Where Are All The Nice PNR Heroes?

Yesterday on Twitter we were talking about Lothaire, and Jane asked, where are the nice guys in PNR?

There does seem to be a lot of bad boys out there. I love to see a bad boy be brought down by love. Lothaire has walked the Earth for centuries, always getting his way. I am amused by how his heroine Ellie makes him learn how to be unselfish (somewhat). Dmitri from Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Blade is another very naughty hero. So wicked. Again, I love how he stays wicked throughout the book. Dragos from Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison is another majorly alpha hero that comes to mind.

So while the bad boys can be fun, I had a hard time thinking of the good guys. The heroes that are a little more kind, and gentle. That are still protective over their mate (duh – this is PNR we are talking about!) but might not fly completely off the handle at every little thing.

The first one that popped to mind is Tohr, in JR Ward’s upcoming Lover Reborn. He has to be nice, right?

I turned to Twitter to give me some “good guy” recs, and here is what I received:

Lillie – Southern Arcana Series by Moira Rogers, Play of Passion by Nalini Singh, Dark Melody by Christine Feehan.

Highland Hussy – Bodyguard and Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley

Buckeyegirl31 – Succubus Series by Jill Myles, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta, Lucani Lovers series by Stephanie Julian, Size Matters by Stephanie Julian. Desmond from Something Secret Comes this Way by Sierra Dean, Time of Transition by Gabi Stevens

Jill Sorenson – Soul Gatherer Series by Annette McCleave

Karen Mahoney – Dirk & Steel Series by Marjorie M. Liu

Fiction Vixen – Acheron

Ren Puspita – Kerrlyn Sparks books

Susi M. – The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper, Georgina Kincaid books by Richelle Mead (Definitely agree with this!)

Jess – Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series

Lusty Reader – Owen from Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, Riley from Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh, Drew from Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

c2 – JL Langley’s With or Without series

Tori – Geist by Philippa Ballantine

Julie Leto – Book two and three of her Phantom series

Shiloh Walker – Rune from Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison


I think that is a pretty good list!

What other books can you think of that have a “nice” PNR hero? Do you tend to lean towards the nice guys or go straight for the bad boys?


  1. says

    I did see this on PNR and thought about it, but what makes a guy a good guy? Good to her? Cos yes a lot of jerks around, or good to everyone? Still lots of good guys around

  2. says

    Some of my favorites:

    – Lucas Cortez from Kelley Armstrong’s Dime Store Magic & Industrial Magic.
    – Jake from Meljean Brook’s Demon Bound, and I think Drifter from Demon Night, too. And Archimedes from Heart of Steel. <3 <3 <3!
    – Taylor from Alisha Rai's Never Have I Ever.
    – Most of the heroes in Vivian Arend’s PNRs.
    – If you stray a little over the line into UF, Ben from the Kitty books by Carrie Vaughn.

    I need to go stare at my bookshelf and find more! And go pick up the listed ones that I haven’t read. Wheeee!

  3. says

    I’d add:

    Phin from Karina Cooper’s Lure of the Wicked

    Seth from Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series

    Archimedes Fox from Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel

    Byron from Melissa Marr’s Graveminder (albeit not a PNR, technically)

  4. says

    Oh I second basically all the heroes from Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirke and Steel series.

    I’d add:
    Charles from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series

  5. Redzsm says

    Great “good guy PNR” suggestions! Thanks girls!

    I feel that I’m missing out by not having a Twitter account…I feel so outta the loop!

  6. pamelia says

    I second the vote for Charles from Brigg’s Alpha and Omega books and will add Adam from the Mercy Thompson books as well. I think Curran from the Kate Daniels books is inherently decent (once Kate gets to know him). I just started reading the Kindred books by Evangeline Anderson (more sci fi than PNR I would say) and her heroes are almost TOO NICE!!

  7. Tori says

    All the guys from Anne Rice’s Black Jewels series. Almost all of Moira Roger’s characters.

    I’m so tired of the dominance theme and the endless, “yes, he’s an arse but it’s because he loves her.” When did being rude, threatening, dominant, and arsehole-ish equal love? It weakens the woman-making her look like a child in need of a daddy. A daddy she can sleep with. And we swoon over them. LOL We all know that 95% of us would knock the crap out of our guys if they pulled that on us.

    I like a strong guy that will do whatever to protect his woman but not an alpha hole. When I see a character that pushes and pushes, telling his woman that “this is how it will be and you will accept it because this is what I feel” then I get twitchy.

  8. eva says

    Most if not all of the heroes from Lynsay Sands’s Argeneau Series.
    I think I’d put Vane and Fang from Kenyon’s Were Hunters (Dark Hunters) series in the nice guy column as well. It would be a bit of a stretch since they have attitude in buckets but overall they are good.
    Alex (Bunny) from Bear Necessities, Shane from Artistic Vision and Parker from Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell. (Actually most of her heroes tend to not be overly cavemanish.)
    And another “vote” for Bones and Spade whom Paula suggested.

  9. wookiesgirl says

    Did anyone mention Phury? He is beyond nice, almost annoyingly so. LOL I love him, though he isn’t my favorite. Gotta love all the BDB boys.

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