Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Janelle Denison PlotMonkeyBlog: Protect Me, Wilde Man!

Contest!!! Janelle's offering one lucky commenting Bella a totally Wilde gift package! It'll all be clear once you've read her GuestBlog!

If you've not read any of her Wilde romances, you're missing out, cause Janelle Denison knows how to write a hero. And we loves us some heroes, don't we, Bellas?

For the second day of PlotMonkeys.com 'King of the Jungle' Week, Janelle's talking with us about a favorite of many a romance fiction fan, so let's have right at it! But before I forget my manners, Buongiorno, Janelle, and welcome to RBtheBlog...

First off, I wanted to issue a great big THANK YOU to Michelle for inviting the Plotmonkeys to play here at Romance: By the Blog! It's great to be here!


Though I've written many types of heroes over the years, lately the "King of the Jungle" in my novels have been leaning more toward "the protector". The protector is a man who is loyal, honest, and believes strongly in defending his family, close friends, and his lover. Whether he is an executive, blue-collar worker, cop, or an ex-Marine, these are traits that my male characters are very likely to possess. To me, there is nothing sexier than a man who puts the heroine's safety before his own. A man who will lay down his life for the one woman who holds his heart.


Another appealing aspect of The Protector is his body, of course. In order to be a strong, formidable kind of guy, he needs to be in shape physically. He's got rock hard abs, muscular arms, and a solid chest. Take a look (and a second look, if you'd like) at the guys posted on today's blog, and you'll get my drift!

In my upcoming Wilde story, BORN TO BE WILDE (Sept. Berkely), my hero, Joel, is the ultimate protector and guardian. He's also a warrior, an ex-Marine who has seen his share of death and destruction in a hellacious war that honed every one of those protective instincts. Now, years after leaving the military, he's making good use of those skills working as a security specialist. Except he never, ever, expects to fall for a woman he's sworn to protect, and his feelings for Lora Marshall end up messing with his head, his emotions, and his ability to keep her safe. Oh, yeah, and his libido, too!


What I find so appealing about writing a "protector" is the fact that there usually needs to be some kind of close proximity between the hero and heroine for a good part of the story. The hero's goal is to keep the heroine safe, and that requires plenty of close contact . . . which usually leads to the kind of hot sexual tension that makes the pages sizzle! Now that's my kind of book!


So, what kind of hero is your favorite kind of protector? A cop? Bodyguard? Fireman? What kind of hero would you like protecting your body?


FUN GIVEAWAY: Whoever posts on today's blog will be eligible to win an autographed copy of Janelle's book, TOO WILDE TO TAME, and other Wilde goodies (or another book, if you already have that one!).

Visit Janelle at www.JanelleDenison.com, and with her jungle cohorts at www.PlotMonkeys.com .

93 comments:

Stacy~ said...

Hi Janelle! It's great to have the Plotmonkeys here, and I love your topic for today.

I don't know if I have a favorite type of protector because I love all the ones you mentioned. Then there are the troops, and a lot of great stories about Navy SEALs because they are like the ultimate protectors. (Think Suz Brockmann or Catherine Mann). They might be my choice after all *g* But I wouln't mind any of them er, protecting, my body. Yes, protecting, my word of the day ;)

I think any type of hero can be a protector, from Ranger (yep, he's in my head this week) who essentially is a bounty hunter, to a Lori Foster UFC fighter, to the mechanic who ends up falling in love with his best friend when she comes to him for "experience". He also had some pretty protective instincts towards her.

I love a hero who is both physically and mentally strong, because he also had to know when to let his woman do her own thing, and that can be difficult for the alpha male, but he'll do it out of his love for the heroine.

What about you Janelle - do you have a favorite?

ev said...

Morning Janelle!! I stalked Julie yesterday between blogs, now it's your turn. LOL Great tribute to Lori by the way. I'll bet she cries.

