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Not-so-Perfect Heroes

I have a confession…

My name is Rose Gordon, and I love flawed characters—especially when it’s the hero.

While we each have a small part of ourselves that roots for the bad boy’s redemption and love to see him fall to that dreaded state of love, I also like to see the “nice guy” get the girl, too.

In all four of my Groom Series books, the hero is the furtherest thing from a “Ladies Man” as one can get. Each hero has his own “oddity” and unique solution on how to handle his predicament. Yet, despite his odd behavior or foolishness, still manages to win the heroine’s affection.

Her Sudden Groom

Hero: Mr. Alexander Banks, heir to a barony

Oddity: Science Nerd

Situation: He’s just been told he has one month to marry or he’ll have to marry the worst chit in England.

His Brilliant Solution: Treat his quest for a bride, and courtship of her, as a science experiment!

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*This book has been temporarily discounted to .99 with all royalties for the month of July being donated for further research of Multiple Sclerosis. For more details, please click here.

Her Reluctant Groom–

Hero: Marcus Sinclair, Earl of Sinclair

Oddity: Heavily scarred over the upper half of his body, limps

Situation: Has fallen in love with the younger sister of the lady who jilted him

His Brilliant Solution: Two parts: 1. Send the spinster heroine to London where she has a chance to make a real match. One with a man who wasn’t disfigured in more ways than one while chasing down her sister. 2. Then try his damnedest to forget about her.

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Her Secondhand Groom–

Hero: Patrick Ramsey, Viscount Drakely

Oddity: Widower with three young girls whose first wife hated marital intimacies

Situation: As his three daughters are getting older, they need both a mother and a governess. As fate would have it, Patrick has just found a woman who he thinks could suit both roles!

His Brilliant Solution: Marry this Plain Jane from the village and have her play both the role of mother and governess. Surely her personality is just as bland as her looks and he’ll have no problem
keeping his hands to himself…

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Her Imperfect Groom– 

Hero: Sir Wallace Benedict

Oddity: Extreme social awkwardness. Counts everything, fidgets, strives for perfection, cannot maintain eye contact. (Modern day this would be classified as Aspergers Syndrome)

Situation: This thrice-jilted baronet has built a wall around his heart, knowing full well that no woman could possibly love him despite his oddities. But that doesn’t stop him from being attracted to one Miss Edwina Banks.

His Brilliant Solution: When the woman he’s fallen in love with reveals her plan to offer him wooing advice to win back the affections of the first lady who jilted him, Wallace decides to use her wooing advice her.

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Like I said, I love flawed, imperfect heroes who have obstacles to overcome in order to find their happily-ever-after. To me, it makes the ending that much sweeter.

Comment below telling me about your all-favorite not-so-perfect hero (it does not need to be one of mine) and be entered for a chance to with a $50 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Entries will be closed at 11:59 CST on July 31, 2012 and the winner will be selected using random.org on August 1, 2012.

***If you’d like to be entered into the grand prize drawing for Heroes Blog hop, which will have three winners: one for a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, one for a $50 gift card for Amazon or B&N, and one for a gigantic bag of swag, you must  leave your email address in your comment. No email address=no entry. Sorry, I don’t make the rules, I just have to live by them. Or try to at least…

If you have  no wish to be entered into the grand prize, but would still like a chance to relieve me of $50, you do not have to leave an email address. 

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138 thoughts on “Not-so-Perfect Heroes

  1. You know Rose, as I’m sitting here trying to think of my all time favorite hero, no easy task for someone that reads as much as me, I have decided that I’m the same way, i like the hero to have some kind of hangup that the heroine then either helps them over come, or helps them realise is not as bad as they think. And the hero in turn can help her with her own issues. makes for a better story because its more true to life since lets face it we all have our issues. Ok you asked about our favorite heros, not sure I can pick just one out of the hundred of romance novels I have read, consieringt I’m not even sure which one of your 8 heros is my favorite I’m just going to go with Wallace. I just adore how hard he works at helping Edwina overcome her issue. Even when he thinks there is some competiton he puts time and effort to helping her.

    krn2891@yahoo.com

  2. You know my favorite flawed hero is Wallace from your book Her Imperfect Groom. I tried to think of another one but at 1:00 in the morning my mind isn’t working all too well. I guess I could also say my husband, if that counts.

