OK, I’ll admit to having a great love of tortured, angsty, damaged, grumpy heroes. I can’t really explain it, other than to say how much I love reading about that type of guy falling ass-over-elbow for the woman of his dreams. It’s usually a GREAT ride getting there. But that doesn’t mean I don’t also appreciate the hell out of a “nice guy” hero. You know, the type you wouldn’t feel weird about taking home to meet your mom and dad. Now, I’m purposefully not using the term “beta hero” here, because I think that can sometimes take on a negative connotation. Some people think if the hero isn’t an alpha, domineering a-hole, that he can’t be sexy. Well, I’ve got the reads to prove that nice guys can be alpha. And further, they can be every bit as sexy as tortured, angsty, damaged, grumpy heroes. Check out these picks for the best “nice guy” heroes in romance today:
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Unloved by Katy Regnery
From This Moment by Melanie Harlow
Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins
Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward
The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.
We got to talking.
He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.
He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn't be anything more.
Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same...because his heartbeat didn't lie.
I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.
I just hoped he wouldn't shatter it for good.
Priceless by Linda Kage
Twist by Kylie Scott
Until It Fades by KA Tucker
But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she is afraid to trust.
Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine...before the spark fades?
NOTE: You can check out our 5-star review of Until It Fades here!
Lukas by Carian Cole
Skin Deep by Pamela Clare
Disfigured as he is, he has put all thoughts of sex and romance aside. But something about Megan brings him back to life, heats his blood, makes him feel like a man again. As danger pursues her, and the truth about her past is revealed, he vows to protect her—and to heal her wounded spirit. But confronting the past is never easy—especially when it’s carrying a gun. Megan will have to learn to trust Nate to survive and to claim a passion that is much more than … Skin Deep.
What about y’all? Any nice guy romance heroes you wouldn’t mind taking home with you? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you!Contact