Well, since my DH is retired military, and a decorated one at that, me thinks ya'll know the answer to the question. Although the rock hard body is a thing of the past (I have the pics somewhere to prove it), he still manages to protect us all- usually with his trusty, sharp mind and rappier wit. My need to have someone physically protect me is not what it was when I was younger (and that's another story, but he was there for that too), but to have someone who will stand up for me the way he does when he feels I have been wronged, makes me all squiggly inside.

Stacy- we are so bad about Ranger, aren't we??

Stacy~ said...

You know it Ev, and isn't it fun? ;)

And kudos to your dh for being a decorated soldier and for protecting our country. He has my respect :)

ev said...

Thanks Stacy. He kills me- very seldom does he even mention it, which to me makes him even more special.

His birthday is Sunday- I told him to go buy the new TV he wants. Let's see how long it takes him to do it. I think he has been researching since Thanksgiving. LOL

Billie said...

Soldiers all the way for me. Any man in a military uniform is definitely swoon-worthy in my opinion.

But I have to agree with Stacy about Ranger. As much as I like Joe, I've decided I want Stephanie to end up with Ranger.

Gigi said...

Hi Janelle,
I was on the Plotmonkey's blog that you and the monkeys would visiting over here this week.

You ask what kind of here is my fav protector...Gosh, that is a hard one. A hero can take so many forms from the neighbor next door that can change a tire or fix an emergency plumbing problem to the gun carrying detective or a military man. Strong, forceful dedicated to the one he loves.

I guess at the moment the detective/ex-marine (or any special forces) would have to get my vote.

Anonymous said...

I have to say I lean toward the Marine, cop, bodyguard type of hero. Especially if they were protecting me. LOL!! They seem to have the best bods. And you KNOW a Marine is well equipped to protect. I also love reading Suzanne Brockmann books. Her heroes are AWESOME.

That said, my husband is a cop. And seeing a guy in uniform just does it for me.

Looking forward to reading about your ex-Marine Janelle. My sister and I swear by your books. ;-)

Kelly F.

CrystalG said...

I am a sucker for a man in uniform so your examples of cop and fireman are good. I would probably choose a Navy Seal as my ultimate protector.

MaryKate said...

Hi Janelle, Mornin' Bellas! Janelle, I'm so glad you're here. Well, I guess the warrior hero is my favorite hero of all time. I enjoy men in uniform very much and also love medievils with heros in armor.

Two of my favorite heroes are warriors. Dane Hollister from Linda Howard's DREAM MAN. He's big burly cop with sex appeal oozing out of his pores! And then Royce Westmoreland from Judith McNaught's A KINGDOM OF DREAMS. He's a terrifying warrior, but a man with such honor. I'm trying to think what appeals to me about them, I think in the Dane's case it's that he has an absolutely visceral reaction to Marlie (the heroine) and is in confront and protect mode almost immediately, in fact literally breaking down a door to get to her. In Royce's case, it's that he's saddled with Jenny by decree of the king and he's immediately attracted and amused by her, despite the fact that she does everything in her power to alienate him.

Great topic! I can't wait to hear what everyone else says!

Also, excellent use of this year's Romance: By the Blog theme: HOT! WET! MEN! :-)

Shannon said...

Well, my favorite protector hero would probably be the rugged, loner Private Investigator. There is just something sexy about a man who plays by his own rules and still gets the bad guy. All the while kicking butt and taking names.

katie said...

Career choice doesn't really matter to me as long has he has nice, rock hard abs, but doesn't spend a ton of time in the gym. He also has to have a sensitive side.

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Janelle!!
Mornin', Bellas!!

Janelle-- You are a woman after my own heart. I love a protector. I don't care if he's wearing a uniform, badge or nothing at all. I don't care what his occupation is or if he has one at all. If he risks his life to protect someone else, I think it's sexy.
That being said, I don't like a withering flower type heroine. I prefer one who can stand on her own two feet but when in danger her man comes to the rescue.
Is that contradictory?

