There are times when I just can't get into the tough girls. I like an independent heroine as much as the next reader, but when they're so tough they seem to need no one, much less the hero, it's annoying.
Or when they cross the line from being funny in a smartass kind of way to just being an ass in general I want to throw the damn book. We've all read them. Nothing has me putting the book down faster than a bitch of a heroine. Why is it that all we ever hear about are the whiny heroines?
Now don't get me wrong, I love a gal who can shoot a big gun or wield a mean looking sword as much as the next woman. In fact, some of my favorite movies have women just like that. I've always admired (and even wanted to be) Wonder Woman. I want my daughters to be women who can take care of themselves and NOT rely on a man to get them through life. There's nothing more beautiful than a self-confident woman, right?
But, I still like them to be at least a little soft. When I read a romance book I want the hero and heroine to need each other. To cuddle. To make love. But when the heroine acts all tough, even during the soft moments, it makes me grind my teeth. It's every bit as frustrating as a heroine who cries every blasted time the hero makes love to her. Give me a break already.
Whatever happened to the regular, everyday heroine? She takes care of herself, but still gets all jittery around the hunky hero. She has her own apartment, but still finds it sexy when the hero offers to fix her car. She insists on paying for her own meal, but still thinks it's romantic when he buys her dessert, and then feeds it to her. A lot of the books I've read lately had that aspect missing. I read romance for a reason! I LIKE the ROMANCE! If you take out the sweet, soft, loving stuff...then what the hell am I left with?!
I'm just sayin'!