    Ericswifey@aol.com

  3. Hrmph. Well, since I probably shouldn’t pimp the flawed hero in my own book (Jordan MacNaught), I’ll have to say Lothaire. I’d never read Kresley Cole before my husband picked up Lothaire for me, and it was fabulous! He didn’t become a good/perfect man before the end of the book, and was truly twisted and evil in his own way, but wow, everything he did made sense…if you knew his motivation.

    torymichaels(at)live(dot)com

    • Well, since I probably shouldn’t pimp the flawed hero in my own book

      LOL! Don’t worry, I felt kind of awkward pimping my own books, too. By the way, I LOVE heroes who are thought to be twisted or evil, but are actually really good guys because they have the right motivation.

  4. This is a great feature on the heroes of your series. Now I’m even more interested in reading about them.

    As for imperfect heroes, the last memorable one was Grey Sommers from Mary Jo Putney’s No Longer a Gentleman. A former golden boy who lost his shine after ten years in prison. ^_^

    • Thanks, Tin!

      I wanted something quick and to the point so not to bore people. I’m glad it worked.

      I haven’t read the book you mentioned, but I am certainly interested to find out how a gold boy ended up in prison and what it did to him!

    • I had no idea Marcus was your favorite! Not that we’ve ever discussed it before, LOL, but I either never thought about it or perhaps subconsciously thought you were in the Benjamin camp. (And yes, I consider him flawed. Maybe not physically, but in other ways, he’s definitely flawed!)

  5. My favorite Rose Gordon flawed hero is a toss up… I love Marcus Sinclair. I couldn’t wait for him to get his own match the entire time I was reading Her Sudden Groom. His external scars might be the more obvious “flaw” but his internal conflicts had me hooked. He was very real. The tie goes to Lord Drakely… I love the arrogant, in charge lord who thinks he has it all figured out… And then discover that the heroine has ideas of her own and he may not know best after all.

    Favorite non Rose Gordon flawed hero… Mr. Darcy! (from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for any who may live under a rock :)) He is an intriguing blend of arrogant confidence and shy social insecurity. He is my idea of literary male perfection.
    Fun post Rose, darahgill@gmail.com.

    • Glad you liked the post, Darah!

      It was not a requirement to pick one of my heroes!!! But I’m glad you and some of the others who’ve read my books did.

      Patrick (Lord Drakely) and Juliet make a good match, it’s like arrogance meets unshakeable confidence.

    • *gasps* You haven’t read one of mine??? Oh dear, I might swoon…

      I’m only having you on, of course. Patrick is an excellent choice for a flawed hero, though. Ironically, the last time I did a blog hop, was on St. Patrick’s Day and he was the fella I was blogging about–him and his not-so-saintly behavior, if I remember right.

      Thanks for coming by both here and TQ!

  6. My favorite hero would have to be Jace from the book “City of Bones (Mortal Instrument series)” written by Cassandra Clare. He is described as devastatingly handsome on the outside (like an angel), and although he has a good heart, he is definitely not perfect on the inside (then again who is?!). He is very arrogant and overly confident but once a girl named Clary enters his life, all of his best characteristics are magnified and he starts to change for the better all the while trying to figure out his identity crisis.

    xox.alanna@hotmail.com

    • Oh Alanna, that sounds like a fun read! I love men who think and appear as if they have it all together, then meet the heroine and BAM! they’re in for a major wakeup call!

  7. Sebastian from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

    • Hands down, that is my favorite LK book! I was afraid I wouldn’t like it at first because of his slimy behavior in the previous book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Sadly, very few times have I found a villain-turned-hero that I actually liked. LK did a great job with that one.

      • I was happy to see this book mentioned as it and the others from that series are on hold at my digital library. I am next on the list to get them, just waiting for the email to tell me I can go download them.

  8. So many heroes are flawed. It’s hard to pick just one. My favorite would probably be Roarke in JD Robb’s books.

    jlhmass at yahoo dot com

  9. I love my heroes to be hard and crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside! The last one I read was Bastian from FIRE KISSED by Erin Kellison. a tortured angel…le sigh…:)
    sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  10. I love flawed heroes, too (Lucky in Eden Winters’ DIVERSION is a wonderful example of that)…nothing worse than an alpha who’s totally sure of himself. I’m helpless before a fallen angel, too…

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

    • Alpha’s certainly seem to be popular now. Maybe it’s part of that fantasy appeal, since real men are flawed? Either way, I still like my men in books just as flawed as my own husband. LOL

      Thanks for coming by.

