Friday, June 2, 2017

A Sky Full of Stars Launch & Giveaway!!

He's always looked to the stars
Now she's the brightest light in his universe.

Brilliant astrophysicist Dr. Owen Shaughnessy feels more connected to the cosmos than to people. He's great with calculations, but when he leads a team of scientists to study a famous meteor shower, he doesn't factor in his free-spirited artist assistant Brooke Matthews.

Polar opposites in personality, the friction between Owen and Brooke threatens to derail the project. But the beauty and mystery of the night sky draw them together—and she's going to surprise him in ways the stars never could.


Oh my goodness, is it June 6th yet??  I feel like I've been counting down to this release since forever!  A SKY FULL OF STARS is book five in the Shaughnessy Brothers series and focuses on Dr. Owen Shaughnessy - astrophysicist and the quiet one of the family.   I was a bit nervous about writing a hero who was shy and a little socially awkward and didn't want him to fall into some sort of stereotype that made him comical.  What I ended up with was a character who really was so much more than I ever imagined!  And when you create a hero who is just intense and interesting and who really comes alive for you, you have to give him an amazing heroine.


A SKY FULL OF STARS is a total opposites attract story.  Brooke is a former pageant queen and - as I refer to her - a former mean girl, but she hasn't been that girl in a long time.  Most people have moved on from that image of her, but she still struggles with the things she did and the way she behaved during that time.  Particularly to people like Owen - those who were awkward and nerdy.  So when she meets him and finds herself attracted to him, she becomes just as insecure as we've seen Owen throughout the entire Shaughnessy series.  Watching these two transform and grow into their relationship was probably one of the most fulfilling stories I've ever written!

Here's a glimpse of their first meeting:

“Excuse me,” a soft feminine voice said.

His entire body froze, and he felt his mouth go dry. Looking up, Owen saw her. Up close, she was even more beautiful. Long blond hair, cornflower-blue eyes, and a smile that lit up her entire face. And that light was shining directly at him.

She wore a long, gauzy skirt with a white tank top. There was a large portfolio case hanging over her shoulder, along with the sweater she’d obviously chosen to do without in the too-warm classroom, and multiple bangle bracelets on her arm.

Gypsy.

No. That wasn’t the right word. Gypsies were more of the dark-haired variety and wore a lot of makeup. This woman was too soft and delicate and feminine to meet that description.

Nymph.

Yes. That was definitely more fitting, and if he were the kind of man who believed there were such things, that’s what he would have categorized her as.

He couldn’t form a single word.

Her expression turned slightly curious. “Hi. Um…Dr. Shaughnessy?”

She was looking for him? Seriously? Swallowing hard, Owen tried to speak—he really did—but all he could do was nod.

The easy smile was back. Her hand fluttered up to her chest as she let out a sigh of relief. “I’m so sorry for showing up so close to the end of your class. It was inconsiderate of me. I meant to be here earlier. Well, I was supposed to be here for the entire lecture, but I lost track of time talking to Mr. Kennedy.” She looked at him as if expecting him to know who she was talking about. “He’s the head of the art department,” she clarified.

Again, all he could do was nod. He cleared his throat too, but it didn’t help.

“Anyway, I’m supposed to meet my uncle here—Howard Shields. He suggested I come and listen to you speak. He thinks very highly of you and thought I’d enjoy your lecture.”

Seriously? Howard Shields thought someone would enjoy hearing him talk about meteor showers? That wasn’t the normal reaction Owen received from his talks. Informative? Educational? Yes. Enjoyable? Never.

Not sure how he should respond, he offered her a small smile and felt a flush cover him from the tips of his toes to the roots of his hair. She was probably regretting listening to her uncle. As it was, she was looking at him expectantly.

“Anyway,” she said, her voice still pleasant and friendly, “Uncle Howard talks about you all the time, and when he told me you were in Chicago guest lecturing, I knew I had to come and meet you. My uncle really respects your work.”

