Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Those HOT romance hunks

I've been feeling a little down lately so I thought I'd talk about something we all love, men! LOL. I'm talking those sexy heroes in the romance novels we all devour. When I'm reading a book, the hero is instrumental in whether I love a story or not. I have to relate to the heroine in some way and I have to like her but I have to love the hero. Not sure if all readers are that way (or maybe I'm the only one who is man crazy) but it's true. All of my favorite books, those books that are on my keeper shelf, are books with a hero that I fell head over heels for. He stole my heart right along with the heroines. It's hard to say what my "type" is because a lot of the heroes I love so much don't fit the same mold. Some are easy going, some are tortured, some have big bucks while others are those sexy working men with callused fingers and faded blue jeans (*sigh*). Somehow or another he has to make my heart go pitter-patter. He has to make me fall in love with him.

I'm the same way when it comes to the heroes I write. I try to write a man that women can fall in love with. I have fun writing the heroes in my books. Trying to figure out how they would think, how a man would think and then half the time make them do the complete opposite. LOL. That's what's so endearing, IMO. When the hero is lost with the heroine. When he doesn't know whether he's coming or going and he almost always screws up.

A couple of the heroes I've written always stand out in my mind. One of them is Nico, from my novel, Unexpected Mr. Right. I love him because he's so confident, and sure of himself. He's a ladies man through and through yet Tabby gets him upside down. Even though Nico is in unfamiliar water, he never runs. He may not know what the hell he's doing, but Nico knows women and he sure is going to figure out what it is she stirs inside him. Plus he's fun, he's jokester and he brings that to Tabby's life.

Another is Ryan from my novella, Enjoying the Ride, in the What White Boyz Ride anthology. *sigh* I just love Ryan. He's a man, he's rugged, sexy. He has money but you'd never know it. He's a worn pair of blue jeans, cold beer kind of man. He's laid back, easy going, and loves to smile. He made me smile while I was writing him.

Do you read more for the hero or heroine? What kind of heroes do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite heroes you've written if you're a writer, or read if you're a reader?


Genella deGrey said...

Hehe! Fun questions!

I would have to say that I read mostly for the hero. Blush*

I like to read/write all different kinds of heroes - tortured souls, alpha males, kind-hearted men who fall head-over-heals for the heroine . . . Sigh.


Regina Carlysle said...

I'm like you, Kell. I want to love the hero. I feel I spend far more time crafting a hero than I do the heroine. Since most of my stuff is set in Texas, my heroes tend to be 'laid back sexy'. Just a bit cocky and self assured, long-necked beer rather than martini kind of guys.

Mary Ricksen said...

I like a hero with heart. I want him to be basically a good man, not necessarily tortured, but maybe lost without me. And of course he must have muscles and be handsome, (this is my dream guy right!).

Kelley Nyrae said...

I'm with you Mary! LOL.

I like all different kinds of me too, Genella.

Reg, Love a laid back guy.

Anne Rainey said...

I like a tortured hero. Not necessarily physically, but emotionally. I want the heroine to be his saving grace, his light. I think that's why I love Lora Leigh's books so much and also Christine Feehan. Their heroes are strong, tough, edgy, but they have scars on the inside and only the heroine can bring out that softer side. That's sexy to me. That melts my heart.

Sort of like when I give my husband that certain look. He can be as mad as a hornet, but a look can melt him. It's sexy to see him melt. ;-)