Well, it’s another slow day at work – at least at the moment. If things don’t pick up it’s going to be a very looonnnggg day.
So – I was pondering – since I have time to do that today – about what I like in a romance hero – profession-wise (since I have time to ponder I may as well pick an interesting subject)
Not to long ago, the ladies at Let’s Gab had a poll on jobs we like our heroes to have. I voted – I always vote in their polls and the results sure didn’t match what I chose.
I think I’m yet again a bit of an odd duck when it comes to romance, but I picked the blue-collar kind of profession. But the winner was a rich business man type.
But for me – gimme a blue collar hero any time. There was a book I read a few years ago Getting What You Want by Kathy Love. The hero was pretty much an ordinary guy. He owned his own construction/restoration business and I loved that he ‘got dirty’ at work. Of course then she went on to write funny vampire stories and they just aren’t for me.
I would much rather read a book where the hero is a cop or a firefighter or a construction worker or whatever, ever so much more than a businessman or the owner of a huge corporation or a millionaire or whatever. While I know that romance is pure escapism, I still like a dose of reality.
I think when it comes to historical that’s why I prefer Westerns to English historicals. To me a cowboy, or a lawman or even a reformed outlaw just ‘works’ more than a duke or a viscount – or whatever. And I think that’s also why Dreaming of You is one of my all time favourite historicals. Derek was a ‘working man’ type much more that most of the English historicals.
Ron was a blue collar guy – a welder by trade – and I have some pictures of him in his working clothes – hard hat and everything and for me he’s just very sexy in those pictures. I used to find him much more attractive in his working clothes than in a suit. And if he hadn’t gotten home before me most days – I would have ‘proven’ just how hawt I thought he was.
I wrote the above at work – things did pick up a bit in the afternoon – thank goodness, so I didn’t get to really finish it. Then I was reading it and thought – I don’t have much more to say.
So – am I an island in preferring a less rich/titled kind of hero? Any books to recommend that have my kind of hero?