Owen finally met her gaze head-on because her words struck him. It was no secret that Owen looked up to Howard—he’d been a mentor to Owen for as long as he could remember—but to hear it wasn’t all one-sided? Well, it meant the world to him.

A SKY FULL OF STARS comes out on Tuesday, June 6th (although paperback copies are already on shelves at just about every Barnes & Noble!) and you can pre-order you ecopy here:

Want to win a signed copy of A SKY FULL OF STARS plus the ENTIRE Shaughnessy series??  And yes, that will include a signed ARC of HOLIDAY SPICE (Shaughnessy book six)!
To enter, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite kind of romantic hero!  Easy, right??
Winner will be chosen on Monday, June 5th!!

**WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN!!  ANITA H. I REPLIED TO YOUR COMMENT!!  CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!!**

You can check out the entire series here:  

Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!!

144 comments:

  1. I don't know that there is a favorite, it all depends on my mood. I like the quiet guys, the hard workers, and the biker bad*ss LOL

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  2. It varies but at the core I love them to all have a sweet/soft side and be willing to go above and beyond for the lady. Love this series. Thanks for the chance. Can't wait for Owen!

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  3. My Hero is someone who is Honest, great personality, someone who makes me laugh, works hard & he loves his family.

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  4. It depends on my mood but he have to an protecting, loyal alpha male.

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  5. I think I like someone who is loyal andprotective. Someone who is not afraid to fight for what he wants but also with and edge of bad boy lol. Thanks for the chance. 😘

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  6. Well of course he needs to be an Alpha Male. I would like him to be tough on the outside but soft on the inside. Tough not in strength but in life in general. Someone who was raised to respect woman.

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  7. The Alpha Male doesnt hurt but I like the sweet nerdy character too

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  8. I think it varies for me, but the hero must always have certain qualities. Loyalty is a must. I also love my heroes sweet and sexy, but sometimes I love them alpha and possessive. It all depends. Samantha Chase always gives me an amazing hero!

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  9. Loved Owen's story!! He is definitely my kind of romantic hero hd has a mix of all his brothers and his dad in him that makes him very unique

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  10. I love the alpha males that are super sweet with their heroine and are dirty talkers. �� I live all really bit those are my favorites.

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  11. I adore a kind-hearted man! He can be sexy as all get out too, but I'm drawn most to a man who will step up and help others and who shows great compassion. :)

    Hence my love of the Shaughnessy's!

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  12. Vera Wilson said,

    One that is caring and loyal. But like a little mystery about him, never know when he will show up with a surprise.

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  13. I love the soft hearted in private but hard alpha male in public type.

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  14. Confident. A little bossy but doesn't get angry when she disagrees. Protective. Loyal.

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  15. I love all heros!! I prefer them to be more "normal" than billionaires, but I'll read anything with a HEA!!!

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  16. Oh my...I don't think I can pick just one. It depends on my mood. Alpha, military, fireman, police, baby daddy, bad boy...The list goes on and on. If I did need to pick, I'm a suck for babies so I'd say a single dad.

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  17. I love a "every day" hero, the kind of guy who will work hard, if he has a wife he treat her like a princess. I dont mean a fairy tale princess, I mean so that she knows she is his world, walking up behind her as she does dishes and stealing a kiss, pulling her down on his lap when she walks past to cuddle and giving her a kiss. A man who loves his children and his favorite part of the day is when he goes home to his family. A man who other depend on because they know they can. Who helps others. One that has a sense of fun. One that will get the job done. I just like a "every day" hero like my Dad who went to worked, loved the pretty girl he married almost 62 years ago, his three girls and his grandchildren. Heaven gained another "every day" hero on May 2, 2017.

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  18. Loyal, honest, caring firemen
    Thanks for the chance.
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  19. I really do love them all as long as they're loyal and willing to change.

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  20. Can't wait to read this one!! My favorite hero changes as I read each book, but in general I like to see the heroes be strong willed, determined, independent with a soft side & humor that shows with their loved ones �� Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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  21. I can't wait for Owen! I love sweet, loyal, and completely in live with their girl.

