My Filly Valentine


Valentine Smile 

On Valentine’s Day we think of those
Who make our lives worthwhile,
Those gracious, friendly people who
We think of with a smile. 

I am fortunate to know you,
That’s why I want to say,
To a rare and special person:

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

By Joanna Fuchs

We’ve posed the question, of all the heroes we’ve written, which hero was our most romantic? 

  Charlene:  Okay, well, first off, this is like asking a momma who’s her favorite child, but if I had to pick one hero, it would have to be Sam Beaumont from Bunking Down With The Boss.  Sam’s a wealthy man, but he’s a tortured hero who is running from incredible past hurts and himself. He stumbles upon a job at Caroline’s ranch and pretends to be a down and out drifter. I love the chemistry between Caroline and Sam, two people who are not looking for love again.  Sam’s protective and sexy and so grudgingly sweet with Caroline, you can’t help but fall in love with him.

Cheryl:  The most romantic hero I’ve written would have to be Tye Hatcher in Joe’s Wife. The son of the town prostitute, he grew up with scorn and condemnation. As a boy in school he fell in love with Meg, but years past, and he went to war. He returns to the town that shunned him to prove himself. When Meg Telford, the widow of the most beloved man in the county, asks him to marry her to help her keep her ranch, he agrees, and stoically lives in the shadow of the man she adored. He is frank about his past indiscretions, about his desire for her. Out of loyalty and duty, he defies the town to take in a prostitute’s child as his own. He’s hard-loving and proud , and I don’t see how anyone could resist him.

Elizabeth:  My most romantic hero would be Latigo, in one of my earlier  Harlequin Historicals, Apache Fire.  He’s half Apache and works as an army scout, but has been rejected by the whites because of his Indian blood and by his mother’s people as well.  Rose, my widowed heroine, finds him wounded and nurses him back to health.  He’s called Latigo partly because of the whip he carries and uses, but he can be tender as well.  In one of my favorite scenes, he brushes Rose’s hair.  The best part was having the great John DeSalvo portray him on my cover.

Kate:  “All my heroes are incredibly romantic! Honestly, I can’t choose who’s  best between the men I’ve created! <g> Sometimes the most romantic thing about him is his sense of humor, sometimes it’s the chivalrous way he treats the heroine, other times it’s the way he touches her. I have to mention Quinn Rowlan, the hero from my current novel, Wanted In Alaska. One very romantic thing about Quinn is his ability to quote legal passages from the Constitution. It doesn’t sound romantic, but he’s an outlaw and the heroine doesn’t expect it. He kidnaps her and she doesn’t think much of him, so his intelligence is a real surprise to her–and begins a deep attraction.”

Linda:  Luke McClain in The Cowboy Who Came Calling was probably my most romantic hero. He loved Glory with all his heart and soul and was willing to take her however she was, even when she lost her eyesight. Luke was so tender and sweet and giving of himself. He recognized that Glory needed some space to deal with her disability and come to terms with it, but he always stood in the shadows watching over her, always ready to protect her. He realized that to keep her, he had to let her go, be that a short while or forever and he was willing to wait. That’s not to say that Luke was a softie. He wasn’t by any means. He had a gritty toughness and could be quite fierce when he had to be. I think it was the combination of deep caring and tough steel that made him really sexy. And he had a sense of humor. I like my men to laugh once in a while. 

Mary:  My heroes in the first two books in this series, Clay and Daniel, are clueless about women, and that was really fun to write. One, Clay was a mountain man raised completely away from women. Daniel was the father of five sons. All he knew about women was, his wife had died and left him to raise his boys alone, and scarred with the idea that is was his fault, that he shouldn’t have let her have those babies, even though she wanted them. But Grant, in Gingham Mountain, with his tender heart for children in need, has taken many children into his home including a lot of girls and he’s very comfortable around tears and giggling. He’s a pretty good hand at being a father to girls. But, because he started taking in children at a very young age, it’s kept him too busy to ever think much about marriage. Now he’s found a woman he is very attracted to and he has no idea what to do with this feelings. So, he’s pretty sensitive as heroes go, but still a clod when it comes to romantic love.

