Because as Laura Kinsale (gawd bless her) says, "The man carries the book."
You hear that romance writers?
The man carries the book.
He's the key.
So what did our survey reveal to be the Perfect Romance Hero?
1. He's tall.
Shockingly, despite the beauty of Richard Armitage's Thorin Oakenshield and the transformation of the Tolkien dwarf into loveboat sex symbol, 100% of you think that your Perfect Romance Hero would be tall. Armitage/Hobbit lovers (or haters) read this.
|Dwarf hotness - Thorin, Fili and Kili (and the rest)|
2. He's brunette. No grey. No...
Actually, most of you don't care. Though not one respondent chose blond or red-headed. What? No Daniel Craig lovers out there?
3. He's muscular OR athletic.
Alright you were split on this. But skinny? No chance. Cuddly? No thank you. Poor Robbie Coltrane...
4. Personality? Your perfect hero.... There is no perfect.
Interestingly, some of you like brooders. Some of you want a man who will be kind to animals. Others a man who will make you laugh. Some want to be protected, some challenged. Some want a man wittier and more dazzling than the Scarlet Pimpernel.
Frankly, as long as he's tall, you don't care. Okay, that's not entirely true. More of you liked clever (31%) OR protective (38%). Only one personality type lost out: romantic! A hero that remembers all the little things? Forget it.
5. He's brilliantly clever!
Overwhelmingly, most of you (92%) preferred your hero to be brilliantly clever rather than magnificently strong. Roll over Gaston, the book-loving beast is in town. I always was a sucker for MacGyver.
Most of you prefer a man that saves his village (77%), not the world. Protects his own. Charity heroes need not apply.
7. He lives in a mansion.... no a castle... no a pirate ship... no a ranch.... no a viking longhouse!
Frankly, the only place your hero doesn't live is in the great outdoors. Fairly evenly representing the split of romance genres, your hero calls all sorts of places his home.
But a lot of you like a mansion (46%). Or a castle (23%). Somewhere big, anyway.
|Castle dwelling is the way to go|
8. Your hero travels by any means necessary.
Okay, so you have a mild preference for sports cars (38%) and stallions (23%), but each category had its fans. Even dragon-riding!
9. Your Perfect Hero owns a dog.
62% of you dream of a dog lover. 15% of you prefer a cat or no pets at all. Something exotic gets a look in, but a parrot? No way? WHAT ABOUT THE HERO ON THE PIRATE SHIP? No parrot?
10. He's human.
This was the biggest shock result. 100% of you voted that your Perfect Romance Hero was human. NOT a vampire. Or a shifter. Or a werewolf. Or a fae.
Twilight has truly had its day. Humans are here to stay.
So there you have it. Your Perfect Mansion-dwelling, dog-loving, sports car driving, 6' 3" Romance Hero (apparently) looks a bit like.... this: