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Initial post: Dec 5, 2012 8:22:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 8:25:26 AM PST
Jean says:
I'm getting a bit tired of the gazillionaire hero - or the Duke - or the Laird. Do you have any recommendations for a good story where the hero is just an average guy?

An example of this would be Ty in Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain Series) who's a mechanic, or Flynn in Willing Victim who works in construction (and no, he doesn't own the firm).

Prefer contemporary but any other genre is okay, too. Thanks!

(Edited to remove extra words!)

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 9:35:35 AM PST
Colleen says:
Dream Man and Open Season both have Hs who are cops (one is police chief and one is a detective). In DM, the h is a bank teller/ psychic and in OS, the h is the town librarian.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 9:45:14 AM PST
Robin Wilson says:
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Virgin River books 1-4 (A Virgin River Novel)-That's the link for the first four at a great price.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 10:00:12 AM PST
Mercered says:
I'm reading Razing Kayne (Walking A Thin Blue Line) right now and he's a state trooper.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 11:01:35 AM PST
L. Burns says:
I don't know if Jennifer Crusie is too "old school" for you, but pretty much all of her H's have either blue collar or average Joe jobs. Mechanics, small town cops...even a petty thief. Shannon Stacey writes great down-to-earth H's. Since we're heading into the Christmas season I'd recommend Mistletoe and Margaritas and Holiday Sparks, but her Kowalski series is also pretty good.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 1:39:39 PM PST
atiptoes says:
Kristan Higgins's heroes are normal guys. She's one of my favorites.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 3:03:25 PM PST
Jean says:
Thanks for all the suggestions - a few I haven't already read! Hard to believe but I've never read a Linda Howard (gasp!), Jennifer Crusie or any of the Virgin River series. Maybe now is the time to start. Thanks again!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:31:27 PM PST
Colleen says:
Linda Howard is seriously one of my favorite authors. She's a better edited Lisa Marie Rice, I think. Similar story lines, but hers are tighter, more logical, and scenes aren't as hot.
Dream Man and Open Season are two of my favorite books, but you really can't go wrong with her.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 5:09:32 PM PST
wondercat says:
Love Linda Howard and I'll add Mr. Perfect, which happens to be my favorite of her books. The H is a cop.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 5:09:34 PM PST
neon moon says:
karen robards and nora roberts also both a lot of every day jobs. so does sandra brown.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 6:36:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 5:27:21 AM PST
chichia says:
Into The Fire has a hero who is a mechanic. All of Lisa G. Brown's books have "average Joe" heroes (mechanic, landscaper, etc.). Try has a hero that is a bull rider, (he worked at a pizza place to make ends meet after his divorce). Going Too Far is a Mature young adult book that has a police officer hero who really wants to study art. Flirting with Pete is an awesome book with a big twist that features an average joe hero (re-read this last night and can say that the hero is the gardener without giving too much away)! I'll post more if I can think of them. (ETA: The hero in Flirting with Pete isn't really average, but prefers an average way of life. It's still a good read if that doesn't bother you)

Doug and Carlie has a hero who works for a bank (in the mortgage/loan department, IIRC). This book is faith based, but not overtly.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 4:14:43 AM PST
Neeta says:
NJ Walters Jamesville series... we have a token rich guy who retires and partners up with a local construction guy (another hero in the series) to form their own construction business. There's also a rancher, a NYC cop who becomes a sheriff's deputy, a PI who becomes a local lawyer's investigator, a former marine now electrician, and another former marine who plays the stockmarket and works odd jobs for the local antique dealer.

Lauren Dane's Chase Brothers series... we have the local sheriff, a landscape gardener, a gym owner/personal trainer and a fireman.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:05:05 AM PST
Mo says:
You are doing yourself a disservice by not reading Linda Howard - she is fantastic. Kinda like the gazillionaires cos I get to go to fantasyland ....

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:12:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 7:13:29 AM PST
chichia says:
Another (along the lines of Flirting With Pete) is In the Midnight Rain. The hero (who goes by the name of "Blue") is a botanist who holds multiple degrees, but he lives a VERY relaxed lifestyle.

You can read an extended excerpt here to see if it's your style:
http://www.barbarasamuel.com/blog/2012/07/07/cool-off-with-in-the-midnight-rain/

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:25:17 AM PST
MelissaB says:
Linda Howard books (love all of these):
Open Season - police chief
Mr. Perfect - detective
Mackenzie's Mountain - rancher/horse trainer
Dream Man - detective
Kill and Tell - detective
Duncan's Bride - rancher

Robyn Carr - Virgin River series

Tami Hoag - Lucky's Lady (hero is Cajun and doesn't have a normal job during the story because he is still recovering from his captivity during a military mission)

Lorelei James - Rough Riders series (heroes are cowboys, some books have ménage though if you want to read ones without try Tied Up, Tied Down: Rough Riders, Book 4 Strong, Silent Type: A Wild Ride story (Wild Ride Anthology))

Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy - cop

Port of Paradise by Lisa Marie Rice - cop/detective

Playing for Keeps, Perfection by RL Mathewson

Heiress for Hire by Erin McCarthy - farmer

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 8:07:03 AM PST
Jean says:
Whoa...I certainly hope those expected Amazon gift cards are showing up for Christmas because I see a whole lot I need to buy!

I've read a lot of the Lorelei James (until I got tired of her) and I've read the RL Mathewson.

Now how do I ask this delicately - is there sex in the Virgin Rivers series and, if so, how graphic? I really don't like closed doors - I want them wide open and with the lights blazing. And maybe that's what's put me off reading Virgin River - the word "virgin" LOL

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 8:12:56 AM PST
Robin Wilson says:
Virgin River: Great characterizations, interesting plotting, and love stories that will make you pant and sigh. Give the series a try.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 8:15:30 AM PST
L. Burns says:
The sex scenes in the Virgin River books are not closed door but they're not very explicit either. She doesn't use "strong" language, if you know what I mean.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 8:22:53 AM PST
Jean says:
Well, I guess that's okay. I just like to have a sense of what exactly is going on in the bedroom - I really don't like it when one minute they're making out and the next minute they're giggling over breakfast. I need the in-between!

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 10:50:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 10:58:57 AM PST
wondercat says:
I usually need the in-between, too. FYI Kristen Higgins doesn't have the in-between.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 10:57:41 AM PST
Jean says:
Yes, I was disappointed by Kristen Higgins before! :) It's okay if I know in advance that it's going to be totally clean, but I don't want to be anticipating and be left hanging.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 11:39:06 AM PST
Mo says:
Yes, In the Midnight Rain was one of the best books I ever read. Great read.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 11:40:08 AM PST
Mo says:
re-read Mouth to Mouth there recently and would highly recommend it.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 12:02:27 PM PST
P. Ripke says:
Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series)
Perfection (A Neighbor From Hell)
Both had regular Joe heros and were good.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 8:04:31 PM PST
Banana Boat says:
Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, Book 4). I enjoyed all 4 books in the series The H is the 4th is a mechanic.
The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy), The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2), The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (The Inn Trilogy) - all the H's are brothers who have their own construction company.
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