When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…

All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.

So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.

This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…

QUESTION FOR DAILY CONTEST: What’s your favorite kind of heroine? Examples? A winner will be chosen at random and posted tomorrow! GOOD LUCK!!


  1. Diane Sadler
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:49 pm · Link

    I like independent strong heroines that know they can do it but also know when they can’t and don’t mind asking for help. One of my favorites is Eve Dallas by JD Robb, but Jayne Ann Krentz’s heroines are a good choice too.

  2. Erika
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:50 pm · Link

    My favorite kind of heroine is one who has been through a very rough situation and comes out stronger than before. The perfect examples are Talin and Brenna from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series.

  3. Gabrielle
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:50 pm · Link

    My favorite heroine is a smart sassy and of course kick-butt woman who stands up for herself and those she loves. Just like Anita Blake the vampire hunter.

  4. Rachel
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I like my heroines to be tough and maybe a bit of a bitch on the outside but warm and caring on the inside. Smart, but not a know-it-all. The more average she comes across the better but that little something extra like a special talent or a superpower never hurts.

    Most of all, I love it when a heroine is able to save the hero from danger without him feeling like any less of a man because of it and vice versa.

  5. Ramona Y
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:53 pm · Link

    My favorite heroine is very independent, knows what she wants & isn’t afraid to go after it, but goes about it in a way that others think it’s their idea. She’s passionate & can be funny as well. Love Claire from the Outlander series & Eve from the In Death series.

  6. LINDA B
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:53 pm · Link


  7. MJ
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:54 pm · Link

    I like strong heroines who know what they want and are not afraid to go for it!


  8. Licia
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:55 pm · Link

    I like the kind of woman that can antagonize the leading male and get away with it. In fact in many cases it makes them more likable, that they don’t need to hold on to someone. They usually end up with the guy, but he always knows what he is getting into.

  9. Shanae Russell
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:57 pm · Link

    I like a heroine who can take care of herself and doesn’t “need” a man, but wants one.

  10. Amelia
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:59 pm · Link

    I like a heroine who is independent, but who knows when she needs someone!

  11. Nancy Gilliland
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:01 pm · Link

    I love strong independent heroines who are not afraid to show their feminine side, but can kick the hero(s) to kingdom come and back if need be. Examples: Eve from the In Death series, Cat in the Night Huntress series from Jeanienne Frost, Anita Blake and Merry Gentry from Laurell K Hamilton.

  12. GladysMP
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:08 pm · Link

    I like a heroine who isn’t stuck on herself. Independence is one thing, but being overly-conceited turns me off. I don’t like feeling like “why in the world does he even bother with her.” I find myself hoping he will find someone else and leave ‘miss uppity” to herself.

  13. Sarah Ulfers
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:22 pm · Link

    I like heroins who are spunky with a sense of humor.

  14. Marjana kaly
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:25 pm · Link

    My favorite kind of heroin is where the women actually have backbone and doesn’t put up with a jerk of hero.

  15. Sharon M
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:26 pm · Link

    I like a heroine who doesn’t do stupid things nor internally whines about how she just can’t do such and such. All that does is tick me off. I like a heroine who is strong and is willing to work with the hero.

  16. Beverly G
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:31 pm · Link

    I love sassy hard assed who can be funny at times heroines who are sometimes vunerable all of Anyas women are awesome

  17. Penny Tuttle
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Being a “senior citizen”, I like smart, strong older heroines who use their brains to solve puzzles.

  18. Brenda B. Hill
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm · Link

    I like sassy, trusts their guts, and take action kind of heroin. She can kick butt, stand on her own but willing to lean if she needs to.

    I loved Lizzie Fox who was a lawyer for some of the Sisterhood girls that Nora Roberts wrote on Sisterhood series.
    There are others but she is the one I just read couple of books in which she was featured.

  19. Jacqueline C.
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:43 pm · Link

    I love a strong heroine. She doesn’t have to be the typical physical, kick-ass chick that you see a lot in urban fantasy, but she does have to be strong-willed and intelligent. My pet peeves in heroines: hypocrisy, whining, laziness, boy-craziness, making obviously stupid mistakes, and a complete unwillingness to admit when she’s wrong.

  20. Nicole
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:44 pm · Link

    I like heroines that can kick @$$ – examples would be Anita Blake by LKH, Eugenie by Richelle Mead, Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews and many more 🙂

  21. delitealex
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm · Link

    I like a sassy strong kick ass heroine with a sense of humor. faves riley jensen miki from go fetch kate daniels

  22. Shari C
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:47 pm · Link

    I like heroines who are independent and sure of themselves; they don’t depend on anyone but themselves and yet can be depended on by family and those few close friends they have. The last such heroine I read of like this is Shahara in ‘Born of Fire’ by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  23. alba
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Hi Lauren
    I like a heroine who can take care of herself Stand up for whats right.
    Has a softer side when it matters.
    Have a good one.

