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When the lovely ladies of Royal Reviews asked me to write a bit about hunky heroes, I know they expected me to pick one of my guys and rave about him.
But how can I choose? There’s Trevelyn Deveridge from DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS, a cool, deadly-dangerous agent in Her Majesty’s secret service. Or Gabriel Drake, my PLEASURING THE PIRATE hero, a man who knows what he wants and takes it. Or Lucian Beaumont, my vexed Viscount, a smart, driven nobleman, who starts the story as a virgin but is a remarkably quick study! And what about Ian Michael MacGregor, my man-of-all-work hero in A CHRISTMAS BALL (due out Sept 29th)? Or Crispin Hawke, the brilliant, talented sculptor in my current WIP--STROKE OF GENIUS (summer 2010). The yummy Fortin & Sanders picture is my inspiration for Crispin, my tortured artist!
But I can’t pick a favorite. I love them all.
I think I’d rather talk about what makes a hero.
Of course, a romantic hero is easy on the eyes. That’s a given. But what constitutes masculine beauty is different in every age. Believe it or not, the Victorian ideal required a man to have very small hands and feet!
And every woman has her own favorite male type. How’s an author to choose? Dark or fair? Muscle-bound or swimmer’s build? Deep-set dark eyes or icy gray ones?
No, a hero isn’t defined by his looks.
Some might be attracted to the flashy sort. The powerful Thomas Crown in-charge type. Leaders are very attractive. Others like the quiet guy who gets things done without caring who gets the glory. Some want a protector—a man who can handle himself and anything life throws at him. And what woman doesn’t love a man who can make her laugh?
There are so many different types of heroes—how’s a writer to choose?
Personally, I have to make sure all my heroes share one very important trait. They have to be willing to give up everything for the heroine. He has to love her so deeply, nothing else matters. Self-sacrifice is the strongest heroic trait I know. I can’t write a hero without it.
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