As readers and writers of romance fiction most of us have one BIG thing in common...we LOOOOOVE MEN! Tall ones, buff ones, smart-assed, cocky creatures who ring every bell and have us coming back for more. In preparing to write this blog I thought back to the fictional heroes I've loved reading about but I have to admit that, as a writer, I love the ones I create from my own imagination. All of us have our favorite type of hero so I thought we'd play a little trade off game...I'll show you MINE and you can tell me all about YOURS!!!
As Rita Thedford, I write ultra hot regencies and contemporaries and my alter ego, Regina Carlysle writes erotic romance. My first Carlyle story is Tempting Tess, an older woman/younger man tale which will be released by Ellora's Cave on May 8. Daniel Rios, my hot latino hero, does great things with his hands. Get your minds out of the GUTTERS, my Peeps! He works in construction (although he DOES use his hands in other ways, too. lol) He's tall, lean, ripped and has a great sense of humor.
While thinking about the topic today, I took a look back at the heroes I've built for my stories and was a little surprised by their similarities. First of all, almost every one of them are DARK. Now this could be because I'm a blonde and that old adage, opposites attract, comes into play here. But the similarities don't end there. All are tall, lean with ripped muscle, full of good humor and almost every one of them talks with a slow, southern drawl. Who doesn't like a slow-talking, teasing man who knows all the right moves? He can make a woman laugh with his playful manner and have her shivering with lust, all at the same time. Oh YEAH. My kind of hero.
Even my historical hero has similar qualities to the modern day guys. Christian Delaford of Tempted (Wings ePress) is big, build and though he's an aristrocrat, he doesn't give a flip about the sensibilities of the day. He's an adventurer both in and out of the bedroom and hides, beneath that masculine exterior, a heart of gold. Of all my heroes, Christian is the only aristocrat. The others are all working men who ply their trades in the outdoors as ranchers, cowboys, carpenters.
Nash Logan, my hero from Hot Night at the Blue Bug Saloon (The Wild Rose Press) is a rodeo cowboy who longs for a ranch and family of his own. This smokin' hot, slow talking, long lovin' cowboy is a tall, dark, dream in denim. Matt McBride from One Dependable Man (The Wild Rose Press) is a Texas rancher with a heart bigger than the state in which he lives. A man of honor, he vows to fulfill a promise to a friend and finds love in the most unlikely place. He woos the heroine with humor and a tender touch.
I've told you about my favorite heroes. What about yours? As readers, which heroes melt your bones and have you running for a cold shower? As a writer, what type of men feature prominently in your stories? Curious minds want to KNOW.
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