Bad Boy Heroes

This week’s Trope Tuesday is on Monday – because Ty and Amy’s book goes on sale tomorrow so they get the blog post spot. 🙂

These romance tropes focus on the characterization of the hero. What kind of hero do you like best?

Wealthy Hero – This is a trope in which the hero is rich, often considerably richer than the heroine. He might also be an Alpha Hero, who is used to demanding what he wants. He might just be accustomed to things going his way or having more opportunity. When I write one of these heroes, the heroine invariably sets him straight. Sometimes, as in Double Trouble, I take all the hero’s advantages away. Invariably, the hero realizes in these stories that money can’t buy everything.

Double Trouble, book #2 in The Coxwells Series, by Deborah Cooke All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series. The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire Delacroix The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

Hidden Heir/Heiress – one of the protagonists is either in hiding or unaware of his/her inheritance of a kingdom, title or fortune. In a way, this is a variation of the Wealthy Hero, except that he might not be aware of his wealth – or he might not be able to claim it. The Snow White Bride and The Heiress are the odd stories out here, as in these books, the heroine is secretly wealthy.

The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Highlander's Curse by NYT Bestselling author Claire Delacroix, #2 in her True Love Brides series of medieval romances. The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series. The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixWyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Bad Boy Hero – the hero has a dark reputation but the heroine sees the good in him, and her love redeems him. This is a classic trope of love conquering all, and I’m not really surprised that it’s one of my favorites. Another variation of it is Fake Rake, in which the hero (usually in a Regency) pretends to be worse than he is, for reasons that seem like a good idea at the time.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke flashfirevsm Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Rose Red Bride, book #2 in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.

There are more tropes featuring heroes and their traits, but we’ll examine them next week.

Do you love these three tropes as much as I do?

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