old Shades

Justin is another devil of a hero with Satanas as his nickname. He’s a man’s man hidden under a dandy exterior. He’ll answer to Monseigneur.

6.     Adrian Montfort, Earl of Mowbray – Love Is Blind

Adrian would keep you blind just to bask in the undiminished glory of your love for one more night.

7.     Erskine (Quill) Dewland, Viscount Dewland – Enchanting Pleasures

Quill is a physically scarred hero but that doesn’t detract from his overall masculinity. He’s still completely capable of stealing his bride right out from under the groom’s nose.

8.     Payton Douglas, Laird of Eilean Ros – Highlander in Love

He’s one enemy with whom you don’t want to break your promise, but don’t be mislead, under his composure he’s incredibly lonely and full of passion.

9.     Fitzwilliam Darcy – Pride And Prejudice

Darcy is one of the first misunderstood romantic heroes if not the original. If he doesn’t make your heart pitter pat you need to go see the love doctor asap!

10. John Thornton – North and South

Thornton is an extremely principled and upstanding self-made gentleman. He strives to do right always. A love from a man like this would never taint you.

Your Turn: Which heroes make your top ten list? Answer using the google form below or in the comments!

15 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Heroes

  • April 28, 2010 at 6:19 AM
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    My favorite historicals are Lisa Kleypas heroes. I was shocked not to see Derek Craven from Dreaming of You on your list. There are so few self-made men in historicals and this is just the sexiest one ever.

    My other historical Kleypas favorite, oddly, is Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent from The Devil in Winter. He married Evie for money after trying to kidnap someone else, but really rose to the occasion after… repeatedly.

    And in contemporaries, SEP’s Dean Robillard from Natural Born Charmer is just dreamy. More than the love story with Blue, the arc of his relationship with his parents was heartbreaking and pitch perfect.

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    • April 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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      Cris – How could I forget Derek Craven? Okay he’s #11. :D lol

      Teresa – Love him! I have given away that book to friends and worn out a copy which I had to replace.

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  • April 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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    Great list! I am also glad to see Lord Bannor the Bold on the list. It’s been a while since I’ve read historical romance but this list made me want to revisit the genre.

    For contemporary, I’m a Roarke girl :-) (Oh, and Clayton from Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten. YUM!)

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    • April 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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      I don’t think I’ve read Roarke’s story yet. I need to as I keep hearing about him everywhere. lol :) That’s how I came across Sebastian, actually and how he came to be on the list. On the other hand I’ve also tried to read Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm but couldn’t muddle through all the misheard/understood words. It got tiresome about halfway through so I quit. That’s why Duke of Jervaulx isn’t on the list. I’d like to read Roarke but I don’t think I even know the title of the book he’s in (I know for shame right?) :)

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  • April 28, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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    Uh, Oh! I made comments on the list of the heroes I submitted. Nothing personal, but if you wanted just names-might have to erase the side remarks. Cute post!

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  • April 28, 2010 at 3:34 PM
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    Your commentary is fine! :) I’ll start sharing lists when I get a few more submissions. As a side note… Far away dazed expression?! Is that good or bad?

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  • April 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    The far away dazed expression comes with blissful ignorance. I’m unfamiliar with most of the heroes you’ve listed. Number seven sounds really good, though! I’ll get around to Karl eventually. He’s on page 4 on my Kindle home page, tapping his foot incessantly in sheer annoyance. (Hope he’s a forgiving hero.)

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  • April 28, 2010 at 8:14 PM
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    Keira, Roarke is the hero in J.D.Robb’s (Nora Roberts) “In Death” series. He’s awesome in that he’s always Eve’s second banana even though he’s the sexy, all powerful, rich, handsome, Irish dude.

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  • April 29, 2010 at 1:31 AM
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    why doesnt any one love heroes from julie garwood and hannah howell.. they cool i think.. hehe.. can any body suggest to me which author the best for historical romance?? i still new reading this all stuffs.. thanks

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  • May 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Keira, yep, the whole series. They meet in book 1 and marry in book 3 or so.

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  • May 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM
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    Ayun – My friends Mailani, Sasha, and Zarabeth would probably pick heroes from those authors as they each like one or both of those authors.

    Cris – That’s different and sounds pretty exciting. Is the series still ongoing?

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  • June 5, 2010 at 10:57 PM
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    Glad to see the Duke of Avon on this list. I always thought Vidal from Devil’s Cub was hot, but I have to say his dad is even sexier. I love his omnipotence, combined with his sense of humour. Why are there no men like this in reality?!!

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  • December 30, 2010 at 9:11 AM
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    Lord Bannor is breath-taking! But how can this list even be taken seriously without Jamie Fraser from Outlander??????????

    Sexy, hot, HEROIC to a fault, stinkin Hilarious, smart, engaging. There has been none that even compare to this man. If you haven’t read outlander….. you’re missing out.

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