  24. Dina
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:49 pm · Link

    what a great contest, thanks. 😀

  25. Dina
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:50 pm · Link

    my fav heroine is smart and sassy. 😆

  26. Caffey
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Hi Lauren!
    Lately I’ve been enjoying some heroines that have been strong in the sense of being equal with the hero. I’ve seen like the personalities of those heroines in urban fantasy, more into the paranormals now. I like to see those strong traits, such as being independent and too, just as strong as some are (but not super strong that it doesn’t seem realistic). Its just been refreshing to really read more of a new heroine for me.

  27. Shirley H
    December 21st, 2009 at 7:57 pm · Link

    I like a heroine who is strong but with vulnerabilities, tough but tender, smart but still learning. Example that comes to mind is Gabrielle Cody in LL Foster’s Servant series.

  28. Sara
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:01 pm · Link

    I like a strong level-headed woman – who can handle herself – and yet, can allow herself to fall head-over-heels!

  29. cathie
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm · Link

    I like smart ones that don’t hide their emotions. I don’t like when they are stuck on sex though. That takes away their brains to me.

  30. Sherry Russell
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:03 pm · Link

    My favorite heroine is one who is strong and not a pushover for her romantic interest. I like to see the fellow work for her, because she is worth it.

  31. Lisa G
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:07 pm · Link

    I like a heroine who is smart, strong and independent. She knows who she is and whats she wants. She doesn’t need a man to solve her problems, give her money but he can be there to scratch an itch when needed, if you know what I mean! 😉

  32. CarolynO
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:07 pm · Link

    I like strong heroines that know how to get the job done, like it her other series-the girl wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty fighting the evil guys. 😀

  33. Dianna F
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:08 pm · Link

    My favorite heroine is a strong kick ass women that is not so thin that she looks like she has not eaten in weeks. A woman that in all truth does not NEED a man to save her but does some of the saving herself.

  34. Lulu
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:08 pm · Link

    I like independent, [smart, strong heroines with a sense of humor.

  35. Tamara Shurling
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:20 pm · Link

    I posted it on myspace blog at: http://www.myspace.com/angelwolfphotography

    I like strong, take care of yourself heroines, an example is Jennifer McKinnon from Lynn Kurland’s When I Fall In Love, I love it when she kicks the mens’ butts who attack her!

  36. Sarah Ballew
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I love the quirky heroine, that seems to get into more trouble before finally breaking free. Like Sarah in Michelle Rowen’s Immortality Bites series. Thanks for the contest and the opportunity to keep on reading.

  37. kaisquared
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm · Link

    A strong woman who can take care of herself but is not afraid to show a softer side. A bit snarky and cynical, but romantic at heart. And definitely not a single digit size!

  38. Pam P
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:34 pm · Link

    One’s who is smart and independent, with a sense of humor.

  39. Cory
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm · Link

    I love a strong heroine that knows how to take care of herself. However, she does need some quirks, and the ability to work with others. One of my favorites is Magiere from Barb and JC Hendee’s Noble Dead saga.

  40. Virginia Hendricks
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm · Link

    One who is strong, but knows when to let the guy take care of her.

  41. Ann
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm · Link

    One who is strong, with a strong sense of integrity: Anna Strong by Jeanne C. Stein, Anna Latham by Patricia Briggs, Eve Dallas by J.D. Robb. 😎

  42. Mickey McCall (m-square)
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:02 pm · Link

    I like a tough heroine who is not afraid to show her intelligence and strong will, yet is also in touch with her femininity.

  43. Amanda Leigh
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm · Link

    I like a heroine that is strong. She has flaw, but she can take care of herself and work through and problems. If things do get to hard though, she is able to ask for help.

  44. amanda hampton
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm · Link

    I like a heroine that comes in and makes you hear melt at the end of the day one that can make everyone happy as well as themselves and puts a smile on your face and at the sametime can put someone in there place when need be and satisfy your every sexual need. I love Kate pearces heroines in her books.

  45. Christi
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm · Link

    I love a rough-and-tough heroine who can take care of herself, and can hang with the boys, particularly if she doesn’t look the part (i.e. feminine, petite, etc). I especially like it if she’s not too stupid to know a good thing when he gives her hormones a wake-up call.
    I LOVED Anite Blake at the beginning of her series (these days, eh, not so much…) and I still think Merry Gentry is great!

  46. Caitlin Usignol
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:10 pm · Link

    I like the heroines that are strong and adventurous but still get the guy.

    I post on my blog.

  47. Dana
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:21 pm · Link

    Women that are BOTH Strong and can hold their own, but also know when to embrace the strong alpha wanting so badly to help/protect them.

  48. stacey smith
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:42 pm · Link

    my Fav is a Heroine is agirl that does not just let the Hero do all the brave things and is willing to risk her life to save the one’s she loves.

  49. Heather Brewer
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm · Link

    I like my heroine strong and not someone that just lays there and lets the guy run all over her. But I also like her to know when she is in over her head and can ask for help.

  50. Wrighty
    December 21st, 2009 at 9:58 pm · Link

    Wonderful contest! Love the cross promotion too.

    A kick ass heroine is my favorite kind! She can be tough as nails but needs to have heart and compassion too. She cares about people but doesn’t depend on them for her own welfare. Superwoman! (aka – a mom!)