Monday, May 10, 2010

The Romantic Hero

I have an unusual view of the romance novel hero. Sure, he’s honorable, noble, fights for those he loves and the things he believes in. But as far as physical characteristics, my heroes are sometimes….well, different from the norm.

In Stranger In His Bed, Angus French is socially shunned by those who don’t yet know him. He friendships are solid and lifelong, yet they are made up of people who have looked deep enough to actually know him. There’s a lot more than meets the eye with Angus French. Call it cliché, but you can’t always judge a book by its cover.

I get tired of the gorgeous romantic hero. Tall, dark and handsome makes a cover none too hard on the eyes, yes, but I want a heroine who isn’t attracted to him right away. Maybe his appearance makes her see anything but a future with this guy. Maybe he’d be the last man on earth she’d be caught with. Added conflict perhaps? I think so.

Of course not all my books are void of a drop dead gorgeous hero. Call me shallow, but as a reader, I do appreciate my eye candy.

But if the hero is just as attractive on the inside, doesn’t that make him gorgeous in her eyes?

Thanks for reading.

~ Nancy