Kimberly Raye said...

I love military heroes (ex or active, it doesn't matter). My first series romance by Linda Howard featured Zach Mackenzie. He was in the military and had to go into a foreign country to save the heroine. They hide out and he must keep her safe until he can get her back to the US. So hot and emotional! I've loved Howard ever since.

canadacole said...

Great topic today. I think all men are hardwired with that protective instinct when and it's so neat to watch the different ways it emerges in a good story. I especially like it when the hero tells himself that it's only that instinct to protect working in him and fights the idea that there's something more going on. I enjoy watching a good non-hero (guy next door, best friend, etc.) become the protector when the situation warrants it--the Clark Kent/Superman transformation gets me every time.

That said, I do love me some men in uniform. Brockmann's SEALs (though my dh insists the Marines are better), Robert's cops, just about anything. I will say that I love the assigned protector a little less than the self-assigned protector. Anyone else?

And now I'm off to find more about these Wilde guys. They sound fantastic!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Janelle and Bellas! And welcome new Bellas, too!

I'm fairly awed at this conversation already, because you know so much about what you like, and actually remember the NAMES and TITLES of the h/hns and the books they play in. I'm the worst w/ that and I really admire folks who don't have to look everything up. :) Hooray for youz!

Shannon, I hadn't thought about the loner P.I. Good one. Especially when he gets the urge to protect someone else's interest beside his own.

Hmmm, MK. I never knew you liked "Kingdom of Dreams..." :)

Loves me some mercenary/protector, so knights work great for me. Big, bad killers who have a kinder, gentler side for puppies, small children, and hooking up with some warlord's wily daughter who'll do a number on his knightly ego before letting him love her.

But how bout the whole beta male thing. I know he's got protective, yea nurturing, instincts aplenty. But it's just not the same if the protector's not alpha, is it?

kelly wrote: And you KNOW a Marine is well equipped

Amen, Bella. Oops did I not copy that whole line? My bad.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ooo, and I love when the heroine is just as tough as her protector hero, but gets all frustrated and angry with herself because sometimes it really does work out when she' not the only one doin the rescuin'. :)

alissa said...

I love the handyman with the tool belt. He is the ultimate symbol. Not only is he masculine and capable but he is real.

Cherie said...

I love a hero who is a protector. He can be in a uniform such as a cop, or military guy or a fireman or he can be a historical warrior like a knight or a highlander. Just something cool about a handsome, sexy guy who knows how to protect his woman.

Cherie Japp

pearl said...

The P.I. with the fedora and trenchcoat has always appealed to me. He has this aura about him that is attractive and masculine. The world is on his shoulders and he can handle anything.

BarbaraV said...

It really doesn’t matter too much to me what does he does, as soon as he is strong, sexy and carrying.
One of my favorite heroes if not my favorite one is Noah from “The Ultimate Seduction”, one of your books. I love this hero because even thought it was tough for him, he was able to put his own needs aside and took good care of Natalie. Every time I get asked this question. I always think about him. So I guess profession wide doesn’t make a difference for me. It has to be more with how well the character is developed.

joelle said...

The protector can be any man who has an instinct to protect and defend no matter whom or what the situation, be it his family or friends. A handyman with the ability to stir the blood certainly is an example of a man whose honor and strength is always available.

Kimberly Raye said...

The protector HAS to be alpha. I think that's what makes him so appealing. Big, bad ass guy, but he's got a softer side.

Playground Monitor said...

the mechanic who ends up falling in love with his best friend when she comes to him for "experience".

What book is this?

Oh yum... Dane Hollister. Ya gotta love that "visceral" reaction he has to Marlie.

I just read Linda Howard's SON OF THE MORNING and Black Niall was a real protector -- all wrapped up in that plaid with nothing underneath and a great big sword. A claymore, you silly girls. A claymore. ;-)

A lot of Linda's heroes are protectors -- Sam in MR. PERFECT, Cahill in DYING TO PLEASE, Wyatt in TO DIE FOR & DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. And in KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP you have that heroine Michelle referred to -- a female assassin.

