What Makes A Hero Romantic?

What makes a hero romantic?  Let’s look at some admirable qualities.

1. Good looking?  A muscular physique?  Not only look strong but actually be strong?  So would Daniel Craig fit the bill, or should I say Bond?  What if great looks and a robust body was not enough?  Okay, I hear the groans out there.  Let’s get back to looks.  Should the perfect hero be a brunette like Jason Momoa of “Conan the Barbarian” or tall and blond like Alexander Skarsgard?

2. Is it the clothes that make a romantic hero?  Does he have to wear an Armani suit or would you like him in a t-shirt and jeans?  Or…. I won’t fill in that last part.  I’ll leave it to your imagination.

3. What about personality?  Do you like your hero mysterious?  Moody?  Laid back? Exciting?  In the middle of action?  Sensitive?  Tender?  Practical or daring?  Is he likely to be a stay-at-home guy who is into making a career to support his family?  Or wandering scientist who hungers for the next discovery and you in between?  Is he the dependable day-to-day hero like a cop, firefighter, or soldier?  Or the guy always looking for the next fight?  What does your hero do and how does he view life?

4. How does he treat the heroine?  Does he avoid her?  Ignore her?  Befriend her?  Save her life?  Sweep her off her feet?  Protect her?  Does he treat her like a kid sister?  An enemy?  A beloved?  A goddess that he worships?

5. What is that extraordinary quality that makes a hero romantic???

Tell me what you think makes a hero romantic.

Susan Hanniford Crowley

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16 Responses to What Makes A Hero Romantic?

  1. Xrunner Zulu says:

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  2. cmkempe says:

    Hey Susan, I think the most important thing a hero needs is a warm heart. 🙂 I prefer it if circumstances keep the lovers apart in a story, so that yearning grows on both their parts and the frustration fuels the fire until (as it must do!) they finally get together and are happy as you knew they’d be,

  3. Gerri Brousseau says:

    Good Morning Susan,
    For me I think the hero must have courage and a true heart. He would die to protect his lady love, not necessarily saying he would need to. He doesn’t necessarily have to be muscular and handsome, but that does help. I think in writing romance, the hero is the fantasy man all women would want to be swept away by. I was engaged to a man who was very romantic and it was the little things he did that made him that way for me. I do have to admit, he was delightfully handsome though.

  4. PJ Sharon says:

    That’s a complex question Susan. There are so many things that make a romantic hero.

    Although I don’t prefer “pretty boys”, there needs to be attraction–that spark that grabs you when you look at a man and know that he’s the only guy in the room that you could ever fall for. For me that comes from exuding an attitude of self-confidence and an inner quality of being genuine.

    My husband has the friendliest face. You can see the tenderness in his heart and soul. That’s the most romantic thing I know of. And Gerri’s right–it’s all the little things–from opening a car door, to helping me into a coat, or the million ways he shows me each day that he thinks I’m beautiful.

  5. Lois Pegg says:

    Susan, what makes a man romantic to me is if he makes me feel sexy. Of course that’s not the only requirement. Being tall, dark, with long hair and
    intelligent eyes and equally intelligent conversation really adds to the excitement. What I think is romantic now is far different than my ideal at
    20 something. Seasoning helps smooth out the edges and gives that slow
    simmering needed to build the heat in a romantic man.

  6. Rob and Jon says:

    First of all, we have to admit that for us, Jason Momoa would be an extraordinary, romantic (and oh so sexy) hero in any story you could think of. But to us, generally speaking, a romantic hero has rough edges he acknowledges, is thoughtful when he doesn’t have to be, maintains confidence without being arrogant, and is visibly, viscerally, moved by his woman…or his man.

  7. Kathy Albert says:

    Ah, the romantic hero … rugged and gentle, decisive and impulsive, morally solid, but with an edge. He can wear jeans well and sport a slight, unshaven look to give off the aura of “I have things to accomplish today. There’s nothing pretty about me. I’m driven and I will get what I want.” That would be a “Yes, take me now” response from the heroine followed by “I want to have your children”. Okay, those words would never actually be said, but the thoughts would cross her mind.

  8. Susan Hanniford Crowley says:

    Okay. I’m taking notes here.
    –slow simmering to build heat
    –intelligent eyes
    –self-confidence,an inner quality of being genuine
    –frustration fuels fire
    –courage and a true heart
    –a warm heart

    More, please! I just love hearing what makes a hero romantic.

  9. Susan Hanniford Crowley says:

    Rugged yet gentle
    Confident without arrogance.

    Yes, yes, I can see him in my mind. This is good. More please, LOL


  10. Debralee Mede says:

    I think that I’ve enjoyed the blog so much that I will just sit here and drool if you will permit me this luxury. Wow, This was terrific.


  11. Kel says:

    Personally, I don’t care about looks. I prefer my “ultimate romantic hero” to be comfortable with who and what he is. Strength of character is more important than strength of body – one of my favorite romatic heros was in a wheelchair; but he was caring and determined and concerned about the things his partner was concerned about, and did what he could to assist her with her (very physical -she was effectively a gladiator) troubles.

    That was incredibly sexy.

  12. Kel says:

    Actually, I can’t say I completely don’t care about looks. He should be attractive in some way – even if only to the heroine. It’s hard to have hot sex if I’m thinking “oh gawd, someone get this man a toothbrush!”…

  13. Casey Wyatt says:

    Looks are important for the initial attraction, but for me, it’s all about personality. And the hero has to be kind or at least have a soft core in there somewhere! As much as I drool over a sexy guy, if he’s a jerk, he’s just a jerk in an ab-tastic wrapper!

  14. Gail Ingis says:

    My romantic man has my best interests taken care of, he is ahead of my needs/wants. He wraps his arms around me and tells me all the wonderful words I want/need to hear. OouWhee, I am married to him!

  15. Susan Hanniford Crowley says:

    Lucky Gail!

    You’re absolutely right, Casey. Jerk in an ab-tastic wrapper is still a jerk. Personality is important. Strength of character is a must. That the heroine enjoys looking at him can’t hurt. Kel, you’re right, the man must have good hygiene.

    As always, Debralee, drooling is encouraged at Nights of Passion.

    Ah, more, please, more.
    – Susan

  16. Dalila says:

    What makes a guy totally irresistible and romantic? He’s got to be fun and have a good sense of humor; cute but not hung up on himself; knows how to live a balanced life; adventuresome but still down to earth; intelligent but still personable, and of course he must be totally into you. And my personal favorite, he must know his way around a toolbox, spreadsheet, and gym. But then I’m not picky 🙂

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