HOT SUMMER HEROES BLOG HOP

This hop asks the question: 
What makes a hero hot to me?

I had to think about that for a while. The men in my shapeshifter series are swoonworthy specimens of both human and wolf --- big, strong, and easy on the eyes (hey, this IS fantasy, right?). My heroes aren't short on brains or personality either! 

However, I think what wins me over every single time is their determination to do the right thing no matter how awkward, inconvenient, or downright gut-wrenchingly hard it might be. They are men of honor and men of their word --- even when they're running as wolves.


Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop

August 13 - August 19, 2012


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Congrats to Elizabeth K., whose name was drawn as the winner. She'll be receiving a a paperback copy of my PNR shapeshifter book Changeling Dream plus a tote bag to put it in.


To everyone - Thank you so much for all the comments on your favorite kinds of HEROES. I had a great deal of fun reading them! 

Sincerely, 

Dani Harper
www.daniharper.com

The following are the LINKS of the participating blogs so you can "hop" to the next destination of your choice! (I'm number 23!)


107 comments:

  1. My favorite kind of hero is the shifting kind... especially of the big cat variety:)

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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  2. I love the tortued soul hero..no matter if they are a shifter, vamp, etc. I think it just brings more to the story.

    Sharonda @ Salacious Reads
    mslowman@gmail.com

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  3. I would say my favorite hero is alpha, brawny troubled past but soft goey inside -romantic. Very swoon worthy!!

    Foreverbklover@ gmail dot com

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  4. hhmmm...well of course he's got to be sexy with big strong muscles and being a werewolf wouldn't hurt either..
    agarcia6510 at columbus dot rr dot com

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  5. My favorite kind of Hero is brave but sensitive like Bishop from Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen.

    Thank you for the giveaway.
    E-mail-bookandmoviedimensionblogger[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  6. Hmm, well good looks certainly don't hurt and I favor ruggedness. Also, he needs to be emotionally strong, ethical, compassionate, kind, have a sense of humor, and persistent.

    beasbooknook AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Mmm. Your heroes sound pretty perfect Dani! I just got Changeling Moon and can't wait to read it :) I love a hero that surprises you some how, isn't quite what everyone thinks or expects of them.

    Thanks!

    acade29@gmail.com

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  8. I love competent, aloof and mysterious! Haha thanks for the giveaway!

    CYP
    cypsays_hi at hotmail.com

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  9. i like the hero that knows his job but doesn't know his heart at first.
    hollybwrightatcomcastdotnet.
    thanks

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  10. My favourite kind of hero is a shifter, espeacially a werewolf! I love my hero's a little cheeky as well, with a sense of humour! After all they can't be serious all the time!
    suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

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  11. My Hero is all Alpha with a troubled past/loving best friends little sis etc. A protector,Loyal.Honest a sense of humor and compassionate. How ca you not love the Hero in possession of these emotions. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. I love hero with protective and possessive streak. The uber alpha hero. The badass one. But would lay down the world for his love one.

    akakage_sora@yahoo.com

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  13. I need intelligence, a quick wit & gorgeous is always a bonus.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  14. woot! I like powerful (physically) confident heroes. I even want a bit of arrogance ;) hard and crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside! sstogner1 at gmail dot com

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  15. since this is fantasy.. my perfect hero is roarke. he's handsome, loaded, caring.. just perfect..

    smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I love Roarke. And I'd add "uber-intelligent" to that list of qualities.

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  16. My hero is a man who is confident without being a conceited ass about it, a man who would take a bullet for you and consider it all in a days work. Most of all my hero would accept me as I am just like I would accept him for who he is, be that human, shifter, vampire or alien. LOL

    jacabur2008(@)gmail(.)com

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  17. My hot summer hero would be the type of man who who is tough on the outside, but gentle when it counts. I like a man who is hard working with strong family values. He'd be strong both physically and emotionally, and daring because who doesn't like the 'bad boy' we all itch to be the one to tame. He'd be completely devoted, caring and respectful. Handsome of course, and would rock my world.
    Favorite paranormal traits...
    I guess everyone loves the forbidden. My absolute favorite paranormal heroes would be vampires and shifters, next would be witch's/warlocks but I also love the sci-fi alien stuff too. Heck, if it has anything to do with paranormal or romance, or better yet the combo, I'll love it!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I could use a little more paperback reading material and would love to win this one.
    1jenniferlabelle(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hadn't thought of it before, but yes, the paranormal hero often DOES embody the forbidden. Adds to the attraction!

