Hero Hop and My Favorite Romance Hero Traits

27 Jul

A Hero Hop had to come with some sort of eye candy. And, really, look at those gorgeous eyes!

The Hero Hop is underway! Welcome to our five day celebration of yummy heroes. Join me and over a hundred other authors and bloggers as we share our favorite things about heroes, romance, and men in general. If the heroic goodness isn’t enough motivation to hit all the sites on the hop, check this out: Every stop on the hop is doing a giveaway. I’m giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Card! Even better, there are THREE Grand Prizes to be awarded at the end of the hop, and every blog you stop and comment on gives you an entry in the drawing. You can enter over 100 times! Grand prizes are: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, a $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card, and a massive Swag Pack, full of books and other goodies.

I love a good romance hero. It takes a lot for a character to turn into an actual hero in my eyes, and we’re not talking a gorgeous face, a sculpted physique, excessive riches, and a lot of–how can I put this delicately?–talent and stamina. Don’t get me wrong, those traits are nice touches on the finished package, but it’s what’s inside a male character that turns him into a romance hero. The heart and soul are the parts that really matter.

My favorite romance heroes, the ones I fall in love with reading–from the fiercest Alpha to the sweetest Beta to the most difficult Gamma–all have four traits in common. They are:

  1. A sense of humor. I’m a huge fan of wry wit and a bit of self-deprecating humor.
  2. A sense of honor. Okay, sometimes that honor is a little twisted in a Gamma, but they all have a code they try to live by. Even if they make occasional missteps, they try to do the right thing and be good men.
  3. The ability to learn and grow. The only thing better than a heroine who grows and develops into a fuller, richer person over the course of a book is a hero who does so. I love watching a hero come to an understanding of his personal failings or flaws and take steps to improve.
  4. A willingness to love. Yes, this applies to those heroes who start out Unwilling. Refer to trait #3, the ability to learn and grow. To me, there’s nothing sexier than an intelligent, funny, genuine man who’s willing to let go and love someone with every fiber of his being.

What’s a trait you love to find in a romance hero?

Remember to leave your email address when you comment for entry into my giveaway and the grand prize drawings. Click here to Continue on the Hop!

84 Responses to “Hero Hop and My Favorite Romance Hero Traits”

  1. Paula Martin July 27, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Lucy, I agree completely with you about romantic heroes – your 4 character traits are exactly what I look for in my heroes – and they’re the heroes I like to write about too. Hope you’ll take a look at my Hero Hop blog and decide which of my heroes you like best!

    • Lucy Francis July 27, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      I’ll definitely hop over and check them out, Paula!

  2. yganoe July 27, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    I love a hero that has strength of character yet tenderness.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  3. kaylynd July 27, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Those 4 traits make the best heroes. I think humor makes a hero. Nothing is better than to be reading a book and then starting laughing so loud my hubby looks away from his x-box. Well maybe the look on his face when it happens. lol Thank you for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

    • Lucy Francis July 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      I love a hero who can make me laugh. I really wish I was funny enough to write romantic comedy!

  4. nina July 27, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    great blog contest.
    kintana002000@yahoo.com

  5. jannashay July 27, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I love a hero that loves his lady with every cell in his body. He’s steadfast and loyal and would do anything to protect the woman he loves.
    janna@jannashay.com

  6. jlhmass July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    I love a strong alpha male, with a tender, gentle side when needed.

    jlhmass at yahoo dot com

  7. gaele1 July 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I’m a sucker for a smart quip – so humour has to be up there in my list. Honour is one that has to show as well- while situations may vary – your ethics and reaction to the adversity can’t.
    :)

  8. laurie g July 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    i do agree with the four traits you listed in those being good for a hero.

    great blog and i will have to try some of your books. i have never read any of them but they do look good

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  9. dgmolly July 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    I love tortured heroes, but they do have to be able to grow and learn from past mistakes.
    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Trix July 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Those are all wonderful criteria that you’ve listed!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  11. Kimber Shook July 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Awesome post! Thanks for the giveway! Oh those blue eyes get me every time….
    kimberly.a.shook(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. Carin W July 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I couldn’t agree with your list more if I wrote it myself. What a great post, thank you for being part of this blog hop. Carin
    mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Emily D July 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    I like a strong, confident man with a soft side. emily joy drake at gmail dot com

  14. tanna4abak July 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I love a hero who can be funny and can laugh at himself.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. Vickieann July 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    This is an awesome Hop Idea”
    vickie@innovativeonlinebooktours.com

    • Lucy Francis July 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      Agreed! I love the ideas Carrie Ann Ryan comes up with.

