I know bad boys and alphaholes are a big thing in romance, and I do love to read me some bad boys, but I’m also a sucker for a nice guy, and those are the guys I write. I never really thought about it much; I didn’t deliberately set out to write them vs full-blown alphas, but when I look back at all my writing — even the stuff that’s sitting in a box under the bed and will never see the light of day — my guys are nice. Obviously, my muse likes them too.
Nice does not equal wimp. My heroes usually have a wicked streak a mile wide, but they’re nice. They’re not going to take crap from anyone, but they’re not going to go out of their way to be nasty. They feel deeply, they care about their friends and their co-workers, they bring flowers to elderly women. They don’t cheat on their wives or their girlfriends, they don’t poach their friends’ women. They may lose their tempers occasionally, but they apologize. And, as nice guys who (mostly) happen to be Doms, they don’t let their heroines ignore the hard stuff. They push limits, as Doms will do.
My latest nice guy is Jeremy Kohler in Matzoh and Mistletoe. He’s a cop who’s totally fallen for a woman he can never have. Rebeccah Rickman’s synagogue does holiday mitzvahs, or good deeds, and every Christmas and Easter for the past 5 years, she’s volunteered at the police station and ridden along with Jeremy during his shift. He’s attracted to her intelligence, her body, and her sense of humor, but she’s married, and Jeremy doesn’t hit on married women. Ever. And then he finds out she’s no longer married….
In my Bondage & Breakfast books, more nice guys. In Forbidden Fantasies, Alex Meyers’ wife is scaring him. She’s retreated emotionally from him, and the loss is breaking his heart. Marcus Aiello in Forbidden Desires has a secret. He likes taking charge in the bedroom, but he also likes submitting there, too. It takes the right woman to show this tough guy with a sweet heart that nice guys finish, well, whenever their Domme lets them. In Forbidden Fires, Colin Butler gets a second chance with the woman he’s never been able to forget. His ex-girlfriend and temporary partner is stunned to find out in the time they’ve been apart, he hasn’t been with anyone else. And then there’s Gabe McConnell in Forbidden Obsessions. Gabe opens his home to a recovering firefighter and finds his patience sorely tested by her stubborn attitude. It’s a war between his need to take control and his need to protect the woman in his care.
So what are your favorite kinds of heroes?
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