Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday's Special Extra Prize Post

This time I asked historical romance author, Jodici Belle: Who is your favorite historical hero and why?

Jodici said, "My most fave character (that isn't mine) is Simon from Once A Dreamer by Candice Hern. This man is sweet and strong at the same time. Unlike most men of the era he was a firm believer in love....and a red head. I liked him most, because he was different from all the other heroes out there. A breath of fresh air."

She is giving away a gold plated sapphire heart pendant for the prize drawing.

How about you, Who is your favorite historical hero or heroine, real or fictional and why?

Hugs,
Lucyhttp://lucymonroe.com

68 comments:

Dannyfiredragon said...

One of my favorite real historical heroines is Elizabeth I. For the time she lived in she was very modern. A very powerful woman in a men dominated world

Judy F said...

I will have to think on this. its way to early for me to function

mammakim said...

hmm Mariotta from Until the Knight comes was a wonderful heroine

Meljprincess said...

My favorite fictional hero is Rhett Butler. Why? Because he just didn't give a damn! *g*

Bonnie Ferguson said...

Oh do I have to choose just one?

Okay I'll pick three: Derek Craven From Lisa Kleypas' Dreaming Of You, Brahm Ryland from Kathryn Smith's Still In My Heart, and Anthony Bridgerton from Julia Quinn's The Viscount Who Loved Me.

They're fantastic heroes who fall hard when they fall for the women they love, and they have a fierce devotion to those they care about.

KimW said...

Princess Diana is my favorite heroine in real life. She helped so many people through her humanitarian work. She was kind, compassionate and very gracious.

Pam G said...

I know this is going to sound really weird, but Benjamin Franklin.

He had to have been fascinating to know, he was so intelligent!

Just think what it must have been like to have been around him. He was always up to something and it would never have been boring.

Pam G

Maureen said...

My favorite is Comte d'Esmond from CAPTIVES OF THE NIGHT by Loretta Chase. He was a complete villian in a previous book of hers and it was amazing to see him change and grow in this book.

Laurie said...

My favorite is William Wallace- "Braveheart". Wow, He inspired all the Scotts clans to finally band together against the English. Plus he died for what he believed in. I also loved the fictional characted Iain in Pamela Clare "Surrender". He reminded me of William Wallace going against the English commander that forced him to become a Ranger. He too had extremely loyal followers and friends.

Sandra08081998 said...

My favorite historical hero would have to be Wyatt Earp. I love reading about the Wild West and what life was like back then. Wyatt Earp never had a dull moment. He was a rough and tumble lawman who fell in love with an actress, Josie Marcus.

Pam P. said...

Bonnie, Derek Craven for me too. He thought himself too unworthy for real love despite his success until he did fall hard and opened his heart and took the chance, fiercely devoted and protective.

bluecitybabe said...

My favourite has to be Nan from The Buccaneers.We see her grow from a young girl in America, to an English duchess only to find that her "ideal" marriage is not all it seems. Even with the constraints of her society she has the courage to leave her husband and go with Guy to South Africa.she is a very spirited character. It makes me wonder if many women of that era were able to make such brave decisions, or did they simply stay in loveless marriages because society frowned upon such things.

Tee said...

Yikes! You want me to pick!
There are way to many to even
try and narrow it down to one.

CrystalG said...

I would say Joan of Arc. She fought for what she believed in.

Carol said...

I enjoyed Once A Dreamer, too!

Mel, Gone With the Wind is my favorite book! I like Rhett Butler, too. However, I think Roarke from J.D. Robb's In Death series is my favorite hero. He would never have given up and walked away from the woman he loved!

Kathleen said...

Wow, I'll have to return to this ?...nothing is coming to mind yet...I don't think I have a favorite.

Stacy Dawn said...

If I get to chose in fiction then definately Mr. Darcy. I seriously love his first proposal scene, the fact he honestly doesn't see how demeaning it is and how Elizabeth has no qualms telling him so LOL.

Cryna said...

This is a hard question, but if I have to pick one I think it would have to be Rhett Butler, from Gone With The Wind.

Amy S. said...
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Amy S. said...

Hard picking just one. Clint McKinnely from Sarah McCarty's Promises Prevail. I loved that series.

