In the world of romance fiction (both adult and YA), at least five types of heroes dwell among us.
He’s the dominant male who walks into the room and takes charge. Not the best person for you if you’re a take charge kind of gal (of course this makes for great conflict in fiction). He tough and rugged, and most often in a leadership position. His career path often lies in the world of the military, espionage, corporate CEO. He’s definitely hot in romantic suspense since saving lives is what he lives for.
He’s the complete opposite to the alpha. He won’t tell you what to do, but that doesn’t mean you can walk all over him either. And talk about a world of jobs open to him. He can do anything. Whereas the Alpha won’t tell you what’s bugging him, the beta will. But he won’t dump all his woes on you all at once. In YA, he covers a number of types including the sweet boy next door and the slightly nerdy classmate.
The Bad Boy
A favorite in YA, apparently. There’s something appealing about him, especially the edge of danger that seems to be part of him. Of course in real life, this is one guy you want to avoid. He’s usually not tameable like he is in fiction.
The Tortured hero
Something bad has happened in this guy’s past that has put him emotionally at a distance . . . until the right girl comes along. Like the bad boy, this is one guy you want to avoid in real life, but he’s a real hottie in fiction.
This guy has tons of girlfriends, or at least flirts a lot, but when the right one comes along (aka the heroine), he’s more than happy to settle down.
My question for you is: Which is your favorite romance hero(es)? And if you read both YA and adult romances, do you prefer the same type of guy for each?
(This list was adapted from Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies.)
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Writes YA contemporary (heavy on romance, danger, and steamy make out scenes) and sexy romantic suspense. I'm a member of the RWA, and can also be found (MWF) on my other blog, Seeing Creative.
Loves anything and everything of a paranormal nature. I originally intended to write straight-up fantasy, but my dang-blasted characters refused to quit falling in love and keep their clothes on . . . so paranormal romance it is. Fledgling member of the RWA and the rest of my writerly antics can be found over at Forever Endeavor.