Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Different Sort Of Hero Or Why I Love Kevin Fuller

Congratulations to "Jane", the winner of Beth's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated.

After publishing umpteen (that's a real number, isn't it?) books with Harlequin and other mainstream publishers, I recently took the plunge into the indie publishing waters (via the services of The Knight Agency). TRUST IN ME is a small-town contemporary romance set in South Carolina and features a different sort of hero than the usual romance hottie.

In TRUST IN ME, after breaking free from her overbearing father and cheating fiancé, Claire Albritton wants nothing more than to take control of her life and learn to fight her own battles. Kevin Fuller believes he must rescue damsels in distress, and Claire is decidedly out of her element in small town South Carolina. When trouble inevitably finds Claire, Kevin's white knight protection and heroics are exactly what Claire doesn=t want. But his kisses...that's another matter.

I had mixed feelings as I wrote Kevin's character. As much as I love, love, love him (did I mention how much I love him? :-) ), he's not the typical romance hero. I wondered, Would readers accept him and fall in love the way I did? Would they dismiss him for the very things I felt made him special?

Don't get me wrong, Kevin has plenty of the stuff that makes a hero sexy (he's got the hot  body, the motorcycle, the killer smile, above average looks). He'll also put himself in harm's way to save the heroine, stand by his beliefs at all costs, and work relentlessly to reach his goals. Yep, he's got integrity in spades. He also has a wry sense of humor that he uses as a shield to protect himself from personal pain, and soft spot for the underdog.

So what makes him so different? A few things. Kevin is no millionaire mogul or Arab sheik. He's a hardware store manager who's deeply in debt and living paycheck to paycheck thanks to his mother's medical bills. Kevin is a pacifist, more Boy Scout than warrior. He’s as courageous, strong and protective as other romance heroes, but he avoids violence on principle.  He's also mostly beta, a best friend and warm place to land instead of a brooding Alpha.  
While plenty of romance authors, and subgenres for that matter, employ the beta hero with great success, Kevin represents my farthest venture into betaland, and so I'm holding my breath. Will readers love him as much as I do? Will they see that Kevin is just what Claire wants and needs, her perfect match, and fall for him as she does? 

I hope so. For me, Kevin is much more down-to-earth and realistic than a millionaire entrepreneur or Alpha secret agent. While I still love to read and write those tough, warrior Alphas, Kevin was a welcome change of pace who stole my heart. He's the nice guy we all wish for our daughters, the man of morals and a work ethic we admire in the news. He's the good guy we cheer for when he wins in the end, the happy ending that gives us all hope. Frankly, he's the kind of guy we need more of in this world...and that's why I love him.

Ironically, two of my most Alpha heroes to date are hitting bookstore shelves in a few weeks. I’ll tell you about my Black Ops heroes in my new series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense next time!

TRUST IN ME is available FREE for Amazon Prime members on Kindle.

Tell me your favorite thing about Beta heroes for a chance to win a copy of your pick of a book from my back list!

Giveaway ends 9pm EST March 10th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email justromanticsuspense @ with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. Wow. I'm the first one here. Yay me. I think a beta hero is like the tortoise. He's slow and steady. He can always be counted on. There is no high drama, he is just always there. Sorta comforting. Love to win a copy of your book. Thanks! gator_trish atmsndot com

  2. Typically I am a fan of the alpha male hero in books, but I married to my beta hero, so I have a soft spot for them, too! :) Thanks!

    amy at remus dot net

  3. I like the Beta Hero because he's sensitive & find that sexy.
    Please enter me in the draw.
    And thank you Beth!


  4. I generally go for the alpha heroes, but I would like to read more about Kevin. Sometimes the brooding hero gets on my nerves being bossy and sometimes just mean. A change of pace might be nice. Thanks!

  5. Reading so many romances I have come to appreciate all types of heroes and they really do come in all shapes and sizes. Kevin sounds like a realistic hero and ideal for a small town. Boy Scout or everyday warrior so long as he suits the role of hero I look forward to meeting him. One of my favorite Beta heroes is Alex from Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson.


  6. I'm trying to think of a book I read that featured a beta hero, but I can't think of any. I must go look for some.
    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  7. I think Beta heros are better listeners

  8. I like beta heroes cuz they can still swoop in and save the day but they aren't all "ugh, I'm alpha man, I'm gonna hit you over the head and drag you to my cave, and you'll liiiike it cuz I'm so hawt. And from this moment on, you'll do actually as I say when I say b/c you're a wee woman and I'm a MAN". As you can tell, I've got a bit of disgust for the alpha male characters these days. Beta characters are more realistic and I can stand them without wanting to hit them upside the head and drag them to counseling and sensitivity training.