Whether writing , or reading ,what draws you to the hero. What makes you fall in love with him?Is it his looks?
Is he a bad boy with redeeming characteristics? He stops his motorcycle to rescues a puppy on the side of the road.Is it his courage and/or selflessness? He always puts the heroine, family and friends first.
What about humility, patience and caring?With me there has to be something in his appearance that catches the heroine’s eye. Then he needs qualities that complement the heroine and help her grow and maybe reach her goal. There needs to be conflict but he will try to understand her and put her first needs first. He needs to be romantic. If not at first, then he learns from the heroine how to bring romance into their relationship. It can be flowers and wine, but I love it when the hero comes up with different ideas that blow the heroine away – a picnic in a field of daisies that she loves. Or maybe the surprising gift of something she loves. Or he steps in to help with her special project.
Who’s your favorite hero? Mine is Roarke from the JD Robb series