As writers and readers of romance we love our heros. Where would a story be without one? In the trash, I guess. These heros tend to be a little larger than life . And why not? We all have our daydreams about gorgeous hunks.
So when someone once asked at a writers' meeting 'What about all the real guys out there?' my reply was 'We marry them'.
The real guys are our heros. They are the men who hug us when we've had a bad day, sit up all night with us when the world is going badly pear-shaped, and sometimes buy us chocolates or pour us a glass of wine. On a good day they'll even cook a meal or do the dishes. Sound similar to those you read about?
They also leave their clothes on the floor, forget to bring home the milk , and think it hilarious when the hairdresser uses the wrong colour on our hair.
And, they don't all come in tall, broad shouldered packages.
My first hero, my dad, used to occasionally buy mum a box of chocolates knowing full well she didn't like them while he craved them. It was the only way he could justify spending the money back then. He'd sometimes cook dinner, and man, could he cook, but he'd use every pot and pan in the house then leave mum with the dishes.
Come to think of it, my latest hero, my DB, has similar characteristics. Must buy him some teatowels for his next birthday. Would I swap him for one of the heros in my books? Only on the days I get handed stinky fishing clothes to wash!
I have a copy of The Dangers of Dating Your Boss to give away so tell me what makes a man a hero for you? Is it the every day things he does or the big picture things?