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  22. I think my favorite hero in a romance book is the bad guy who feel in love . Can't wait for the book. Congratulations

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  23. I like my heros hot and with trouble in the story.

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  24. I like a hero who is courageous, protective and honorable. He can be from any walk of life and from any setting. He is a man who can be relied upon and who is caring and loving to his woman.

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  25. My favorites are the quiet but strong types. Like Owen!

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  26. My favorite romantic heroes are those that are patient and sweet.

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  27. Wendy Renwall SanchezJune 2, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    No favorites I love reading about all of them.

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  28. My favorite romantic hero are the alphas who have a very sensitive sweet side that they don't show too anyone but that one special person...

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  29. My favorite kind of hero is usually the one in the book I am reading at any given time.

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  30. I've always liked the Alpha man hero - ex-military or firefighter, but I'm learning that the Beta man is pretty awesome.

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  31. Love It! I like romances with neerdy heros

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  32. I don't have a favorite. Instead, it's usually the guy in the book I'm reading at the time... as I'm obviously fickle. But... I like it that way!

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  33. Beth koehn Caves
    Since I cannot seem to comment on any other choice, I had to try Anonymous. My hero must be sweet, sexy, romantic, help me around the house, love kids and animals, God and Family first, lil country and rock n roll, moral compass, no criminal history, hardworking, selfless and clean, yet dirty.

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  34. I mostly like the sweet, funny with a splash of Alpha hero but the sweet, nerdy ones have a place in my heart too.

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  35. I'm a sucker for a cowboy hero...but I love a polished man in a suit :)

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  36. I love a loyal alpha hero who has a sweet side.

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  37. He can be a firefighter, or a man in the military, or a police officer, or a doctor, who am I kidding, a man that can provide for his family, romantically, emotionally, physically (hugs, kisses, a walk in the park, etc), as well as financially.

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  38. Love hard working, respectable, loves humor, and cooks!

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  39. My hero would be a smart, funny, sweet, and thoughtful man who pampers and spoils me!

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  40. Love ones where they don't like each other and torment each other and then love wins

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  41. my favorite hero would be the not so perfect man,he would have some flaws or trouble that we could get through together

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  42. Strong on the inside but sweet on the inside.

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  43. Cowboys, because of the swagger and the horses!

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  44. Not an easy question lol! Must have: sense of humor, kindness to pets... is brooding a trait? Brooding, erm... I'll take it all! ~Aleen

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  45. My hero is loyal, kind, always ready with a smile and maybe a little on the bad side.
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  46. Love an everyday hero, good soul and heart ❤️

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  47. Hmmm a bad boy that is a good man... not much beats that

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  48. My favorite is the real man. Not a fantasy. I am not saying fantasies are bad but life is too real. Life is good and bad everything mixed.
    Thank you for the fabulous book opportunity!!

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  49. When the struggle because they don't like it each and torment each other. But after struggling love triumphs and wins out. Geri G

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  50. I like my hero to be slightly damaged, kind, grumpy, honest, and underneath it all, hopeful.

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  51. I love all kinds, prefer cowboys, firefighters, billionaires. So much fun

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  52. Awww... That is such a sweet excerpt, Samantha! As for favorite kind of hero? I'm not sure I have just one, but I'm definitely a sucker for the geeky ones--generally they are such good students, and when they turn the force of their focus onto something, good things happen ;)

    --flchen1

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  54. I love a lot of different types of heroes but I think I would pick a Navy SEAL or Delta Force as my favorite.

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  55. I love all types billionaires highlanders vampires cowboys

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  56. I like many different kinds of heroes. Cowboys are one of my fav, and Military heroes too..

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  57. I like all kinds, but they do have to have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves!

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  58. I love them all. It really depends on my mood. But I do love a loyal, honest, family man.

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  59. My favorite kind of hero would be first responders. There is just something about those uniforms.

