Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Favorite Heroes for 2008

Just like last year, picking my five favorite heroes out of everything I reviewed is the hardest category for me, bar none. Eventually, though, I got the list whittled. Eventually.

4th Runner Up
Colin MacLean in Highlander's Challenge by Jo Barrett

Colin is the alpha Highlander to the core. Temperamental, used to getting his own way, protective to the point of ignoring his own needs...and look at that gorgeous body on the cover.

3rd Runner Up
Mikhail Kozlof in Tango's Edge by Carole Bellacera

Mikhail is charming, gorgeous, talented, and best of all, human. He is the main reason it is so easy to fall in love with the romance in this book, as he entices the reader as much as he does the heroine.

2nd Runner Up
Ren Stanfield in My Valentine by Annie Dean

Ren Stanfield was one of the most broken, fascinating characters I read all year. He has dark, masochistic tendencies, and there's a definite tragedy about his entire existence that dares the reader not to care about him. Haunted. That's the best word to use, both for him and how he left me.

1st Runner Up
Adrien English in The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon

The heart and soul of this series is its protagonist, Adrien. He's come so far from the first book, and had to endure so much. I'm the first to admit that when I fall for a series, I fall hard. Nine times out of ten, it's because of the main character. This is definitely one of those times.

And my favorite hero of 2008 is...
Markhat in Dead Man's Rain/The Mister Trophy by Frank Tuttle

See my note above about falling for protagonists in series? Markhat is another example of that. I love Tuttle's work for more than his main character, but Markhat plays a huge part of my adoration for these stories. He's the fatalistic, funny detective, the one with the unique perspective on the world. He makes me laugh, he makes me think, and best of all, he makes me care.


Josh Lanyon said...

Thanks for the vote, Book Utopia! You have a wonderful holiday.

Ann Somerville said...

Markhat really is a splendid hero - cynical, bitter, honest to the bone. I want to read many more stories about him!