We all have a picture in our head of that perfect man – physically describing him wouldn't be beneficial here as you might prefer muscular blonds and I prefer tall dark haired hunks. But we have that picture. But what makes a male a hero? A dictionary type definition is - a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
The list of heroes is long – firefighters, police officers, paramedics, soldiers, sailors etc. These are definitely men of courage who daily perform noble deeds. I think of them as "Noble Heroes." But my blog today is about the Romance Hero. The male in the story who is supposed to sweep the heroine off her feet and carry her away to "happily ever after" land.
Now if your hero is a noble hero, you're half way to the happy ending. There may be numerous pitfalls and dangers the characters have to survive, but a noble hero always overcomes all. (Although it may not happen until the sequel.)
What if your hero is a "bad guy"? He could be super bad – vampire or werewolf. Or, like my hero in Circles Interlocked, bad by association. As a teenager, Robert ran with a gang and the stigma of that follows him throughout his life. More than once, he lived up to his image – fought a gang war, got involved in the drug trade, lied to and cheated on his girlfriend.
So why is he my romantic hero? Brave deeds and noble qualities. In Circles Interlocked, Robert accidently wakes up next to his former girlfriend. The one woman he loves and the same woman he lied to and cheated on. His misdeeds and lies have created a wide and long wall between them and Robert is unaware of how to break down the separation.
Years have passed since their last face-slapped meeting and Julie has developed a prescription drug problem. Robert steps up and helps her, even though he is clearly aware of her raging hatred of him.
When Julie is in danger, Robert charges in to save her, fully knowing he could be killed. His sworn enemy would be satisfied with killing Robert or the woman he loves. The romantic hero has to figure out how to keep them both alive.
What was your favourite romantic hero like? Was he a noble hero or a bad boy? Or was he really bad – a vampire or werewolf type character? What was it in that hero that made you want to cheer for him? Do you know any one like him? (Unless of course he's a vampire?)