This is my first day at Writers Gone Wild so what did I decide to chat about? Men of course! Heroes in particular.
What makes the perfect hero? Apart from being tall, dark, sexy, and *cough* well-endowed, I’m very picky about the men I read.
I’m definitely not into the metrosexual man. Give me a dirty, rough-neck cowboy any day of the week over a man in a designer suit. However, there are a few authors who write about metrosexual types that I dig, but these guys are usually vampires and can kick anyone’s ass so it pretty much evens out.
I LOVE an alpha male, but not an alpha asshole. There’s a fine line between being a take charge kind of man, and someone who just takes over, regardless of anyone’s feelings, namely the heroine. So, the right kind of hero has got to actually listen to what his woman says and value her opinion. Linda Howard treads that line, and damn does she know how to write the perfect kind of alpha male.
Next on my list is the tortured soul. I definitely have a thing for the darker, lonely hero. Valerius Magnus from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Seize the Night will always be a favorite of mine for that reason.
A sense of humor is also a big thing. When bullets are flying, vampires are chasing them, or an angry goddess has unleashed hell on the world, I want a man who can make my heroine laugh in any situation.
I guess what the perfect hero comes down to for me is a man who puts the heroine before all others. At the end of the day, she’s the most important thing to him. He might not like her at the moment, or even trust her, but he’d do anything for her. I don’t care if he’s an alpha or beta hero, I just have to know he’d sacrifice anything for the woman he loves. What qualities make the perfect hero for you?