There’s something about that hero…

I admit it, I love writing and reading about the stereotypical tall, dark, and handsome hero. I really don’t know why, but I always picture a hero that way in my mind. Is it because I imagine that type of man strong? Or is it just because that’s the type of man I’m most attracted to? Maybe it’s because a majority of the romance books I’ve read over the years feature a hero who is described as tall, dark, and handsome—maybe not in those simple terms, but in the overall description that is basically what you end up with :)

Yep, I’m shrugging here. I really haven’t taken the time to analyze my reasoning, but I know as I read a book that is the picture that develops in my mind. Unless the author throws in a wrench and mentions he’s blond, or some other contradiction to the image in my head. lol

But I do have another trait that I love in a hero.

Come on, lean in closer and I’ll share…teehee.

I love when a hero has a sense of humor. He doesn’t have to be slap-stick funny, but just a bit of teasing humor, or the way he’ll say something to diffuse a heated discussion, or maybe turn an awkward moment into something comfortable and bearable for the heroine. I love it when a hero can do that.

In my upcoming release Bachelor’s Special—squee…release day is right around the corner—my hero Chet Castle is my perfect hero. You’d almost think I wrote him with me in mind…lol. Of course he’s tall, dark, and handsome, (picture me swooning here) but he’s also the proud owner of a wonderful sense of humor. And his heroine Jill is his equal, able to dish it out as well as take it. I love couples like that. They are fun to get to know and travel their HEA journey with.

How about you? What do you require in a hero? Tall, dark, and handsome with humor like me, or do you prefer your men blond, copper-haired, blue-eyed, stocky, lanky, arrogant, serious—or something else.

18 comments on “There’s something about that hero…

  1. Most of my heros are tall and with varying shades of brown hair, except for one of them who was gifted with pale blond curls.

  2. I’ll admit it-I’m shallow about my romance heroes. He’s got to be tall. I don’t really care about the hair color, but the hair should be a little on the longish side. I love blue, green, grey eyes. And he needs to have his soul tortured, but be very very sweet and protective. With a devilish sense of humor.
    In other words, completely a work of fiction!!

  3. TOTALLY agree about the sense of humor! And — confession time — my heroes are *always* my husband. Not trait-for-trait, of course, but whatever defines and distinguishes my hero and makes me LOVE him is something I know and love in my husband. I do try to mix it up a bit with their appearances — and of course every hero is very much his own man — but in my mind’s eye I think I’m always looking at my dark-haired, blue-eyed hubby. *fans self*


    • I love that Sarah. How nice that you put your hubs in your minds eye as the hero. Gave me chills.

      And I’m so excited you are excited to read Bachelor’s Special. Release date is over the hill and around the corner. I can’t wait :) Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. A sense of humor is a must! The looks don’t matter so much to me, at least in a book (movies are different). I usually ignore the description for the most part and create a mental picture of the hero based on his personality. Is that weird? Probably.

    • I don’t think it’s weird at all. I do the same thing, unless the author comes right out and gives a bold description…but maybe if I skim over it I can keep my image in my head. lol

      Glad you dropped by Ally…thanks :)

  5. Funny yes, definitley! And if they can do that with a tool-belt strapped around their hips, mores the better :-)

  6. Oh, I love a sense of humor! I do tend to prefer lighter haired guys with blue eyes, but tall, dark and handsome works, too! Most of the time, I fall for whatever hero I’m reading about. I’m easy that way. ;)

  7. Tall, handsome and flawed! Hair colour optional. :-) I like a funny guy if that trait works with the story, but I’m also happy with heroes who are intense, tender, brooding, misguided, damaged or driven. The “right” hero is always the one that the heroine can’t resist.

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    • I love that! And I understand exactly what you mean….sometimes there’s just that little something that we can’t name. Thanks so much for coming by.

  9. Of course I love my men tall, dark and gorgeous, Christine. I also like them with odd eyes that go against their appearance. For instance the typical tall, dark and handsome almost seems to demand brown, gray or hazel eyes. But I love someone with dark hair and violet, deep green or whiskey-colored eyes. Not the basic usual colors, but something a touch exotic. Yum!

    Can’t wait for your new release! I’m in line to nab my copy. :)

    • Oh yes…eyes are very important. I too love it when a dark man has light colored eyes. There’s just something so mesmerizing about them. I’ve got chills now! lol

      I’m glad you’re looking forward to Bachelor’s Special and can’t wait for you to read it Calisa…thanks for coming by!