I love the handyman with the tool belt He has to have a belt for it?? *wide-eyed innocent look*

I love the bodyguard hero. Cindy Gerard has a great series with bodyguards as does Rocki St. Claire. I've devoured them. The books, that is, though I wouldn't mind devouring me some hunky bodyguard. ;-)

Marilyn

P.S. I stand by my belief that Stephanie belongs with Joe. *g*

sharon said...

A man who is aware of his physical abilities and is willing to become a hero. We read about these ordinary people and their ultimate sacrifices to save people in peril. I always wonder how they can just rush in and perform these heroic acts and then behave so modestly. They are my idols.

Julie in Ohio said...

I am currently re-reading NR's Night Tales. The hero in one of the stories is a rough around the corners cop. OOOH LALA
And in the other story the hero is a rich and powerful executive (as Julie pointed out yesterday is yummy) by day and by night he's a vigilante out keeping the streets safe and protecting an unsuspecting Assistant DA. Two for the price of one...my favorite amount.

I'm not sure which one I'm drawn to more. :o)

Maria said...

I have to say superheroes come to mind after reading that post. Bruce Wayne and Angel from Buffy. Yum!

Minna said...

I totally agree with Cherie! But, I like also geeks (no wonder I like watching Numb3rs and Bones).

ellie said...

His character is paramount to me. When he is totally selfless and willing to overlook his own well being then that is the man who deserves recognition. His strength of character influences his decisions and many are rewarded by this type of man. A uniform can enhance this look but isn't necessary because his masculinity exudes off of him.

Amy S. said...

Private Investigators, navy seals, and Bodyguards

Playground Monitor said...

I'm totally into the Clark Kent/Superman thing. I especially loved the TV show "Lois and Clark" because it focused on the relationship between the two of them. It was billed as a love triangle with two people. And Dean Cain is pretty hot too.

M

MaryKate said...

Kimberley raye said: My first series romance by Linda Howard featured Zach Mackenzie.

Oh Bella! I love, love, love this book! I chuckle just about every time I see a can of 7-Up! Hah!

But seriously, that scene where they're hiding out, and they have to be silent while making love. Well, it's just...HAWT!

Michelle said: Hmmm, MK. I never knew you liked "Kingdom of Dreams..." :)

What can I say? I'm a loyal girl! And also a book pimp, as stacy likes to call me, LOL!

Marilyn, you're like me, I fall into the "Field of Dream" attitude about Linda Howard, "If she writes it, I will...well, buy it!"

ReadingAddict1 said...

I totally agree with ellie...

I believe a protector comes in all different packages, whether it's a modern day hero type or historical "knight in shining armor". It doesn't matter what his job is or what he wears or doesn't wear ;), it's the way he reacts in tough situations. I also like it when he thinks it is only his protective instincts but he is confused by the feelings that he has along with them for the heroine.

Playground Monitor said...

Okay... which one has Zach Mackenzie? I can't figure it out?

MaryKate said...

Marilyn - It's MacKenzie's Pleasure. I'm going to have to go home and drag it off the keeper shelf now.

Playground Monitor said...

Oh, I have that (just haven't read it yet). But isn't it Zane instead of Zach? Thanks MK.

MaryKate said...

It is Zane! You're right, as usual! ;-)

flip said...

You call him a protector, but I would say that women really love a warrior. One of the most desirable male traits is the warrior who protects those around him. This is why we love stories about Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, secret agents, cops, firemen,and knights. But a football player can be a warrior as Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes them. Personally, my favorite protector is a warrior...be he in a futuristic novel or historical novel. Black Niall is a great example. Another great warrior hero is The Prince of Time by Glenna McReynolds who is now writing about modern day warriors as Tara Janzen.

Janelle Denison said...

