THINGS I HATE TO SEE IN A HERO
It’s going to be hard for me to sugarcoat today’s topic but I’ll try my best to remain civil. But knowing me, I will fail miserably because today we’re talking about asshole heroes.
Yup, we’ve all encountered a few in our reading lifetime and just like in real life, those miserable bastards tend to stick with us long after they are gone. What can I say? Evil does leave a lasting impression. But the whole reason why I brought this up was because I recently read a book where the hero was a bit of a douche. The book opens up with him complaining about his life. He used to be a pro athlete but after experiencing a major injury, he was forced to retire. Now he is the coach to a high school football team, but he obviously doesn’t enjoy it. The next scene introduces the heroine who is the team’s physical therapist and as sweet as she is when she firsts meets him, the guy disregards her as quickly as she is introduced. He also interrupts her every time she speaks and even belittles her too. All this occurs in the first couple of chapters in the book and immediately, I’m turned off.
I don’t like heroes who think they are better than everyone else and it’s also very important to like how a hero treats, not only a potential love interest, but all the other women around him. Respect is important to me. I’m also not into heroes who dictate things and just expect others to follow through. And I hate it when a hero become too possessive and controlling to the point where they essentially become a guard dog around you, barking at everything and everyone that comes in your path.
Confidence is sexy but cockiness is a major turn off. There’s also a fine line when it comes to women vying for his attention and when the man actually gives women his attention. All eyes should actually be on his heroine! I mean, this is a Romance book for God’s sakes! Don’t go cheating or sleeping with other people in the book even if things aren’t official yet! That doesn’t win any points with me.
I know there are plenty more out there that likely peeve readers off but those are just some of mine. I would LOVE to know your thoughts and what characteristics or actions that you’ve seen heroes do in books that you absolutely hated.
Is there a hero you’ve read that you didn’t like? What made you dislike him? What do you hope authors ditch the next time they try to come up with the hottest new alpha hero for their books?