I’ve been on a old movie kick. When I say old, I am talking 50’s,60’s, 70’s. I guess old means pre-now to clear up offending anyone. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gidget, Bikini Beach, etc. Along side my hunger for these old romances, a new hero is emerging in BDSM erotic romances that brings me to wonder. How do we like our heroes?
I like my heroes to be strong, but have a soft side. I like them to be just a little possessive and territorial, but not violent or a male chauvinistic. He has to have morals, he has to be devoted and he also has to have a sense of humor. You can get through a lot with laughs. He’ll always be damaged by something, but it’s always something my heroines can fix or help him over come. It’s the gooey center of my otherwise rock-solid man. He’s usually the sound mind and down to earth person; bringing sanity into my heroines lives.
I asked a fellow author, Joanne Stewart, this same question and here is her response.
I like my heroes to be…soft, yet strong. I like them to be a mix between Alpha and Beta. He knows what he wants and what he likes. He’s strong in his principles, and he’s not afraid to stand up for them. He’s the type of guy who won’t hesitate to step to the heroine’s defense, whether she likes it or not. 😉 But he’s also soft around the edges. He’s got a heart of gold, makes a good friend and sibling. The kind of guy who’s good with kids and dogs. He’s flawed, got some quirk that absolutely drives the heroine crazy, but all in all, he’s a nice guy.
A related post from Joanne on hero’s can be found here.