Jennifer L hart said...

Mr. Knightly from Jane Austin's Emma. He was a man of unquestionable herioism in his small sphere of influence, always championing the underdog and never straying from the path his heart carved out.

Julie S said...

My favorite (real) is Queen Elizabeth 1 - I can read anything about her. My favorite semi-real is King Arthur. Who can resist a Camelot tale? And my favorite fictional heroine is Skye O'Malley. She's a truly kick-butt heroine.

Chantal said...

Oh boy, I can't think of one. I will have to come back to this later.

Cherie Japp said...

Mine would be Royce from Julie Garwood's book The Prize. Such a strong and tough warrior but with a sweet side brought out by his feelings for Nicholaa.

Ali said...

Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I just loved what he did to win Elizabeth's love.

Marcy said...

I recently read Terri Brisbin's "Taming the Highlander" and I fell in love with the H, Laird Connor MacLerie. It was a play on 'Beauty and the Beast' and he was such a wonderfully tortured soul. *sigh*

Tara W said...

I would pick Ruark Beauchamp from Shanna. He was strong and went through all sorts of trials to win over the heroine.

Cathie said...

wow, just checked this out! Looks fab!

Cathie said...

My heroine will be Annie, from Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson. She was so real to me, so strong, loved life and loved love. Beautiful story.

robynl said...

I also have to say Princess Diana. She was a woman who was kind, considerate, generous, helpful. She cared and gave of herself. In her shyness she had strength.

suefromdevon said...

Hmmm. I think my favourite fictional historical hero is the Marquis of Vidal in 'The Devil's Cub' by Georgette Heyer. Mmmm. I think it's because he's a real rake rather than a fake rake!

Another all-time-favourite hero, although not from an historical, is Mary Stewart's Raoul de Valmy in Nine Coaches Waiting.

Ok, I think I need to read those again.

Stacy & Ali - I love D'arcy's first proposal scene, too.

Sue Child

Debbie E said...

My absolute favorite historical book is Promises Linger by Sarah McCarty. The hero "Asa" makes me melt everytime I read this book. He is strong and rugged but so patient and determined to win over his new bride.

This is a HOT read! And don't be surpised if you melt on the floor with warm fuzzies. Sarah's characters are like no other.

I love everything she writes but this series should be in an Award Showcase.

Check out her website. 1st year 4 books with 20 awards.

I actually found her by accident on the internet and am I ever happy I did.

Jen in WA said...

I think my favorite heroine in fiction is Victoria from Patricia Grasso's "To Catch a Countess". I just loved this story. It's set in regency England and deals a lot with Victoria's learning disability... how she handles it and how society reacts to those who are 'different'. She's just a character that really touched my heart and has stuck with me all these years later.

Joyce said...
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Joyce said...

My pick would be the hero from Julie Garwood's Honor's Splendour. He knew the heroine was going to be his from the first time he met her. She was willing to brave her brother'r wrath to try and help the hero.

Heather said...

My favorite hero from a historical novel is jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Do I really need to say more?

Veronica said...

One of my favorite historical fictional characters is Dominic Le Sabre from Untamed by Elizabeth Lowell. I just love that man.

Susan said...

I think Eleanor Roosevelt was a fascinating woman who was way ahead of her times.

AudreyB said...

A few favorite real life heroines come to mind, Mother Teresa just devoted her life to helping others, and Audrey Hepburn did so much for children from other impoverished countries.

Julie in Ohio said...

I love historicals so it is hard for my to pick just one.
My favorite historical hero/heroine is whichever one I am reading at the time.
I am currently reading Connie Brockway's AS YOU DESIRE and I am loving Harry and Desdemona.

Julia Quinn has also given me great heroes to live. The Bridgertons (take your pick) are all terrific. Charles and Ellie from BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN have such great chemistry together...

Yeah, I can't pick one. :o)

Lucy Monroe said...

Posting for Betty Womack

"I fell head over heels for Jerri Drennen's Nick Trent from her book Agent In Training. Of course I have to include William Wallace. He was strong, honest and loyal. Nick is tough, sexy and fun. All extremely good quality's in a man."

Minna said...

