Whenever I’m asked to think about my favorite romance heroes from movies, the number one that always comes to mind is of course Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. So, let’s all just assume that he’s everyone’s favorite (he is right?) and give credit to five different heroes who deserve a little love for their efforts. I think it goes without saying that Mr. Darcy set an impossibly high standard for most romantic heroes to meet…but these five certainly give it their best shot!
Starting at number 5 is Jack Callaghan from While You Were Sleeping. This hero played by Bill Pullman is handsome, sweet, slightly suspicious of the heroine (who is supposedly engaged to his brother) and just awkward enough to make him charming. I love a holiday romance story and this one has to be an all-time favorite and the hero plays a big part in that. I love the conflict he faces when he finds himself in love with his brother’s fiancé and has no idea what to do about it. A lovesick hero is definitely on my top picks list.
At number 4 is George Wade from Two Weeks Notice. Played by one of my favorite actors, Hugh Grant, this rich, successful, helpless bachelor is so much fun. A man who can’t make up his mind about basic things in life such as which mattress to buy but then comes through in the end to go after the one thing he is sure he wants (the heroine) is definitely irresistible in my books. And I’m pretty sure my infatuation with this one also stems from the fact that Hugh Grant is ridiculously hot.
Coming in at number 3 is Thomas Bailey from Made of Honor. Two words-Patrick Dempsey. Yum. I love this friends to lovers trope and I especially love that moment when a hero realizes he is in love with his best friend. As in most stories like this one, he has no idea what to do with these sudden feelings that had probably be long repressed or unacknowledged-we all know how hard it is to climb out of the ‘Friends Zone’ once we are there. And of course, he makes all kinds of mistakes in getting the girl, but we love him for trying so hard.
Number 2 is a different Darcy. Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary. Colin Firth in this movie plays the brooding hero perfectly. He is flawed and tormented, but sincere and strong. And let’s face it, who doesn’t appreciate a man who can handle our unique kind of crazy? I love the love triangle in this movie and the way he stands up for the woman he loves. Sigh.
And finally, my number 1 pick is Andrew Paxton from The Proposal. Seeing Ryan Reynolds shirtless might have something to do with it, I’ll admit. But beyond that-the guy is going home for his grandmother’s birthday! How awesome is that? My favorite thing about him though is the way he fights with her throughout the movie and then for her at the end. A fake fiancé story at it’s best!
So, that’s my list. Looking at it, I realize that Sandra Bullock was the heroine in three of the five- what a lucky lady! I’m a little (a lot) jealous. ☺ To be entered in my giveaway, please tell me “Who is your favorite romance hero?”
Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and five year old son. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author Association, SheWrites.org and FAVA. She is also a regular columnist on the Working Writers & Bloggers site and The Writer’s Fun Zone. She has published articles in Mslexia Magazine, WestWord Magazine, RWR and Southern Writers Magazine. She has also taught RWA Chapters courses online. Her publishing credits include her six book small town, contemporary romance series published through Harlequin Heartwarming and a new MMA sports romance series published through Penguin Random House Berkley/NAL. Her Brookhollow series books were finalists in the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Contest and the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the and won first place in the Still Moments Magazine Reviewer Choice Awards and the Booksellers Best Awards. More information can be found at www.jennifersnowauthor.com