A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Man – A JustRomance.me Bloghop



For those of you joining us on our Midsummer Night’s blog hop … Welcome! I hope you’re enjoying yourself as you bump around the internet checking out hot guys and hotter excerpts. *wink* For those of you who have just stumbled here, perhaps you’d like to join in the fun and start HERE (beginning July 19) to find new authors (and all kinds of cool prizes)!

You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about men lately. The heroes of my stories, that is! (Get your naughty minds back here on the blog, ladies. *vbg*) I mean, it’s hard enough finding a name that fits. No one wants a romance hero named Chester or Gerald or Ralph. And names like Raphael and Dominic have a certain ethnic ring to them. The name has to fit who the man is and what he does for a job.

NicholasXSmallAnd there’s the rub. It’s tough to find the profession that both fits my hero and my story and is still, well … hero-worthy. In DIVINE DECEPTION, Nicholas Gradin is a chemical engineer. It just seemed to be a natural offshoot of growing up on a vineyard and learning to mix wines. Of course the engineer in and of itself isn’t sexy, so I’ve got him riding a Harley. Yep, that’s a hero I can get behind! *snort*

In SHADOWS OF FIRE Reese Colton is not only a firefighter (How hot is that?), but a vampire as well. *sigh* I love him.

Then there are the professions that just scream I’m an alpha male!. You know those totally take charge men who square off with a feisty heroine and rock her world. Like Aiden the DEA agent in DECEIVE HER WITH DESIRE or my police chief, Cole Takoda in BONDED SOULS. Nothing says don’t worry ladies, I have your back (and your front and …) well, like a man who’s protecting others.Buff FiremanXSmall

So what about you? How do you feel about a romance hero’s profession? Can they make or break a romance story for you? Any certain professions that just make your knees go weak or have you throwing a book against the wall? Inquiring minds want to know.

One random person commenting on this post between now and 4 PM EDT on SUNDAY, JULY 21 will be chosen to receive a $15 gift card from Amazon and a print copy of DANGEROUS AFFAIRS. (Shipping to US residents only. An international winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card only.)


The hero or should I say heroeS in my newest release A TOUCH OF LILLY, are FBI agents looking to take down a nasty assassin who’s been killing off world leaders.


Ex-Chicago detective LILLY D’ANGELO has a secret she doesn’t share with anyone. A master of the one night stand, she’s given up ever finding a soul mate and thrown herself head first into her career. That is, until she captures the wrong alien. Kidnapped and sold into the sex slave trade, she’s shipped into deep space. Barely escaping with her life, Lilly now travels the galaxy working as a bounty hunter using her secret talents to bring down criminals and seeking revenge on the one male who ruined her life.

Agent DALLAS SAWYER works for deep space’s version of the FBI. After a disastrous mission that left several of his team members murdered, a president executed, and Dallas near death, he’s determined to take down the assassin targeting government officials. When a sexy human female gets between him and his goal, Dallas and his alien partner find themselves on the receiving end of a passionate night they won’t soon forget and a proposition that may very well blow up in their faces.

Because in deep space … true love can happen with just a touch.

“I know who Grebetz’s boss is,” Lilly said. Okay, so that might not be the truth. Lilly suspected she’d seen Venair Grebetz’s boss. The hologram of the Braugtot had certainly flustered the otherwise confident Znedu. But if this was a bargaining chip to keep her from QAL headquarters, then she’d go all in.

Dallas walked up to her. “What do you mean you know his boss? Have you been hunting him?”

“She’s lying,” Thaegan said. “The witch is trying to buy some time.”

“Shut up, Thaegan.” Dallas kept his dark eyes focused solely on her. Her stomach did a slow roll that had nothing to do with fear.

“Lilly, tell me exactly what you meant,” Dallas said.

“I haven’t exactly been hunting him.”

“How about if you elaborate.” Dallas dragged the words out slowly.

He reached for the dagger in her hand and she gladly handed it over to him. What Lilly needed was for Dallas to trust her. She no longer wanted to get away from this man, quite the contrary as a matter of fact. It had been so long since a human male had touched her with the passion Dallas had, and Lilly wanted more of that even if Dallas didn’t believe she had control over his desires.

“I’ll tell you only if I still get the bounty for Grebetz,” she said bravely. Even male companionship wouldn’t keep her fed.

“I don’t think you’re in a position to make any kind of deal, Seraphelium,” Thaegan said.

Dallas turned abruptly to his partner. “Damn it, Thaegan, I’m warning you…”


And if you’re not hot enough already, how about a few more professional men to add to your fantasy list (you’re welcome *g*) …

cowboy and his gun

a man's place is in the kitchen



73 Responses to Midsummer Night’s Blog Hop

  • Love these hops. They introduce me to new authors and I can’t wait to buy this book.

  • Great excerpt! Put your book on my TBR list for sure!! My favorite job for them to have is something military/police force/high security type jobs!!

  • I like reading about character who are in the military/police/counter intelligence. Really great excerpt, want to read more!

    • Yep, those heroes are my favorites too, Jean. Probably because it means there’s a suspense part to the romance (my personal favorite genre).

      Enjoy the rest of the hop!

  • Thanks for all the sexy pics that have definitely left me drooling! I think certain jobs are definitely more heroic than others. I’m especially drawn to firefighters, bounty hunters, undercover police officers, and paramedics. Anybody who puts their life on the line for others definitely deserves the label of hero.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

    • I totally agree, Joder. (And did you happen to notice heroine is a bounty hunter in this story! FBI and bounty hunter … awesome combination! Just sayin …)

  • Love the sexy pics, especially the cowboy. I think any profession is hero worthy, it’s more about the characteristics of the male. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for participating in this amazing hop!

