In my new manuscript, my heroine is a romance writer with a list of ten characteristics she expects her heroes to live up to. I think she uses it a little bit for a personal measuring stick as well. Anyway, for your reading pleasure:
Skye’s Ten Traits of a Hero
- Always keeps his word/promises.
- Respects the heroine as an individual with intelligence and many other ass-kicking qualities.
- He loves her brand of crazy.
- Once they begin their own mating dance–even if it involves slammed doors and acidic wit–he doesn’t/can’t sleep with another woman. If he does, he finds the experience hollow and unsatisfying.
- Even if he’s a “bad boy” he has his own brand of morals that he doesn’t violate.
- He sees qualities in her no one else does and doesn’t get why everyone else doesn’t see her the same way.
- He laughs with her.
- He’s willing to make sacrifices for and compromise with her, which isn’t necessarily true of others.
- He cares about what she cares about or, at least, cares that she cares.
- He recognizes her either has his soul mate or that he has never and will never love anyone else in the huge, world-shattering way he loves her.
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