I don’t know about you, but when I’m reading, the heroine really isn’t the reason. I mean sure, we need her there for the hero to fall in love with, and I love a happy ending as much as the next girl (pun intended), but the hero can make or break a book for me.
In romantic suspense, heroes aren’t often the indecisive, talkative types. They’re the step-up-and-take-charge men who would throw themselves to the wolves if it meant saving the heroine (though they’d do everything in their power to save themselves too, and anyone else hanging around).
I like my heroes alpha, but not in the overbearing “my way or the highway” sort of personality. I prefer true alphas like you’d find in a wolf pack (yes, I know that my personal paranormal inclination is showing). True alphas are not loud or menacing, but rather they’re normally the strong, quieter type who tend to stay calm even when challenged by one of those yappy betas. It’s very rare for an alpha to lose his temper, but when he does, no one’s getting out unharmed. They aren’t constantly throwing their weight around because they don’t have to – others naturally respect that mysterious aura they seem to have, the one that lets everyone know without words that “this guy is in charge”.
I get heroes who constantly blow things out of proportion, and are too dense to take the heroine’s feelings into account. That’s just bad behavior, no matter where they happen to be in the pecking order. Heroes need flaws, of course, but I’m reading fiction, so I do expect them to be sexy and desirable and, well, not jerks. But that’s just me.
How do you like your heroes? Over-easy? Hard-boiled? With a side of hot sauce?
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