I occasionally go back and read one of the books I absolutely loved when I was younger, and honestly, some of the heroines are positively feeble. They tended to be young, ravishingly beautiful, innocent, and in desperate need of some man to come along and save them. The closest they got to kick ass was feisty. Give me a heroine like that these days, and I’d probably throw the book across the room (or more likely delete it from my kindle).
No, these days, I like a good strong, kick ass heroine (my personal favorites are Anita Blake and Mercy Thompson). By that I don’t mean they always have to be ready to literally shoot down anyone who stands in their way (though I must admit I’m partial to the shooter types), but they must be able to deal with the crap life throws them without relying on someone else to sort things out.
So here’s why I think we love a kick ass heroine,
• When I read a book, especially a romance, I want to identify with the heroine. When I was little (a long time ago) I wanted to grow up to be an assassin, or a spy or an explorer… well you get the picture. So it stands to reason that I identify with tough women (even if in reality I turned out a bit of a wimp).
• And I want to fall in love with the hero. How can I fall in love with a man I don’t respect, and how can I respect a man who falls in love with a wimp, even if she is beautiful!
• I want the heroine to be worthy of the hero. If I can’t have him then it’s because some great woman who truly deserves him has captured his heart, not some whiny, too stupid to live, beautiful young thing, who has absolutely no clue how to shoot a laser pistol and protect her man.
• Long gone is the time when we were happy to wait for some man to come along and save us, or the world. These days, if there’s anything at all out there in need of saving, then we want to be the ones to do it.
• And finally, I love the moment when a really tough heroine shows her vulnerable side, the side that only the hero gets to see, and only after he’s proved he’s worthy.
BREAK OUT, is the first book in the Blood Hunter series, and is set in a future where man has fled to the stars and discovered the secret of immortality.
The heroine, Skylar, is about as kick ass as they come. She’s a soldier, working undercover, with a mission she’s determined to see through to the end, despite the distraction of Ricardo Sanchez, the super-sexy, stunningly gorgeous, vampire pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador.
Rico is attracted to Skylar’s toughness, but it’s actually her contradictions and the flashes of vulnerability he sees beneath her surface that make him fall in love with her.
The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.
Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!
Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
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I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer because she is strong and can take care of herself. She also has feelings which makes her a real person. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com
I was just on entangled publishing website yesterday and saw this book,,and was like hell yeah,,,sounds like a good,,and now I do follow Ms. Croft on blogger ,,,but to answer the question….it is a toss up between Rose Hathaway, in the Vampire Academy Series and Cathrine Cat Crawford,,both well for the obvious,,Dimitri and bones,,but both have a strong will and determination in them, they do have a sense of humor Cat more than Rose, but can kick ass when its due and will stand strong for the people that are most important to them and more importantly for the man they love..
thanks for the opportunity,,,to win this book,,but dont worry if i dont win im gonna get it anyway,,hehe
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My favorite kick ass heroine is Merit from the Chicagoland Vampire series! I love her!
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Break Out sounds like a great read! I love “kick ass” heroines, and there are so many great ones out there! I think if I really had to choose, it’d be a toss up between Elena from the Guild Hunters series or Cat Crawford. Not only are they both awesome, but they have Raphael and Bones!! 😉 Thanks for the giveaway~ email@example.com
What about Princess Leia? She’s a great kick-ass heroine!
I already have the ARC, so don’t put me in the competition. 🙂
I love Buffy, but there’s a few here I don’t recognize – I may have to go book shopping!
Aubrie – I never really liked Princess Leia – I think it was because she got Han Solo and I wanted him!
There are so many I love! Rachel Morgan from The Hollows by Kim Harrison, Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs,and Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews are some of my faves. They can all kick butt especially with the help of a little magic and once they “adopt” you into their family they will keep you safe or die trying.
Break Out sounds like a great read. I would love to win it!
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Kate Deniels by Ilona Andrews is defenetly the best! She is smart and cool and you just love her!!!
Great blog Nina!!!
Congratulations on the new release!!! 🙂
I love Selene from Underworld… She was always so calm and cool under pressure!
And I wish I looked so good in a black latex catsuit! LOL
I’m with you on Mercy Thompson and Anita Bklake, or at least Anita in the first 7 or 8 books. Just finished Hit List and Hamilton is starting to get back on track with Anita and her job as a Federal Agent (what I read for) and less on the smut (Now, I like me some smut as much as the next person, but it overwhelmed all other aspects of the series). I also like Kate Daniels, Charlie Madigan, Gin Blanco and so many others.
I love Mercy Thompson!And Kate Daniels! And Selene!
There are some great kick ass heroines out there!
I have recently heard of this title, but have never read it and it sounds great. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
I love Anita Blake, Rachel Morgan, and Mercy Thompson – I have to give multiples because how do you possible choose between so many wonderful characters out there. I love that these women will get out there and kick ### and still have vulnerabilities that make them seem more real.
I would love to read this book and perhaps find another to add to my list 🙂
Hi Nina, Love your blog and congrats on your release, my favorite would be Selene from Underworld. I wish you great success and I can’t wait to read it. I am hearing it’s pretty Kick Ass!!! 🙂
Also big shout out from Naughty Nattie
Sassy Street Siren 🙂
Nina congrats on your release, my favorite would be Selene from Underworld as well. I hope you have great success :).
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A big show out from Babs
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Buffy is a classic and I loved the “old” Anita Blake you know before all the orgy stuff. LOL Cat Crawford from the Night Huntress series is great. But I’d have to say my current fave is Merit from the CV series. She kicks ass and has a great sense of humor. Plus you’ve got to love a kick with a sword.
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I totally agree with Jennifer@The Book Nympho about “old” Anita Blake… that girl knew how to fight and not care at all how dirty she got doing it. Recently I’ve discovered Piper from Piper’s Fury and have always enjoyed Cat from the Night Huntress Series. My ideal heroine doesn’t have to perfect… she can be flawed whether it be in looks or clumsiness, but she’s always gotta have a backbone and not be afraid of using weapons.
CONGRATS Nina!!! Here’s wishing you much success! Definitely putting Break Out on my wishlist.
*waves* to all of the Sassy Street Siren’s:)
My favorite heroine is Cat from Night Huntress series by Jeanienne Frost. She’s so strong! And she also has Bones.
Cat from Night Huntress, because she is strong, snarky, independent and will do anything to protect those she loves.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Thanks for the comments everyone – I definitely recognize a few of my favorites in there but also a few new ones I’ll be looking into!
This book has got my name all over it! . My favorite is probably Kate Daniels. I just like the way that lady kicks ass and takes names and she gets Curran (hello!?) 😉
Sassy Street Siren *waves*
I have a love for Katniss Everdeen…pretty kickass 🙂
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