My favorite real historical heroine is Minna Canth. She was a Finnish writer who wasn't afraid to say how things were and how they should be.

bamabelle said...

Oh, I have to say Mr. Darcy for favorite hero, and Elizabeth Bennet for favorite heroine. Pride and Prejudice is the book that really served as my segue from reading literary fiction into romance, so that book will always be special to me. It really has stood the test of time.

Jennifer Y. said...

I love Derek Craven in Lisa Kleypas's Dreaming of you.


I also love all of Julia Quinn's characters.

Jane Eyre is another fave of mine.

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, forgot to say why...because they are all so well-written and people I would like to meet if they were real.

Lucy Monroe said...

What a tremendous list you're all compiling! Thanks!

Hugs,
Lucy

Lis said...

Favorite fictional heroes, Mr. Darcy from P&P; and I love reading about King Arthur and Lancelot.

Amy said...

Even though I have not read the book yet I think my favorite fictional historical hero will be Jarad from Lucy's upcoming book Take Me. I also love the Hero Jarad Dunn from Diana Palmer's Historical romance Amelia.

Rachael said...

I have to go with Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind. My favorite book and movie of all time! :)

kim said...

i like romeo

ShelMel said...

Hmm - I don't read historical fiction, so this would be a hard one for me. Sorry... Although, Billy the Kidd in Young Guns (the way the movie portrayed him) would be my favorite... Does that count? LOL

Brandy said...

Historical fictional hero would have to be The Scarlet Pimpernell and Laurie from Little Women (because we see him grow from a young careless man, to a charming caring one). As for real, I'd have to say Abraham Lincoln, he went after his dreams -failing at times but never backing down.

Debby said...

My favorite will always be Brodick from Ransom by Julie Garwood. I thought the interaction between him and Gillian was priceless.

Michelle B said...

What a tough question! I'm not sure who I'd choose for my favorite historical hero or heroine.

The first people that came to mind were actually some family members generations back that I never got to meet. My great-great grandfather was the first African American graduate of Brown University. He went on to do many great things in education.

The other is his daughter (my great-grandmother). She made a lot of advances for women and African Americans, including being one of the first female homesteaders in Oklahoma.

Michelle B said...

Oh, meant to mention that mine aren't really romantic heroes...

Estella said...

My favorite heroine is Skye O'Malley from the Bertrice small series. Skye was a very strong woman,and I like that.

Jenn said...

I honestly can't say who my favorite fictional hero or heroine is. I'll have to think about that one.

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Lucy,

Great topic. Rhett Butler is my favorite historic character. He was charming, sexy, and strong minded. He really put Scarlet in her place! I love that movie!!

HUGSSSS
Linda.H.

catslady said...

Oh I love historicals and I don't think I can choose just one. I'm going to have to say it's the hero or heronine I'm reading about at the time I'm reading the book. Not a great answer I know lol.

jennybrat said...

Alex Raiford from Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas.

KarenG said...

It is easier for me to choose a real one because I have too many to list so favorite fictional ones. I chose Eleanor Roosevelt for all the good work she did during WWII.

Cynthya said...

Real would be Thomas Jefferson, fictional would be Jamie from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

hookedonhistoricals said...

My favorite hero would have to be Colin from Julie Garwood's Castles (the very first historical book that I read, which got me hooked on historicals *g*) :)

readingaddict said...

I am addicted to reading especially historicals. I would have to say that my favorite hero/heroine would have to be the ones in the book at the time I'm reading the book. If I didn't like them, why would I read about them...

Wanda in IL said...

I can't just choose one hero. My favoite would have to be strong, dependable, honest, sexy and be a secret softy.

krazykitty said...

Favorite hero... There are too many good ones out there to choose from. I like them masterful but also sweet.

PS: My birthstone is sapphire *g*

Teoh said...

First love is Sir Percy of The Scarlet Pimpernell fame, best love would be Bey Malloren, the Marquess of Rothgar of the Malloren series. Wonder who are these guys in real life?

Teoh said...

oh yeah! Anybody who loves tortured heros would love Ransom Quincy, the Earl of Leahaven in Jodici's A Devil's Proposal. Promise I'm not her but can't keep a good hero down! Hope it's alright with you Lucy.