Looking for romance novels where "still waters run deep".
October 4, 2013 12:29 PM Subscribe
Looking for well written, character-driven romance novels or romantic novels where the hero is in fact alpha/dominant/protective/whatever but also smart enough to realize that it's not always the most useful thing to be. Specifically, looking for heroes that are introduced as unassuming, "normal" characters or introduced as unable to harm/control the heroine (e.g. because of a spell) where it later turns out to be untrue.
posted by ethidda to writing & language (9 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I will read almost all genres EXCEPT for contemporary (but I read those occasionally too). My favorites are urban fantasy or high fantasy.
I do not remember reading any novels that *quite* fit this bill. Below are some close examples. (Possible spoiler alert.)
* The "Weather Warden" series (though I did not go very far with the series because the romance didn't quite resolve within the first several books).
* "The Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning, where Barrons wasn't particularly unassuming, but he certainly downplayed his powers.
* In the "Mercy Thompson" series by Patricia Briggs, Sam would fall into this category, though he is not the hero of the series.
* I only read the first two books of the "Sword of Truth" series, but Richard definitely qualifies as unassuming but actually powerful. (So does Kahlan actually, but I'm specifically focusing on the hero.)
* Another example is the "Magic Ship" series by Robin Hobb, the character rainwilder who courts Malta, who was mysterious and reviled as "other", and I really wish their story was more prominent.
* Several Lisa Kleypas ("Again the Magic") and Julia Quinn ("Everything and the Moon") books come to mind for historical romance, particularly the ones where the characters initially meet with plenty of attraction, part for some reason, and later the hero becomes powerful (and usually bitter/cynical).
Bonus points for a powerful, ambitious, and smart heroine.