International Women’s Day with Forever’s Badass Heroines

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.”


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.”


From editorial assistant Sabrina Flemming: Matilda Wakefield, Duchess of Bosendorf, has been on the run for months–barely surviving in the outdoors and half-starved. I have to have my bed and if I miss even one meal, my hanger might cost my boyfriend his head. Yet, Matilda still manages to rescue a very handsome gentleman even though she needs help the most. That strength, selflessness, and fight I saw in Matilda is what I call one bad-ass heroine.


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.”

From editor Junessa Viloria: Carly Bloom writes the most amazing, strong, badass heroines! I love Maggie from Big Bad Cowboy. As a small business owner, Maggie’s always felt that she’s a woman in a man’s world—but that doesn’t stop her from getting hers! She’s tough, independent, feisty, and the perfect woman to keep a man like Travis Blake on his toes. She is not someone you want to mess with, but she is someone you’ll want to have around for life.”

From editorial assistant Sam Brody: “Badassery isn’t always about being the strongest or most fearless person from the get-go—which is why Gia from the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series is my badass heroine! Gia finds courage and strength from dealing with her own vulnerabilities—so it’s no surprise when she breaks down all of the sexy, stoic Bennett’s walls to win over his heart. There’s no way these two badasses could resist each other!”  


From the marketing team: “We couldn’t pick so as a group, we picked three. How can you choose between a entrepreneur who loves tacos and her best friend fiercely (The Friend Zone), 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.”