Honorary Blogger KC Burn: Favorite Romantic Heroes + Giveaway!


A zombie, a vampire, and an alien walk into a bar…

Who would you want to read about getting their heart ripped out (figuratively) and put back together with a happily ever after?

Zombies as romantic heroes… hmmm. I love zombies. I adore zombie movies (I was even an extra in a funky little movie called Enter, Zombie King). Generally, though, the zombies are villains and any heroic hotness belongs to the humans trying to survive. A zombie as romance hero might qualify for one of my absurd, yet insurmountable mental blocks. Because in my mind, zombies = rotting flesh and I’m pretty sure I know which parts are going to be immediately vulnerable.

That’s right. Noses.

Okay, you got me. I was thinking of other bits, but it’s not my fault! We’re talking romance and sex is often a big factor. Of course, that does give me an idea for a bittersweet tragedy about a zombie eunuch… I’m sure there are some good books with zombie heroes out there, so if you’ve read some, let me know!

On to vampires. I certainly get the dark, broody, angsty appeal of vampires. But sometimes I have a hang-up with vampires as the romantic hero. They’re dead, ergo – no heartbeat. No heartbeat means no blood flow to some very important places, unless you’re interested in platonic, erectile-ly challenged love affairs (and generally, I‘m not). Yet somehow, vampires have done the wild thing with just about every species of supernatural being out there. Maybe not zombies. Talk about clash of the failing body parts! But seriously, vampires have done everyone and everything. Despite all the issues, I do love me a good vampire hero, probably because they have such potential to be inhuman and evil, and yet they’re still damn sexy.

Aliens have their own host of issues as romantic heroes. First, they need to be appealing, sexually, to humans. The odds of that happening are astronomical – no pun intended! But even assuming you have mutual zing, the bits that are supposed to feel good when rubbed up against another… well, they have to match up to some degree. Hooks or spikes or claws of any description could be an issue, as could bodily fluids that are caustic or otherwise incompatible with human physiology. Aliens are tricky as romantic heroes. You can’t get away with the original Star Trek grease-paint aliens anymore. I like aliens though. The challenge of developing an appealing alien hero is tempting both as a romance author and a sci-fi geek.

So tell me, what is your favourite? And you don’t have to limit it to these three. Cowboys, cops, werewolves, mermen, demons, Navy SEALS… all are welcome. What’s the one type of hero that will get you looking twice at a book, or will get you to buy a book regardless of anything else about it? For me, if the hero is blind, well, I don’t usually even read the blurb – it’s an easy sale. I don’t even know why I like blind heroes, but I do and I want them to get their happily ever after.


About KC Burn

KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own — getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.

You can reach KC at her website, on Twitter or on Facebook.


And to feed your TBR list, KC will be giving away a $20 gift certificate to Amazon or All Romance eBooks (winner’s choice)!

The giveaway starts now and will end next Sunday, April 27th, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!

Make sure to follow the blog for the winners’ announcement post or check back next Monday, April 28th, 2014, to see if you’ve won.

And don’t forget to stick around this week to see what we think of a few of KC’s books!

Good luck!

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43 thoughts on “Honorary Blogger KC Burn: Favorite Romantic Heroes + Giveaway!

  1. jenf27

    There is not a particular type of hero that does it for me, but I do really like heroes who have some type of obstacle, issue, weakness etc. to overcome or work through. Or two heroes who are enemies or opposites and have to work through that.

    Thanks for the blog and giveaway.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

    • KC Burn

      In general, I’m like you, Jen – I’m not too particular with type. Enemies to lovers is a great theme, though.

  2. JenCW

    The whole premise of this book is very different; I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway.


  3. Allison

    I would say that my favorite type of hero is one that doesn’t realize they are the hero or doesn’t see themselves that way. aahickmanathotmaildotcom

    • KC Burn

      Wow – that’s a tricky one, Allison! I’m trying to think of a book with that type of hero, and nothing is coming to mind. It’s probably hard to spot in a blurb, too.

  4. I have to agree with the zombie being weird for a hero. I to imagine falling bits and the urge to bite areas that shouldn’t involve teeth, lol. I always did think the craze with vampires was funny because in most stories they are dead and yet it’s not explained how a dead nan gets the blood glowing to that area.. Super muscle strength in that area maybe? That being said I still love a good vamp book. Aliens are always fun and f course shifters. Generally I love any hero that doesn’t cheat and isn’t a complete ahole, I don’t mind a ego but he has to have some redeeming qualities, lol.


    • KC Burn

      Stephanie, that is exactly my issue with vampire heroes! I love the dark and brooding, but I keep over thinking the biology and I get myself distracted! Shifters are fun – alpha men snared by love always make a fun read… although I do like reading about non-alpha shifters, too.

