Random Thoughts of a Romance Blogger: On the Perfect Hero

Posted February 16, 2018 by Suzanne in Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 14 Comments

On the Perfect Hero

I’ve come to face a cold hard fact about myself, I’m in the romance not for the feisty heroines, not for the interesting plots, nor for the emotionally highs and lows. Instead it’s all about the heroes. It horrifies and amuses me in equal measure. I view myself as progressive and as a feminist, but when it comes to romance books; it’s all about the guys.

Not that it doesn’t delight me when I read a heroine that I fall in love with. In fact I probably find more delight in a fantastic heroine that I do a hero, but only because it seems to be so much rarer. But,  most of the time I can live with a mediocre heroine…a mediocre hero however is a book killer.

But what makes that perfect hero? What makes me start hurling stars at the book? Start swooning like a Regency era heroine seeing her very first hairy leg? What I can tell you it very much ISN’T: Perfection.

Perfection is boring. Those heroes that look perfect, that act perfectly and seem to possess angelic patience and an unreasonable propensity to say the right thing, they do nothing for me. It’s so bland and irritatingly self-satisfied, as he solves all of the poor silly heroines problems for her. Nope, heroes like that do not get locked into my book boyfriend dungeon.

Instead, give me a hero who isn’t the pinnacle of physical perfection. I want someone with some scars a burn or two, maybe a missing eye maybe even a man who is under 6ft tall. But, it doesn’t stop at physical imperfection. I want someone who is capable of making mistakes, who doesn’t always say quite the right thing and isn’t filled with an overabundance of confidence that they are always right…and then they actually are. Where’s the fun in that? I’m not really interested in a caricature of male perfection, it seems unfair to all involved in the same way beauty magazines and Barbie makes women think we should all be blonde with tiny waists and boobs that enter the room long before she does.

Nope, give me the grumpy, gruff, slightly befuddled ones with bad tempers a few questionable habits and ability to learn from their mistakes. That always makes for a much more enjoyable read and a hero that I would gladly lock in my book boyfriend dungeon.

Here are some of my favourite perfectly imperfectly heroes:

Who are you perfectly imperfect heroes?

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I am so in love with you right now!!! One word: Zsadist. OMG. He has been my book boyfriend for years. Him and Simon from Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I. *thud* I actually wanted to tattoo a Z on my wrist, that’s how much I love him. OH! And Ian! Yes, yes, yes! I will definitely check out the others. I’ve read most of the authors here, but not all of these particular books.

Thank you for this!

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I love zsadist Too Darynda!!! One Of My Fave Bdb!!!

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I love your picks suzanne!!! I have always loved the imperfect hero’s! It started with my still very favorite fairytale beauty& the beast.we all carry some scar’s whether physically,emotionally or mentality. But I am not drawn to the hero who is cruel or sick,I don’t care what his story is. I’m a sensual romantic and I like a book hero has a take charge attitude who’s not afraid of a strong woman who knows what she wants and isn’t ashamed to get it!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Elizabeth

Great choices! Many of your choices would also be in my list.

Darynda
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Darynda

I am so in love with you right now!!! One word: Zsadist. OMG. He has been my book boyfriend for years. Him and Simon from Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I. *thud* I actually wanted to tattoo a Z on my wrist, that’s how much I love him. OH! And Ian! Yes, yes, yes! I will definitely check out the others. I’ve read most of the authors here, but not all of these particular books.

Thank you for this!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

I love zsadist Too Darynda!!! One Of My Fave Bdb!!!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

I love your picks suzanne!!! I have always loved the imperfect hero’s! It started with my still very favorite fairytale beauty& the beast.we all carry some scar’s whether physically,emotionally or mentality. But I am not drawn to the hero who is cruel or sick,I don’t care what his story is. I’m a sensual romantic and I like a book hero has a take charge attitude who’s not afraid of a strong woman who knows what she wants and isn’t ashamed to get it!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Great choices! Many of your choices would also be in my list.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading
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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading

The perfect hero is definitely boring, they don’t add the great layers to the romance that an imperfect one does.

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Timitra

“Nope, give me the grumpy, gruff, slightly befuddled ones with bad tempers a few questionable habits and ability to learn from their mistakes. That always makes for a much more enjoyable read and a hero that I would gladly lock in my book boyfriend dungeon.” So much yes!!! There are so many, these are the first ones that came to kind Zsadist, Barrons, Keri Lake’s heroes

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

The perfect hero is definitely boring, they don’t add the great layers to the romance that an imperfect one does.

Timitra
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Timitra

“Nope, give me the grumpy, gruff, slightly befuddled ones with bad tempers a few questionable habits and ability to learn from their mistakes. That always makes for a much more enjoyable read and a hero that I would gladly lock in my book boyfriend dungeon.” So much yes!!! There are so many, these are the first ones that came to kind Zsadist, Barrons, Keri Lake’s heroes

Amy R
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Amy R

Tate Jackson, Shy Cage, Hector Chavez and Reyes Farrow are some if my favorite heroes. I also liked Duke of Ashbury form The Duchess Deal.

Amy R
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Amy R

Tate Jackson, Shy Cage, Hector Chavez and Reyes Farrow are some if my favorite heroes. I also liked Duke of Ashbury form The Duchess Deal.