Prepare yourself for a long, rambling post.
But there’s a question and possibly a prize at the end.
I was thinking about flawed characters for some reason. And as a reader, I’ve always felt one of two things, if the heroine (or hero) knows their own flaws and tries to work on it (that they’re humble I guess) it doesn’t bother me. Or if the hero finds those “flaws” utterly adorable about the heroine, then I can get on board too. I had a specific book in mind, but now I can’t remember what the heck it was and I don’t like to use other author’s books as examples anyway. So that got me thinking, Hope tends to be kind of shy about things (I like to think she’s just a classy lady). But since that’s a big turn-on for Rock and he doesn’t want her to change, I never give it a lot of thought. Is that weird? I mean, I’m—ahem—near Hope’s age and I write some dirty books, but if you came up to me in person and said “hey, Autumn I have to tell you, it’s really hot the way Rock likes to jizz all over Hope in every other sex scene” I’d probably turn beet-red and run away from you.
On the other end of that spectrum, I have my club girl, Trinity. And I know in romance-land an, um “experienced” heroine isn’t as accepted as a slutty hero is. (Why, the double standard, folks!?) Not that her experience was a “turn-on” for Wrath, but he was able to be an adult and move on. Even twisting it to mean he knew he was the best she’d ever had (which personally, I found funny). He had his own issues too, mostly acting first and thinking later, but eventually realized that wasn’t working for him and tried to change his behavior.
So here’s my question. What’s a “deal breaker” for you in a hero or heroine? What can you accept and what do you hate no matter what?
For me, I guess it’s if the heroine’s an ungrateful twat, you know, the hero does lots of nice simple things for her, but when he doesn’t buy her the exact giant diamond engagement ring she wants, she makes his life miserable. (I’m exaggerating…sort of).
As for heroes, I strongly dislike the ones who do things the heroine hates (to her personally or sexually) but keeps doing them anyway because that somehow makes him “alpha”. Nope. Just makes you a dick. I’m not talking about BDSM-type situations where the parties agree to such things. More like the heroine would prefer he wear a condom but he doesn’t want to so that’s final. Um, no. Nope. Can’t get on board with that. Or to use my earlier example, if Hope objected to Rock coming all over her and he kept on doing it any way, then that would make him an asshole.
Just my opinion of course.
And here’s the prize:
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Giveaway is open from 10/6 to 10/13.
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