  5. Antonia

    I don’t know that there’s a particular type of hero that is a favorite for me. I like a variety of heroes but there tend to be some types that I avoid. I don’t understand zombies as romantic heroes, though I’m not a particular fan of zombie stories at all. I also am not a fan of the extreme alpha heroes. Thanks for the interesting post and the chance to win!

    • KC Burn

      Antonia, I agree. Some alpha heroes are so bull-headed you just want to yell at them or shake them or something. So frustrating!

  6. Cornelia

    My hero is flawed in some manner but comes off strong.

    • KC Burn

      Flaws – love the flaws. More flawed the better, because it makes the happily ever after that much more satisfying.

  7. I never read a zombie book but it sounds interesting… It’ll be an excitement to see it though. I don’t have a particular type but I do like scarred heroes inside out with a dark background. But I tend to read different things if I can.

    • KC Burn

      Scarred heroes are always interesting, whether it’s physically or mentally.

  8. Tammy

    My favorite heroes are rockers – the more tattoos the better! I also love law enforcement officers of all kinds. I agree about zombie heroes. I can’t imagine that not grossing me out.

    • KC Burn

      Rockers! I’m amazed no one has said rockers/musicians yet, Tammy! I have to admit, I don’t often read books about super rich or successful heroes. I tend to prefer the more “regular” guys, but there are some really great books with musician heroes out there.

  9. Alaina

    I am a sucker for cowboys! Most any m/m romance including cowboys I will read! Though I don’t go looking for just cowboy heroes, I am a lover of many different types of stories!
    aegger.echo @ yahoo .com

    • KC Burn

      Again, I’m amazed no one had mentioned cowboys until now, Alaina! I read ’em too, but as a city girl from Toronto, cowboys often seem just as fictional to me as shifters 🙂

  10. A.J.

    I like them all, but if I had to choose I would say my faves would be guys with a disability or something they have to over come. Such as depression, extreme shyness, disability. I love reading about these types of guys getting there hea. doucook@yahoo.com

    • KC Burn

      A.J. – I love those too. I like it when one of their primary obstacles to their happy ever after is something they need to accept or overcome about themselves.

  11. I love shifters, dragons are my favorite. Any alpha male does it for me as long as they are strong on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. 😀

    ruralmom08 (at) gmail.com

    • KC Burn

      Dragons! So much fun, Carly. I really have to find a shifter hero to write about, because I do love shifters, especially some of the more unusual ones.

  12. Ashley E

    Too absolute favorites for me, although I have many others that I love! First, fairies/elves. I love the graceful, nature-loving little creatures! Secondly, any kind of disability, mental or physical. I totally get your blind heroes thing, because I’m just the same way. 🙂

    • KC Burn

      Elves are totally hot, Ashley! I don’t think I could ever write about them, but I’ll certainly read books with them.

  13. Jbst

    I like all kinds of stories so hard for me to say, but stories with the characters overcoming something such as a disability or adversity is appealing to me. I like paranormal and fantasy, but a zombie tend to be difficult to see as a romantic hero.

    • KC Burn

      Those poor zombies just can’t get any loving! I think there was a movie out recently with a zombie/human love story… I really ought to watch it.

  14. Hope

    I love the self confident guy who is almost but not quite a brat – that is humbled by someone who makes it not so easy for them.

  15. Lisa G

    Love the cop, FBI, military type characters the best. Great interview! Thanks for a shot at the prize!

    • KC Burn

      Lisa, again, I’m surprised no one has mentioned the boys in uniform before now! Super sexy.

  16. Hannah B.

    Thanks for sharing the great interview. I love the law enforcement types and the enemies who become lovers. Please count me in for your giveaway.

    • KC Burn

      Enemies to lovers can be so much fun. I’ve dabbled at it in a couple of books, but I’ve never really focused on it. Soon, though 🙂

  17. Andrea M

    My heroes would be those who have lost someone they loved but found a new love, then have a HEA. Ideally, the first relationship and all the angst and grief would be in the same book with the new love. I don’t see many books like that, though. The old love is treated as an off page thing and I’d like to see equal time for both.

    • KC Burn

      Very interesting Andrea. I bet you don’t see it because the whole grief aspect is hard to write, and people tend to get testy when you kill off love interests, even if you give the survivor a new love. It would also make for a very long book. Very daunting as an author, but probably worth it if done right.

  18. Andrea M

    Forgot to leave my email address: andreams2013@gmail.com

  19. Debra E

    There are so many I like, but I really enjoy the second chance hero who really treated someone badly and after time they are thrown together again and he really has to work to regain trust.

    • Debra E

      I’m always to quick to publish before adding my email. debdeege (at) optonline (dot) net

    • KC Burn

      Debra, I love that too. I’ve been toying with one of those stories recently, and I’m really excited about it.

  20. Thanks for being our featured author this week! Has been a lot of fun!

  21. michelle

    I love my military men! Our real everyday heroes. This has been fun to read. Thanks!


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