I’ve written plenty about how I like my heroines to have a good dollop of spunk, especially when it comes to their vocabulary. A comment from a snippet from a recent WIP in my Surf series got me thinking a little about my heroes too and I’ve come to realize that just like in real life, I like my men to be resourceful. For years I dated arty types, and while they might have been good on the dance floor, give them a hammer and it was all over. In this WIP my hero is a mix of business acumen and artistic flare – he’s in the fashion industry. I think I like him. He’s here “re-modelling” the heroine’s wardrobe here…
“Thankfully she’d at least chosen the dress with the best color. The blue jersey dress was too long, too high and too boring for anything but sliding into a drab office and sitting in a cubical all day in Dom’s opinion. But at least it meant there was a bit of fabric to play with.
“Okay. It’s a nice shade of blue. Let’s start with that.”
“What do you mean, start with that. This is it. This is the dress. There’s no magical switch that turns it into a gown or anything. Or did you mean accessories? I’ve got a handbag somewhere I think. I suppose it would probably go.”
“Stop.” Dom put his hands to his face and rubbed vigorously. “You’re killing me. Honestly. Wait there.”
He stalked back into the kitchen area and rummaged through the drawers. Hmmm, not exactly professional, but they were sharp enough to make do. He grabbed the metal scissors and headed back to the bedroom.
“What? Hang on what the hell do you think you’re—” Dom looked at her with a critical eye. “Better. Although if we cut it shorter, it would work as an evening look too.” …
Now I know the fact that he knows how to wield a pair of scissors might make him a little beta, but, what do you think? You like your heroes to have a hint of practicality to them? Or is it alpha billionaires only in your book? Or a combination? An alpha who knows what to do with a hammer…?
Image from themodernfabulous.com – Australia’s Hottest Tradie 2010 (Tradesperson for all you unantipodian types)