In honor of Women’s Day, we thought we’d focus on our favorite heroines in intellectual porn! These are strong women who know their own minds and aren’t afraid to go up against their men.
Elizabeth Bennet (from: Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen)
We love how Elizabeth isn’t afraid to tell the most eligible bachelor in England to get lost, and then give him a laundry list of reasons why she will not marry him. Mr. Darcy’s arrogance, conceit and selfish distain for others are on the top of the list, not to mention ruining the happiness of her sister!
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, Mr. Bennet living in Longbourn.
Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.
Claire Fraser (from: Outlander (Outlander #1) by: Diana Gabaldon)
Claire proves both her emotional and physical strength when she falls into the past, by not only surviving but thriving. We also love her because she is not afraid to stand up for herself and what she believes in. She is the perfect partner for the highland outlaw Jamie Fraser, and the two form an unshakable bound.
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Sam Parker (from: Here Be Sexist Vampires (Deep In Your Veins #1) by: Suzanne Wright)
We love that Sam is a kick ass commando with her own squad of vampires. She isn’t afraid to take on anyone, especially not her co-commander Jared who doesn’t think she’s up for the task. The two eventually work out their differences and find that working together makes them stronger.
Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private legion. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire – a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially dangerous Pagori commander, Jared, who she craves in spite of herself. The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his island. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a wilful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female.
Warning: This novel contains an iron-willed female vampire with an energy whip, a sexist male vampire who is determined to have her, explicit vampy sex, and a romance story with real bite.
Myrna Evans (from: Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1) by: Olivia Cunning)
You’ve got to love an intelligent sexologoist who knows what/who she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it! Myrna’s a fan of Sinner’s sexy lead guitarist, Brian, and jumps at the opportunity to explore their scorching chemistry.
Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance…
When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners to study groupie behavior, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But the lead guitarist is the only one she wants to get her hands on…
Brian Sinclair has been grappling with a creative block-unable to compose music for months, until he makes love to uninhibited Myrna, and hears exquisite guitar riffs and finger-burning solos in his mind in the midst of their passionate embraces. He grabs a ballpoint pen and composes what will be blockbuster new songs, writing them all over her body and leading to all sorts of sex play…but how is he ever going to convince her that he wants more than just one tour?
The two lovers’ wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory…and sin…
Lexie Berry (from: Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) by: Kristen Ashley)
Is love in the cards?
Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she’s got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she’s in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . .
For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?