  11. Hmm, since we’re talking about flawed, I’m going to go with Zsadist from Ward’s BDB series. He’s very much flawed/tortured in his book.

    ~Tracy L.

    ps. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    bluebubbles24(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Eric or Bill from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  13. I love your premise of the flawed hero–sort of Beauty & the Beast (my all-time favorite Disney movie). Of my own heroes, I’d say Jack in Losers Keepers fits your criterion. He was a ladies’ man, a user of people, unable to settle on 1 job or 1 woman. In short, fatally attractive. Of course, he improves! M. S. Spencer

  14. Damon from the Vampire Diaries. he’s far from perfect, but he doesn’t sulk about his mistakes. He learns from the and moves on. Deep inside his tough exterior beats a heart, waiting for the right woman to notice him.
    Enjoy the hop.
    bidelia78@yahoo.com

  15. Gak – favourite? Honestly – from all the reading I do there are so many – but Jason from the Sookie Stackhouse series is mine. There is something so wrong yet so right in him – his unbelievable loyalty, and the struggle with doing right and wanting to BE right, all with his inability to keep his pants zipped. There’s just something so right about a troubled hero who wants to do right but want’s the right NOW .

    glhince@gmail.com

    • all with his inability to keep his pants zipped

      Oh my…

      His wanting to do right, but have it done right now, is something everyone can probably relate to.

      Thanks for coming by and sharing.

  16. Rose –

    When you asked me for my” all-favorite not-so-perfect hero” of course my first thought was of my wonderful husband who fainted in the middle of our wedding ceremony 42 years ago!

    When I realized you were talking about books and my own hero I didn’t even stop to think but knew it was Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes. Some may say that it was an easy choice to make since Cervantes is considered the best historical romance writer of all time but the story itself is so much fun with Don Quixote seeing the not so perfect Dulcinea as a beautiful virgin (not likely) and Sancho (bumbling and inept) as his stanch companion.

    Not only was it a perfect story with a not so perfect hero it set the standard for romance ever since.

    • Oh Jeanne, my husband is quite flawed, too.

      I hope your family snapped pictures of your husband fainting at your wedding! Too funny. My husband and I were teenagers who drove to a neighboring city one afternoon to get married after being engaged all of two days. He didn’t faint, but I think he was watching his life flash before his eyes because he had this blank look plastered on his face and the minister had to ask him three times (with a little assistance by me bringing him to present with a little shake) if he took me to be his wife. We laugh about it now, of course.

      Thanks for coming by!

  17. Hi Rose! My favorite awkward hero has to be…..Wallace! He’s so funny and his oddities are so much more pronounced. He’s really a sweet guy and the way you write him makes me go aaahh poor guy! lol ya love him and Edwina!
    I would like to enter both your giveaway and the grand prize giveaway please!
    booklover360@gmail.com

  18. Oh wow!! I have never read your books and I love the book covers. They seem to go right with the characters.
    My favorite rake is Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent in Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas.

    readingdiva@ymail.com

  19. I have to say Zsadist from the BDB series , he is so scarred it breaks your heart.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. Great post! I’m always attracted to strong alpha male heroes, but I’m intrigued and definitely need to give your heroes a shot.
    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

    • For some reason, I don’t write a lot of alpha’s it’s not intentional, they might start out kind of gruff, but it doesn’t take long and the “real them” comes forward. Thanks for coming by.

  21. Courting as a science experiment? I’ve got to check this out ! And your other books ! Having a blast with the blog hop, so many new things to read !
    ptitpupuk at sky dot com

    • Lorraine, only Alex…and my own husband…would think to make an experiment out of a courtship. But under his weirdness, he’s a good guy, just a wee bit…er…misguided?

      Thanks for coming by.

    • I’m glad you liked the covers. I’m quite fond of them, too, especially the green one. I cannot take credit for this particular set. Dara England made them and did a wonderful job, I do believe.

      Thanks for coming by.

  22. When I thought about my favorite not-so-perfect hero, I immediately thought of Zsadist from the BDB series by JR Ward! He has so many flaws and past scars, but he’s still an amazing hero.
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. Cam Rohan in Lisa Kleypas’ “:Mine Til Midnight” is one of my favorite flawed heroes. Will there be any romantic gypsies in your future historical romances 🙂
    susan_francesny [at] hotmail [dot] com

    • I have so many other flawed heroes on my list to write that I’m not sure if there’s room for a gypsy just yet. However, my friend Jerrica Knight-Catania recently had a book come out that features a Rom Gypsy. It’s called The Gypsy Bride.

