Best of 2019: The Heroes

Posted January 7, 2020 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments


Raphael from Archangel’s War by Nalini Singh: Series, how can you not have Raphael on your list? He is so intense, as is his love for Elena. Raphael is so devoted to Elena that he will die for her and die without her. Sigh.

Evan Bryant from Hold on to Hope by A.L. Jackson: Evan was an amazing hero. He was so strong despite the hardships he has faced in his life. His devotion to Frankie was so sweet, I just couldn’t. Well, I could and did.

Kane “Tack” Allen from Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley: Tack was a man’s man. He was insufferable at the beginning of the book and I honestly didn’t expect to like him. When he decided Tyra was for him, he was all in. He didn’t play games, he didn’t jerk her around. It was just hot.

Carson “Joker” Steele from Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley: Sweet, steady, and alpha. What more do you want in a hero?

Curran from Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews: I’m honestly surprised that I love Curran as much as I do. I haven’t read the Curran POV stories, only the books. There is no POV from Curran, but I know exactly what he was thinking about Kate. The Beast Lord is everything I like in a paranormal hero.


Dean Walker from Getting Played by Emma Chase: Oh man. I loved Dean so much. He was such a stand-up guy. Comfortable with himself and his place in the world, Dean really stepped up to the plate when needed. I adored him.

Ed Larson from Repeat by Kylie Scott: First, I swear I could stare at the cover of this book all day. So hot. Anyway..Poor Ed got his heart broken, but that didn’t stop him from stepping up when Clem needed him. His steadfast loyalty and determination to keep Clem safe really worked for me.

Flynn Parker from Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely: Flynn is a billionaire tech genius, but you’d never know it. His down-to-earth personality and nerdy ways really grabbed me. I loved that he just wanted to be loved for himself.

Zach Nolan from Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely: Zach is a single dad and a lawyer. He was so fierce in his protection of his kids and his clients I couldn’t help but fall for him.

West Ravenel from Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas: I loved watching West come into himself as the series progressed. I loved how strong he was, how quick he was to recognize his faults and how support of Phoebe he was.

Honorable Mention: Khai Diep from The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. I loved Khai. Full stop. Period.


Keenan Ross from Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan: Man, my heart hurt for my boy Keenan. He was that gentle giant that made me go all soft for him. He was a good man who loved fiercely and was completely loyal to his loved ones. No matter how famous he got, how much money he made, Keenan was still one of the most down to earth rich guys that I read about this year. I freaking loved him.

Khai Diep from The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: Khai is a hero that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. He was a unique hero, for sure. When we first met him in The Kiss Quotient, his blunt personality rubbed me the wrong way and I’ll admit, I didn’t even know that he was going to get his own story but man, getting to know what makes Khai, Khai? He won me the fuck over. I ended up loving the hell out of him and I cannot wait for his brother’s book.

Alessandra Sagredo from Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews: Alessandro Sagredo is one fine ass you know what. We don’t know very much about him right now, just that he loves him some Catalina Baylor and I don’t care about any of that. I have a good feeling about Alessandro. I look forward to getting to know about him in the next Hidden Legacy book. Mad Rogan is still my top hero but I don’t know, Alessandro might just overtake him…I loved me some Alessandro and I can’t wait for more of him in 2020.

Maxim Kingsman Cade from The King Maker by Kennedy Ryan: Maxim’s book is the last book that I read in 2019 so he’s the freshest in my mind. I loved his book so much, even though it ripped me to pieces but man, the amount of love that Maxim had for Lennix just hit all of my melty bones buttons. He was so intense and so in love with Lennix that it was hard not to feel some type of way about him as a man. We see him grow from a young man to a full-grown man who knows his own mind and is comfortable in his own skin and through it all, he loved him some Lennix Moon Hunter. And I loved him.

Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne: Kennedy Dawson. My man, Kennedy Dawson. I loved him in his friend’s books and I looked forward to reading his book so much. Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors and she didn’t disappoint me when I finally got my grubby little hands on Kennedy’s book. Kennedy was everything that I wanted him to be and seeing him blind to what was right in front of his eyes? Frustrated me but oh man did he make up for all of that frustration when he finally gets it. When he finally sees Kate and the passion that blooms right in front of his eyes? Gah, I’m complete trash for him. I freaking love him.

Who were some of your favorite heroes of 2019? Any heroes that melted your panties and warmed your heart? Share your favorites in the comments!

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5 responses to “Best of 2019: The Heroes

  1. Nushie

    Thanks for this! Btw, one of the photos is wrong – it’s showing Ruthless King instead of Motorcycle Man.

    Also, Holly, I just finished Sweet Dreams. There were so many issues. I can’t believe that Forever didn’t fix some of those in editing. I tried putting it down. I had the audio of Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely all queued up. I listened to it for 20 minutes, but could not let go of this crazy curiosity about what happens next. So I went back to Sweet Dreams; I skimmed some parts, but got it done. I’ve got to say, KA writes some compelling characters; I now understand why people say her books are like crack. But the writing… you know, the word whisper is used 99 times in the book?! Lauren was doing so much whispering, I was wondering if she was a chain smoker.

    Call me crazy, but now I’m thinking that I might check out one of her more recent books. Maybe it’ll be more polished… *fingers crossed*

    • Now you understand my problem. Her writing drives me crazy and there so many things that make me want to bang my head against the wall as I read, yet I can’t stop. Her characters are very compelling. Sadly, the editing in her more recent books is much the same.

  2. These are all amazing choices. I have some go-to authors that write crazy-good Heroes. Kristen Ashley, Lauren Blakely, Jessica Lemmon, Emma Chase, Nana/M. Malone, R.S. Grey… I fall in love with every single book boyfriend.

  3. Kim

    I really liked West Ravenel and Kennedy Dawson. Though more of a mystery book, I’d add Ash (Lord Ingram) from The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas.

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