Pam:  Oh, this was a toughie.  Perhaps it’s how a hero acts in a certain situation that portrays him as romantic–in a rugged and unconventional way.  Following is a snippet from Kidnapped By The Cowboy when TJ can’t bear to be apart from Callie Mae–and defies detection by climbing through her bedroom window late at night.  And we soon find out just how romantic he gets!

A sound brought her instantly awake.

Callie Mae’s gaze darted toward the open window; a light breeze played with the hems of the curtains.  Moonlight spilled inward, bringing with it . . . silence.

She didn’t move.  Didn’t breathe.  Yet she sensed something wasn’t right.  Something surreal.

Her heart pounded.  Suddenly, behind her, the mattress dipped.  A hand clamped over her mouth.  Locked the scream in her throat.  

“Don’t be afraid, Callie Mae.”

She stilled at the low whisper, gently-spoken.  Husky.


The hand eased off her mouth.  Her head swiveled on the pillow.  A dark, rugged face loomed over her, and her eyes widened in recognition.

“TJ!” she gasped.  

He held a finger to his lips.  “Shh.”

“What are you–?”

“Shh, darlin’.”

She rolled to her back.  “Don’t ‘darlin’’ me,” she hissed, though she took care to make it a quiet hiss.  “What are you doing in here?”

For a moment, his gaze lingered over her face.  The shadows sharpened the angles of his jaw, his chin, making him appear ruthless and dangerous.  

Wildly exciting.

He reached out and tenderly threaded his fingers through her hair.

“I couldn’t stay away,” he said.

The words sounded wrenched from him.  Her heart tilted and swayed.  “You should have.”

“I know.”

She darted a quick look at the closed door. “Woollie will have a fit if he knew–“

“I know that, too.”

“TJ.”  She bit her lip.  The mattress dipped again.  He shifted his position and swung his body around to straddle hers.  She pushed on his hard thighs.  “TJ, you can’t be in here.”

          “No other place I want to be.”  He planted his hands near her shoulders, lowered his head and nuzzled her neck.  “Don’t send me away, Callie.”

Stacey:  Garret Daines has to be my most romantic hero. He tugged at my heartstrings in MUSTANG WILD as a boy trying to protect his older sister. In MAVERICK WILD he’s become a rough-cut cowboy with the heart of a poet and gifts Cora with wild flowers and compliments that make him blush. He suffered a good deal of heartache when Cora chose Chance over him. When we catch up with Garret in Mountain Wild he’s suffered a failed marriage and has sworn off courtship all together. A run-in with cutthroat cattle rustlers in the midst of a blizzard lands him in the healing hands of mountain recluse “Mad Mag”, a woman he calls “Magpie” because of her black hair and the way she flutters just out of reach whenever he moves near. It’s his gentle nature and subtle advances that win her over. Here’s a snippet from Chapter Eight—Maggie finds him in his barn, Garret having been jumped by eight rustlers—he had ‘em whooped, until they got the drop on him by shooting his dog 🙁  Even bloody and bruised, he’s a charmer.

She cut away the spiral of rope along his arm. The bone at his shoulder appeared to be poking up beneath his shirt. His arm rolled from the top of the gate as the rope fell away. He grunted as she eased the limp limb against his side.

Using her body to hold him up, she pressed firmly against him as she cut the rope holding his right arm. Garret’s swollen lips pressed against her neck.

“You smell like heaven,” he breathed against her skin.

“You look like hell,” she said, hoping his frisky move meant he wasn’t hurting as badly as he appeared.

His other arm fell forward and his weight knocked her back. She landed on her butt, her arms banded around his chest. It took all her strength to ease him to the side before she fell on top of him. He groaned and hooked his right arm around her, holding her against him.

          “We gotta stop meetin’ like this, Magpie,” he said in a weak voice. “You lookin’ pretty as springtime. Me on death’s door.”

She eased back. Fresh tears hazed her vision at the full sight of him. She’d never seen such a battered face. The bones in his left shoulder pitched up, creating a rise beneath his shirt.

“You are not on death’s door.”

“Am too,” he insisted. “Better strip me nekkid and have your way with me. Do it quick.”


His swollen lips twitched in what could have been a grin. “Worked last time.” He shifted, attempting to sit up, but only managed a deep moan before settling back on the dirt and straw. “Just lay here with me,” he said in a pant. “I’ll get up in a minute. You sure Boots is all right?”