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  60. My favorite is the classic good guy. The guy who doesn't feel the need to act like a swaggering "alpha" jerk in order to woo his woman, but the guy who respects his partner and does the little things to show that he cares about her. Samantha Chase writes really great heroes who fit that bill. <3

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  61. I typically like military heros the best who are loyal and protect.

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  62. I like smart talented sexy heros. ;)

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  63. As long as they are an Alpha male.. jobs don't matter!

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  64. As long as they are an Alpha male.. jobs don't matter!

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  65. I love a good alpha hero, but I also have a sweet spot for the beta. I love me a good geek (a la Owen!), especially when they have those alpha tendencies. As no long as they don't cheat, I pretty much love them all!

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  66. I don't have just one favorite kind of romantic hero, I ❤ all kinds.

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  67. Oohh! I like all kinds depending on my mood but anyone hardworking & loyal. I'm not really into full tats & man buns. lol

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  68. I like all kind of heroes but I guess my favorite is a possessive, passionate, loyal, sexy guy. ❤️❤️❤️

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  69. Christina BurrusJune 2, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    I like brave but faithful and loving��

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  70. I love a hard-working hero and it doesn't matter what he works hard at. ❤️ The kind of hero you can count on. ❤️

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  71. Bad boys. Good old boys. Bad boy turned good

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  72. Be real nice have whole set of books to read back to

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  73. OMG. what a chance! My favorite romantic hero is the guy whose heart is so full of love for a woman that he decides he will do whatever it takes to win her over! So loyal, romantic, funny and devoted!!

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  74. Strong, sweet and funny..

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  75. Would love to win this wonderful set of books! Love a hero who is romantic,funny and my best friend.

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  76. Loyal kind fun and romantic thanks

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  77. I like a guy who is genuinely thoughtful,caring,selflessness honest who has good style someone nice.

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  78. I just re-read Baby Be Mine - Jake just melted my heart when it came to the way he loved those babies. That is a hero for me. I would love to have a set of these books! Love your books!!!!

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  79. I don't have a favorite, but a man who always does little romantic things for no special reason.

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  80. I love a hero that has a great sense of humor.

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  81. I love any hero in romances.

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  82. One with a good heart, and a dirty mind.

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  83. Definitely alphas.

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  84. My favorite kind of hero is the unapproachable alpha that seems scary and hard on the outside but is always gentle and loving with his woman.

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  85. A guy just like Owen...smart, sexy and kinda nerdy 🤓! Does it for me every time!!

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  86. I like the bad boy, and also into the billionaire boss with a secret kinky life. I also love the sweet, wholesome romance. Thank u so much for the chance, I am a big fan of its Samantha <3

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  87. I like the alpha male who has a kind heart and funny and great with kids and animals. Who's honest and fair and faithful.

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  88. I like a hero who is smart and funny. Someone with strength who can make me laugh.

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  89. Michelle AndersonJune 2, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    I love stories where the heroes think they have everything in the world they need, like money and power. But, falls head over heels for a heroine who is the opposite.....no money, etc....just ordinary.

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  90. Hard to pick just one. But I do love a tortured hero.

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  91. I really enjoy a possessive, strong guy that has no problem showing his softer side.

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  92. I like a strong confident male. Always so sure of himself, except when he falls for his soul mate, and he falls hard.

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  93. I don't have one particular favorite. As long as they aren't permanent jerks. It mostly depends on what I feel like easing st the time. By I seriously cannot wait for Owens book.

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  94. Protective heroes with a sense of humor are my favorite.

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  95. Would love to read this series. Thanks!

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  96. It always depends on my mood. Maybe a bad guy, the guy next door, or a nerd. How about an alpha guy who is really kind and compassionate. It varies.

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  97. I love a strong man who is protective but sensitive. One that isn't afraid to tell a woman his feelings,hopes and dreams. -Heather Cranford Smallwood

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  98. I like a hero that is confident, yet humble. An outdoorsy guy who drives a truck is always plus, as well.

