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Real American Heroes

The male lead in a romance novel is traditionally called a "hero," whether he's done anything to deserve the title or not.  Granted, publicly 'fessing up to love is a pretty heroic act for any guy, but let's face it, some so-called romance "heroes" have never risked anything scarier than a well-waxed dance floor.  Sure, they look good on the cover, but... heroes?  Really?

There's no question about the guys I'm showcasing this month!  These men are more than good manners or a nice set of abs; they're heroes in every sense of the word.  In honor of the upcoming holiday, I've chosen men (and women!) who make a career of putting their lives on the line in the defense of our country. 

They serve in the armed forces, or as federal agents at home or abroad.  They're marshals, or rangers.  They're cops or sheriffs.  They're firefighters.  They protect, serve, and defend, placing the welfare of others before their own.  They're warriors, and they're darn good at what they do... especially when the battle is for the heart of the one they love.

If you're looking for something to get you into a patriotic mood this week, check out one of these fine men or women in uniform.  And on Independence Day, why not spread the love?  Stop by your local police station or firehouse and say "thank you" to some real-life heroes.  Send a letter to a veteran or solider, letting them know how much you appreciate their service.  For all they do for us, thanking them is the least we can do in return.  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Holding out for a hero?  Wait no more:

Rescue Me by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, and Cindy Gerard (PbkRomance Rescue)
The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard (PbkRomance Bernard)
The Hunt by Allison Brennan (LP Brennan)
Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann (Fiction Brockmann)
The Night Is Mine by M. L. Buchman (PbkRomance Buchman)
The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton (PbkRomance Burton)
No Escape by Shannon K. Butcher (PbkRomance Butcher)
Angel's Peak by Robyn Carr (PbkRomance Carr)
Divorced, Desperate and Deceived by Christie Craig (PbkRomance Craig)
Saving Hope by Margaret Daley (PbkRomance Daley)
SEALed Forever by Mary Margret Daughtridge (PbkRomance Daughtridge)
Deadly Dance by Dee Davis (PbkRomance Davis)
Naked Truth by Amy J. Fetzer (Fiction Fetzer)
Come the Spring by Julie Garwood (Fiction Garwood)
Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard (PbkRomance Gerard)
Dawn of a Thousand Nights by Tricia Goyer (Fiction Goyer)
Untraceable by Laura Griffin (PbkRomance Griffin)
Home Front by Kristin Hannah (Exp Fiction Hannah)
Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon (Fiction Hannon)
Something about You by Julie James (PbkRomance James)
The Givenchy Code by Julie Kenner (Fiction Kenner)
Summer Moon by Jill Marie Landis (Fiction Landis)
Wild Card by Lora Leigh (PbkRomance Leigh)
Legally Hot by Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray, and Red Garnier (PbkRomance Legally)
Cover Me by Catherine Mann (PbkRomance Mann)
Worth the Trip by Penny McCall (PbkRomance McCall)
Still of the Night by Meagan McKinney (Fiction McKinney)
A Wanted Man by Linda Lael Miller (Fiction Miller)
Cold Pursuit by Carla Neggers (PbkFiction Neggers)
Lawman by Diana Palmer (Fiction Palmer)
Karma by Carly Phillips (PbkRomance Phillips)
Firestorm by Radclyffe (LGBT Radclyffe)
The Homecoming by JoAnn Ross (PbkRomance Ross)
Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire (PbkRomance St. Claire)
Head over Heels by Jill Shalvis (PbkRomance Shalvis)
Born on the 4th of July by Jill Shalvis, Rhonda Nelson and Karen Foley (PbkRomance Shalvis)
A Home by the Sea by Christina Skye (PbkRomance Skye)
Hot Head by Damon Suede (LGBT Suede)
Lie with Me by Stephanie Tyler (PbkRomance Tyler)
The Missing by Shiloh Walker (PbkRomance Walker)

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