You probably know Jen from places such as Red Hot Books and the slightly NSFW Tumblr, Red Hot Men. I know her from my earlier days as a reviewer, because she was one of the first bloggers I met, and we have been friends ever since. If Jen were to become a heroine, she would get a book like Dirty (take a look at her Tumblr if you don’t believe me).
Kickass Heroines for Kickass Readers: Best Urban Fantasy Heroines by Jen from Red Hot Book
Kate Motherfucking Daniels – Obviously, there is no F-bomb in her middle name, but there should be! Kate is the epitome of the UF heroine. She is crazy powerful. Loyal. Smart. Strong. She has a grand nemesis in her father; and an ubersexy Beast Lord as a mate. She is just tough enough to drag herself through everything life has thrown at her. But she is vulnerable enough to make us worry that this time the outcome could be different. There is no heroine I love to root for more than Kate!
Jane Yellowrock – She’s a vampire hunter and shapeshifter who shares her body with spirit of a mountain lion. Her love life is like a frustrating game of find the ball under the moving cups. (There has to be a real name for that game, right?) But she tries to do the right thing and live according to her moral code. She doesn’t curse, but she kills a lot of bad guys. Hey, it works for her!
Gin Blanco – She is an assassin feared by even the most powerful villains. Not only can she harness the power of two elements, but she is damn good with a knife. Her douchebag boyfriends keep breaking her heart, but she remains loyal and unwavering. She protects those who need it most and is never afraid to get her hands dirty. Plus –the girl can cook!
Mercy Thompson – What I love about Mercy is that she isn’t biggest badass in town. She is just a coyote shifter surrounded by far more powerful supernatural creatures. Yet, she uses her brain and her other skills to survive all the shit that gets tossed her way. And let’s not forget, she has Adam to keep her bed warm at night. Rrrrraw.
Rachel Morgan – I know that not everybody loves Rachel. She has made some boneheaded and impulsive choices over the course of the Hollows series, but she has grown so much. From a struggling witch to a daywalking demon, her powers have evolved along with her maturity and her revolving door of a love life. The loss she endured with the death of He-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named, still makes me cry to this day. I was a blubbering mess, people. It’s a fantastic series I will be sorry to see end, but I can’t wait for the big Trent payoff!
Charley Davidson – If you like you’re heroines with a side serving of humor, Charley is your girl. This grim reaper is anything but grim – there are few books that make me laugh out loud as much as these do. For crying out loud, she names her body parts. And Reyes. (*Swoon*) Who knew that the son of Satan could make such an amazing lover? Charley, you lucky lady.
If any of these series are new to you, I urge you to give them a try. UF is such a great genre. And even though the heroes are mighty memorable, it’s the women who make the stories so great!
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