“Yes. And you shouldn’t try to move. Your shoulder is broke. God only knows what the rest of you looks like.”

“Shhh,” he whispered. “I’m tryin’ to impress my girl.”

He’d suffered far too many blows to the head. “I’m not your girl.”

He peered up at her through the swollen slit of one eye. “You will be.”

Maggie tensed, the confidence behind those three words sending a combination of fear and longing shooting through her.

How about you, who’s the most romantic hero that comes to mind when thinking of your favorite romance novels?

How about those real-life romancers – care to share a special Valentine’s Day moment?


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18 thoughts on “My Filly Valentine”

  1. ‘morning, Fillies! I dropped in cause I loved the idea of your musical guest. What a great ‘how we met’ story and relationship.

    Thank you for these little vignettes of your favorite heroes. It was a little sigh-fest for me, and I’m dying to read all of these novels. Really, what an incredible way to start off Love Day. Hope all of yours’ feel just as lovely! — Michelle

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day, fillies. Thanks for the snapshots of these yummyheroes.

    I think one of my favorite screen romantic heroes is Nathanial Poe (actually he was Natty Bumppo in the book LOL) played by Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the Mohicans. I just watched the movie again the other night. (Russell Means who played his Mohican brother was pretty hot, too, although his feelings for Alice were secondary.)

  3. Love that movie, Tanya!

    One of my fave romantic movie scenes is when Brad Pitt/Achilles gives his life to save his woman in TROY – his portrayal of such intense emotion throughout that movie had me glued to the screen–the butt shots weren’t bad either 😉

    Thanks for stopping in to share 🙂

  4. Hi Ladies! I’m glad to see this post so I can check out your favorite heroes and get those books!! *GRIN* Have a great day!! Had to look over my list of reading to determine a fav hero – so often I’m happy with the hero of whatever I am currently reading! LOL. One fav was Black Jack Sloan from The Colonel’s Daughter by Merline Lovelace. Another would be James from Halfway to Heaven by Susan Wiggs.
    In movies I thought of Hawkeye in the Last of the Mohicans and Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood.
    My own DH asked me to marry him 4 days after we met; we were married within 4 months and this year will be 24 years!! That’s a real condensed version of my own love story!!

  5. ugh-I swear I can NOT name a fave/most romantic fictional hero…I just cant do it! LOL

    My husband is a very generous and special man-today-I spent 5hours at the spa here! He gave me a gift certificate for a day retreat there! It was pure bliss!!!!

    He always tries to do something to take my mind off what today really is to me-and that’s the anniversary of my mother’s funeral. Today makes 12 years since her funeral. I always get a bit down this time of year!

    On a more amusing note-I also worked at a florist for 2 Valentine’s in a row…and let me just tell you-I refuse to accept flowers for any holidary or special occasion! LOL

    ok..and on top of that-Im on a diet now that does not allow even one gram of sugar-so, that counts out any candy/chocolate!

    So-he spoils me with a day away from home-a day away from being a stay at home mom and when I came home earlier-the house was spotless…and I definately did NOT leave it that way!!

    sooo-he’s my romantic hero and I love him dearly-we’ll celebrate 14yrs of marriage this June!

  6. Honey and I met in 1959 at a party, I was with
    some of my sibs and he was with a good friend. We
    mixed, mingled, danced and at one point, I shared my chair with him. On the way home, friend said
    he wanted to ask me out. Honey told him to forget
    it, he (Honey) was going to marry me. We married
    in 1961. What is the connection to Valentine’s
    Day? Our first child was born on Valentine’s Day!

    Pat Cochran

  7. My most romantic hero always seems to be from the book I just finish reading. On Tuesday a dear neighbor of ours passed away and I told my husband I bet his wife still will get flowers on Valentines Day. He was always sending her flowers for every occasion. True enough we looked out the window this morning and there was a florist van delivering flowers! Talk about romantic. They would have been married 66 years in May.

  8. Love the list of heroes and have read the story of several of them. Of course I live with my very own hero and being unable to walk right now and having him doing so much for me only makes him so much more of a hero in my eyes.

  9. Great list of heros, I think I always fall for the hero that I am reading about at the time. The books today have awesome heros

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