All romance novels have a hero. And, usually, that hero is handsome, smart, has all his teeth, and knows what to do to get the heroine’s motor running.
And he is tall. Way tall.
If he’s in a historical, his head always sticks out above those of the other members of the ton; if he’s in a contemporary, he is taller than his fellow bad boys (who will likely magically increase in height when they get their own book), and if he’s in a paranormal, he’s just freaking huge.
The members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, for example, are all many inches above six feet tall. One of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter books mentions that the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron, is 6’10“. Six feet, ten inches tall. 82 inches.
That is just too tall. I mean, unless the heroine is over six feet herself, that’s going to pose some serious nookie positioning issues. And where will it end? Will Sultan Kosen (the tallest man in the world at 8’1”) be the model for our heroes? Will our heroines suddenly develop urgent needs to get the highest thing off the shelf? Which only the hero can get?
Tall men are alluring, certainly, but if a hero gets to 7’, that book should be an automatic DNF. What do you think about the trend towards taller and taller heroes?