My two favorite types of heroines are the tormented, broken ones and the spunky, asskicking ones. The heroines who kick ass and take names are like super heroes to me, wearing a “Girls Rule” shirt. Occasionally, I like to combine the two together as I did in Hot Water where black dragon Eden Antaeus hides how broken she feels at being the black sheep of the family behind a totally in your face persona. Eden’s not faking that tough girl attitude either. Later in the book, she gets over feeling like the black sheep and she slugs her brother Sean for treating her that way. Go Eden!
In Common Ground my heroine is a diminutive spitfire of a wolf. She doesn’t take any shit from the hero and deliberately maneuvers him into a ménage a quatre he never saw coming. Don’t let Sair’s size fool you. She may be small but she’s a forceful personality who had learned to be strong and in control. Even though her mate is Alpha, he soon learns that sometimes life’s a lot easier if he just gives in to Sair.
Most readers wouldn’t see a submissive character as strong and in control, but Ainsley Connor in Insolence is exactly that. Ainsley wants Aric and she’ll do anything to have him. That includes becoming his submissive for the weekend. Aric, a renowned Dom in his community, doesn’t feel all that dominant when Ainsley drops her clothes on the floor and calls him “Sir.” Everything that happens between them occurs because Ainsley is strong enough to ask for it.
My ultimate “Girls Rule” heroine is Lilah in the non-romance story Ain’t Nuthin’ But a Hellhound (Weirdly III.) Lilah manages to best not only the father whose very nature she abhors but his second in command, a man Lilah shares a romantic past with. Both men are demons, powerful and dominant. But Lilah uses her smarts to turn the tables on them both and come out on top. Kickin’ demon ass and takin’ names!
There’s something just mesmerizing about a heroine who can be just as strong and resourceful (if not more) than the men in the book. I love heroines who shape their own destiny and don’t let stuff just happen to them. Even then the worst does occur, they have an indomitable spirit that you know is there waiting for its moment to shine again. Heroines like that are ones you can cheer for and who make you woot when they get their man.