  16. donnablhmistress July 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I completely forgot about humor, or more like sarcasm I love that, but I love when they are so fiercely protective of the people they care about. That just gets to me every time.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. JanD July 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Honor tops my criteria for my hero

    bituin76 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. Tracy L. July 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    I think you pretty much nailed it w/ those traits. Generally, I’m looking for a witty, loyal/honest, and passionate/caring hero.

    ~Tracy
    bluebubbles24(at)hotmail(dot)com

  19. Natasha July 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Protective is a top one for my hero. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_ 8 at hotmail dot com

  20. Jessica Snow July 28, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Those are great traits!
    I love someone who is kind, strong yet gentle.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!! =)

  21. Jessica Snow July 28, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    I forgot my email address, sorry.

    JJs2468@aol.com

  22. wolphcall July 28, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    I agree with all four of your traits as well as strength of character & a protectiveness for those he loves

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net
    Lisa G

  23. oeamis July 28, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I agree with your list. I would also include devotion to family, protective of those he loves, compassion and kindness to those weaker than himself (even if he isn’t at first) Always kind to animals.
    oeamis(at)carolina(dot)rr(dot)com

  24. Suzy R. July 28, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Honor and sensitivity in my hero…have a great summer!

  25. Lorraine July 28, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    It’s not so much a trait of the hero, but it’s the situation really… it’s the fighting against the feelings and the intensity and the passion until suddenly it all explodes… just love it !

  26. Barbara Brant July 28, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    I love a hero who is fiercely protective of those he loves. Thanks for the opportunity!

    tccmp30@msn.com

  27. kittyb78 July 28, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Great traits above, but in my humble opinion you’ve missed a few.
    Intelligence, charisma, and a willingness to sacrifice everything to protect his lady love.
    Enjoy the hop.
    bidelia78@yahoo.com

    • Lucy Francis July 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      I wholeheartedly agree with these additions to the list as well as the others that commenters have left. My list could have gone on and on and on, LOL!

      • kittyb78 July 29, 2012 at 8:14 am #

        I actually {for grins and giggles} a while back asked my Marine friend {who is the most “alpha” guy I know, next to hubby} what in his mind makes an alpha and then answer blew me away. XD

  28. Ayla Barrow July 28, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    When I think of a hero I think Loyal, brave and snarky. I love a hero with the ability to crack a joke as he’s saving your butt.

  29. Ayla Barrow July 28, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Ooopppss
    email: achbarrow(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. Cera duBois July 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Sense of humor, honor, protective of those he loves… Oh… I think there’s too many to list.

    Flowerlady_23@yahoo.com

  31. Debra Soles July 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I love a hero who is always ready for adventure.
    Debdebss@yahoo.com

  32. arswthrt July 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I love a hero with a sense of humor and one who isn’t afraid to admit when he / she is wrong. Thanks for being a part of this awesome blog hop and for the great giveaway

    cms72023(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. Minnie Medina July 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    The only trait for my perfect hero is that he puts all above his/her needs and don’t expect a reward for it afterward. (The best rewards are the ones given from the heart)

    minnie2297@yahoo.com

  34. Lacey T July 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I agree with all of your traits! Humor is a must for me :)
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

  35. micheleann oboyle July 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Mysterious sexy micheleannoboyle angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com

  36. Mary Doherty July 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I love a hero that is emotionally wounded and a strong alpha!! Only in books though. lol
    Thanks for doing the Hop!

    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

  37. JessieL July 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I love a hero that is strong & can make me laugh! Thank you for participating in this great blog hop. I’m having alot of fun & discovering new authors.

    JessieL62@comcast.net

  38. June M. July 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    My favorite heroes are ones that are strong, dominant men. Those that are protective, responsible, caring, and respectful of others.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  39. Deb Pelletier July 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    A Hero. Strong ,caring ,handsome and loves his woman with all his heart and soul.

  40. caitymack July 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Beyond all the standard alpha traits, the willingness to open himself to love is one of my favorites.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  41. Vanessa N. July 29, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    I love a hero that will protect the woman he loves by whatever means necessary, strong but still have that soft side.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  42. Mary Grace July 29, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Totally agree to every point you stated. Perfect criteria for a hero. thesolitarybookworm(@)gmail.com

  43. Janhvi July 29, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Ooh I totally agree with all the traits you’ve mentioned for a fabulous hero!
    Sense of humor is a must :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  44. ronnkelly3 July 29, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I also agree with your traits.. I love a hero that is strong and loyal..

    ronnkelly3@aol.com

  45. Tamara Hoffa July 29, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Wonderful description of a romance hero, I agree completely
    sugerlady@aol.com

  46. lenagrey July 29, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    My hero would be loyal to me and loving. He would also have to be able to express and show me how he feels. I want to feel secure with him and have no doubts.