Good morning, Bellas! I'm sorry I'm late -- I live in Southern California and it's only 8 AM here ::yawn::. Just got the kids off to school so now it's MY time to play!

I love all your comments and agree that ANY man can be a protector. It really doesn't matter what he does for a living, as long as he is loyal, trustworthy, and strong in body and spirit. I think most men are protectors by nature, but when you put them in a uniform of some sort . . . whoa! Gotta love those men in uniform, and out of them, too! LOL.

I think a few of you mentioned that a "protector" needs to be an alpha male. Weelll, I have to disagree. I really don't write alpha men. My heroes are definitely strong, and they're protectors at heart, and sexy as all get out, but they are also sensitive, too. I've never been able to write a hard-edge alpha man -- I've tried and they end up being jerks, LOL. So, I stick with what I write best -- beta men. So, even my protectors are beta. Though I do have to say I love reading a book that does have a good, strong alpha male in it.

MaryKate said...

Janelle said: My heroes are definitely strong, and they're protectors at heart, and sexy as all get out, but they are also sensitive, too.

OK, so I have a question then Bellas...is Rhage from JR Ward's Lover Eternal a beta? I think an arguement could be made that he is or becomes one. Is that possible? Can an alpha become a beta?

I don't know the answer, I'm just wondering...

Julie in Ohio said...

Blogger's doing funny things again so I hope this works...

Excellent question, MK.
I would classify Rhage as a beta and his beast the alpha.

Patricia W. said...

I love the guys who are alpha all the way but I like the guys who initially don't come across so strong but morph into alpha man because circumstances--and their love for the heroine--force them to do so.

Jennifer Y. said...

Ooh...I love the protectors. I am sucker for stories involving firemen, cops, bodyguards, soldiers, etc. Even the historicals where the protectors are highlanders, cowboys, gunfighters, or titled gentlemen are faves of mine.

For some reason I also thought of category romances when I thought of different protectors that I have read...the Romantic Suspense and Intrigue lines often feature protectors.

Anonymous said...

LMAO!! Michelle...you got the meaning right from that sentence....even if it was cut short. I was trying to behave seeing as I am new here. AMEN is right! :)

Kelly F.

Jen in WA said...

I can't pick any one favorite kind of protector within a book. It really depends on my mood at the time I'm choosing what to read.

As for a personal hero. I don't have a preference, as long as he's protecting out of love and not duty. Of course, being built wouldn't hurt. :)

Maureen said...

I do enjoy those alpha heroes, especially the cops and firman.

orannia said...

Hi Janelle!

I just LOVE the theme for today's post :) Do I have to pick just one? Hmmm, my favourite ever protector has to be Linda Howard's Zane Mackenzie (Navy Seal). Actually all the Mackenzie men are protectors. So too are Stephanie Lauren's Cynsters. Alpha males with a vunerable side.

Janelle - I'm ashamed to say I haven't read any of your books...where have I been...so I'm off to the library this afternoon to hunt you (OK your books) down. Thank you Michelle for continuing to introduce me to new authors!

orannia *who is doing a happy dance at the thought of all those new books...with protector heroes no less*

Anonymous said...

I have no favorite type - just make sure he is honest, responsible and has a great smile.

Karen B (still can't post any other way than anonymous)

Gram said...

Any man can be a hero. It just depends on him doing it out of love.

kim said...

oh man, so many. i do love firemans, they are hot. i do love your books, glad to see you here!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Janelle,

I am glad to see you here with us. I am looking forward to reading your book To Wilde To Tame love that cover :)

So, what kind of hero is your favorite kind of protector? A cop? Bodyguard? Fireman?
Answer: My favorite kind of hero hmmm so many *G* but I would have to go with A cop.

