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Heartbreaker Blog Hop

To me, heartbreaker heroes aren’t necessarily the ones who are “sexy and they know it”, but the ones who are and either don’t flaunt it or don’t even know it.

A few months back I was participating in an Alpha Hero Hop and had a picture of a man’s abs on the sideboard of my blog. A reader emailed me and asked whose abs those were because up until then, I hadn’t released a book with a guy being THAT muscular (huge difference between what was muscular back in the late 1700s, early 1800s and today). A few weeks later, I released a book titled His Yankee Bride which had a hero who did all sorts of physical labor and could very well have been as muscular as the man featured.

(And his future wife is looking rather swanky on the cover, wouldn’t you say?)

Red Beauty

John, the hero from His Yankee Bride doesn’t give a second thought to his muscles; but our heroine Carolina sure does:

Carolina willed herself to stay calm as she walked over to where John was working on the roof of the carriage house. It wouldn’t do to let her excitement get the better of her and spill the water.

John’s tall, broad form came into view, and Carolina halted beneath a shade tree to watch him for a minute as he straightened and pulled his shirt over his head. The sun glistened off the sweat that covered his muscled abdomen and chest. She swallowed. Hard. He was very well formed with hard planes and thick muscles; he looked like he’d been chiseled from marble. He balled up his shirt and ran it across his face and shoulders.

He could certainly use some water, she thought, resuming her steps. “John,” she called.

John’s body jerked in surprise at her shout, and he lost his footing. With what Carolina thought might be an Englishman’s curse—something about Zeus—or was it deuce?—John slid down the steep incline of the roof and over the edge. He was spared an untimely, and quite possibly painful, meeting with the rock-covered ground when his hands found purchase with the edge of the roof just as he went over.

Did you require something, Carolina?” he asked as cool as can be while dangling from the edge of the roof.

T-to give you water,” she stammered; still in shock.

Later in the book, she admires his muscular form a bit more but I couldn’t find another appropriate passage that was longer than a sentence…

But it’s not just about a great body that makes a hero a heart throb, in my opinion. That only goes so far. But rather his actions. I’m not a fan of the brute who tells the heroine just how it’s going to be. I prefer to see a softer side. One that’s there when she needs him–even if he does fight his attraction for her every step of the way:

I’ll go after Carolina,” John said automatically, as his friend stumbled up the stairs. “Wait, Carolina,” he called as he chased after her.

She didn’t slow.

He sped up his pace. She didn’t have that much of a lead on him, besides she was wearing slippers and a skirt!

He continued to run after her and grimaced every time she stumbled or tripped. But she kept running and he stayed right behind her. “Carolina, stop.”

She didn’t.

She was within arm’s reach now, and he reached for her, grabbing a fistful of fabric and bringing her to the ground with a strangled whimper. “Let me go. I must find Gabriel,” she cried, trying to break free of his hold.

He already knows.”

Are you sure?” she choked between sobs as she took to her feet and wiped her eyes.

John nodded. His mother had been prone to vapors—leaving him with just enough knowledge to comprehend that when these moods hit, it was best to stand there quietly and not say anything, lest you upset them further.

Stop staring at me!”

Or perhaps he was wrong. “I’m not staring,” he said slowly.

She sniffled and used the heel of her hand to dry under her red-rimmed eyes. “Yes, you are. Now go away.”

I came—”

To tell me Gabriel knows…”

No,” he said gently, stepping closer to her. “I came because I thought you might like some company.”

For once, John, I don’t want your company.”

He was taken aback. The past few weeks, he’d tried everything he could to avoid her company, and now she was telling him she didn’t want his? “Then what do you want?”

To go far, far away,” she said with a sob.

He started. Her broken tone would suggest she wasn’t jesting. “Carolina, what’s happened?”

Sobs wracked her body again, and she crumpled to the ground before him.

He sank down next to her. “Shh,” he crooned in her ear, taking a seat on the grass as close to her as he could. “It’ll all work out.”

No, it won’t,” she said between sobs.

On impulse, John wrapped his arms around her and pulled her onto his lap, then bent his head and pressed his cheek atop the crown of her head. Her soft, curly brown hair felt good against his skin. He closed his eyes. He was here because she could use a friend, nothing more, he reminded himself as he began to rock her from side to side.

Carolina leaned closer to him, pressing her face against his chest. “I hate her,” she whispered.


My mother.”

And then of course is the moment when he gives in:

Just then, something else hit her window; then again; and again; almost like it was raining small stones. Somebody clearly wanted her attention; but who, and why? Had one of the hands been injured today and in need of her salve? Her blood turned to ice at the thought, and she shoved the window up as fast as she could. “Who’s there?”

