What Goes Into a Great Romantic Heroine?
by Karen Green
Gone are the days of the damsel in distress. Compromising positions, challenges, struggles—we definitely want to see our lady protagonists battling all sorts of obstacles to power and love, but today’s female romantic leads are complex, smart and always get what they want. They might not always know what that is right off the bat, but do we ever have a great time finding out alongside her.
So what makes a great romantic heroine? Take a look at the building blocks and discover a great new read as well.
His San Diego Sweetheart (Millionaire Moguls) by Yahrah St. John
Miranda is a hotel manager with a complicated problem—her grandfather’s will stipulates that she must marry before she can inherit. She’s sure she’s found a willing participant, but what happens when she actually falls for him?
Desert Rogues: The Pregnant Bride by Susan Mallery
Maggie Collins is a no-nonsense mechanic who is in El Deharia to restore a prince’s antique car—not to be seduced by him.
Reunited with Her Army Doc (Sinclair Hospital Surgeons) by Dianne Drake
Leanne may be reluctant to take over the hospital her family legacy is built on, but she is still the boss. When her childhood crush comes to work at the hospital, she wants to show him that she’s changed, while remaining in charge of the hospital and her heart.
Something About You (Coleman House) by Bridget Anderson
Kyla Coleman is a PhD candidate working towards a goal of creating global food stability. Even a handsome man can’t distract her—but he could be a partner, in the truest sense of the word.
Savannah’s Secrets (The Bourbon Brothers) by Reese Ryan
Savannah Carlisle has a mission—regain the bourbon empire that was stolen from her grandfather. But to gain the trust of the man standing in her way, she’ll have to devise a business plan more cunning than his. And she can’t let their undeniable attraction to each other complicate things further.
An Unexpected Amish Romance (The Amish Bachelors) by Patricia Davids
Helen is not about to let a broken engagement get her down. With a new job, a newfound sense of independence and a desire to enjoy all that being a single woman in her community can offer, the last thing she expected was to fall for her handsome but exasperating boss.
The Rancher and the City Girl (Sweet Briar Sweethearts) by Kathy Douglass
Camille is a rising star on Wall Street—but when she finds herself in trouble, she knows she must go someplace she won’t be found. If that means asking Jericho Jones for help, she’ll do it—even though their past—and his ranch—is something she never wanted to revisit.
Thread of Revenge (Coldwater Bay Intrigue) by Elizabeth Goddard
Sadie, a marine biologist returns to her hometown to prove that her best friend was murdered, but the killer attacks her as she searches for evidence. Coast Guard special agent Gage Sessions will do anything to keep Sadie safe—especially since he once loved her.
A Family for the Rancher (Cowboys to Grooms) by Allison B. Collins
Physical therapist and single mom, Kelsey, cares for others with unmatchable empathy and love, so it’s no surprise she is able to heal her patient’s wounds—and his heart.
Accidental Family (The Bachelors of Aspen Valley) by Lisa Bingham
Willow Granger had not intended to become a mail-order bride, but she would do anything to keep her missing friend’s babies safe—even if it means becoming a wife to the pastor the infants were left with. She has no idea what she’s doing, but she knows her heart will lead the way.
What do you think it takes to make a great romantic heroine? Let us know in the comments!