What kind of hero would you like protecting your body?
Aswer: The kind of hero I would love to protect my body hmmm I would have to say my fiance. He is my bodyguard but if it had to be a hero from a book or anything else I would go with a fireman. I find most of them sexy. Love man in uniforms *G*


Hugssss
Linda.H.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle,

Sorry I had to post anonymous having problems with my account will have to fix it. I want to say thanks so much for having the plotmonkeys here this wk. Love them ladies they are a very fun bunch and I love their books. Looking forward to more books by them.

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Lois said...

Oh FBI agents are good, but then I guess I'm biased from years of the X-Files. :)

Lois

amy*skf said...

I got on this a.m. good and early--only about 15 comments--had brilliant things to say and then my lovely dial-up computer flipped me off. Literally.

Okay--no time...hi Bellas, Hi Janelle.

Heroes in uniform--I think it should be a new lexicon for RBthe Blog--HIU. When I get back from school I'll wax poetic about all the lovely things about men in uniform--MUI, as in mui, mui sexy.

chilliemama said...

Knights, mercenaries, army, police, marshall/bounty hunter in the Old West, FBI agent. You name them - I LOVE all the alpha warrior heroes. Especially if they're tortured. Nothing is better than reading about a hardened, flawed alpha being tamed by love:-)

traveler said...

Men who are the bravest and would step up when it counts are men who have a backbone, principles and do this because they are loyal and devoted. Some men don't need to wear a uniform, they are just made that way. Honorable and truthful. Love them.

Mary J said...

FBI agents, if I had a choice, Agent Seeley Booth.

Jennifer Y. said...

I have to agree with Booth...he is definitely a protector.

orannia said...

I'm you're third - definitely Agent Seeley Booth :) (FYI - the new season of Bones just started in NZ this week..so excited :)

Janelle - does it matter where I start with your Wilde series? I'm assuming I just start with the first published?

Thank you!

orannia

MD said...

Soldiers, soldiers, soldiers, I love all that they stand for.

Carol said...

Hi Janelle,

I have to agree with the other bellas and say the men in military!

Love those SEALs, too.

Have to add just finished Wilde Thing and love the chemistry between Liz and Steve!

Playground Monitor said...

the mechanic who ends up falling in love with his best friend when she comes to him for "experience".

I think my question got lost in the barrage of comments. What book is this cuz it sounds good.

Marilyn -- who is broadening her horizons by reading her first ever Regency -- PfP by Eloisa James

Jennifer Y. said...

I agree Marilyn it does sound good...it sounds familiar too, but I am not sure if I have read it.

As for PfP, is that the one that is part of a series? I am trying to see if I have all of the books that are in the latest series by EJ.

Jeanette J said...

I guess I'm wishy-washy on this subject...sometimes I think firemen are sexiest, other times military or police. I guess it depends on the man inside the uniform

Teresa said...

I would have to say my favorite protector would be any man in a uniform. Preferably ones in the military (marines). Love a man in a uniform!

orannia said...

Jennifer Y - yes, PFP is part of a series about four sisters...PFP is the fourth book in the series though.

Oh, and can I add my vote to playground monitor's query - that book sounds GOOD!

orannia

principessa said...

A man in uniform always strikes the right chord. As long as his heart is in the right place and he has his priorities straight then he is a sight to behold.

Leslie Kelly said...

Janelle, I have just written a super protective cop hero book and I definitely fell in love with him. I've done a few, but usually they are rogue/protectors, with a flirtatious attitude, etc. This one (in SHE'S NO ANGEL, my HQN coming in July) was about someone who had lost so much in his younger life that he intentionally sought out people who needed him to protect them. Which becomes a problem when he hooks up with a very feisty woman who is in no way about to let anybody protect her. Worked very well!

ev said...

What a day, and I am just getting back to the blog. ick...

janelle- it's funny you mention beta males. There was a piece on the Today Show this morning about women who earn more than their spouses, and how they are referred to and percieved as being beta males to the alpha females. I disagree that that makes them betas, although I don't think there is anything wrong with she making more than he. (I don't consider DH an alpha male, he is definately a geek. I like geeks. Except I did make him lose the pocket protector long ago.)