Shh,” was the only response.

Carolina scanned the moonlit ground outside her window. “Who’s there?” she asked again, whispering this time.


Carolina’s breath caught. “John?”

The very one,” John said, stepping out into the moonlight from a little grove of bushes.

What are you doing?”

I came to talk to you.”


A series of soft thuds sounded, presumably created by the rocks he’d been holding hitting the ground. “And possibly something else.”

Carolina’s chest tightened painfully. “Does this something involve a bed?”

Gads, Carolina,” he burst out in a harsh whisper. “Must you always be so forward?”

Stung by his harsh words which only compounded the hurt she’d already felt from his not-so-subtle insinuation, Carolina gripped the edge of the window pane and brought it down decisively.

Immediately, rocks or acorns, or whatever it was he was throwing, started pelting her window again. Thank goodness her room was the only one on this side of the house and her mother was a sound sleeper, or they might have a visitor.

A slow smile spread across her lips. He was mighty determined to talk to her. Slowly, she eased the window back open.

Did that make you feel better?” John asked from below.

Perhaps a little.”

John shook his head and took a step closer to the window. “All right, just jump whenever you’re ready.”


Yes, jump,” he confirmed. “I originally thought I’d scale the wall and convince you to leave with me in a dignified manner, but then I realized you’d probably find jumping all the more romantic.”

And why would I be jumping?” She cringed at her tone. It was that same sarcastic, condescending tone Mother used when speaking to anyone she felt inferior.

So you can ride off with your prince—or should I say, me—into the moonlight.”


John ran his hand through his hair. “You were right, Carolina. Must I say more?”

Yes. I think you must.”

Of course you’d think so,” he muttered. He blew out a deep breath. “Carolina, I want to marry you.”

John has several other scenes that chalk him up to one of my favorite heartbreaker heroes, but I can’t give away the entire book or it wouldn’t be so fun to read on your KindleNook or other eReader.

So…what qualifies a hero as a heartbreaker in YOUR opinion.

Comment to enter for a signed, not available for purchase yet paperback copy of my latest release, His Jilted Bride.

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89 thoughts on “Heartbreaker Blog Hop”

  1. A younger author just read what I have done in my book so far. She just wanted to cuddle up with one of my guys and he grabbed her heart, because he had been through hard times.

    I was bouncing around all day knowing I wrote something that brought the character to life and that he touched someone. Made me look at him different as well.

  2. My favorite Heart Breaker is the guy who can’t be tamed by anyone but the right woman. Powerful, gorgeous, and an unrepentant rakehell (even that word is sexy) until the thing he never knew he needed falls into his path and changes everything.

    My favorite Rose Gordon Heart Breaker is still Gateway (though I’m also in love with Patrick from Her Secondhand Groom and Elijah from His Jilted Bride). He has a great soft side but he hides it well behind his wicked Duke facade and he is ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. Oh, to be what he wants… lucky lady!

  3. My favorite hero is one who has been through awful stuff that has left them scarred, and they can only be healed by their one true love. Hard on the outside, but all soft on the inside…

  4. I think there are a lot of qualities that can qualify someone as a heartbreaker. Those heros that just look too good to be true are usually the heartbreakers along with the rough around the edges bad boys. To qualify as a heartbreaker he has to be someone that a woman wants as much as she needs oxygen and he hurts her feelings in some way or mistreats her.

  5. HI Rose!

    Yeah! For once an easy question!

    A heartbreaaker is a man who puts his needs and wants above all else no matter the consequences!


  6. i think a hero qualifies as a heartbreaker when he has commitment issues and is unwilling to open his own heart to others. his relationships are only ever casual but the women tend to want more so he leaves them before their expectations are raised too high. this does not mean that he is cruel or callous (he is the hero after all).
    of course once he meets ‘the one’. his views on relationships will change. xxx

  7. We all want to love a Heartbreaker. Maybe its because of his chiseled good looks, his bad boy attitude, or the mysterious nature of him. Some Heartbreakers are just that, they know what they got and how to use it to get what they want. Then there are those Heartbreakers that don’t even realize that they are doing it. The best part about a Heartbreaker is that there is always a woman that turns their world upside down until they realize it is love. I have read many Romance Novels over the years and have run into many memorable Heartbreakers and my favorites are usually the ones that don’t even know they are Heartbreakers! Some of my personal favorite Heartbreakers are :

    Kade Jamenson (Werewolf) from An Alpha’s Path. Kade is a sexy werewolf that will make you burn but a mishap with a potential mate makes him not think he will find love.

