What does “badass heroine” mean to you?
Emotional and physical strength? Commitment to family? Confidence? Bravery?
Each day at Forever is filled with celebrating women’s stories, and this International Women’s Day, the team is sharing some of their most memorable badass heroines.
Happy reading! We hope you find some new favorites.
From Editor Alex Logan: “Roarke Brennan thinks he’s going to save his best friend’s little sister, Wren Lee. But Wren is all grown up with sexy confidence and a secret past. She’s been to hell and back, and she won’t let anyone stop her, especially her childhood crush. From the moment Wren rides her motorcycle back into Roarke’s life, it’s clear that years of longing and chemistry are about to burn blazing hot.”
To avenge his brother's death, hacker extraordinaire Roarke Brennan first move is put together a team of the best coders he knows. They're all brilliant, specialized, and every one an epic pain in his ass. Only now Wren Lee wants in too. She's the girl Roarke never allowed himself to want and she's all grown up with sexy confidence and a dark past. Roarke might still think she's a kid, but Wren's been to hell and back and nothing and nobody can stop her - especially the tatted-up, cocky-as-all-hell hacker. But when years of longing and chemistry collide, Wren and Roarke discover that revenge may be a dish best served blazing hot.
From editor Madeleine Colavita: “Under the dictionary definition of “badass heroine,” you will find a picture of Arin Siri, from Piper J. Drake’s Fierce Justice. As a sniper and K9 handler on a search and rescue team, Arin has to be tough and independent. But her prickly exterior hides a woman who’s protective of those she loves and loyal to a fault. No matter the mission, she’s a woman I’d want by my side.”
K9 handler Arin Siri doesn't like taking orders, and she works best when it's just her and her dog King out in the field. But when she discovers a wounded soldier of fortune during a Search and Protect mission, she has no choice but to get him to safety. When Jason wakes up in a hospital on Hawaii's Big Island, he's shocked to discover Arin guarding him. She's the last person he expected to see, but she's also the only person who can help him bring down a kidnapping ring. As they draw closer to danger-and to each other-they must race against the clock to discover who the kidnappers are working for, or risk becoming collateral damage themselves.
From editorial assistant Gabi Kelly: “No one does a badass heroine quite like Kristen Ashley! I love Laurie from Sweet Dreams because when her life falls apart, she decides to take control and find her own happiness. And let’s be real, anyone who falls in love with Tate Jackson has to be the ultimate badass.”
From editor Amy Pierpont: “When Elizabeth Hoyt told me the heroine of Not the Duke’s Darling, the first book in her all-new Greycourt series, wanted to burn down the patriarchy, I could not wait to meet her! And Freya de Moray exceeded my wildest expectations. As if being a ranking member of a secret society intent on protecting women from—well, the patriarchy—wasn’t cause enough to love her, her first “kiss” with the hero will go down as one of the most kickass first kisses ever!”
From editor Leah Hultenschmidt: “My badass pick is Carrigan O’Malley from THE WEDDING PACT by Katee Robert. Carrigan is a woman who knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it. She utterly defies her family and rescues herself—twice! Plus, she can more than stand up to the formidable James Halloran. I love a good enemies-to-lovers story, and these two are just electric on the page because Carrigan gives as good as she gets.”
Carrigan O'Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she's ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1. Hallorans vs. O'Malleys-that's how it's always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family's empire instead of how silky Carrigan's skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he'll be if he can't get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.
From editor Lexi Smail: “As a hacker with autism, Sayward Diaz has always been more comfortable with computers than humans. But when her family’s ties to a Colombian drug cartel put her in danger, Sayward not only has to get comfortable with having a super sexy bodyguard around all the time, but she also has to confront the deadly killer who is determined to eliminate her. Watching Sayward meet her demons head on makes for a great love story and an epic suspense where this badass woman becomes the champion of her own story.”
For a woman who’s more comfortable with computers than humans, Sayward Diaz not exactly thrilled to have Bennett Blacke as her bodyguard–or by their undeniable spark. And with threats coming at them from all sides, they cannot let their attraction compromise their safety.
From editorial assistant Cristina Lupo: “Callie Lawrence – the heroine in Jessica Sorensen’s The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden – will always be a badass in my mind. Callie endures so much trauma and manages to persevere and find her happily-ever-after. That’s my definition of badass.”
When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny all those years ago. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it's Callie who needs to be saved...
From the marketing team: “We couldn’t pick so as a group, we picked three. How can you choose between a medieval researcher (Day of the Dragon), a CSI agent living with Congenital Heart Defect (Deadly Obsession), or a young seamstress who follows her dreams to a city where she knows no one (The Paris Seamstress)? They are all so cool in their own ways.”
Real scholars know that supernatural beings don’t exist. But the moment Thaisa meets Archer Andras of the Storm Dragons, all her academic training goes out the window. Thanks to Mr. Tall, Dark, And Infuriating, she learns that she really should worry about those things that go bump in the night. . . and that dragons like Archer are 100 percent pure trouble. Caught in the middle of Archer and his twin brother, Thaisa is the key to translating an ancient text that could bring balance or deadly ruin to our world. And then there are those sparks between Thaisa and Archer...
After a lifetime spent in and out of hospitals, Zoey Wright is ready to take charge of her own life, starting with a new job as a CSI agent. But when her childhood crush Knox Steele gets pulled onto her case, Zoey needs to put her feelings for him aside or more women will die at the hands of the serial killer preying on her hometown.
1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she’s ever known. She’s bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion. Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met’s annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother – a legend of women’s fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother’s past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life.