In the paranormal genre, and especially with shapeshifters, the hero often walks a thin line between the dark and the light that leaves in in the sexy shadows of life. The dark side of sexy heroes are edgy with visceral needs and wants that go directly to the heart of what drives men to mate and ultimately to love. With my dark heroes I put my heroes through the St. Giles 4H-Test: Hard, Hot, Heroic, and a Hell of a lot!
The Hard. Think about all of your favorite heroes and most women will find that the men we are drawn to have a since of invincibility about them, an assurance that in dire moments they’ve got what it takes to go to all the way to the wall and beyond. He has the drive and solid core of courage that will stand against the world. But at the same time he has a vulnerable side, one that the heroine feels in the very depths of her heart and wants to protect.
The Hot. World wide women are often drawn to different physical attributes, but one quality that appeals no matter the race or culture is an underlying sensuality that lets every woman know he is not only comfortable with himself, but he’s also comfortable with a woman being herself. Though he might be surprised by her strength, her success, or her sensuality, he is not threatened by them but revels in them.
The Heroic. For me, though the hero walks the dark side of sexy, he either has or develops the heart and the will to choose the good and the noble no matter the cost to himself or his own personal wants or agenda.
The Hell Of A Lot. Well, LOL we all love our heroes to be just a little bit larger than life in every way. When he’s sexy we want him sexy as hell. When he’s fighting we want him hard as hell. You get the idea.
So let me hear from you who are your favorite Hard, Hot, Heroic, Hell of a Lot heroes? Doesn’t matter if they’re in literature, film, real life, where ever? Just share him with the rest of us and tell us what makes him pass the St. Giles 4-H Test!
Jennifer St. Giles