And why does there have to be an Alpah and a Beta? Why do we have to label everything anyway? That whole report bugged me. They were all about making sure that he feels his worth and it doesn't make him less of a man. Gag me. Didn't we go through this crap years ago- I think it was called equality.

Cathy said...

My favorite heroes are cops, bodyguards, military men, sometimes cowboys, (have to be in the mood). Pretty much a no on firemen, sorry. And the business types like the head honcho dude, pretty much like my cowboys, have to be in the mood.

Jennifer Y. said...

orannia: Thanks, I thought so...I have them all just haven't started them.

Stacy~ said...

MK: I LOVED "Kingdom of Dreams"!!! I have heard people call this classic a wallbanger, and it just breaks my heart because it satisfies that emotional intensity requirement that I crave, and the scene where the heroine's family is fighting him, well, if you don't cry during that scene, you are made of stone. People, MK the Book Pimp is spot on with this one.

Marilyn, I don't know if anyone's answered, but it's a story by Janelle called "His Every Fantasy". It's hot and delicious and a classic pre-Wilde Denison story.

Billie, I think you and I are in the minority on the Ranger thing, but that's okay. I'm one of the rare people who thinks Rachel should have ended up with Joey instead of (whiny) Ross.

I love the protector whether he's alpha or beta. Either type can be totally irresistible. And it's true that the heroine has to be worthy of the protector, meaning she's not dependent upon him, but rather strong and independent and actually living her own life. She doesn't always have to be fiesty or an "originaL" or Superwoman, but she should have a brain and know how to use it, and she absolutely cannot be "poor me" type. She can be like Eve Dallas or Whitney or even Stephanie Plum, but please, doormats need not apply.

Lis said...

Janelle, just had to stop lurking (both here & at Plotmonkeys). Love your books!! And love protector heros! My DH is ex Navy AND ex cop, so I guess I'm double protected. And my teenage son wants to be a fireman, he's already a fire dept Explorer, so guess I'm surrounded by protectors! Thanks to you and the other Plotmonkeys for such great books!
Lis

MaryKate said...

You know, I actually have only read one Stephanie Plum, and frankly, she wasn't my cup of tea at all...but it seems like everyone feels really strongly about her. Perhaps I should try again.

Stacy, I'm right there with you about Kingdom of Dreams. My sister hated it (although she loves PERFECT by McNaught). I just don't get it. How do you not cry in that last scene on the lists? How?

Oh! How about Kier from Elizabeth Vaughan's WARPRIZE series? I just finished re-reading this book, and Kier is amazing! He's a warrior ALL. THE. WAY. but also is quite beta in his treatment of Lara. He certainly waits her out. Now granted, there's a Big Mis, but still, Kier definitely cranks my tractor! LOL!

Joyce said...

A cop or a bodyguard are just great.

Janelle Denison said...

Orianna -- My Wilde books do stand on their own, so you can start with any book in the series. However, if you're one of those readers who like to start with the FIRST book in the series, you can see the entire series and the line-up of stories over at my website at www.janelledenison.com. I hope you enjoy my Wilde men!

Carol -- Thank you -- Steve is one of my favorite Wilde heroes. Oh, hell, they're ALL my favorite, LOL!

I *loved* KINGDOM OF DREAMS. Definitely a classic, IMO!

>>Marilyn, I don't know if anyone's answered, but it's a story by Janelle called "His Every Fantasy". It's hot and delicious and a classic pre-Wilde Denison story. >>

Okay, I *thought* you were referring to my novella in the INVITATIONS TO SEDUCTION anthology, (that's definitely the story line) but I didn't want to presume you were, Stacy, LOL!

Lis -- I'm so glad that you came out of lurkdom! The Bella's here are awesome and so friendly! I've definitely enjoyed the day and everyone's comments. I guess a "protector" is whatever each woman wants him to be!