    Ian MacPhie (Vampire) from All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire. Ian is a heartbreaking Highland Vampire that was frozen in his immortality when he was only 15. With the help of his friend he is given a drug that helps him age to 28 so he could look like a man instead of a child after hundreds of years. He has no idea that he looks of a warrior and the lover.

    Lothaire Daciano (Vampire) from Lothaire. Lothaire is definitely a heartbreaker and his cocky attitude proves it! Thinks he’s a gift to women! Its just the sucker punch from a woman he doesn’t realize is his equal that brings him down a notch.

    Marius Parker from His Contrary Bride. Marius is every part the gentlemen but doesn’t realize he could also easily be the rogue!

    Benjamin Gateway from To Win His Wayward Wife. Benjamin doesn’t realize that he is a heartbreaker because the one woman he loved, he lost….or did he?

    Fury North (Human with Canine DNA) from Fury and Valiant North (Human with Feline DNA) from Valiant. Fury and Valiant are strong New Species and gorgeous to boot, but because they are damaged they doesn’t think they can hold onto to the women they love.

    Sigimor Cameron from Highland Conqueror. Sigimor is every bit the Highland Laird and warrior but can he hold onto to the beautiful English lady?

    Joshua Striker (Werewolf) from Alexandra’s Legacy. Joshua is a scared and battle hard enforcer for his pack and he thinks that he doesn’t have what it takes to make the women melt.

    1. Benjamin Gateway from To Win His Wayward Wife. Benjamin doesn’t realize that he is a heartbreaker because the one woman he loved, he lost….or did he?

      Thank you for including MY hero in your line up! But I thought you mentioned Marcus to me the other day! Both are great guys.

  8. Firstly, in my opinion, a Hero would be attractive (what I’d like is for him to be tall, have dark hair, be muscular, and have some facial hair.) Most importantly he would be supportive, courageous, intelligent and caring. Now, what would qualify him as a “heartbreaker” would be if the hero knew the heroine loved him (or had strong feelings for him) and has feelings for her too but does not show his love or reciprocate because he remains too afraid to give his love (maybe due to trust issues, etc.) This results in the heroine feeling rejected, frustrated and heartbroken.

  9. In my opinion, a heartbreaker hero/heroine is someone who is mysterious, commitmentfobic, doesn’t care about the feelings of others, causing hurt knowingly or unknowinglyand thus ending up lots of broken hearts in the path before finding his/her one true soulmate.

    Though I’ve not read “His Jilted Bride” yet, I’m sure that my favourite Rose Gordon Heartbreaker is Gateway and will always be.

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    1. Thank you, Simi! It seems no matter who many books I write, everyone will always love Benjamin. I won’t argue with that! He’s a wonderful hero and one of my all-time faves.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway and participating in the hop!
    I think that Christian Grey from “50 Shades of Grey” is a good example of a heartbreaker. He used and abused Ana at first, but then came to his senses by book two.
    I love those book covers by the way!

  11. For me the heartbreaker is a bad boy who goes kicking and screaming into love! When he falls he falls hard!

    The only heartbreakers I have encountered are literary! And my all time fav is Mr Darcy! Although, I am currently crushing on Zadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood!


  12. those guys who love ’em and leave ’em but then end up coming back when they realized what they missed, now that’s a heart breaker who redeems himself

  13. Rose, as you know I LOVE your reluctant Groom Sweries for this very reason, none of the heros were perfect! Just like no man in real life is “perfect”, although we do try not to let on to them we know this, no book hero is “perfect” either. And in my case, the more imperfect, the better.

  14. A heartbreaker thinks about what they want and not what you want.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  15. I love reading about heartbreakers! They are usually bad-boys, they’re witty, funny and sexy and the female population is drooling after them lol

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. My favorite Heartbreaker is the one that your heart can’t live without. One of my best is Lucas from D B Reynolds book “LUCAS” (Vampire in America series). Strong mind, well put together and tender when he wants to be. And loves horses.

    Judy Peterson

  17. One of my favorites is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! 🙂

  18. I don’t know that I’ve met a heart breaker, but I’ve read about quite a few. My current favorites are both Lauren Dane characters. One is Shane from Fated and the other Todd from Laid Bare. I think the redeeming thing about them is that when they realize how wrong they are they are quite good at communicating their understanding and groveling.
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  19. i think a heartbreaker is a total bad ass who fights his way to love. and then when he falls, that is it – he is hard core in love. my fav heartbreaker is deuce from undeniable. man he fights and fights love!! thanks for the giveaway!
    pepperpenn42 at gmail dot com

    1. You’re welcome and isn’t there just something wonderful about seeing a the guy who fights it finally fall victim to what he thinks is the worst fate imaginable? I love it!

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