Thursday, June 20, 2013

Make Mine a Hero

No, I’m not talking about a sandwich, although, those are pretty good too, and as I write this it is lunchtime. But I’m wondering what makes a great romance hero. I guess the magic combo is different for everyone. Let me say right off the bat, make mine tall, dark and handsome.

Start with your average man off the street. Subtract a few inches from his waistline and add it to his chest dimensions. Give him a couple inches vertically and two more behind his zipper, please. Remove the thick, dark hair from his back and affix it to the top of his head instead. We might want to shave some time off his age, but not off his five-o’clock shadow. Our hero wakes up looking damn good without even trying. Let’s lose the bounce in his step and make that a sexy swagger. A limp if he’s one of those tortured heroes.
I don’t know about you but my “real” guy has an affliction called if-I-think-it-I-will-say-it, especially if it is the wrong place and a worst time. So our hero will be a man of few words. When he does open his mouth it’s to say something incredibly insightful, sexy or amusing. Or for one of those soulful kisses we long for. Yep, that. Everything else he can just convey with body language, facial expressions or with some animalistic sound effects. Grrr….  
In reality I lean towards short, skinny, bald guys who wear glasses and make me laugh, in and out of bed. How ‘bout you? What’s your perfect hero (real or fictitious) made of?  
I suppose I should do some promo. My next release—from Decadent Publishing—will be Fun with Rick and Jade. I don't have a set-in-stone release date yet. My hero is sort of an alpha-nerdish computer geek. But take a gander at the cover.
Unofficial/Unedited Mini Blurb
Jade Li only wants what’s coming to her from her high profile baby daddy—some child support and she’ll stay out of his life and off his radar. Committed to being a good mother, she’s left her high priced call girl lifestyle behind and wants a fresh start. But because of her sordid past, she’s terrified of losing custody. What she needs, according to her attorney, is a husband. 


Tina Donahue said...

Take that thick black hair from his back and put it on his head - LOL - love it!

I was listening to the radio the other day. The show's host asked if anyone knew what women wanted most in a guy.

I thought - a great sense of humor and the ability to be kind.

Know what? That's exactly what the majority of those responding said.

Of course, in a romance, it also helps to have him tall, deliciously handsome (rugged good looks) and with a great bod. :)

Kelli Scott said...

Yes! Make me laugh with you, followed by respect you and I'm in love. I knew I might be shooting myself in the foot, but my hero in Fun with Rick and Jade is sort of an Average Joe. My editor fell in love with him in the first scene he showed up in, so I hope the readers do too.

Fiona McGier said...

Men think we all want the same stereotypical rugged alpha-man. Nope, I prefer beta. And women think all men want the wild porn-stars who are undressed before they even reach the bedroom. Not all men like women that forward because it's too much for them to live up to those demands.

So to me, romance heroes can be any size/color/temperament. The story is the thing, along with making me believe in the characterization and their relationship. That's why I dislike the always self-assured types, be they hero or heroine. Everyone has self-doubts, so show me some of those so I can identify with their humanity. If I have that, I'm a happy reader.

jean hart stewart said...

I think the faults in a hero are as important as the strengths. Who in real life wants be with someone who is always right?

Kelli Scott said...

I think guys do want a porn-star-stripper-type to date at least once in their wild days, but maybe not to marry, Fiona. I've dated hot guys in the past, but it's a little intimidating, especially if he's prettier than me.

I feel like I'd like a perfect guy sometimes, Jean, but I read a contest entry one time where the guy was so perfect he was creepy.