Monday, February 17, 2020

My Kinda Hero: A Purrfect Romance Week

I have always loved curling up on the couch with a good book. But I'll admit, curling up on the couch with my DVD collection and choosing an oldie-but-goodie love story is a purrfect pastime too.
For Hero week on The Writer's Alley, let's chat about the men in my DVD collection! In the comments, would love for you to share yours...and any CBA/Clean read heroes you can think of that might fall under each of the following categories:

(And don't forget to check out the info below for a fun opportunity to celebrate Heroes later this week and an ADDITIONAL giveaway to the Purrfect Romance Alleycat bundle)!

BOY NEXT DOOR TURNED MAN: They are the guys who’ve always been there. They see their heroine through awkward stages, not-so-great stages, and the woman they’ve become. These men have grown up, just like their heroine, but their soft side for the heroine offers hope in all she’s lost and has come home to find again. From my collection:

  • Matty from Thirteen going on Thirty 
  • Jake from Sweet Home Alabama
  • Justin from Hope Floats 

ENEMIES...OR NOT: It’s always fun to see the trope of a hate-love relationship where the love wins in the end. Whether there is a secret being covered up, or a conflict of interest, the hero finds redemption when his vulnerable side comes out—his family life woos the heroine—or the heroine brings out his own soft side beyond their conflict. It’s always fun to see how the writers will bank on the moments that crack the tough exterior. From my collection:

  •  Andrew from The Proposal 
  •  Ben from How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days 
  •  Joe from You’ve Got Mail 

SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE: They’ve loved before. And they aren’t quite sure they can love again. As an audience member, it’s easy to fall in love with a hero who gave his heart away only to return with a wound. We want to help them in their pain, we want to drag them along and stand them right in front of the heroine and say, "hey, look at him"! These heroes have backstories wrapped up in a different woman, but all they’ve gone through brings them to a new heroine and the love story of a lifetime. From my collection:

  • Bob from Return To Me 
  • Sam from Sleepless In Seattle
  • Graham and Miles from The Holiday

MORE HERO TALK! You can nominate your favorite heroes in CBA or Clean Reads by checking out the pinned post at the Heroes on The Red Carpet Event . Be sure to join in the fun on Thursday night! 

YOUR TURN: Comment for a chance to win the Purrfect Romance giveaway. Any good romantic heroes to add to the list? How about your favorite in CBA or clean reads? 


Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in England. Now living in the U.S. heartland, she's a member of ACFW, sharing about author life with her fellow Alley Cats on The Writer's Alley blog and Facebook page. Besides writing, she is a busy mom of four and works in Adult Ministry. Angie writes historical romance and historical fiction. She enjoys eclectic new restaurants, authentic conversation with friends, and date nights with her Texas Aggie husband. 

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Trisha said...

Those are all great Hero's! Another movie hero that would fall into the "Enemies...or not" category would be Charlie from Letters to Juliet.

Pepper Basham said...

How many can I nominate? LOL
I know of three right off the bat!
Henry Nobley from Austenland
Jack Callahan from While You Were Sleeping
Joe Bradley from Roman Holiday

Caitlyn Santi said...

I love this post! I am familiar with all but one of the heroes mentioned. I would also add Declan from Leap Year to the Enemies...or Not category. 🙂❤️

Bethany Turner said...

I vehemently support all mentions of Joe Fox, Sam Baldwin, Jack Callahan, and Bob Rueland. And then the following are a few of my other favorites:
• George Wade from Two Weeks Notice
• William Thacker from Notting Hill
• Ian Miller from My Big Fat Greek Wedding
• Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones's Diary
Okay...I have to stop...I could be here all day. :-)

Toni Shiloh said...

Andrew from The Proposal!! Such a good movie. I would also add Malcolm from 27 Dresses and Patrick from 10 Things I Hate About You.

Angie Dicken said...

Trisha! Yes.... that's a great movie! I love Italia!

Angie Dicken said...

Pepper! I think we should plan an AlleyCat and Pal retreat and marathon watch Rom Coms and eat lots of chocolate! Research, right???

Angie Dicken said...

Caitlyn! Oh yes!! Declan is a perfect Enemy or Not!!! Great addition!

Angie Dicken said...

Bethany, I LOVE Mark Darcy...and Ian, is it shameful to say I haven't seen Two Weeks Notice or Notting Hill??? EEK! I think I have some catching up to do!

Angie Dicken said...

Oh Toni! I forgot about Malcom!! Yes yes yes!

Winnie said...

I don't watch many movies, but I'll agree with Jake in Sweet Home Alabama and add Jack from While You Were Sleeping.

I enjoyed your post! Such fun!

Vivian Furbay said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I like male characters who are humble and believable. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com I can only read print books

Caryl Kane said...

Such a "swoony" post! Charlie Lionheart will forever by my hero!


Angie Dicken said...

Winnie! Those are great heroes. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Angie Dicken said...

Yes, humility in a hero is so important...even if they don't start out that way, they need to eat some humble pie at some point! :)

Angie Dicken said...

Caryl! Nominate him for tonight's event! Just PM The Writer's Alley on Facebook with the book, author, suggested movie star to play his part, and a quote...oh, and of course, why you love him!