      Thanks for coming by.

  24. As the mother of 2 children, both of whom have been diagnosed with classic autism, Sir Wallace Benedict is my favorite not so perfect hero. Thank you for having a hero like him in your book.

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net
    Lisa G

    • That’s one of my main reasons for loving Wallace as well. I have two with autism as well and one who will be getting some spectrum diagnosis in September.

    • Lisa, I’m touched. I’m so glad you could relate to Wallace and enjoy his book. We all have obstacles to overcome, some of ours are just larger than our peers’. He certainly had a lot to overcome, in almost every aspect of his life, which is probably why I’m drawn to him, too. He was certainly difficult to write about at times, but I do believe he’s my all-time favorite hero, imperfections and all.

  25. I love all the modern flawed heroes but my very favorite is Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Thanks for your part in the blog, Carin
    mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Oh, Mr. Rochester is flawed, indeed! But he also has several good reasons for his flaws, such as his marriage to the Bedlam candidate and being forced to practically live as a recluse. I’d quite forgotten about him, I’m glad you stopped by to refresh my memory.

  26. I love Terrible from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, Severn from Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series and Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series — I not only love my heroes to be flawed, but I like my heroines to be just as damaged…

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    • Oh dear…flawed heroines. I do believe you are a rarity. I’ve noticed a trend that wants strong heroines or meek but not broken heroines. I thought this might be because as women we’re less sympathetic to the heroine sometimes or are more interested in the heroes reaction to her to care much about her problems. I am SO glad to find someone who enjoys a flawed heroine, as I enjoy them, too.

      Thanks for coming by.

    • You’re like the eighth person to mention Roarke. I feel as if I need to make a quest to the book store and discover just what there is to love about this fellow… Thanks for commenting.

    • A hero’s insecurities creating problems in the relationship isn’t a real common theme, usually it’s the heroine who has insecurities. However, uncommon or not, I like the concept. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh wow, just one hero hmmm. Let’s see, I think it would have to be Curran from Magic Bites. This shifter has major attitude when it comes to dealing with his mate. I love the interactions between the two.
    Michelle
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • “Major attitude”, yes, that is a flaw indeed. LOL I love it when the arrogant hero gets put (and kept) in his place by the heroine.

      Thanks for coming by.

  28. All your not so perfect heroes sound pretty fine to me ;)I love imperfect heroes.All of us are imperfect and I love that I can in some way connect to the character because of his or her flaws.Perfection is definitely over rated!
    If I had to pick a hero it would be Aeron from Gena Showalter’s Darkest Passion.I love how he gets over his doubts and emerges stronger in the end 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway and enjoy the hop!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  29. There are several flawed heros that I love but two of them stand out for me. Zsadist and Butch. Zsadist is the perfect tortured hero and Butch was heading down a path to ruin (probably) until they found the right woman. Thanks for the giveaway!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  30. I have read all four if these books TWICE and wish. There were more I don’t have a favorite I love them all

  31. I’m with susan on this one. My favorite flawed hero is definitely Zsadist from J.R. Wards’s series. Broken and totally unbelieving in love until the right person came along.
    achbarrow(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. Nice intro to these books & I love the covers. I haven’t read any of your books, but I’m planning on it now. That’s another reason why I like to participate in these blog hops. Introduces me to new authors.

    JessieL62@comcast.net

    • I’m glad you liked the cover, I hope you like what’s “behind” them just as much. Thanks for coming by and I’m glad you found my short descriptions interesting.

  33. I have two. My favorite hero of all is Neil Craftsman from His Redeeming bride from Ruth Ann Nordin. My second favorite hero is Andrew fromThe intentions of the earl. I had to mention both.

  34. So many favorites, so will go with one of my latest, which is Dragos from Dragon Bound. Not perfect, but luscious all the same.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    • I haven’t read a Tracy Anne Warren book in a long time, but I really liked Adrian from The Husband Trap. I was afraid I wouldn’t toward the start when he did something I wasn’t expecting and not very nice, but how he made it right put him firmly into my “a hero I could love” category.