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  18. My hero is someone hot, but kind, smart, brave, and loyal. Someone that makes you feel treasured and loved and would die for you.

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  19. If the man isn't tall, that's a total bust for me. (lol) Being short as I am, I just love tall men; like over 6'... And if he's that tall and has dark hair and tan skin, well then, now we're talkin!

    Thank you so much for the chance at your giveaway!
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

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  20. My favourite Hero is one who is an all action kind of guy - one who knows what needs doing and doesn't make a fuss about getting it done. If he is also able to be caring, good looking and a shifter too then that's a plus :D

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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  21. I Love it when the hero is caring,strong,and loyal!! Love shifters, Wolves and Vampires. thank you for the opportunity to win<3 elizabethkeckler@yahoo.com

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    1. Congrats Elizabeth! Your name's been drawn as the winner of my giveaway. I'll be emailing you in a few minutes.

      Dani :D

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  22. My hero would be loving, strong and an alpha. A wolf would be good Thanks for the great giveaway
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  23. I love brooding, dark, mysterious and moody. Honorable with an old soul. Paranormally it doesn't matter to me..tortured souls also.. hard nits to crack, so to speak :P

    kristine.morton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. My hero usually has long dark hair,is tall and muscular and is the alpha male type. He would do anything for me and would die without me!! Worship the ground I walk on!! ( I know, I Don't ask for much do I!!LOL)

    lennifer@telus.net

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  25. Hi! Thanks for this chance! My favorite kind of hero is the mysterious, dark, super strong and possessive (not too much) of his female, like vampires! Thanks again!

    proserpinecravedfor@hotmail.com

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  26. My favorite kind hero is a shifter.

    Megblod@yahoo.com

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  27. Of course, a heroes intense dedication to his heroine is HOT, but, ya know, I'm also fond of accents... ;-)

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  28. A hero is hot when he's got that tender heart on the inside (the one where it's completely obvious to everyone but him that he's in love and wants to be loved in return) but on the outside he's Alpha and strong, kind of a bad ass attitude sort-of look. :) And if he's a paranormal hero, most definitely needs to have the sexiness of a wolf....that growl low in his throat when he's frustrated :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

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  30. Tall dark and incredibly handsome! Preferably a shifter totally devoted and protective *sigh*
    Irene

    irgl7(at)bonzo15(dot)plus(dot)com

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  31. i'd prefer a shifter...but he'd have to be strong, intelligent, very protective and somewhat flawed

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  32. Woohoo! Loving this hop!
    A hero is HOT when he’s an alpha;(shifter, human, or vamp) tall, handsome, sexy, with a sense of humor, loyal, and a BAD ASS! He doesn’t want anyone to know that he is soft on the inside, especially for his woman.
    <^_^>
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Hi Love the HOP!!! I love a guy that thinks about me just as much as himself! I hate guys that think being romantic is not manly!
    Thanks for the contest!

    swkimbell@yahoo.com

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  34. This HOP is awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Honor, thats a really good point and I like my heros to have heaps of that, as well as doing that MINE thing. Thats HOT!
    renee-moore@live.com.au

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  35. My hero needs to be strong, yet tender. Intelligent but not arrogant. Understanding and loyal. He must also have a sense of humor. Life is too short not to laugh and enjoy it!
    Phoenix
    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

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  36. I like them to be strong, protective and a bit dark. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  37. I love tortured heroes, they make the greatest alpha men. Thank you for making it international.
    alinutza4y2004@yahoo.co.uk

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  38. Bad Boys with naughty smile and grint :)

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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  39. A hot hero is a cute guy with unwavering loyalty, a true heart, and not full of himself.

    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

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  40. My hero should be tall, powerful, loyal, funny some tatt's and an accent would be good to. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  41. My ideal hero is someone that is more dominate! I like a guy that knows how to take charge! I love Cabal from Lora Leigh’s series Breeds.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    jessharrison78@yahoo.com

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  42. Hi Dani! My ideal hero would have a sexy, gravelly laugh, maybe an accent. He would be intelligent, alpha/dominate, very loyal, compassionate, sexy eyes that just lure you in and make you melt all over. Protect what's his, fight for what's right and/or what's his. Could definitely be like Connor MacLeod and I would be very happy indeed!

    cms72023(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. My ideal hero someone who is strong, intelligent, and has a great since of humor too. Someone isn't afraid to show his love.