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  99. My favorite hero is a guy who is smart, loyal, protective of those he loves and has a wicked sense of humor!

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  100. I have two favorites: the geeky nerd who becomes alpha hot or the tattooed military biker.

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  101. I like the slightly geeky type who don't realize how hot they are

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  102. My fav? Alpha male with a sense of humor and he's got to be down to earth

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  103. My favorite romantic hero is the kind that know what they want,and go get it. They have to be kind, loving, and trustworthy. And have a humorous side. But then again,.... loved Owen, and how sweet and shy he was. Thank's for the chance! Loved Owen, and Brooke's story. Can't wait to read more!

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  104. My favorite hero is compassionate, honest, hardworking and passionate. He appreciates others and treats everyone fairly.

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  105. A hero is one who commits his life and his heart in principled manner. Honest straight forward compassionate. Looks are less important than integrity, a balanced sense of the universe and his place in it.

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  106. My favorite kind of romantic hero is one who really strives to care for the woman he is with. One who at anytime would put your feelings ahead of anyone else. One who would hold your hand for no other reason than to feel your hand in his. One who would kiss you soft and sweet for no reason at all.

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  107. My favorite kind of romantic hero is one who really strives to care for the woman he is with. One who at anytime would put your feelings ahead of anyone else. One who would hold your hand for no other reason than to feel your hand in his. One who would kiss you soft and sweet for no reason at all.

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  108. love a smart, sexy, MC biker

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  109. I like the alpha males. And you can find those in so many different kinds of stories. From paranormal (vampires, shifters, etc.) to billionaires, to MC, etc. But I will say protective and caring are great qualities in any hero.
    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    Pam R.

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  110. I like a hero who, hard working, kind towards others, honest and loyal and is protective of the heroine. I don't have a specific "job" I like best, men in uniform, men in suits, cowboys, rock stars. I pretty much like them all :)

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  111. I like a funny and strong hero who is honest and committed to the relationship. Doesn't matter what his job is as long as he treats everyone with respect and will do anything to protect those he loves.

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  112. When it comes to romance I'm not picky of what type of character the hero is. I honestly love'em all. As long there's a good story line, plot, climax...etc.

    Thank you for the opportunity and Happy early release day Samantha Chase! ������

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  113. Like everyone else depending on my mood. But generally I go for the bad guy.
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  114. Honestly any type or hero. But I love military.

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  115. I like them all, but I guess I really first responder hero's.

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  116. My romantic hero, would be a hard working man, physically fit and leads in the relationship.

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  117. I always enjoy the "confirmed bachelor" who ends up battling with himself because the feelings are so strong or the female lead.

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  118. I love the beta males. The ones, like Owen, who are not as sure of themselves!!,

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  119. Strong, quiet guys who will protect you and encourage you to be all that you can be.

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  120. Strong guys that will protect you and encourage you.

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  121. Pam Surgenor
    The strong silent Alpha male type!! Protects and cares for his family and loves the woman in his life unconditionally!! Hard on the outside but soft on the inside. All round good morals with a good loyal core!! Handsome with a body to die for but totally unaware!! Doesn't matter what they do for a living so long as they have these traits!! Swoon!!

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  122. I love opposites attract stories! Owen sounds like my kind of guy!

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  123. Love tough but hidden sweethearts

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  124. I like the one who thinks he is unlovable until the right woman comes along

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  125. I love the more alpha males, especially if he's in a uniform! But even a blue-collar type can be sexy, as long as he's not wimpy!

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  126. I love the romantic, alpha, soldier type hero's in books. Or just pretty much all types of alpha males. Can't just really. Choose one.

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  127. Alpha male!!! Especially ones that have a Bad*$$ job!!

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  128. Any hero that's passionate about his way of life, be it cars, his family, friends, pets, women, stars ;)

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  129. I like a hero that's smart, compassionate and has a good sense of humor.

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  130. I'd like my hero to make me laugh, comfort me. And to leave me alone when I'm pissed off with him.

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