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“What makes a hero in movies and books wonderful to the point your toes curl?”

I love this question and had a VERY good time thinking on it. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend time thinking about the allure of our heroes in movies and books?!  It didn’t take long to decide who I wanted to share with you today. There are only a token few who truly make my  toes curl, and my heart race. WELCOME TO THE LAND OF THE TOE CURL…


  What is it about Superman that makes me swoon every time I see him? Well, he’s tortured, for one. That alone makes him appealing. He was bullied as a kid and grew up to be a great man. A super man. He fights evil with integrity and is conflicted by inevitable choices he has to make. Now for the more superficial reasons. HE’S HAWT!!! Actually EVERY incarnation of Superman was an incredibly handsome man, but Henry Cavill, mmmmm…..


 I have loved James Bond all of my life. Sean Connery… makes me swoon. Roger Moore… not so much. Pierce Brosnan… makes me double swoon. (Loved him in Remington Steele first!) AND THEN THERE’S DANIEL CRAIG. Holy shmoly, that man makes me swoon so hard, there’s no coming back from it. He’s got an edge to him that none of the other Bonds had. They gave Pierce Brosnan some tortured soul moments, but it’s Daniel Craig that gets all that and more- love, sex, suspense, and nine lives.


 Just writing this section steals my breath away. Never in the history of reading have I ever been so moved, so pained, so desiring of wanting to meet this man and be his wife, and take care of him forever…. I’m sorry! I always get carried away when I think of Acheron, the penultimate tortured soul, deftly created and written by Sherrilyn Kenyon. As tortured as he is, he is the ultimate hero of the Dark Hunter series, in my opinion.



Hero #4

nathanael  I could not end this post without including a hero of mine that brings me to my knees. Nathanael, Brethren Warrior, is as tortured a soul as they come. I love his inner battle with his demons and… Satan. I love his frustration with his boss, E.L. And I love how he surprises himself along the journey to healing. He makes me want to be there all the way with him. I believe the picture speaks for itself, as his physical attributes make my heart flutter and sends shivers across my skin.




47 Comments Add yours

  1. Kassandra says:

    I am with you on the tortured souls/heroes getting to me. There is just something about a man who has survived. Reyes from the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones comes immediately to mind as a fave.


  2. Lauren says:

    This is so lame, but I am forever in love with Duncan Macleod from the TV series Highlander. Physically, he is male perfection. He knows how to fight, especially with a sword, and he always protects the woman he loves. Unfortunately, he is immortal, and the women he seems to choose are human. This plagues him because humans are a) not supposed to know immortals exist, and 2) he always has to leave them because he doesn’t age and they do. Oh, he is also plagued by some bad guy trying to cut his head off. In conclusion, he is hot, tortured, an alpha, and, at times, a bad boy. Why do they always have to cancel the good tv shows?! 🙂

    1. deenaremiel says:

      If I had room for another, I would TOTALLY put Duncan MacLeod on my list!!!! I have the entire TV series on DVD, and I LOVE the first two movies. *Sigh* There can be only one…. 😉

  3. parisfanca says:

    I am with you on the tortured souls/heroes getting to me. There is just something about a man who has survived

  4. Renee says:

    It’s gotta be Nathanael for me ❤ That dark haired, dark eyed, bad boy.

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Ahhhh, yeah…. 😉

  5. Tera Shanley says:

    Yeah, i’m going to go with superman. I really hadn’t thought about him until you reminded me of his back story, and then you posted the picture and I want to sleep in the space between his abs. so I’m going with superman 🙂 Lovely post!

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Thank you, Tera! I LOVE your comment about sleeping in the space between his abs! Fabulous!

  6. Definitely Thor. He is sol hot. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me.

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Lordy! THOR!!!!! Yuuuuuummmmmm

  7. superman is a good choice as well as thor but for tortured souls I have to go with Gideon Cross from Sylvia Days Crossfire series
    jasdarts at hotmail dot com

    1. deenaremiel says:

      I’ll have to pick that up! 🙂

  8. Donna Newman says:

    You said it all for Acheron, his story ripped my heart into shreds and will always be my ultimate hero.


