Oh My Shelves is proud to welcome Elizabeth Varlet to the blog, with her newest release Dark & Dazzling out on November 7, 2016. She defines what a makes a hero, and brings a wonderful Rafflecopter Giveaway! Please welcome Elizabeth and the Sassy Boyz to Oh My Shelves.
What makes a great hero?
As a romance writer figuring out what makes a great hero is my full-time job. And, like most everything else in life, the answer is subjective. Some people love Alphas. Some find them overbearing. Some people go for geeks, some jocks, and some love firefighters while others prefer policemen.
There is a never-ending list of “hero material”. Which is why the Romance genre is one of the best-selling and widely read genres out there. So many choices…
So why choose?
I mean, wouldn’t you want to have that cookie AND that slice of cake if you could without any consequences? That’s what Romance gives us. Endless possibilities. *insert happy sigh*
Still, there are some traits that almost every hero has in common.
1. He has core values that he believes in. These values can come in many different forms. Sometimes he believes that family is the most important thing. Sometimes he believes in hard work. It doesn’t matter what his values are, just that he believes in them wholeheartedly and lives his life accordingly.
2. He’s intelligent in his own way. This doesn’t necessarily need to be book smarts. He doesn’t always need to have a college degree. Maybe he’s a really good mechanic. Maybe he knows all there is to know about horses. Whatever it is, his intelligence is attractive.
3. He’s loyal. To someone or something. It doesn’t really matter who or what he’s loyal to, just that he has the ability to be loyal. Maybe he’s even loyal to himself at first, but the fact that he CAN be loyal means that he will be a great partner once he falls in love.
So, these are the things I’ve found that most heroes have in common. What do you think? Do you agree? What other traits might you find?
Let me know in the comments below.
And thanks for letting me hang with you today.
Z doesn’t need a hero…
Azariah “Z” Hayes is a diamond. Equal parts strength and sparkle, he’s more than capable of standing on his own stilettos. So if waiting tables and stripping at The Vibe are what it takes to keep a roof over his head, well, there are worse ways to earn a living.
Connelly is a white knight with a badge…
For NYPD detective Connelly Reid, to serve and protect is just another day at the office—even if that means protecting himself from his own true desires. He’s been curious about Z, his waiter, for months, but it’s not until he sees him in his makeup and heels that the curiosity becomes a fierce attraction. Z, despite all his over-the-top dazzle, might just be the man Connelly has been waiting for his entire life.
But when Connelly investigates underground porn and drug activity with ties to The Vibe, one thing becomes very clear—acting on what he knows is going to hurt Z, financially and emotionally. And though Connelly would love nothing more than to fix all of Z’s problems, no amount of mind-blowing sex can make Z comfortable becoming dependent on his lover. Yet if there’s one thing Connelly knows from his years on the force, it’s this: when things go bad, you need a trusted partner to have your back.
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Elizabeth Varlet is a thirtysomething newly married world-traveler who devours books like they were candy. A nerd at heart, she spends way too many hours binging on episodes of her favorite television shows and dreaming of the day she can adopt a dog—whom she’s already named.
She started writing stories in high school and hasn’t stopped. Now her characters like to get frisky under the covers. Or the stars, or in a car, or up against the wall—they’re not picky.
Elizabeth believes in love of all shapes and sizes and wants nothing more than to share the beauty in the form of stories.
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