Today we're so excited to have author Caroline Linden on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Last month, we saw the release of Love in the Time of Scandal. The secret to any great romance is giving us a heroine we can't get enough of, and a hero who can't get enough of her! Caroline is here today to talk about the top traits of heroine must have. Thanks, Caroline!
Many people are unabashed in their preferences: they read romance for the hero. A lot of very popular series revolve around a group of men, be they brothers, fellow spies, or members of the same military Special Forces team. And I am not arguing with this; a well-written hero is a work of art. It’s not to say that the heroines are secondary, it’s just that heroes are more likely to be larger than life, battling demons, risking the impossible, and generally being… well, heroic.
But a heroine is just as important. Do you close the book with a happy sigh if the magnificent hero battles his way through danger only to end up with a needy, clingy heroine? Do you feel charmed when the thoroughgoing ditz captures the very virile all-man hero? Me neither. To be clear, a great hero is important—VERY important! But so is a good heroine. And while a heroine doesn’t have to match the hero on every level, there are a few important things I look for.
If the girl can’t find her way out a paper bag, how long is it going to be before she blows up herself and her hero? I love a smart heroine like Daphne from Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase, or Minerva in Tessa Dare’s A Week to be Wicked. And no one tops Tatiana in Eve Kenin’s Hidden, who knows what she can do, and what she cannot. Even when she’s operating in the dark, Tatiana is just so sensible and capable, I want to cheer for her.