Friday, February 1, 2008

I Need That Hero

What is it, dear readers, that makes a hero stand out for you? Is it sex appeal? A sense of humor? A scarred soul? His tenderness? Dominance? Any or all of the above or something else?

Right now Nalini Singh has a contest going on - The Mine to Possess Hot Men Contest. Her question, and mine, is about heroes. Who’s your favorite and why?

I have so many favorites (Dorian, Zsadist, Jonas….*sigh*), but the one that has to stand above all the rest would be Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron. For nearly six years, I’ve read, loved, and been heartbroken over this hero. Ash is so full of love for people, he does everything in his power to protect the world, and yet others never see it as enough. I suppose it’s because only a handful know what it costs Ash to do what he does; the sacrifices willingly makes time and again for the happiness of others. He is self-sacrifice personified.

From what we have seen so far, Acheron’s past is full of pain with little or nothing to relieve it. He has been betrayed time and again by those he lets into his heart, but even so, he continues believing in others. For someone who almost never cries over a book, it says a lot that I will have tissues on hand for the first half of his book when it comes out this August.

Ash is has the whole package for me. He’s loving, giving, and has so many wounds that I would love to heal. And yes, there is the all-out sexy factor. His physical perfection isn’t what makes me love him above all else, but it’s nothing to dismiss either.

I really don’t have the words to do Acheron justice. He’s one of the many reasons I am simply in awe of Sherrilyn Kenyon. Acheron has been my number one hero since I was 18 years old, and I don’t think anything can ever change that; he has it all.

So now that you all know my favorite hero, who’s yours? Leave a comment and let me know who your favorite(s) are and why :)

And don't forget: Nalini's newest Psy-Changeling book, Mine to Possess, will be in stores February 5th.

If you've never read Nalini's books, (1) check out the reading order for the series and then (2) run as fast as you can to the nearest bookstore!!!!


Christine said...

Great post, Kat! :)

I think the ideal hero is willing and able to make huge sacrifices for the people he loves or a cause he believes wholeheartedly in. And he makes those sacrifices because he wants to, not because he has to. And his actions are NEVER driven by recognition or money and ALWAYS by love and honor. Some of my favorite heroes are Ash (Dark Hunters), Rhage, Zsadist (both BDB), Hugh (Demon Angel), umm ALL of Nalini's Changelings.... *sigh*

Sarai said...

Wow I have to say Ash is my favorite and you totally hit it on the head. I am so going to cry when his book comes out. But I know deep down unless she is fantastic she won't be good enough for him (in my eyes)
I am totally digging Roarke? from the JD Robb series for that reason. He let's Eve be herself but he is there to support her 100%