Elisa said...

Hi Janelle,

I love reading about police, firefighters, and military hunks, so continue on writing about them because i will definitly by the books... I seem to date and have relationships with the police officers and military. Some of my friends want me to see a banker. lol. But I grew up in a law enforcement family, father was a cop and secret service agent, my uncle works with atf, and i work for a federal police department. I see police officers as my heroes.

Have a great night bellas...

Julie Leto said...

Haven't read through all the comments...but I am partial to the Gamma man--a little bit alpha, a little bit beta. Most of my heroes fall in this category, I think. They're tough when they have to be and tender when they have to be. Balanced. Great post, Janelle!

Jennifer Y. said...

The visit from the Plotmonkeys has been so much fun! And we are only half-way through!!!

I love thinking and reflecting on heroes! I see some in a whole new light. I can see it now, I'll be reading and then say..."oh he is so a chief!!!" or "he is so a protector!!" Can't wait to see what other men lurk in the jungle.

robynl said...

Military guys can be my protector. I love David James Elliot from JAG(Mark Harmon).

KimW said...

I'd like one of Janelle's heroes protecting my body. lol I'm a huge fan and would take any one of them. They stay in your mind long after the book is closed.

catslady said...

Oh, I don't have a particular kind, I like all the protectors. he could be a librarian for all I care - I'm sure you could make any of them sound good :) I have to admit I haven't read any of yours as yet but I'm looking forward to it from everything I've heard.

ev said...

Julie- gamma is a perfect description!! That's why I hang out here and with the Monkeys- someone is always able to put into words what I can't!! Thanks.

Liz said...

I'm not sure I like cop bodyguard soldier secret agent any and all protectors
:)

Sue A. said...

I like the idea of a former cop or former agent as a protector, that way there's a mysterious element to the character that needs to be examined. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? And trust is not to be given freely but needs to be earned.

ladycat said...

When I'm reading a book about alpha males I usually feel frustrated with them. They make me so exasperated with their heavy handed attitude that I just want to shake them until the end when they learn from the heroine how to be more sensitive ;). I totally go for the gamma males. They know when and how to be tough and take charge when needed and they know how to be patient, sensitive and caring. It's a nice balance for a strong, independent woman. ~Cat S

Laurie said...

My favorite kind of protector are the men who respond in an emergency!!...the heroine shows up at the guys door needing shelter from the bad guys. He doesn't have to wear a uniform just that he's compassionate and a defender! Rugged and strong would be definite plusses! Even doctors can be protectors as they deal with so many emergency situations on a daily basis. Quick thinkers!! Intelligence is a huge plus for me in my protectors!

RubyD said...

Guess I watched JAG too many years. Kind of got attached to the Navy SEALS.
Seriously, my protector would need integrity, honor, and a wicked sense of humor. Of course, a great bod is a must for any bodyguard.

Qua said...

"If you've not read any of her Wilde romances, you're missing out, cause Janelle Denison knows how to write a hero."

SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO TRUE!

One of the best authors of all time, and I never would have found out about her had I not gone to Bradley's Books and found Mia and Cam.

Ooooooooo can we have them rolled up in one?

I like the Bodyguard, it's just something sexy about a man assigned to protect you and really does a good job of protecting the females body in a literal sense.

Very nice insight

Cherylann said...

Hi Janelle

PLOTMONKEYS RULE

a hotfireman

Pat said...

I love your books Janelle and hope you are writing more WILDE books; they are sooooo good.

I like the cop, or construction worker type of hero - good with his hands. HAHA. A successfull business man or neighor with all the good qualities of studly, handsome, kind - you know the perfect man!

Kathleen said...

Hi Janelle!
I like the construction, builder, remodeler, law enforcement, and any occupation that has to do w/ protecting others. You have to like a guy who is willing to risk his life for others ..well, I do anyway:)

kim said...

any winners yet?

kim said...

any winners?