By Caroline Clemmons
pick up a romance, what do you expect from the hero? Let’s talk about the main
components of a hero, shall we?
First, let’s get his appearance out of the way. Do you require a thick head of hair and perfect physique before a man can be a hero in your eyes? Does he have to be a certain height, have a particular color of eyes, and wear his hair a certain way? If he’s bald, are all bets off? What if he’s a geek who wears glasses and isn’t that fit? What each of us means by “perfect” hero physically probably differs from one reader to the next. Not that I’m turned off by a handsome man, mind you, but I don’t care as much about his physical aspects as about his character.
For instance, I remember a friend who dated a wonderful man wo was crazy about her. She stopped seeing him because his hairline was receeding. She ended up marrying a nice looking guy who was an alcoholic who beat her.
There are several qualities that are necessary for a hero, at least IMO. These qualities
might not exist at the first of the book, but they’d better be there by the end
or I want my money back.
 He has
to be trustworthy. In our part of the country, you hear “His word is his bond.”
That means if he says it, he’ll do it and you don’t need a contract to hold him
to his word. No man with that reputation would risk losing it.
afraid of commitment. Not just in romance, but I’m reminded of a man with whom man
I once worked. He was in his thirties but still lived in the rented apartment
he moved into for grad school, rented his office, leased a car, had the same
girlfriend for five years—yet wondered why no one took him seriously as an
adult. His lifestyle was still grad student. Talk about arrested development!
 Takes a stand. This may be a part of commitment, but I list it separately. It means he won’t be a “yes” man to anyone. He is not afraid to state his opinion about a course of action, and not afraid to follow up on that opinion.
I’m sure you can think of more qualities you look for your heroes. Tell me what they are, and which you think are most important.