  35. mr wolfe was a hunk and good hero and so is luc and gabe in another book luc was the devil in jr form and gabe is the angle in kid form they wemre to tag the girl but both got what they wanted at the end of the book me it all way the guy who like in the book not matter what he is vamp or gay aor straight
    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  36. I have to say Paul from Liberty for Paul. After reading intentions of the earl and getting all of the set up for its sequel, I knew I couldn’t wait to read it. I just love it when the characters try so hard to not like each other when they are so obviously perfect for each other.
    princessditto@gmail.com

    • I have to admit I nearly choked on my breakfast shake when I read this. I didn’t think Paul was anybody’s favorite, probably because Liberty is so out-of-hand. I’m glad you liked him though. He’s certainly a sweetheart–and once again flawed. I guess all of mine are pretty flawed, aren’t they? Thanks for chiming in.

  37. I have not read any of your books yet (but just bought the first one from ARe 🙂 It is hard for me to choose just one hero above all others. I tend to fall in love (or at least lust) with whatever hero is am currently reading. I guess one of my all time favorites is Wraith from Larissa Ione’s Demonica series. He is a very tortured hero, starts out pretty self centered but does grow so much and becomes a great hero. Oh, and he is a sexy half demon/half vamp….YUM!
    Thank you for the very generous giveaway and for the great donation you are doing for MS. I picked ARe because it would earn more than Amazon, my other fave place to buy (I do have a Kindle).
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    • Thank you, June. I certainly appreciate your contribution. It all adds up.

      I, too, am usually in lust with whichever hero I’m currently writing about and claim he’s my favorite. So I think that’s pretty normal.

      Thanks for coming by, and thanks again for purchasing Her Sudden Groom.

  38. Favorite flawed hero? I’m going to have to go with Joe from Robin L. Rotham’s “Carnal Compromise” He was afraid to be in love/to have a relationship after his marriage ended after his teenaged son was killed in an accident.
    Love the blog hop, I get to meet authors I hadn’t heard about yet, and lots of new books to add to the ever growing TBR pile. Thanks for the giveaway and best wishes.

    cms72023(at)gmail(dot)com

    • *gasps* You hadn’t heard of me before? Well then, that makes it official, I haven’t shouted my existence from enough mountaintops yet. In all seriousness, with so many writers and books out there, it’s very common not to have heard of so many people. I’m glad you came by. Oh, and the hero you mentioned and his fear, that just makes me hurt on his behalf. Losing a child is unimaginable to think of, and I’ve often heard many couples fall apart when it happens. Such a double tragedy. Thanks for coming by and I hope you find plenty of good books to read.

  39. I would have to say Zsadist as the flawed hero because of everything in his life that happen.I loved his book so much one of my favorites! I have so many Heroes that are my favorite.
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  40. I have not read any of your books yet, but they just went on my TBR list. Love your covers. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  41. Hello Rose! I haven’t read any of your books yet as you’re a new to me author. Thank goodness for blog hops! I don’t know that I have a favorite flawed hero because it seems that every single book that I read has a flawed hero. Some more than others. While I love emotional flaws, I think I have a real soft spot for heroes who are physically flawed as well. I think it takes a whole lot more for them to overcome their bitterness, anger or insecurities. That just tugs at my heart strings, you know? For that reason, I know exactly which book of yours will be my first, an I’ve added it to my TBR list 🙂

    Thank you for participating in the blog hop and for the giveaway!

    msromanticreads(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. Oh there are so many – I can’t even think of a name! I love all the heroes I read about! Thanks for the chance to win! I look forward to reading your books!
    Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Thank you. I agree the dresses are beautiful. I also agree that a flawed hero is just more of an adventure for the heroine. More for her to overcome and conquer! Thanks for stopping in.

  43. Woohoo! Loving this hop!
    I’m not a fan of the PERFECT hero. I like them a bit flawed. My favorite is Novikov from Shelly Laurenston’s “Beast Behaving Badly” He is
    handsome and sexy, surly, and mean, and everyone hates him, except Blayne Thorpe. His woman.
    I want to relieve you of $50.00 and win the main contest.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

  44. Wat a wonderful blop Hop…1 of my favorite Go BACK 2reread is the every loving, talented Janelle Taylor’s SAVAGE ECSTASY my bad boy GREY WOLF wicked ruthless & flawed 2 the nine’s..! thanQQQQ!
    redz041@yahoo.com

  45. I havent read your books but i definitely plan too! Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  46. My imperfect hero is Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. He is arrogant, elitist, and mean. But eventually he corrects his ways. And he is handsome!
    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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