What’s your favorite type of heroine? Heroines must be energetic since they’re constantly running from danger, chasing a bad guy, or in most cases chasing the guy. So, the prefect heroine must be in top physical shape which means she’s probably a twenty something and she must be a knockout if she gets the guy, right? She possesses a sparkling personality, never out of place hair, and make up that stands the test of time. Perfect.
Hey, what about the rest of us? The not so perfect crowd with a few extra curves, unmanageable hair, and more years of . . . experience. They need love too!
I’ve been a longtime fan of Lynsay Sands Argeneau Series. She writes a funny, sexy, vampire series and has created some less than perfect heroines. Since becoming a vampire in Lynsay Sands world means the vampire blood exchange regenerates the human body to its peak physical condition, imperfections don’t matter in the long run but are troublesome to the human.
In Love Bites, one of the first books in the series, a human finds herself hopelessly falling for thehero, a member of the Argeneau family. When the situation becomes a question of life or death and makes it necessary for her to be turned into a vampire in order to live, she is less that pleased that her transformation didn’t take away that pesky twenty pounds she had been struggling to lose. It was explained to her that the blood restored her body to its perfect condition and if the weight remained, it was meant to be.
Later in the series, The Accidental Vampire, a tour bus overturns leaving vacationers in a tangled heap. The heroine, trapped underneath another passenger, ingests a few droplets of his blood (you guessed it, he’s a vampire) and is of course turned. Elvi is a fifty something human who finds herselfdealing with her new body and dietary needs.
Even though these heroines become perfect twenty somethings, I love their journey from struggles with weight and age to their happily-ever-after.
The Argeneau series is a must read for paranormal fans.
LARYNN FORD began reading romance in her early teens and became interested in writing in high school. In 2010, she joined the Romance Writers of America and enjoys her support group, the Southern Magic chapter in Birmingham, Alabama