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Swoon-Worthy Hero Highlights: Wade vs. George from Hart of Dixie

Over the holidays, I may have binge watched Hart of Dixie. Why? I don’t know, because I wanted to see Wade Kinsella shirtless in every episode? Perhaps. Watching it from the beginning I found myself at war throughout all four seasons, mostly over who Zoe should have ended up with. Because in the first episode, Zoe is marching along the side of the road, and handsome George Tucker shows up.
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Now, from this very moment there was major sparkage between these two; they both had so much in common. They bonded as they drove to Bluebell, Alabama, but upon arriving in town, Zoe discovers that George is already engaged. Disappointed, and having a rough go of it, Zoe has a little too much to drink and ends up in the car of another Bluebell bachelor…Wade Kinsella, the town’s womanizing bartender. Wade’s already rubbed Zoe the wrong way,

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Swoon-Worthy Hero: Chase McKee from WILD AT HEART by T.J. Kline

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Have I mentioned how much I love a friends to lover’s story? Well, I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of the fourth book of the Healing Hart’s series, Wild at Heart. In it, we get to fall in love with Chase McKee and Bailey Hart. Bailey is the youngest cousin in the Hart family, and Chase is her older cousin, Justin’s friend. Although these two have always had feelings for each other, they have never admitted their attraction…but now, with Chase back in town and Bailey set to leave for L.A., he’s got to take a chance or lose the woman he loves without a fight.

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First of all, when T.J. Kline told me that her inspiration for Chase was Jensen Ackles, I was immediately sold on this book (plus, she’s my friend, so I always read her stuff. ;-)) But then Chase’s back story tugged at my heart and made me want to reach through the pages and give the guy a big old hug. Instead of following his father’s life plan, he enlisted in the military and became a MP. When he got out, he became a cop in Oakland and when he lost his partner, he moved back home to lick his wounds. The poor guy suffers from survivor’s guilt and blames himself for his partner’s death, which is enough to break my heart into a million pieces.

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Swoon-Worthy Hero Highlights: Jace Montgomery From Jude Deveraux’s Wishes

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As a young girl who struggled with her weight from the time she was ten, I remember picking Jude Deveraux’s Wishes when I was thirteen. I felt an intense kinship with Nellie Grayson-the heroine who had a pretty face, but because she was overweight, it didn’t seem to matter. I held onto the dream that a guy would come along and love me for me, which is why I think I’ve held onto Wishes for twenty years and continue to read it again and again. Because Jace Montgomery was everything I fantasized about.

*The unofficial Wishes book trailer I found on YouTube.

If you haven’t read Wishes, it is a Cinderella tale about a selfish woman who gets to purgatory (or The Kitchen in this case) and, because of how nasty she was in life, can’t advance to Heaven until she has completed a type of fairy Godmother deal. Although she at first likes Nellie’s little sister, Terel, she grants Nellie three wishes…wishes that benefited everyone but Nellie because of her selfless and giving nature. When the Godmother finally tries to fix things, she realizes that she really does need to change. But even during all the frustrations and wanting to slap Terel and shake Nellie, there was Jace.

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Swoon-Worthy Hero Highlights: Turner from Julia Quinn’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

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As a long time Julia Quinn fan, I have many favorite books by her, but The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever is at the very top of the list. Mostly because it’s one of my all-time favorite tropes. The heroine, Miranda, has had a crush on Turner, her best friend’s older brother, for the longest time. Because of the age gap between them, he marries another at a young age thinking he’s in love, but becomes a bitter, angry man once he finds out that she was unfaithful to him. When she dies, Turner is determined to never be at the mercy of love or a woman again.

Now, we all love a good tortured hero and Turner definitely falls under that category. Although he can come off as rude, and several mistakes he makes with Miranda had me cursing him, underneath all the outrageous behavior and snark, is still the amazingly kind man that Miranda had a crush on. As the story goes on, that man begins to emerge, Turner becomes a hero you can both fall for and wish to shake some sense into, depending on where you’re at in the book.

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But overall, Turner is as Swoon-Worthy as they come and here’s why.

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Swoon-Worthy Hero Highlight: Dylan Kershaw from In Your Eyes

Those of you who know or follow me, y’all understand that I adore all that is Whedon (Joss Whedon, to be exact.)

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However, the first time I ever watched In Your Eyes, I had no idea it was a Whedon creation. I fell in love with the movie without that knowledge, but the hero of the movie, Dylan Kershaw, stole my heart. I have watched this movie over and over since discovering it on Netflix, and have to admit, that it’s not just the amazing story telling (and romance) that has me coming back again. It’s also Dylan’s awesome heroness that draws me back.

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Swoon-Worthy Hero Highlights: Christopher of Blackmour from Lynn Kurland’s THIS IS ALL I ASK

This Is All I Ask Lynn Kurland

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Lynn Kurland has written some of my favorite heroes (who I will probably share in the near future) but the Dragon of Blackmour holds a special place in my heart.

No, he isn’t actually a dragon. He doesn’t actually drink blood or gobble up six maidens daily.

The Dragon is just a man, a great lord from 1249 England, who has been the cause for so many disturbing rumors. It isn’t until his new bride, Gillian of Warwick arrives, terrified out of her mind, that she realizes that nothing about her new husband is accurate.

Is Christopher a cross, angry soul that tosses around shouts and threats to all around him? Yes. Is he tall, fit and intimidating as hell? Uh huh.

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