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.