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May 12 2014 3:00pm

Spandex, Lint Rollers, and Sonnets: The Pros and Cons of Our Favorite Romance Novel Heroes

All Lined Up by Cora CarmackToday we welcome author Cora Carmack to Heroes and Heartbreakers to talk about the reality of falling for your favorite type of hero. Cora's latest, All Lined Up, launches the Rusk University series, the hero of which is a college football player. Rippling muscles, focus, and the probable chance that he will be larger than anybody that might want to hurt you is an appeal—but what about the downside? Cora, very sensibly, is weighing in on the pros and cons of our favorite types of heroes.

If there’s anything that can be said about romance readers, it’s that we know what we like. We latch onto a trope and devour every book in sight. If you’re anything like me, you go through cycles. I binge read on one type of book for several weeks (or months) on end before switching gears to something else. (In case you were wondering, I’m on the tail end of a shapeshifter romance binge. It remains to be seen what will capture my attention next).

So, with that in mind, today I’m giving some thought to the various kinds of heroes we love. Got a thing for musicians? Actors? Sports players? It’s so easy to romanticize these kinds of men because they represent a fantasy that we’ve all had at some point or another. But what about the not so romantic aspects of dating those typical heroes? I make it a habit in my books to cultivate realistic characters—the good, the bad, and the awkward. And now I’m taking that realism to our book boyfriends. And what better way to do it than with a list of pros and cons!

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