Veronica Scott's Top 5 Hot SciFi Romance Hero Tropes #TopList
Happy to be here today to talk about one of my favorite subjects – hot heroes in scifi romance! Scifi romance runs the sexiness scale all the way from closed door to erotic, with books for every taste. No matter the steamy scene content of the story, however, there are ever popular hero categories in the genre, so let’s review a few of the readers’ top choices.
Cyborgs. Men enhanced with special technology, but still human at heart, with all the feelings, hopes, dreams and ability to love that any everyday guy would show. These heroes often need just the right woman to see past the hardware and awaken the emotions hiding below that titanium skeleton or nanobot-enhanced bloodstream. The steamy stamina factor is off the charts of course.
Alien Warriors. These are usually big and brawny, incredibly sexy humanoid males, wildly protective of their woman but willing to listen to her wants and needs and enter into emotional relationships they never thought they could have (but secretly crave). Sometimes the warrior is planetbound and the women come to them through a series of catastrophes. Another possibility for “meet cute” exists in several fun series relying on out of this world dating agencies or the futuristic version of the mail order bride trope from olden days. Other times the warriors rule the spacelanes and either come to Earth to abduct mates, to keep other bad guys from stealing Earth women, or just end up here by accident and find that one woman who can bring them to their knees. Tails, horns and other interesting enhancements optional, depending on the author’s vivid imagination. It’s a given that the heroine will really appreciate whatever physical differences there may be.
Shifters, especially dragons. Not the paranormal variety, mind you, but alien species from Out There. This is a variation on the alien warrior theme but with flame and wings added.
Space Marines/Military Men. I’ve been known to write more than a few of these myself. Strong, sexy in or out of uniform, these heroes can be relied upon to save the day, often with the heroine’s help. (Scifi romance heroines are no shrinking violets, let me assure you. They know how to handle themselves in a crisis.) The SFR soldier has all the training, weaponry and ingenuity needed to solve the problems and is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty, especially to protect what he holds dear. The military hero has a code of honor he follows (or can’t help following even if he’s in disgrace, has become a mercenary or a pirate) and he will do the right thing, sometimes in spite of himself. And after the battle is done, he wants – no, needs - to decompress between the sheets with his lady.
Gladiators. Can be seen as something of a subset of the military men trope. Usually these heroes have been captured, or occasionally raised to spill their life’s blood on the sand of some intergalactic arena. They’re equally amazing in combat and in downtime and the arrival of the SFR heroine on the scene, often as a prisoner herself, will pivot the situation to one where the gladiator is fighting to save the woman he’s come to love. Prison planet stories are another close relative to this trope.
Genetically engineered warriors. I’ll finish with this category since my latest book, Mateer, is the second in a new series featuring just such heroes. With DNA often drawn from more than one species – a human and four legged predator blend being a common theme– these men have extra senses, unusual strength and stamina, plus all the badass military skills and knowledge necessary to survive in the rough and tumble galaxy or futuristic world. Not to mention some sexy attributes gifted to them by that ‘other’ DNA in the mix. They may struggle with carefully hidden self-doubts at times when it comes to their emotions but let their fated mate arrive on the scene, especially if she’s imperiled in any way, and the hero plunges into the action without second thoughts or regrets. His carefully concealed insecurities about his origin don’t fool the heroine and she can usually bring the two of them to a happy ever after emotional state. And a satisfying synergy in the bedroom.
If any (or all) of those heroic tropes appeal to you, there’s a veritable galaxy of scifi romance novels waiting for you to discover. If you’re already an SFR fan, who are some of your favorites to recommend?
Veronica Scott’s latest is Mateer (A Badari Warriors Scifi Romance Novel), Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. The books can be read as standalone novels.
Mateer - Sectors New Allies Series Book 2
The blurb: Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.
Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.
Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.
As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.
Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?
USA Today Best Selling Author
“SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog
Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!
She read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”