    1. deenaremiel says:

      Another Acheron fan! Woot woot!

  9. Nana Prah says:

    I got to the picture of your books hero and I automatically said, Oh dear. Wow.

    1. deenaremiel says:

      HAHAHA! I love it! Thank you!

  10. Mary Preston says:

    Aragorn from LOTR does it for me.


    1. deenaremiel says:

      Oh , he’s scrumptious! 😀

  11. Melissa says:

    I love love love James Bond! Have you read the moneypenny diaries?

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Ummm, no! What is it? All of her sexual fantasies with him in it? Sheesh, just looked it up. What a great idea! Will have to get me one to read…

  12. Janie McGaugh says:

    There are so many heroes that curl my toes, such as Thor, Aragorn, Bones, Vlad, Mencheres, Trehan, Acheron, Barrons!, Adam Black, and Jamie Fraser.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Quite the list! I agree with ALL of them! lol

  13. H.B. says:

    Tortured souls do have their own appeal. Won Bin (korean actor) in The Man From Nowhere…he was just too good to be true.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Ooh, gonna have to look that movie up! 🙂

  14. JanD says:

    Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings and John Crichton from Farscape are my picks.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    1. deenaremiel says:

      I love Aragorn! 😀 Must check out Farscape. 🙂

  15. BookLady says:

    Love your list of sexy heroes, especially Acheron! To this list I would add Wrath from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Thanks for adding to the list! I love learning about all the scrumptious heroes out there! 🙂

  16. bn100 says:

    James Bond

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  17. BookAttict says:

    Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Terrible from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, Roarke from J.D. Robb’s in Death series and Death from Kaylana Price’s Alex Craft series.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    1. deenaremiel says:

      QUITE A LIST! Thanks for adding such awesome, toe-curling heroes!

  18. Kimberly T says:

    That hero that’s an arrogant arsehole is my love

    1. deenaremiel says:

      ROFL, you like those bad boys, eh? They are so baaaad, and yet so gooood… 😉

  19. My favorite is an alpha hero. One thats strong, caring, protective. I love a sense of humor! And a six pack and guns doesnt hurt anything. lol You have some great heros posted! So loving #3! 😀 Thank you!

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Oh, you just described my dream man! lol

  20. chickie434 says:

    I love pretty much the entire Avengers team. Mark Ruffalo makes even The Hulk a sexy hero.


    1. deenaremiel says:

      Oh yeah1 Avengers are yummy! My heart flutters for Robert Downey JR…

  21. Juliee Fitze says:

    Love watching Hawaii five o ( the new one ) the guys are there are hunks.

    1. deenaremiel says:

      Hunky men, Hawaii… what could be wrong with that?! lol

  22. Judy Small says:

    I love all the Angel heroes. I can picture in my mind what they look like and then Deena puts up a picture of them and it matches what I have pictured. I love the heroes in J. R. Ward’s Brotherhood books,also. These heroes are not perfect so they are real..Perfect heroes are flawed in some way to make them human. I love to read about the struggles that these heroes have.

    1. deenaremiel says:

      I love flawed heroes, too, Judy. Makes them more “real.” Thank you for loving my guys… 😉

  23. Gwen H says:

    My hero is strong and protecting. I love a man who knows me so well that its almost like he could be psychic at times. ghwasd at gmail dot com

    1. deenaremiel says:

      I love strong alpha men who are pliable, too. 😉

  24. jmesparza821 says:

    My favorite hero is faithful, protective and has a great sense of humor. I love Ash too.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  25. deenaremiel says:


  26. deenaremiel says:

    AND THE WINNER IS….. BOOK LADY!!!!! WOOT WOOT!! Congrats!!! Email me your preference of format AND which book from my collection you’d like to covet. 😛 Check them out on the sidebar above! YAY!

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