Military heroes are the twofer of romance. They fit the bill of a romantic lead with their alpha ways, rugged good looks, and heroic ways, and provide the double whammy of bad-ass protector. And yet despite the box we attempt to put them in, there are lots of different versions and interpretations of them. So, who would be my favorite military heroes? You would think picking them would be easy, but it wasn’t. Here goes:
First up would be Kimberly Kincaid’s Kellan Walker from SKIN DEEP, the first in her Station Seventeen series. He is a scorching hot hero who is a tough-as-nails former army ranger. I love this story because of Kellan’s continued commitment to service through his dedication to his community as a firefighter once he leaves the military. When he’s not fighting fires, he’s fighting his attraction to for the sexy detective who he thinks botched a case that was supposed to keep his sister safe. But as with every great romance, nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Kellan has to work with her to stop a ruthless killer, despite the sparks that fly between the two of them.
If you love Keanu Reeves in Speed and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, you will LOVE Jax Irons, the hero of Sidney Halston’s KISS, MARRY, KILL. He is the perfect blend of both characters… broody, huge, and often pissed. He used to be the clean cut guy next door but now he’s tattooed, bearded, and hot. What made this story sing for me was the first meeting of the hero and heroine who kiss on a Jumbotron at a ball game… while the heroine’s boyfriend checks out his phone in the seat next to her.
No list of military heroes would be complete without Swanny from Mya Banks’ WHEN DAY BREAKS. The hero of the ninth book in her KGI series is tortured literally and figuratively. I LOVED the contrast between his steely exterior and the emotional wreck he is inside. It leads him to feel unworthy of Eden, the supermodel heroine who has challenges of her own. What makes him so great is the way he finds purpose in protecting her and loving her while allowing her to save him from the disastrous path he’s on.
Katy Regnery’s THE VIXEN AND THE VET is a gorgeously written military twist on Beauty and the Beast, which is really all you need to know. But I’ll continue in case you still need convincing. Asher has resigned himself to a solitary life because of a disfiguring injury gained in active service. He’s vulnerable and alpha at the same time, and the day Savannah knocks on his door his eyes open to the possibility of more for himself.
Those who know me well, know how much I love candy, so of course, candy-loving Colby Winters, a former Navy SEAL, from Cristin Harber’s WINTERS HEAT is going to make my list. Honestly, all I need to tell you is that he is a single father… of a baby girl he saved and adopted from a human trafficking ring. Like, really, do you need any more than that? I mean, I could go on about his long list of attributes, but I think that sums it up best.
Yep, no list of awesome and (very) long awaited, military heroes would be complete without a hero from Julie Ann Walker, and Ethan Sykes in WILD RIDE (the ninth book in her Black Knights Inc. series) is my absolute favorite. He begins the story injured after a black-on-black mission that went to heck in a hand basket and is hounded by the feisty heroine, Samantha Tate, an ace reporter who feels there is a story behind BKI. Ozzie is a take-no-prisoners operative who likes to live on the edge, but watching this badass fall for Samantha and find out just how much he is willing to give up for her was absolutely perfect.
- It’s a little cheeky of me, but for my final military hero, I am going to include Sixton Rapp from my new release UNDER FIRE. The former SEAL descended from Vikings, is focused on setting up a new black ops security firm with his friends, and certainly isn’t prepared to meet heroine Louisa North. I love the conflict the alpha warrior with a heart of gold feels as he tries to resist the growing feelings he has for his client. Love and duty make for uneasy bedfellows, but I hope you’ll love the way this bad-ass warrior navigates his way between the two.
More about Scarlett Cole and her upcoming release, UNDER FIRE
2-time RITA nominee Scarlett Cole’s UNDER FIRE pairs a hot Navy SEAL with a medical researcher who finds herself in too deep. Can Sixten Rapp take the heat and Dr. Louisa North handle the flames? Fans of Laura Kaye’s HARD INK series and Julie Ann Walker’s BLACK KNIGHTS INC. series will devour Cole’s hot military hero in this opposites attract, romantic suspense.
HE CAN TAKE THE HEAT.
Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.
CAN SHE HANDLE THE FLAMES?
Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her―or die trying.
About Scarlett Cole
The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream.
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