  47. Krista July 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    I like funny and honest guys. A nice six-pack doesn’t hurt either ;)
    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  48. Jennifer Wilck July 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    You’ve listed some great traits of a hero. Mine have to be strong, funny, smart and a bit vulnerable Thanks for participating! wilckjz(at)optonline(dot)net.

  49. MichelleW (@MsRomanticReads) July 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    You summed up all the character traits I’d look for in a hero. I love a character who is strong (physically and mentally), loyal, honorable, protective, maybe a little dominant. Above all he has to have a sense of humor. I love to laugh and generally don’t like laughing alone :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

    msromanticreads(at)gmail(dot)com

  50. Susan W. July 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    You have a great list of character traits for a hero. I like a hero who is confident without being conceited, strong, determined, loyal, and caring. One you know will be there through the thick and the thin. Thanks for the giveaway!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  51. Lisa Walker July 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I like a hero who is strong but also sensitive.
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

  52. latishajean July 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I like a Hero to be strong and loyal! I love alpha males the most!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  53. Brunette Librarian July 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more with your traits. Love a funny smart hero!!!!! :)

    Thank you for the opportunity :) Loving all the stories about Heroes!!!

    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  54. Pat Cochran July 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    My hero would be loving, loyal, and laughter would reign
    in our household!

    Pat C.
    p-cochran@juno.com

  55. Lona Stringer July 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    My hero has to be funny, and loyal. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest(AT)aol(DOT)com

  56. Amanda July 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Thanks fot the giveaway! I really love a hero who is strong and takes charge, yet can also be vulnerable for the woman he loves.
    amandastar84 (at) gmail.com

  57. slinkydennis July 30, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    My hero trait would definitely be an Alpha personality. Yummy!
    Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!
    slinkydennis@yahoo.com

  58. damianbloodstone July 30, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Love your merits of being a hero or Alpha. Thanks for being in the hop.
    damianbloodstone@gmail.com

  59. Sue July 30, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Great post! Sue lilysmom123@comcast.net

  60. Larissa Rodgers July 30, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I definitely love my hero to be all ALPHA!!

    Thanks for the chance to win :)
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  61. jesscaashley July 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I like reading about a strong, but compassionate hero!

    • jesscaashley July 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Forgot my email :)
      Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

  62. Mel Bourn July 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Great list of hero traits!! I am definitely on board with them. I love my heros to have the “will do anything for my heroine” attitude!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  63. desitheblonde July 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    our hero are the fire dept and they are trying to not spread the fire it hit 120 acres and then in aura another 300 acres we do not have that much warter and then they are having hell of time aout the fire
    desithe blonde at tmsn dot com

  64. chickie434 July 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I like a hero who is loyal and true, brave, has a great sense of humor (no matter how odd it may be to others), and who isn’t afraid to do what’s right.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  65. anna July 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I love a dedicated hero. To his heroine, work, what’s important to him, etc.

    Thanks!
    acade29@gmail.com

  66. Sophia Rose July 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Well said with your hero traits! I love how heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they don’t even seem like a hero until they’re put into a situation that calls for them to step up to protect or defend.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

  67. J. Lenni Dorner July 31, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    A trait I like in a romance hero is confidence. No matter is thrown at them they seem to have a plan and a way to execute it.

  68. Shadow July 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Some of my favorite qualities is kindness, humor, loyalty, i love an alpha, i especially love a hero with a tragic past. One that needs a strong heroine to match him. Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! :)
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  69. mabledsoe July 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I agree with you and add a little bit of tortured soul to it. A woman likes to know she helped her man over come some obstacle…LOL
    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  70. Tina B July 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I love your hero traits. I never really thought about the hero growing throughout the story, but now that I have thought about it, I really like that too. There are many traits that I love in romance heroes, and at the top of my list is probably loyalty. Although, I do like them alpha, protective, honorable, a sense of humor works, but I like the dark tortured heroes too. This is such a wonderful hop! Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!
    trb0917 at gmail.com

  71. Daniel M July 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    yep humor and honor, thanks for the giveaway – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  72. Brandi S. July 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I like my hero to be very alpha but sweet when he is around his love. Thanks for the giveaway!
    flava_sava_chick@yahoo.com

  73. Juliana July 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    He needs to be protective but also willing to find humor in life!
    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  74. feathermaye September 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Kindness!! Our guys can be rough-and-tumble, foul-mouthed or worse, but when it’s all said and done and a toddler hands him a toy phone, if he’s not kind enough to answer, he’s no hero to me. ;)

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