Guest Post: A Hero to Die For by Author Karen Fenech

Today we welcome romantic suspense/suspense-mystery writer Karen Fenech to The Variety Pages. Karen has written a guest post for us on our favorite subject around here – hot heroes. She’s also generously offered to give three lucky commenters their choice of one of her books, so join the conversation to win! Grab a cuppa, settle in and let’s talk men…

A Hero to Die For

You know the kind of man I mean.  He walks into a room.  The heroine in the novel we’re reading sees him.  Her heart starts thumping, her breathing quickens, and her hands aren’t as steady as they’d been before his entrance.

She’s not the only one reacting to him.  We, the readers, are right there with her, feeling what she’s feeling, and just as strongly. 

He can be the alpha CEO, the rugged cowboy, the daring cop, intrepid spy, or supernatural vampire, werewolf or shape shifter.  Whoever he is, now that she’s met him she’s irrevocably drawn to him and regardless of the conflict between them, there’s no going back for her. 

But why him?  What makes this man the only one for her?  What makes him her hero to die for and ours?

We all have our favorite romance heroes.  The ones we remember long after we’ve finished a book.  Who are your favorite heroes?  What makes them your favorites?  Why do you think these heroes are to die for, for the heroine and for the reader?

Please do share your favorites.  As a token of my gratitude at being here with you, I’ll be drawing three names from the commenters to win her or his choice of one of the Kindle editions of my books, Gone, Betrayal, or Unholy Angels.   Please include an email address along with your comment, so I can contact you if you win. 

            Jamie, thank you for having me here. 

            Wishing you lots of great books to read,


Karen Fenech writes contemporary and historical romantic suspense and suspense-mystery. Her novels have received critical acclaim and have been praised by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kat Martin, Maureen Child, and Debra Webb. Her novel BETRAYAL has been translated into Japanese, and her short fiction has been translated into Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian. Her novels BETRAYAL and GONE, originally released in hardcover by Gale under the Five Star Expressions imprint, are now available for Kindle and Kindle applications for $2.99. Her suspense-mystery novel, UNHOLY ANGELS, is now also available for Kindle and Kindle applications. Karen lives with her husband and daughter.  Visit her website at: and/or view her Amazon page to find all of her books.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Karen! I’ve read Gone, and it’s an excellent romantic suspense I highly recommend. I look forward to reading your other books as well.

The contest is open until midnight, and winners will be posted here early Friday morning (so if you check back late and see the serial chapter instead, scroll down). Winners will be contacted by email as well. Note that you don’t need a Kindle to read the prize books – you can download the Kindle for PC (or phone) application for free.

15 comments on “Guest Post: A Hero to Die For by Author Karen Fenech

  1. Carol

    My all time favourite heros, the ones I remember long after I’ve finished reading about them, are any one of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. These guys aren’t just vampires, they’re larger than life warriors, alpha males in every sense of the word. And yet they’re also capable of incredible tenderness, especially towards the women they love.

  2. Karen Fenech

    Carol, yes, so true, the BDB are a great example of just the kind of hero we’re talking about. Do you have a favorite among them? I have soft spot for Zsadist and was so glad to see him get his happily ever after. : )

  3. Carol

    What, choose just one Brother? 🙂

    I’m drawn to Zsadist too, just because he’s so tortured, but I think my favourite would have to be Rhage – ’cause of his dragon.

  4. Karen Fenech

    LOL about choosing just one Brother! : )The dragon was a nice addition to Rhage’s character. : ) I also enjoyed his story. Re Zsadist, if we look back to early romances, the tortured hero has long been a favorite among romance readers. I’m thinking back to some old romances I read not long ago that belong to one of my aunts. My aunt is a fan of a writer named Marilyn Harris. This author wrote “The Eden” series during the 70s, I think. These books were dark, tempestuous stories with tortured heroes. Kathryn Smith also writes the tortured hero well.

  5. Brooklyn Ann

    I’m on the BDB bandwagon too. I think it’s a tie between Viscious an Rhevenge for me. Also I luvved Vane and Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters.
    And I loved almost every one of Virginia Henley’s heroes.

  6. Karen Fenech

    Brooklyn Ann,I haven’t had a chance to read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, though I have wanted to for some time. I have her book “Acheron” in my TBR pile. I’ve heard really good things about that one and I’m looking forward to it. I’d love to know what you loved about Vane and Acheron? Re Virginia Henley, yes, though I haven’t read anything recent from her. The last book of hers that I did read was Enslaved. Did you read that one? Carol, have you also read The Dark Hunter series or any of Virginia Henley’s books?

  7. Jamie DeBree

    Black Dagger Brotherhood is 1st person, right? Shame, that. 😉

    One of my favorite romantic heroes of all time is still Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, even though it’s not strictly a romance. He’s a scoundrel, over-confident, irreverent and yet he’s still charming and attractive and has that “bad boy” appeal. And of course when he does love, he loves completely, even to his own detriment.

    I’m also quite fond of Lisa Hendrix’s Immortal Brotherhood shifters…those viking men are super-alphas, and *hot*. LOL

  8. Karen Fenech

    Jamie, Black Dagger Brotherhood isn’t first person. You may wish to give them a try. : )

    Oh, yes, Rhett Butler! There is something about a bad boy. : ) OT – a popular bad boy at the moment is Damon of The Vampire Diaries.

    I haven’t read any Lisa Hendrix books. Immortal Viking Shifters does sound intriguing and as you so aptly described, Jamie – HOT! : ) I’ll have to look into that.

  9. Carol

    LOL Karen, you beat me to the post – I was just going to tell Jamie that BDB isn’t first person, so she has no excuses!

    Yes, I’ve read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, and also her Dream Hunter series. Gotta love all those alpha males. 😉

  10. Karen Fenech

    Carol – great minds and all that. : )

    Re those Alpha males, we certainly do! Must be why that trait remains key in the heroes of romance novels. One hero I though would be sure to be named is Nora Roberts – JD Robb’s Roarke. That series has several books and Roarke remains quite popular.

  11. Jamie DeBree

    Really? Huh. Apparently I need to go look up Ward then. Um, J.R., that is. LOL Don’t know why I thought it was 1st, but glad to hear it’s not.

    Interestingly, while I enjoy *reading* about alpha male heros…I can rarely stand being around a moody alpha man in real life. They annoy the crap out of me. LOL

    I haven’t read a Nora/JD Robb book in ages…

  12. Karen Fenech

    Agreed, Jamie. An alpha is only entertaining in fiction. : )

    I haven’t read a JD Robb book in a very long time either. I’m so behind in my reading for pleasure. I’m hoping to make up for that a little over the holidays.

    Any thoughts on Jamie Fraser of the Gabaldon Outlander series?

  13. Brooklyn Ann

    Karen, I have read EVERY Virginia Henley. As for the Dark Hunters, DO NOT READ ACHERON UNTIL YOU’VE READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS!!!

    Jamie, HELLS YEAH on Rhett Butler! He’s such a badass stud-muffin!

  14. Karen Fenech

    Ann, I need to catch up on my Virginia Henley’s. It sounds like I’m really missing out. : )

    Thanks for the advice about reading Acheron after the earlier books. I also have Fantasy Lover which I think is book one in that series, though I’ll confirm that. If so,I’ll start with that one. : )

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