    Pamela Jo
    theresjustlife(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I love the ultra Alpha males with a little secret. Those are always the best. Thank you for the giveaway. I love your books.


    blueyedgal623@gmail.com

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  45. Tall, Dark, mysterious and handsome. That my condition. LOL!!
    Thanks for giveaway :)

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

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  46. For me he needs to be honest, loyal ( bonus with the wolves shifters^^), loving, persistent and protective^^

    thank you a lot for the giveaway

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think one of the biggest appeals of werewolves is that built-in loyalty!

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  47. I love an alpha hero whether he is vamp, shifter, military or otherwise. Throw in some tattoos and a sexy body, it's all good!
    lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

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  48. Connor in Changeling Moon is the epitome of a hero to me.
    He's strong, intelligent and caring. You feel protected and loved but know that he's secure enough to let you be you. He's also very sexy and easy on the eyes and would walk through fire for you.

    I love your books Dani :o)

    Vanessa aka Skyeangel vanliz1@aol.com

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    1. I'm so glad that you like Connor! He's so laid-back that he might not seem like an Alpha at first -- until you threaten someone he loves.

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  49. It's been a while since I have read a shapeshifter novel.

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  50. To be honest my hero would need to have snark. Like Marian Snow in the movie Lock out. So he didn't have muscles like Triple H (sorry to me that is TOO much) but he had that nice slender build, nothing to sneeze about. But the snark gets me cackling and giggling. Since I am more self conscious I have to live through characters.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

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  51. An alpha male with a hot hot body!! Jmaxy619@gmail.com

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  52. I love heroes that aren't afraid to let their partner know how they feel about them. There's just something about a guy who is willing to let you know what he's feeling that makes me melt.

    jen(at)delux(dot)com

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  53. A hot hero is strong in mind and body, that has strength as well as compassion..

    ronnkelly3(at)aol(dot)com

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  54. My hero is someone that is very masculine but still romantic. My favorite hero is Nathan (KGI series)! I loved that he never gave up on his love! Great contest! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    carol.byles at yahoo dot com

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    1. "Whispers In The Dark" sounded so good I had to add it to my TBR list!

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  55. My favorite hero does his duty against the odds out of loyalty and love. I love Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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  56. I love to read about the hero's eyes since it's a given he has a hot body. Second physical attribute is how his smile affects the heroine.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

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  57. Tall Dark and Handsome. A confident protector; the typical Alpha Male does it for me! I like it when the hero needs the women as much as she needs him. A mutually equal relationship. I am a strong female, so there you go. Money is not issue. I would be just as happy living in the forest or jungle in the middle of no where or living in the top floor penthouse. As far as gifts or special talents; elemental talents are always fun, especially FIRE, mind reading is really cool, and always battle ready is HOT! A hot guy with weapons and the talent to know how to use them is like Icecream with toppings, whip cream, and the cherry on top!

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    1. I like an equal relationship too. It's a turn off for me if the heroine isn't the hero's equal. She doesn't have to have his muscle but she should definitely know her own mind and not be pushed around.

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  58. Oh and shape shifting is also very hot. Especially since they are so easy going about being nude. Always a plus for us normal humans ;D

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  59. Hmmm.. I love both were and vamp but I think what makes them sexy for me is when they go all Dom or Alpha yummy!! Also having a hot smoking body does help.. Lol overall loving and tender yet loves to take control mainly in the bedroom.. I like them to have no hair on their chest but if have to just a little built. Rugged look where even with a beard he would still be hot. hands that are a little rough and muscles that makes you want to take a bit out of and of course it would be lovely to have him with a big long thick..... ;)

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  60. I like alpha heroes.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. My kind of hero is a Take Charge Alpha!! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

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  62. My kind of hero is one you can depend on, no matter what comes along.

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  63. A man who is strong but gentle, intelligent, very alpha but putty in my hands! :o)
    tamsyn5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. I love a man who is confident but not affraid to ask for help when needed. It doesn't hurt that he happens to be hot at the same time...even better if he is scruffy hot!