  • A heroes profession MAY say something about him, or it might not. I think since most of us spend time in a profession daily that it has to be mentioned.

    steph (at) fangswandsandfairydust.com

    • Though in real life a person’s profession may not reflect who they are, I do think in romances the author chooses it because it gives insight to the character.

  • Oooh! Cops and aliens. Sounds very interesting. Added to my TBR list.

  • Woot! What great images. Even if I hadn’t read a word I’d have had fun here. 🙂

  • i have to say I love a Man in uniform and to me that means (US Marine) You can toss some SEALS in there nothing makes me excited like a Marine but then i am bias as hubby is one 🙂 You books sound interesting especially love the Firefighting/Vampire (I thought Vampires hate fir)


    • Jeannie – Oh yeeeeah, I’m with you on the uniform … they certainly make my knees go weak!

      And yep, vampires aren’t thrilled with fire as it’s one of the few things that will kill them. That’s why it made the perfect undercover situation for these vampire investigators!

  • Loving all the fun little tidbits I’m picking up for the various authors. Thanks for the chance at goodies as well;)


  • It’s not the profession that makes the man, it’s the man that makes the profession *wink wink* Thanks for sharing your heroes. I loved the excerpt too =D

  • Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  • well its no wonder my mind drifted with those smoking picture you posted

  • Reading Touch of Lilly now! Love your books 🙂


  • He is smoking hot! Nice excerpt! Adding to my TBR list!

  • Nina, thanks for being on the blog hop with me. 🙂 And a firefighter and a vampire. Now that is awesome and different!

  • Wow! Thanks for making me drool lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  • A Touch of Lilly sounds really good.Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the hottie pics 🙂

  • A Touch of Lily sounds great! I love uniformed men and cowboys as heroes.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

    • Oh, JoAnna, you’ve named two of my favorites as well. Oh, who am I kidding? I love any sexy hero in a romance regardless of what they do for work! LOL!

  • Oh this book sounds goooood! Liking what you have shared!
    greenshamrock AT cox DOT net

  • The romance hero’s profession doesn’t break or make a romance story for me. I pay attention more on how the relationship develops in the story. Thanks for the eye candy!
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  • YOWZA!!!! LOVE the eye candy. The heroes profession doesn’t make or break the book for me as long as he is a sexy alpha male. I also like to see a kick ass heroine. I like it when they clash and then work through their difficulties to fall in love. I love this hop. There are so many great authors and you all give fantastic prizes too. 😀
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Renee – Soooo glad you’re enjoying the hop. We work hard to make easy AND fun! Throwing a little eye candy in for our visitors to enjoy is just a little perk for all of us!

  • The hero’s profession isn’t a huge deal, but I have to admit, a cop or a man that has authority in his profession is pretty hot. But then again, so is a business man- for me… there’s just something about a man in a suit… 🙂

  • The hero’s profession is just one part of the character so probably anything can go – tho some professions are certainly more exciting than others. Their job can be incidental to the story or a major focus, depending on how the author wants to use it.

    • Diane – That’s very true. Sometimes the hero’s profession is just another small detail, but not part of the major plot of the story. It’s fun being an author and having that kind of control over characters. Mwahahaha …

  • I love the tag line that true love can happen with only one touch! Awesome! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • HEY NINA!Love the cover you chose for Lily. As far a professions go…no they don’t make or brake a story line for me. Chemical engineer says “I’m smart, I see what I want, make plans and follow through and I like mixing it up (wink)”. All very sexy qualities. Really, it comes down to the man himself, his desires and passions, what makes him tick or makes him ticked off, the tenderness he’s willing to show that make a man sexy regardless of his profession.

  • Great excerpt and pics. Thanks for the chance.


  • Men in Uniform(almost any kind)or the equivalent(like enforcers/warriors in shifter type stories).

    carolcobun @ yahoo.com

    • You’re one of several visitors who mentioned uniforms, Beth. For me they scream … I’m a take charge kind of guy and I will take care of you!

  • Any kind of power position job works for me. And thanks for participating in the blog hop. It’s been a blast! 🙂


  • Oh yeah! I love the pics. Very nice I must say! The excerpt Lilly and Dallas have a long way to go to resolve their issues for sure. Good luck with the release.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Belinda G
    belgre at comcast dot net

  • I love your heroes! I love how you put so much thought into everything about them, even how the name must fit them! AWESOME! Thank you for being in the hop! kbinmich@yahoo.com

  • I have to say fireman, military men and small town sheriffs. A doctor can be sexy, but there is just sone thing about a guy in the line of fire that is more appealing. Shape shifters doesn’t matter what he does.

    Suzieqsb (at) aol (dot) com

  • Hi, Nina! I do like a variety of professions in the stories I read–it’s true that some do automatically lend themselves to the hot, in-charge, alpha persona, but I also love it when an author chooses one that is less common or that is less “alpha” and shows how fantastic a hero a teacher/accountant/chef/butler/car salesman/??? can be also. Because what is really hot is confidence and competence, and you don’t need to be a five-star general or fighter pilot to display those (although those professions are hot, too… ;))

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  • Really glad to come across the site and read excerpts from your works. some great books here to add to my TBR list.

  • For me, the profession doesn’t detract from the guy, but men in uniform can definitely add to their charm!

  • I really glad that the hop is back . So i can see what’s new

    and put them on my list.

  • Thanks for stopping by Victoria!

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