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.

 

Beauty

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?

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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.

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Brains 

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.

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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.

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Tenacity

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.

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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.

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Vulnerability

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.

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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.

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Heart

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.

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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.

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What do you think it takes to make a great romantic heroine? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Comments ( 2 )
  1. Sharon Forbes
    February 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm
    Reply

    I think it takes a strong woman to be a good heroine, she has to be strong in her beliefs, convictions, be able to stand up for herself, and have a strong will. She also needs to have a good dose of compassion and geniunely care for those who are important to her.

    • Karen Green
      March 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm
      Reply

      I couldn’t agree more, Sharon!

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