    Thanks so much!
    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

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  65. I think Alpha males that are dominant and exude confidence are so hot!
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

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  66. A hero is someone that knows what to do when it gets tough! I like when they are somewhat protective and gorgeous…of course!
    Lucan rom Kiss of Midnight is my absolute favorite hero… and a vampire to boot! SO SEXY!
    Thanks so much!!
    donnasing777@yahoo.com

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  67. Tall, strong and kind is my kind of hero.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  68. I like Muscles and brains in a man. My husband is a real hero. He's been a fireman for 20 years and can still pick me up and carry me across the room (I'm pretty hefty).
    stephelaine at gmail dot com

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  69. I like a hero that is intelligent, confident, and has a sense of humor. One that is also respectful and caring.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  70. My favorite is tall, dark, blue eyed, intelligent and with a great sense of humor.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  71. My hero is tall, intelligent, gentle, and
    has a great sense of humor. He is always
    caring and protective and has been at my
    side for 52 years. Love you, Honey!

    p-cochran@juno.com

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  72. My hot hero is an alpha man who enjoys the small things in life. And has a good sense of humor.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  73. I really go for the guy that has just a little too much testosterone LOL but has the lady that he allows to kick his ass back inline! Kresely Cole is great at those characters! Conrad is all badass in her book but Neomi kicks back! Love them! Great contest! Thanks!

    evelynmoly@yahoo.com

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  74. Hehe well I really love tall guys, and have a bit of a thing for dark hair and eyes, but in fiction hero's definitely have to be sweet and protective :D

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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  75. It is all about passion.
    - lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. I love the big,strong, and intimidating alpha hero that is also gentle with the person they love.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  77. wow swag i love it
    what makd ilike most about the part is the hero can be women or man and then he can be normal or he can vamp

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  78. I love a hero that can make you laugh as well and being tall, dark & sexy.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    Thanks for participating in this hop!
    (\___/)
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  79. A hot hero for me is a bit of a bad boy, tough on the outside, but inside he has something
    he needs to settle. He's a hard worker, honest, caring, possessive, confident, sexy, passionate,
    has a sense of humor, and will fight for what he believes in.
    Great blog hop with fantastic prizes.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  80. I like my heroes Alpha, protective, intelligent, amusing, damaged and redeemable!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  81. I really like Alpha males as my Hero’s! My ALL time favorite hero’s are Blay and Quinn in BDB. They have not had their “HEA” YET but it’s soon!!!!!! AND I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the great hop and all the chances to win great prizes!
    forettarose@yahoo.com

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    1. I've been rooting for Blay and Quinn from the start. I can't wait either!

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  82. Sexy, strong, loyal and fearless! Ian from Killer Secrets by Lora Leigh emobodies this. He fought for what he wanted and would not give up! Ian is one of the best hero’s that I’ve ever read. He had flaws but used them for good. His courage was inspiring.

    Love the contest. THANKS!

    prettyunicorn78@yahoo.com

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    1. Picked up a copy of this after I read your comment! Thanks!

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  83. I like my guys strong, protective, confident, a little possessive, hot, tall, dark, sexy, human or not! All the stuff that our dream guys are made of!

    Thanks,
    kimdelaney17@yahoo.com

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  84. Commanding protective hot doesn't hurt! shifter too would be sweet. Would love the book great hop.

    ovalleba@charter.net

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  85. I've GOT to weigh in on this question. Been reading the FEVER series by Karen Marie Moning and I have to admit, I love her bad boys. Jericho Barrons and V'Lane are amazing. I'm only on the third book, just starting the fourth, so I don't know if they'll continue to be reluctant heroes or reveal a more evil side, but I'm INTRIGUED!

    contact AT daniharper DOT com

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  86. A hero should have the three H's Honest, Honorable, and HOT!
    thanks, Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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  87. tall, dark, handsome, confident, and strong. I also really like paranormal qualities.
    jkhubbard@centurylink.net

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  88. My favorite hero is someone who is honest, strong, handsome, and puts others needs first.
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  89. My ideal hero has a sense of humor, is honest and faithful.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. My hero would be loyal, passionate and all alpha. Thanks for the giveaway!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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  91. Feirce protectivnes, loyalty, honor and willingness to show his love without shame! Right now I am reading Kresley Cole’s IAD series. There are some amazing men in that series! Bowen and Lachlain are my favorite two. Thank you for the amazing contest!
    mandicounter@yahoo.com

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  92. My ideal hero would be a feline shifter who in human form would look almost like Jason Mamoa or The Rock. He has to have an alpha personality but also be passionate and loyal.
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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