Why Dragons Make Perfect Romance Heroes & a Contest! Back to Blog

Update:  Meagan’s winner is…CatsMeow! Congratulations!!

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Hi! * waving at everyone* My name is Meagan Hatfield, and I will be the next victim…err, blogger chatting here with Cynthia!  *grin*  I want to thank her so much for having me and thank everyone who stops by!

Now, a quickie about me…I currently write dark paranormal romances for HQN & Silhouette Nocturne.  My debut novel, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE just came out this week!  *eek*  I’m so excited!  DRAGON WARRIOR, a novella set in the same world, will be releasing July 1st from Harlequin Nocturne Bites.  When I’m not hovered over my laptop (writing, not Tweeting or Facebooking of course *grins*) you can find me shakin’ it in my Zumba classes where I teach seven classes a week.   Actually, I have to head to one in about 30 minutes, so we’d better get this party started!

Okay, so I have been getting asked the same question a lot lately…with all the yummy paranormal heroes out there – vampires, werewolves, demons, etc…why did I chose to write about dragons?  What is my fascination with this species and why did I think they would make good romance heroes?   I figured what better way to answer this than the good ol’ top ten list.

So, without further ado, here are my top ten reasons dragons make perfect romance heroes:

1. Dragons are cool.  Or actually they’re quite hot (pun intended.)  No really, in my stories, they are tall, muscular men with rippling biceps and thick corded thighs who put even the hottest of movie-star hotties to shame.

2. Number 2 sort of ties in with Number 1, but they are gorgeous.  Okay there, I said it.  I’m being shallow.  But both the man and the beast are beautiful in their own way.  Dragons are sleek and sexy, strong and yet lithe and elegant, all power yet vulnerable too.  They have great wisdom that comes with age and immortality.  Yet they possess the fiery hot ardor and *ahem* stamina of a young buck in his prime.  😉

3. Dragons are dangerous and let’s face it, we all love a little danger, don’t we ladies?  *wink*  Well, the kind of danger you can experience from the other side of the page at least.  A dragon hero could char you to a crisp at one glance, or ignite a burning desire with one look into their jewel colored eyes.  They make the woman in us want to tame the beast, have the mighty dragon purring in our palm and using ever reserve of his powerful strength to claim us.

4.  I don’t know about you, but I love action and breath-catching fight scenes.  Dragons are one of the best ass-kickers and name takers around.   I mean, when a dragon show up at your party, you pretty much know sparks are going to fly and most likely in the most literal of senses.   So, the moment our dragon hero shifts into the beast and steps on stage, you are guaranteed intense, high-stakes, life or death action.  And let’s face it, if you’re the bad guy, a flippin’ dragon is last thing you want to see running at you on the battlefield, for it will most likely be the last thing you see.

5. Dragons are already equipped with every weapon they might require in a battle.  So need for guns, swords, daggers, shields or the like.  Their scales are hard as armor, talons sharp as daggers, their tails not only help balance in flight, but can be a skilled weapon (or a delectable extra hand for those other battle scenarios…but we’ll get to that later.)  And let’s not forget the dragon’s most formidable weapon…dragonfire.   White-hot and able to melt flesh from bone in 0-60, dragonfire will turn up the heat in any fight.

6. My dragon lord heroes are fiercely loyal, noble, altruistic and aren’t afraid to stand by their beliefs, even on pain of death.  Whether you are the heroine or newfound friend, you have a friend for life when you make one with a dragon hero. He will stand beside you in battle, protect you if you fall, or rescue you if you get captured – and not for money or fame, but because it’s “the right thing to do.”  Awww.  :)

7. Next reason, dragon lords are irresistible heroes…they are not sexist. {{gasp, shock}} Crazy, I know. But they believe a woman is just as capable of charging into a battle, as she is a bedroom, which makes them a rare gem when it comes to any man.  Even more remarkable, they manage to retain this equality trait while remaining strong and confident Alpha males.

8. Now, this could be a personal preference, but the purebred dragon lord heroes in my books have long strands of silken hair down to their hips.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m a product of the 80’s or what, but there is just something about running your hands through long, soft hair on a big, rock hard man that does it for me.

