We readers are a passionate bunch, not just having favorite authors and books but also characters from those books. I certainly have my own, the ones that resonate with me, that I remember for whatever reason. They hold a special place in my heart, and always will.
Dylan over at Sanctuary's Finest posted her hero of the week, and he is none other than my all-time favorite hero, Sam Starrett, from Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series. Sam's a Navy SEAL, and one macho hombre, but dang, he is so freakin' hot that I will top Dylan's claim and say that I love him enough for 50 women. But regardless of who loves him more (me!), the fact is, he is adored by many.
And hated by a few. Yep, Sam is many things to many people, and you will either love him or hate him, and some do actually dare to hate him. I knew the man was trouble from his first appearance in "Unsung Hero", where he pretty much pissed everyone off, especially his future wife, Alyssa Locke, but I was okay with that. I'm not even going to try to defend him because, yeah, he was a jerk, and he did cry, and he did has this thing where he threw up after certain highly emotional and stressful situations. He also loved Alyssa more than she's ever been loved in her life, and he not only respects her abilities as a sharpshooter, he doesn't try to stop her from being who she is. To him, she is not "the little woman" who stays behind at home in the kitchen. No, he knows her place is right in the action, and he doesn't even try to stop her, no matter how dangerous it gets. He knows that this is the woman he loves, and he wants the real deal. Sam might not be perfect, but he's real, and he can be a mess, and he can break your heart, but one way or another, he'll make you feel.
So yeah, Sam rocks. A memorable hero that tugs at the heartstrings. Just not everyone's heartstrings. And maybe there are other famous heroes out there that irritate the hell out of you:
Could the almighty Roarke be a pox on society in your eyes?
Do you want Joe to beat Ranger to a bloody pulp just to keep him away from Stephanie Plum?
Is Derek Craven a lost cause?
Which hero do you just not get?