9. The tail.   Nuff said.  *wicked grin*

10. Drumroll please…and the last reason that Dragons make the best heroes…while I may not have just described the dragon-shifting hero you wrote about, read about, saw in a movie or fantasize about, Declan Black, the hero of my dark paranormal debut, “SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE” has all of the characteristics listed above…and boy is he hot. *wriggling brows*

CONTEST TIME!  I am running a contest for a signed copy of my July release, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE!  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite romance hero and why, to be entered to win!

Good luck!

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65 responses to “Why Dragons Make Perfect Romance Heroes & a Contest!”

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I love dragon heroes! My last book has one. I describe him as “sleek” and “elegant” too.

    Your question is hard, hard, hard! There are too many! I’ll go with my CP Michelle Diener’s hero in Illuninations, which won’t be out until next year. He’s John Parker, who is Henry Viii’s most dangerous courier. I love him.

  2. Fedora says:

    I do love dragon heroes–there are more to read and enjoy these days! Congrats on adding to the list, Meagan!

    As for the perfect hero, it’s hard to choose just one! There are quite a few that make the list–I think the most important qualities are an innate strength of character that motivates him to do the right thing even when that might not be his first (or tenth!) inclination AND a bone-deep adoration of the heroine. That’s hard to resist :)

  3. Miranda says:

    Your Dragons sound pretty hot! And I tend to be a bit flighty when it comes to favorite heros. ‘Cause right now I love the most recent hero, Aleric from Insatiable by Meg Cabot. 😀

  4. Caitlin says:

    Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress books.
    I love him!
    And thank you very much for this contest. :)
    -Caitlin
    caitlingillbert@yahoo.com

  5. Ilona says:

    If you are after names I can’t help you – too many to choose from :S

    However if you are after my favourite kind of hero then I have to say it’s been shifter’s usually of the feline variety.

    After reading about your dragons I might be changing my mind though (especially as my husband and I love dragons to the extent that I have one as a tattoo and he has over 200 kinds around the place).

  6. Valerie says:

    i love Dragonshifter stories.

    It kinda doesn’t really matter if the hero is a vampire, a werewolf, a lumberjack…hehe!! But he has to be a man/beast who is an alpha and who is madly in love with his woman. Sigh!!!

    Valerie
    valb0302@yahoo.com
    in Germany

  7. Hi There!
    My favorite Romance hero is Vane Kattalakis from Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon! Oooohhhh! He’s so honorable and yummy! He is one who not only sees the entire “package” but what lies hidden deeply beneath as well! And, as we all know, weres are HOT HOT HOT!

    Thanks
    Have a great day every one!
    Kate (aka YzhaBella’s BookShelf)
    mleger0546(at)rogers(.)com

  8. Stephanie G says:

    I got a chance to read a digital copy of this book and it was great. Declan is great!

  9. Pamk says:

    whoever is the hero in my current read is my favorite at the moment. love them all but i tend to stick to the one i’m with lol. I am partial to dragon shifters though and this one sounds great.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  10. Mary Preston says:

    A cliche & a classic: Mr Darcy of Pride and Prejudice.

  11. Host says:

    I really love, love, love shape shifters of any kind. The feline kind is my favourite, there’s just something about the fearsome men who can purr :)
    Saying that you may find it strange when I say that my favourite hero is vampire, and what a cliché, it is Edward from Twilight saga. Why!? Because that book introduced me with paranormal world where I live now (while reading, that is)

  12. Wow, you guys have given me a ton of new hotties to read about – yay! :) Thank you for all the great comments. I wish everyone could win. But the person going home with the signed copy of SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE is…

    CatsMeow!

    Congratulations! Email me at meagan@ meaganhatfield .com (no spaces) with your mailing addy and I’ll get the book out to you!

    Thanks again to everyone who entered and to Cynthia for having me!

    Best,
    Meagan :)

  13. Daniela Caldarola says:

    Congrats! CatsMeow!

  14. CatsMeow says:

    Thank you Meagan. my addy’s on its way. Cynthia, thank you for running these wonderful drawings. What a blast.
    c.

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